2012/2013 British & Irish Cup
Llanelli 38 v 28 Gala
20 October 2012 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

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LLANELLI got their British & Irish Cup campaign back on track as a first-half points blitz saw them beat Scottish side Gala at Parc y Scarlets.

Having lost their first match of the competition to Moseley, the West Walians recovered in style as Kristian Phillips scored two tries and set up another as they claimed their bonus point inside the first half.

"Winning that game with a bonus point gets us back in the competition," said Llanelli's head of rugby Anthony Buchanan.

"We knew we had to win with a bonus point and it was key that we stopped Gala getting a losing bonus point."

Llanelli made a blistering start, racing into a 24-0 lead after just nine minutes. Jordan Williams's first-minute penalty put them 3-0 up, before Phillips finished off a fine Llanelli move which started in their own 22 with a 50-metre run-in for the game's opening try.

The wing touched down for his second in the fifth minute, collecting a high ball and wriggling clear of the Gala defence before crossing.

Phillips was also integral to the third try as he switched over to the right flank and made a searing break. With Gala defenders closing, the Scarlets' summer signing from the Ospreys passed to scrum-half Aled Davies who had the easy task of crossing.

Gala hit back when scrum-half George Graham found a gap from a line-out to nip over for a try converted by Lee Millar, but Llanelli responded when lock Nathan White crashed over to clinch the bonus point after just 21 minutes.

Despite coasting at this point, Llanelli made their task a little harder when flankers Craig Price and Duane Eager were sin-binned along with Gala prop Luke Pettite after they were embroiled in a punch-up.

It proved costly as, from the ensuing penalty and line-out, Gala wing Craig Robertson came infield and sped over for a converted try to make it 31-14. With Llanelli still down to 13, Gala took further advantage as a penalty try moments before half-time cut the lead to 31-21.

The Scots continued their resurgence four minutes after the restart, as scrum-half Graham broke free and offloaded to Robertson who ran in from 30 metres for a bonus point-sealing try which Millar converted again.

Llanelli stopped the rot when Owen Williams finished off a flowing move to score his side's fifth and final try, which he converted himself.

Llanelli : Tries: K. Phillips (2), A. Davies, N. White, O. Williams. Cons: J. Williams (4), O. Williams. Pens: J. Williams

Gala : Tries: George Graham, C. Robertson (2), Penalty try. Cons: L. Millar (4).

Llanelli 38-28 (courtesy of South Wales Evening Post)

Attendance: 1200

Official : Nigel Correll (Ireland)

Llanelli Gala