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banner Saturday, 3 November, 2001, 16:48 GMT
Cardey's five-star show
Matt Cardey squeezes over in the corner against Calvisano & Amatori
Cardey's five tries equalled the European Cup record
Llanelli 93-14 Amatori & Calvisano
Heineken Cup Pool 1

Llanelli got their just reward for attacking adventure as they helped themselves to a glut of tries at Stradey Park against the hapless Italians of Amatori & Calvisano.

Scarlets coach Gareth Jenkins had set a target of seven tries to enable his men to maintain a challenge on Pool One leaders Leicester.

But that target was reached by half-time, with Llanelli scoring 15 tries by the end of the match.


We found out last year that you can't depend on anybody to do you any favours
Scarlets coach Gareth Jenkins
Full-back Matt Cardey scored the first in the seventh minute and by the break had gone on to complete a hat-trick, as the speedy Scarlets shunned the kicking game to spread the ball wide and often.

By the end, when Calvisano where left chasing shadows, Cardey had hoisted his tally to five, equalling the tournament record held by Gloucester's Tom Beim.

More significantly, Llanelli's runaway total, one short of the record established by Toulouse, will give Leicester something to think about when Calvisano go to Welford Road in the new year.

Llanelli's Neil Boobyer
Llanelli's Neil Boobyer looks for support
The break will give the Italians much-needed time to lick the wounds inflicted in a free-flowing Stradey Park affair, which they are not likely to forget in a hurry.

The visitors at least left with the consolation of a sensational second-half try by full-back Paolo Vaccari from an interception inside his half.

That score showed what Calvisano are capable of if given ball and a little space.

The trouble was that pumped-up Llanelli, on a day when just about everything went their way, were not prepared to give them either.

"We have aspirations," Jenkins said after the match.

"Somewhere along the way you get a big try count. Now we've done that so we can concentrate on just wining the next two games.

"We found out last year that you can't depend on anybody to do you any favours."


Llanelli: Tries: C. Bowen, Cardey 5, Proctor 3, N. Boobyer, G. Evans 2, J. Davies, Wyatt, Booth. Cons: S. Jones 9.

Calvisano: Tries: Vaccari, Zanoletti. Cons: Zitelli 2.

Att: 3,000


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

Amatori & Calvisano: P Vaccari; L Zoin, P Scanziani, C Zanoletti, F Zitelli; L Bordes, P Griffen; G De Carli, A Moretti, H Mazino, G Lanzi, L Mastrodomenico, C Mayerhofler, J Purll, E Scotuzzi.
Reps: D Davo, G Bocca, A de Rossi, J Ricciardo, N Bignotti, M Gabba, K Rolleston.

Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England).

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Llanelli try hero Matt Cardey
"I'm quite chuffed to be honest"
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"Hugely satisfied, we were hungry, we were skilled"
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