Llanelli RFC 23-30 Cardiff RFC
Lack of experience is costing Llanelli dear
By South Wales Evening Post | Posted: April 12, 2015
LLANELLI head of rugby Anthony Buchanan admits a lack of experience is costing his side dear as they were defeated by Cardiff at Parc y Scarlets.
The Blue and Blacks recovered from being 11-3 down at half-time to leave with a bonus-point victory, and Buchanan feels that had Llanelli had a bit more experience on the field the result would have gone the other way.
He said: "It hasn't been the greatest of seasons for us for lots of reasons and there's no doubting the fact that quite a few of our senior players being out with long-term injuries has caused us massive disruption.
"It means we're able to give young players opportunities, which is what we're about, but having said that, it's disappointing we didn't get the wins we should have both at Bridgend last week and this week against Cardiff.
"Some of the boys have been given their opportunity maybe earlier than expected and it's a hard lesson sometimes. We've got to accept that we probably need a few more experienced players on the park."
Llanelli enjoyed the better of the first half as they looked to put width on the ball against the visitors.
Jordan Williams opened the scoring after just a couple of minutes, firing over a penalty to make it 3-0.
That score was added to after 25 minutes as Josh Adams worked the space to put Kyle Evans away for a try in the right-hand corner.
Cardiff struggled to get on the scoresheet until five minutes before half-time, Harry Davies slotting a simple penalty to make it 8-3.
Llanelli made it 11-3 going into half-time as Stuart Morris capitalised on Cardiff's ill-discipline. The home side were later made to rue their missed kicks at goal.
Cardiff enjoyed a dominant second half as both sides found a cutting edge and scored five tries through Davies, Ellis Wyn Benham, Ceri Young, Rhys Williams and Will Hole as they emerged victorious from an absorbing second 40 minutes.
The hosts failed to deal with Cardiff but did earn a late penalty try and a score through Kalum Evans that Stuart Morris failed to convert.
The points earned do little for either team as they continue to occupy mid-table positions.
Llanelli — Tries: Kyle Evans, pen try, Kalum Evans. Con: S. Morris. Pens: J. Williams, S. Morris.
Cardiff — Tries: H. Davies, E. Wyn Benham, C. Young, R. Williams, W. Hole. Con: H. Davies. Pen: H. Davies.
Llanelli: J Williams; Kyle Evans (Kalum Evans 40), J Adams, M Pearce, A Spowart; S Morris, J Rogers; R Jones (R Fawcett 63), T Davies (C Hawkins 74), G Havard (S Martin 76), A Powell (C), E Price, L Puckett (S Edwards 80), O Morgan, R Osborn (C Price 59).
Cardiff: H Davies; C Young, S Powell, W Rees Hole; E Wyn Benham; T Pascoe, M Hale; L Smout (C Lewis 52), J Tomlinson (R Williams 49), C Mitchell (J Jones 65), J Murphy, C Lodge, J Edwards (C), J Viggers (M Breeze 49), N White.
Referee: Morgan Whitehead (WRU).
Courtesy of SWEP