Llanelli
2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 36 v 21 Cross Keys
08 March 2014 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Cross Keys

Match Report

Dion Jones 100% kicking

Fly-half Dion Jones ( pictured) kicked 21 points as Llanelli continued their bid to seal an end of season Principality Welsh Premiership play-off place.

They saw off plucky Keys by three tries to two in the spring sunshine at Parc y Scarlets to gain revenge for their 15-10 defeat at Pandy Park in January.

Despite having an injury ravaged squad two early tries from hooker Darren Harris, after only 90 seconds, and centre James Griffiths saw Llanelli cruise into a comfortable 14-0 lead.

It was in stark contrast to last Sunday’s rain-ruined clash with Bedwas which saw Llanelli forced to dig deep to hold out for a 13-9 victory against Bedwas.

Yesterday’s improved conditions invited a running rugby approach and Llanelli did not disappoint early on as hooker Darran Harris scampered over after breaking out of tackle.

And eight minutes later some slick inter-passing among the backs provided the second try for centre James Griffiths.

A third try had been on the cards if Justin James had been able to control a ball that squirted out of a Keys scrum in their 22.

But those optimistic Llanelli fans who expected a crack in the floodgates were mistaken as Cross Keys mounted something of a comeback.

Hooker Henry Palmer emerged from a line-out drive to claim the Pandy Park outfit’s first try, albeit unconverted before outside-half Dorian Jones nailed the second of two penalty goal attempts on 32 minutes to reduce Llanelli’s advantage to six points.

That became only three points four minutes from half-time courtesy of a sweetly struck drop goal from Jones after Wales Under-20s full-back Steffan

Evans had butchered a golden try opportunity at the other end.

But Just before the interval Llanelli eased the pressure with two Dion Jones penalties - one from the halfway line to give them a 20-11 lead.

However, a good start to the second half saw Keys go into a deserved lead, if only for six minutes, with a Jones penalty and then a try from a pushover scrum for skipper Adam Powell.

Llanelli responded with a rare concerted second half attack which caught Cross Keys offside and allowed Jones to convert his third penalty.

And as time ran out for Cross Keys Jones kicked two more penalties before the end.

But under pressure Llanelli responded positively to going behind with Jones putting over three penalties in the final quarter.

Llanelli may have failed to get a bonus point but their third try from flanker Duane Eager put the contest to bed.

Just before the end home prop Aled Hopkins and Keys wing Kristinan Baller were handed yellow cards from referee Gwyn Morris for their part in a fist fight.

Llanelli now travel to Aberavon on Thursday evening 13th March with a 7.15pm kick off for their next Principality Premiership match. Please come along !


Llanelli RFC 36 -21 Cross Keys courtesy of walesonline

Attendance: 380

Official : Gwyn Morris (Wales)

Llanelli Cross Keys
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