Warriors just short of historic win
In an epic encounter the Warriors just failed to be the 1st away team winners of the H Bomb Cup.
In the 8 editions of the cup to date, the home side has triumphed but this was the closest either side has come to the elusive away win.
Obviously the rigours of being on tour have played a part in this record but the Warriors started strongly. Holding the Bumbles in defence and eventually turning that into attack. This bright start through was completely undone when Ross Mcurich sharply intercepted and sprinted 70 meters to open the scoring.
The Warriors resumed their controlled play and took play up to the 22 when a lapse in ruck defense allowed Nathan Lawson to stride through for the opening score.
The game continued to swing one way then the other. The Bumbles big runners Daniel Cookson and Lee Hainsworth were generally well contained but Hainsworth made the next try with a fantastic raging run. The Warriors backs looked sharp though and both wingers Dan John and Simon Day scored impressive wide tries. They conceded a soft try from kick off, when players failed to gather and George Morris touched down and Darryl Wilson found himself unmarked near the try line for another easy Bumbles score.
Although the tries were scored blow for blow, the Warriors edged ahead through the more accurate kicking of Simon Jenkins who improved a short range effort from Jamie Evans and a barnstorming run from Andrew Davies. These tries put the Warriors 13 points ahead as the game headed into the last quarter of the match.
The Warriors though were having to reorganise with a physical match tacking it's toll with several injuries. The pace of the match was also beginning to tell on the tourists. The Bumbles were continually on the attack with drop balls and poor rucking compounding Warriors problems. The Bumbles forwards pinched crucial possession and got the 1st try required with 7 minutes left. From the kick off the re-established territory and then a fine run through the middle brought the 11th try of the game.
The Warriors won two penalties to get good possession and they were driving into the 22 when Andrew Davies was given just a bit too much to do on his own. When he was forced into touch the Warriors whistle went signalling the end to an epic game and another home win in the series.
Llanelli Warriors: Mark Lewis (Gareth Emery), Richard Evans (James Duke), Colin Tacon (Huw Jenkins), Darren Pollitt, Andrew Davies, Jordan Jones (Nathan Lawson), Simon Jenkins, Tomos Hall (Cpt) (Yanis Whiteley), Gwilym Lewis (Craig James), Jamie Evans (Simon Day), Johnathon Kearney (Nathan Lawson), Adam Fussell, Dan John (Tony Whittaker), Lee Rowlands (Tom Edwards).
A cracking match with plenty of drama and scores (which suggests maybe defences weren't all that). Bambi's try definitely the pick of the Warriors efforts although Simon Day's was pretty close. Simon Jenkins being a greedy git and not letting Tony have a kick meant that he equalled Bambi as the season's top point scorer and Simon Day caught up with Nathan Murphy as top try scorer. Cardiff Chief Gareth Emery made a guest debut. Bambi won man of the match and while Simon J put in a great shift, his backwards penalty was the worst moment The game will also be remembered for the weather with hot sunshine, heavy rain and even July hailstones all featuring and all the pwps on the field. The clubhouse after is another story - probably best told by the photos!