2012/2013 British & Irish Cup
Llanelli 40 v 17 Moseley
20 January 2013 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Birmingham Moseley

Match Report

B & I Cup Quarter Final Qualification

LLANELLI produced their best performanceof the season to book a quarter-final place in the British and Irish Cup.

Flying wing Kyle Evans sprinted in for two of six tries as the Parc y Scarlets side claimed the bonus-point triumph they needed to progress to the knockout stages.

Llanelli had gone into the Pool 6 eliminator knowing they had to win with a bonus and deny the Championship strugglers any bonus of their own.

In the end they achieved their goal with something to spare.

"We have got to be delighted with that," said head of rugby Anthony Buchanan.

"This pool has been really competitive and we always felt it was within our grasp.

"The win at Gala last week set it up for us. It was still a big ask, but that was about as good as we have played this year.

"The Hopkins boys gave us stability up front, which we didn't have in Moseley in the first game when we took a young, inexperienced front row, and we had some young players who played extremely well with Kyle Evans showing exceptional pace for his two tries.

"All-round it was a great performance from us."

Moseley, scrapping near the foot of the Championship table, had taken the lead with a penalty from wing Simon Hunt, but after that it was all about the pace and invention of the home back division, aided by a solid set piece and a rampaging display from No. 8 Craig Price.

Llanelli did have to wait until midway through the first half for their opening try, with Scarlets scrum-half Aled Davies sniping around the blindside from a short-range scrum.

Outstanding fly-half Owen Williams converted, then played a big part in his side's second try straight from the restart.

The fly-half's break put flanker Dan Thomas away and when the ball was recycled, a brilliant chip on the outside of his foot by Davies bounced into the arms of flanker Duane Eager to touch down.

A second Williams conversion made it 14-3, but then skipper Adam Powell was sin-binned for a line-out offence and second-row partner Joel Galley left the field with a rib problem.

But it didn't knock the home side out of their stride and they finished the half with a spectacular solo try from Evans, who weaved his way out of the clutches of four defenders to dive over at the posts to make it 21-3 at the break.

Llanelli were back down to 14 men when Thomas was carded for repeated offside early in the second half and Moseley — watched by former England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson, whose son Olly was playing at openside — took advantage with a well-worked try for wing Brad Hunt.

Thomas, though, made amends when he sidestepped over for Llanelli's all-important bonus-point try 18 minutes from time. Evans then raced 80 metres after a brilliant turnover rip from Owen Williams, while prop Shaun Hopkins claimed his side's sixth from close range.

Moseley had the final word with a converted try by Simon Hunt, but Llanelli's place in the knockout stages had long been secured.

Llanelli : Tries: A. Davies, D. Eager, K. Evans (2), D. Thomas, S. Hopkins. Cons: O. Williams (5).

Moseley : Try: B. Hunt, S. Hunt. Con: S. Hunt (1).G Hughes (1) Pen: S. Hunt 

Courtesy of South Wales Evening Post

By Rob Lloyd

Official : Lloyd Linton (Scotland)

Llanelli Moseley