2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 31 v 27 Cardiff
31 March 2012 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 31 Cardiff 27

A last minute try at Parc Y Scarlets gave the home side victory, but Cardiff came away with two points.

Early Llanelli pressure saw them rewarded with a Jordan Williams penalty chance but it drifted wide. Minutes later full back Williams’ chip and chase bounced kindly for him only for the attack to be halted by a great tackle into touch by Tom Williams.

Llanelli did get the first points of the game though at the next phase of play as they were rewarded for an offside by a Williams penalty. The first try came from the kick off. Cardiff secured the ball and took it forward through Dan Preece, when the ball was recycled Rhys Patchell delayed his pass superbly for Joe Griffin to find space to score.

The lead lasted less than a minute as Llanelli were awarded another penalty for offside that Williams slotted. The flow of the game was end to end, Llanelli attacking at every opportunity. On one occasion Tom Williams nearly intercepting a pass on one of those attacks.

Cardiff were also doing some attacking of their own and they regained the lead when they were given a penalty that Patchell converted into three points, that lead was extended just before half time. Patchell sent a long kick deep into the home twenty-two. At the resulting lineout Dan Crimmins got his hands on the ball to crash over from short range. Patchell converted to give the Blue & Blacks a 15-6 half time advantage.

The second half started with a bang as Llanelli got themselves back into the game after a break by Nic Reynolds that saw him slip through the visitors defence to score.
Cardiff had their chances early in the half. A long range Patchell drop goal went just wide before a penalty from half way was just short. William got Llanelli back to within a point as the last quarter began.

Llanelli were beginning to turn the screw and when another phase of play went deep into the Cardiff half only an illegal hand stopped a near certain try. The resulting scrum though was repelled with seven forwards.

The next scrum didn’t fair so well as the Cardiff seven were shunted back. Referee Sean Brickell awarding a penalty try to put Llanelli back in front. Back came Cardiff as a wide pass put Will Jones in space. He needed no second invitation to round the winger and outpace the cover to score.

Williams extended the Llanelli narrow lead with another penalty, but the real excitement was yet to come. A loose ball in the Cardiff twenty two was gathered BY Joe Griffin, he raced to the halfway line before setting Tom Williams free to score, Patchell added the extras to give the visitors the lead with a minute left. From the kick off though Cardiff lost the ball and a series of drives at the line ended with Samsom Lee going over to win the game.

Attendance: 400

Official : Sean Brickell (Wales)

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