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.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 15 9 2 4 346 258 48
Aberavon 14 9 0 5 303 236 44
Merthyr 16 8 0 8 321 321 42
Pontypridd 16 9 0 7 346 332 42
Llandovery 14 7 2 5 306 261 40
RGC 1404 15 7 1 7 367 337 38
Swansea 15 7 0 8 212 246 33
Newport 14 6 0 8 277 266 33
Llanelli 14 6 0 8 275 364 27
Ebbw Vale 15 3 1 11 257 328 21
Bridgend Ravens 16 3 0 13 245 432 18