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Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Caerphilly fight-back in vain
Scott Quinnell leads another Llanelli charge
Scott Quinnell leads another Llanelli charge
Celtic League - Pool A
Caerphilly 34-43 Llanelli

Celtic League title hopefuls Llanelli had to work hard to resist a brave Caerphilly fightback after storming into a 26-point lead at Virginia Park on Saturday.

The part-timers seemed overawed as the visiting aristocrats smoothly slipped into gear to pile up five tries.

  Scoring details:
Caerphilly (15) 34:
Tries: Taufahema, Tuipulotu, P Jones, Workman, G Jones.
Cons: Richards 3.
Pens: Richards.
Llanelli (29) 43:
Tries: M Jones 2, S Jones, D Jones, I Boobyer, G Bowen.
Cons: S Jones 2.
Pens: G Bowen 3.
Att: 1,300

But a massive turnaround saw the home side craft five touchdowns of their own to give Llanelli a stern second-half test.

It had been a case of keeping up with the Jones' in the first half as the Scarlets wracked up the points with consummate ease.

Flying wing Mark Jones swept over for a brace of early scores before fly-half Stephen Jones cashed in on some shoddy defensive work to add a third touchdown.

Luke Richards stemmed the tide with a penalty but the rampant Scarlets resumed normal service with tries from back-row duo Ian Boobyer and a wonder score from Dafydd Jones.

It looked bleak for the home side, facing a 29-3 deficit after 25 minutes, but the Cheesemen launched a defiant mini revival.

They posted tries through former Scarlet Paul Jones and fellow lock Mark Workman to peg the visitors back to 29-15 at half-time.

Caerphilly's Andrew Williams secured plenty of lineout possession against Llanelli
Caerphilly remained competitive throughout

The battling Green Army closed the gap to just seven points with a spectacular 70-metre dash by Taunaholo Taufahema, who intercepted a loose Llanelli pass.

But a couple of penalties by replacement Gareth Bowen steadied stuttering Llanelli.

The fly-half finally ended hopes of a miraculous home recovery with an interception touchdown.

Flanker Gareth Jones and scrum-half Sione Tuipulotu grabbed further consolation touchdowns for the home side.


Caerphilly: O Ashman; G Lewis, S Cox, J Murphy, T Taufahema; L Richards, S Tuipolutu; L Manning, C Ferris (capt), R Skuse; M Workman, P Jones; G Jones, S Grainger, A Williams.
Reps: A Chiltern, R Howells, T Carless, D Sweet, R Bilton, S Jarman, N Rouse.

Llanelli: Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Matthew J Watkins, Matt Cardey, Wayne Proctor; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, Marcus Thomas, John Davies, Vernon Cooper (capt), Paul Clapham, Dafydd Jones, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell.
Reps: Phil John, Robin McBryde, Luke Gross, Gareth Williams, Mike Phillips, Gareth Bowen, Barry Davies.

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU).


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