2010/2011 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 28 v 18 Aberavon
30 October 2010 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 3 try win


(by Howard Evans)

Llandovery College lock Jonathan Gardiner will remember this game far longer than any other player or spectator coming in his first

start for Llanelli.

The tall teenager, who was a Wales under-16 cap from Ysgol Bro Myrrdin last year and who played for the College two weeks ago, had previously only been a replacement on one occasion.

The game had lasted just 29 seconds when he intercepted an Aberavon pass and tore 30 metres to score a try.

He was retained for the full 80 minutes alongside acting skipper Adam Powell and two minutes from time, he won a lineout so well that he sent

replacement scrum half Gareth Davies through a hole to score the deciding try.

The game was a disappointment, not in commitment, as there was plenty of that, but there was little excitement and nine penalties were kicked, two missed and just three tries came, all by the home side.

If Gardiner stood out, then the hour played by little, blond Llanelli scrum half Aled Davies, was also an excellent one, while another young man, Aberavon lock Sam Williams, also turned in a splendid all-round performance.

Both Anthony Buchanan, the head coach of Llanelli, and Nicky Lloyd, the backs coach of Aberavon, praised their opponents with Lloyd stating: "Llanelli just deserved the victory."

It was also a case of two Llanelli forwards getting yellow cards and three Aberavon backs receiving troublesome first-half injuries.

Again, Buchanan and Lloyd agreed, as wanted to whined about bad luck.

It was true, however, that a good referee David Jones, played an offside rule when following clearing kicks that has never been seen  before by both clubs.

Also, Aberavon could look at International rugby and wonder if a late 'crossing' call was correct as centre Ben John sped away with the score at 21-18.

Buchanan said: "We give young players the opportunities and they fronted up. They gave good commitment in a tough game and will have learened from it.

"Our enthusiasm was good as Aberavon are a very good side."

Lloyd said: "We did not play well, but nor did Llanelli. On reflection, they edged a poor performance, but they are a good young team."

There was a fine debut also for Carmarthen's ex-Bonymaen prop Andy Beaujean and a sound display by Stephen Shingler for Llanelli.

For Aberavon there were injuries for Ricky Thomas, Jamie Davies and David Pritchard, necessetating a forward (Richard Morris) to replace Davies, while Richard Thomas was strong on the left wing.

Gardiner shattered Aberavon with a 'sucker' try that Shingler converted and the fly half added a penalty before Jamie Davies replied.

Shingler, Davies and Davies again kicked penalties and on 37 minutes, strong Llanelli efforts ended with centre Chris Keenan going over by the corner flag.

A Matthew Jarvis penalty ended the half at 18-12 and then Shingler, Jarvis on three occasions kicked goals to take it to 21-18.

In the closing minutes Ben John was brought back for 'crossing' and Llanelli settled it with the Gareth Davies try that Shingler converted from the touchline.

LLANELLI - Tries - J. Gardiner, C. Keenan, G. Davies. Cons - S. Shingler (2). Pens - S. Shingler (3).

Team - D. Newton; L. Williams, C. Keenan, S. Williams, I. Evans (S. Lee 41-43, J. Lewis 68); S. Shingler, A. Davies (G. Davies 60);

A. Beaujean (S. Lee 79), R. Lawrence (K. Myhill 70), A. Hopkins, J. Gardiner, Adam Powell (capt), A. Shingler (O. Powell 72-74, 78),

Allan Powell, N. Cudd.

ABERAVON - Pens - J. Davies (3), M. Jarvis (3).

Team - Ricky Thomas (M. Jarvis 34); R. Carter, B. John, L. Gadd, Richard Thomas; J. Davies (R. Morris 60), D. Pritchard (A. Jenkins 36); R. Jenkins (L. Howell 53), R. Guest (C. Richards 53), A. Edwards (C. Cross 47), I. Moore, S. Williams, D. Thomas (C. Richards 12-22, J. King 53), N. Strong, C. Davies (capt).

REFEREE - David Jones (Pontllanfraith).




Official : David Jones (Wales)

Llanelli Aberavon