Llanelli too good for Ebbw Vale
April 22, 2000
Llanelli had five tries in the locker after just half an hour and their passage into a record 15th Welsh Cup final was assured.
Not that gutsy Ebbw Vale were prepared to throw in the towel they just knew it wasn't going to be their day once the Scarlets had gone ahead within 20 seconds with a sucker try right from the kick off.
Full back Jonathan Williams gathered Stephen Jones' starting kick but saw his reply charged down by Llanelli skipper Wayne Proctor who picked up to score.
Jones converted and then added to a try from prop Martyn Madden which came 11 minutes later, while there was a third from number eight Scott Quinnell after 17 minutes.
At 21-0 inside the first quarter Ebbw Vale were staring a huge defeat in the face, and it got worse when hooker Robin McBryde got a fourth try before Proctor pounced again after the unfortunate Williams had dropped another Jones kick.
In between, fly half Shaun Connor at last got some reward for Vale with a penalty goal.
He had a second just before the break when Llanelli turned around the 31-6 to the good but held their breath as scrum half Rupert Moon was stretchered off after a try-saving tackle on flanker Brad Clark right on the whistle.
Patrick Horgan took his place after the break when Ebbw Vale brought on five new men.
One of them, fly-half Jason Strange, lifted their hopes by kicking a penalty goal and Ebbw Vale re-gathered to finish strongly with three tries in the last 10 minutes, two for wing Rhys Shorney and one from replacement forward Lee Banks.
Last year's thrashing at the hands of Wales was not the first time England have fallen to their rivals. Scrum Sevens looks at whether they have bounced back the following year
With just two rounds left in the 2014 championship, the intensity cranks up a notch at Twickenham. Tom Hamilton previews the weekend's action
"I had a perfect record against England as did a few other Welshmen. England always seemed to bring the best out of us." John Taylor on the age-old rivalry
Are the margins between the teams in the Six Nations getting smaller year-on-year? Huw Richards gives some answers