Llanelli clinched this bonus point victory over Cardiff in the Principality Premiership before the interval thanks to a golden spell of eight minutes when they pounced on their opponents’ errors for three opportunist tries.
But after trailing 32 – 8 at the interval, Cardiff fought their way right back into contention being awarded two penalty tries and replacement lock James Murphy snapping up a touchdown in the 72nd minutes which replacement outside half Gareth Davies converted.
Home skipper and flanker Jonathan Edwards scored Cardiff’s only try of the first half which fly half James Thomas converted.
Llanelli outside half Jordan Williams started his team’s points rush with a 19th minute try followed quickly by touchdowns from right wing Harry Robinson – injured in the movement - and his replacement Shaun Pearce. Lively left wing Ryan Davies added another just before the interval and centre Nathan Edwards soon after the restart.
Williams had a great day with the boot kicking all five conversions.
Cardiff were looking to get back to winning ways in the league after suffering consecutive defeats against Cross Keys, Llandovery, Aberavon and Pontypridd. Llanelli were in more buoyant mood having beaten Bridgend 64-8 at the Brewery Field on Boxing Day.
Thankfully, the weather was dry as Llanelli kicked off but it was Cardiff who had the better of the opening exchanges. But the home side suffered a triple setback when a mistake allowed Williams to sprint 65 metres for a try in the 19th minute which he also converted.
Two minutes later Welsh International wing Harry Robinson, slowly recovering after a series of injuries, sprinted over for try No. 2 after the home side were again caught flat-footed although Robinson pulled a hamstring just a few metres short of the line and hobbled over for the touchdown.
The Cardiff coaches must have been pulling their hair out as yet another mistake allowed Pearce to cross for a 27th minute try before home skipper Jonathan Edwards stopped the rot with a pushover try converted by Thomas. But Llanelli would not be denied and Davies inflicted more damage when he squeezed over for a corner try to make the interval score 32-8 to the visitors.
Cardiff looked a more workmanlike outfit in the second half and their forwards, in which No. 8 Jevon Groves was always prominent, rolled their opponents off the ball at a couple of scrums in the 49th and 56th minutes to earn their side penalty tries.
When replacement lock James Murphy crashed over for Cardiff’s bonus point try in the 74th minute, an unlikely home win looked possible but Llanelli just managed to hold out despite intense Cardiff pressure.
Cardiff RFC 32 - 40 Llanelli RFC
Next up for Llanelli is the SSE SWALEC Cup AWAY game at Tata Steel. Sat 9th January 2016, 2.30pm kick off
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