Llanelli take cold comfort in emphatic semi-final win
Monday 21 April 2003
Not even a trip to a record 17th Principality Cup final will put Llanelli's season back on the straight and narrow. Two weeks after their Heineken Cup campaign came to a halt against Perpignan, the Welsh cup kings produced a performance that would surely have seen them through to a European semi-final.
Their six tries in a 44-10 hammering of Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium will at least give Leigh Davies one final appearance on 3 May, but it's not the one everyone wanted at Stradey Park.
Having accounted for the cup holders, Pontypridd, in the last round, Cardiff came into the game full of hope. It lasted seven minutes before Mark Jones skinned Rhys Williams and sent the full-back Barry Davies over for the first try.
From thereon it was virtually one-way traffic, with the Wales outside-half Stephen Jones dictating proceedings superbly for the Scarlets. Jones helped himself to 16 points, including a first-half try.
Facing Llanelli in the final will be Newport, who turned the tables on Bridgend in the first of the back-to-back semi-finals at the Millennium Stadium. Newport relied on the boot of the former Springbok Percy Montgomery to guide them to a 27-23 win.
Montgomery kicked a perfect nine out of nine penalties as the lead changed hands six times in a game that had the fans on the edge of their seat right to the end. Bridgend ran in the only tries through Craig Warlow and their captain, Gareth Thomas, but Montgomery's mighty boot steered the Black and Ambers through to the final.
As anti-Semitic attacks rise, Grant Feller re-evaluates his identity
Savoury patisserie is a thing now
Meet the primary school where every day is National Poetry Day
Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again
...and it wasn't caused by an asteroid crash, as first thought
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
Striker ignored Brendan Rodger's request to applaud audience
Arsene Wenger 18th anniversary at Arsenal: His WORST signings XI during his time with the Gunners
Arsene Wenger's worst signings XI
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Nani: On loan Sporting Lisbon winger admits he may not return to Manchester United
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 4 Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so