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 Friday, 17 January, 2003, 21:09 GMT
Llanelli blitz Glasgow
Llanelli's Garan Evans is the leading try scorer in this season's Heineken Cup
Garan Evans scored a hat-trick of tries for Llanelli
Heineken Cup: Pool Three
Glasgow 8-34 Llanelli



Llanelli marched impressively into the Heineken Cup quarter-final with an imperious victory over Glasgow at Hughenden.

The Scarlets produced some their best rugby of the season to brush their opponents aside and guarantee top spot in Pool Three.

Glasgow had nothing but pride to play for, but they could not cope with Llanelli's slick handling and dynamic running.

The result was a forgone conclusion by half-time.

Match details
Glasgow (3) 8
Tries: J Steel
Pens: T Hayes
Llanelli (29) 34
Tires: B Davies, M Madden, G Evans (3), S Jones
Cons: Jones (2)
Att: 3,270
Glasgow had the audacity to take the lead through a Tommy Hayes penalty, but that was as good as it got for the Scotsmen.

A devastating 17 minute spell saw the visitors score five tries of high quality in wet and windy conditions.

Full-back Barry Davies opened the count after patient forward phase play created an overlap on the right wing.

Two minutes later, prop Martyn Madden finished off a superb counter attacking try which bore all the hallmarks of a team capable of winning the competition.

Winger Garan Evans then grabbed two tries in four minutes, and Stephen Jones capped a superb period with a solo effort.

The fly-half managed to convert only two of those first-half tries, but Llanelli were more than content to take a 29-3 lead into the break.

Remarkably, the Scarlets needed ten second-half minutes before adding to their account - but it was worth the wait for their sizeable travelling contingent.

We are proud to be flying the Welsh flag in the advanced stages of the tournament

Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins
The backs combined with great pace and slight of hand to run more than half the length of the field to give Evans his hat-trick.

That was the winger's seventh try in Europe this season, making him the competition's leading try scorer and a contender for Wales' Six Nations campaign.

Glasgow enjoyed the lion share of possession throughout the remaining minutes, and their efforts were rewarded with a late try from Jon Steel.

But that score could not take any gloss off a superb win for the Welshmen.


Glasgow: Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (capt), David Hilton, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Gordon Simpson.
Reps: Fergus Thomson, Andrew Kelly, Andrew Hall, Jon Petrie, Andy Nicol, Rory Kerr, Roland Reid.

Llanelli: Barry Davies; Mark Jones, Matthew J Watkins, Leigh Davies (capt), Garan Evans; Stephen Jones, Guy Easterby; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, Martyn Madden, Luke Gross, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Simon Easterby, Scott Quinnell.
Reps: John Davies, Marcus Thomas, Jamie Cudmore, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, Gareth Bowen, Matt Cardey.

Ref: Tony Spreadbury (England).

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 Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins
"I'm so proud of the way we won the game"
 Man-of-the-match Simon Easterby
"Let's hope we can progress from this stage"
 Llanelli's Scott Quinnell
"The defence was awesome"

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