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banner Friday, 26 October, 2001, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Jenkins unhappy despite victory
Barry Davies opened the scoring for Llanelli in Italy
Barry Davies opened the scoring for Llanelli in Italy
Amariso & Calvisano 13-31 Llanelli

Llanelli maintained pressure on Heineken Cup Pool One leaders Leicester with an uninspiring five-try victory against Italian and competition outsiders Calvisano.

An injury-time score from replacement lock Chris Wyatt ensured a satisfactory return considering the Tigers too only managed five touchdowns at San Michele, but Jenkins will demand a hugely improved display in next Saturday's return.

The Llanelli coach probably tore the paint off the walls with his half-time team talk, despite his side enjoying a seemingly comfortable 14-3 cushion.

But it was a margin that flattered the visitors who had been on the back foot for long periods.

Very much against the run of play, it was Llanelli who took the lead when full-back Barry Davies coasted in at the corner following some good build up play from centre Stephen Jones and Matt Cardey.

Our handling was awful at times which is not acceptable at this level
Gareth Jenkins

Fly-half Gareth Bowen converted, before wing Fabio Zitelli replied for the Italians after Llanelli had infringed in front of the posts.

Some of the decisions by French referee Daniel Gillet were particularly frustrating for Llanelli and they suffered a particularly heavy penalty count.

It took the visitors until the 31st minute to extend their advantage when Quinnell, who had earlier had the ball knocked out of his grasp while going over the line, made no mistake when he wrestled the ball free from a close range lineout cross.

When man of the match Simon Easterby crossed five minutes after the interval the contest appeared to be over, but the Italians responded once more in determined fashion with a try from replacement prop Daniele Davo.

Hooker Marcus Thomas eased the nerves for the Welshmen when he capitalised on a defensive error for a fine individual score and although Ziteli added another penalty, Wyatt romped clear in the final minute to seal the triumph.

Gareth Jenkins is expecting more from his side next week
Gareth Jenkins is expecting more from his side next week
Coach Jenkins admitted he was unhappy about his side's display.

"It was a hugely disappointing display from our point of view.

"But it was made a lot harder for us with a referee not being able to speak a word of English.

"I am not one to blame referees, but we could not ask him anything.

"The boys were getting extremely frustrated and there's not much more you can do when the penalty count goes so much against you.

"But saying that we were well below par, our handling was awful at times which is not acceptable at this level.

Jenkins did take some good points from the clash however, saying: "We have scored five tries and now know what to expect from Calvisano next Saturday at Stradey Park when hopefully the refereeing will be a bit different.

"Leicester's win in Perpignan means that we have got to win every game left in the group if we have any ambition in this tournament."

Calvisano: Tries: Davo. Cons: Zitelli. Pens: Zitelli 2.

Llanelli: Tries: M. Thomas, Quinnell, S. Easterby, B. Davies, Wyatt. Cons: G. Bowen 2, S. Jones.

Att: 300.

Llanelli: B Davies; W Proctor, M Cardey, S Jones, G Evans; G Bowen, D Peel; P Booth, M Thomas, J Davies, L Gross, C Gillies, S Easterby, I Boobyer, S Quinnell (capt).
Reps: M Madden, R McBryde, S Morgan, C Wyatt, D Hodges, G Easterby, N Boobyer.

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