LLanelli 20 Cardiff 35

Cardiff made the semi-finals of the Specsavers National Cup with a four try performance at Parc-Y-Scarlets.

The Blue & Blacks had the early pressure and eventually that pressure told as Will Davies-King went over after a series of pick and drives. Gareth Thompson converted. That lead was double a few minutes later when a loose Llanelli pass on the Cardiff ten metre line was picked up by Edd Howley. No one touched the fullback as he raced in. Thompson again added the extras.

Ioan Hughes kicked Llanelli’s first point with a 14th minute penalty before that was cancelled out by Thompson four minutes later. But Llanelli were starting to play and eventually they got a score they deserved as Jonny Lewis chipped over the defence and caught his own kick to score, Hughes converted. A long stoppage towards the end of the half saw Alex Everett treated for an injury. Cardiff extended their lead shortly after. From the restart scrum a series of catch and drives saw Sam Pailor crash over for a converted try. Thompson was again on target with a penalty just before half time.

Llanelli made a bright start to the second half and a try in the corner for Kalum Evans brought them right back into the game. That spurred Cardiff on again and a beautiful loop run by James Beal set up Howley for his second try of the afternoon. Llanelli hit back again as the scoreboard swayed from one side to the other. Nathan Hart dashing over from short range. But Cardiff were still on the hunt for more, only a marginal forward pass denying Howley a hattrick. Joe Scrivens added a late penalty as Cardiff progressed to the next round.

Post-Match Interviews.

Sam pailor

Edd Howley

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19