2008/2009 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 32 v 3 Cardiff
15 November 2008 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 32 Cardiff 3

Llanelli celebrated the opening of their new home at Parc y Scarlets in great style. In front of a near-5,000 crowd they overpowered the Blue & Blacks to confirm their top spot in the Premiership.

Guided by fly-half Rhys Priestland, who finished with a personal tally of 22 points, Llanelli won both the kicking contest and scored the only tries of what was often a dour encounter enlivened only by the sense of occasion.

The hosts had done their visitors proud beforehand by issuing a hundred complimentary tickets to the travelling supporters but that was where their generosity ended. Priestland opened his account with the first of his five penalty goals after six minutes and although Lee Jarvis cancelled that out with one of his own three minutes later the Blue & Blacks continued to fall foul of the referee's whistle for the rest of the first half.

By the end of the opening quarter, two more Priestland goals had opened up a 9-3 lead and when Jarvis was sin-binned five minutes before the interval the home lead was easily stretched to nine points.

There was no respite for Cardiff on the restart. Another Priestland penalty was immediately followed by the neatest of drop goals and now they were staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat.

Cardiff, despite the best efforts of a pack in which Rhys Shellard stood out, posed few attacking threats of their own and it was no surprise when highly rated centre Jon Davies scored the first try in the 54th minute.

But it was deep in injury time before the second came from replacement prop Simon Gardner as he crossed under the posts. Priestland, of course,converted both tries.

So Llanelli have transferred their Stradey Park supremacy over Cardiff across town to their new home... and Cardiff, after six attempts, are still seeking their first Premiership win down there.


Official : Phil Fear (Wales)

Llanelli Cardiff