Home Defeat against Cardiff

Llanelli lost their first home game of the season to a strong Cardiff side. It was very much the case of the home side doing well in the first half to lead 10-7 but it was the visitors who dominated the second half helped by a strong bench.

Llanelli had the early chances but Cardiff’s defence was up to the task. The visitors should have scored when a break by Barney Nightingale opened up the home side but with the line begging the last pass went to a Llanelli player and the chance was lost. Shortly after the same fate befell Zach O’Driscoll who broke for the line, but his inside pass to Thomas Davies was picked off by a retreating Llanelli defender.

The home side then went on the attack. Several penalties were shunted into the corner but on each occasion the attack was repelled and the lines cleared. The visitors were creating chances though and even though they missed out on the far side of the ground the did get the first score of the game when Ben Williams freed Barney Nightingale. He showed his strength to power over, Gareth Thompson converted. Llanelli hit straight back when fullback Tom Rogers found space to cross. They scored a second just before half time when Nathan Hart went over to send the home side in 10-7 up.

The second half opened with the Blue & Blacks on the attack, but Llanelli defended well. But they couldn’t hold the visitors out as wave after wave of attacks came at them. Eventually Sam Beard exploited the space to score his first try for Cardiff, Thompson added the extras. That lead was increased as Leon Andrews intercepted a midfield pass. He linked up with Gareth Thompson and Sam Beard before Tom Habberfield added his name to the score sheet.

The bonus point try came with five minutes left on the clock. Pressure on the Llanelli defence forced a line-out and several pick and drives later Morgan Allen crossed. In the final move of the match Tom Habberfield dived over for his second try of the day, with Thompson unable to convert the difficult kick.

Final Score Llanelli 10-33 Cardiff

The Premiership takes a break now for a couple of weeks. It provides some time for some of the home squad who’ve picked up injuries to recover and go again against local rivals Carmarthen Quins on 12th October.

Cardiff 11 9 0 2 374 210 46
Newport 11 9 0 2 337 214 45
Aberavon 11 7 0 4 322 243 37
Llandovery 11 6 0 5 303 287 31
RGC 1404 11 6 0 5 286 244 31
Merthyr 11 5 0 6 329 294 31
Pontypridd 11 7 0 4 239 259 30
Carmarthen Quins 11 6 0 5 232 254 30
Bridgend Ravens 11 4 0 7 186 276 18
Swansea 11 3 0 8 212 269 18
Ebbw Vale 11 3 0 8 157 263 14
Llanelli 11 1 0 10 189 353 10