2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 44 v 38 Llandovery
10 September 2011 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 44 – 38 Llandovery

What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:

Llandovery all but got a famous way win at Parc Y Scarlets but in the end had to be content with two bonus points, one for scoring four tries and the other for staying within seven points of the winners.

With both clubs delighted to hear news that they had secured a place in next year's Super 10 Premiership, they put on a spectacular feast of running rugby in a nine try and 82 point thriller.

Llanelli forwards coach Ioan Cunningham - an ex-Drover - was sporting enough to admit that the game could have swung either way. “We had good periods of dominance particularly in the first half but found the Llandovery defence tough to crack. After the break every time we scored they would come back at us hard and we were very thankful to get two interceptions which led to tries.”

His words found echo with Llandovery coach Lyndon Lewis. “We are very disappointed to let slip a golden opportunity to beat Llanelli on their own patch but the ball did not run kindly and we will settle for two points in what was a great game of rugby in which we hope to have played a big role.”

The crucial score came half way through the second-half when Llandovery trailed 27-20 but were thrusting to bring the scores level. A pass from Llandovery replacement fly-half James Garland was intercepted by Llanelli centre Chris Keenan who sprinted in unopposed from 75 metres.

Down 34-20 Llandovery replacement Luke Kendall clawed back a try before a lucky ricochet gave replacement scrum-half Aled Davies an easy try for Llanelli.

Back came the Drovers when lock Shaun Jones crossed, Garland and Williams swapped penalties to leave Llanelli ahead 44-35 before Garland earned his spurs with the last kick of the game. The ex-Swansea and Aberavon utility back - on for the injured Cerith Rees after 18 minutes - coolly slotted the 35 metre penalty to bring fitting consolation for the battling Drovers.

Llanelli should have made more of their first half dominance but a try from prop Shaun Hopkins was cancelled out by one from centre Jack Roberts to leave the scores tied. Full-back Johnny Lewis and replacement centre Rhys Jones got early second half tries, answered by one from Llandovery scrum-half Rob Walters before the crucial Keenan try.

Official : Jonathan Mason (Wales)

Team Sheets


Llanelli Llandovery