Llanelli Scarlets v Brive Verdict


Paul Morgan, Editor of Rugby World Magazine

The Llanelli Scarlets are finally rousing from almost three years in rugby hibernation and whisper it quietly but they have a crop of young players, who just could return the glory days back to west Wales.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but this victory shows the potential of the side under Nigel Davies

David Lyons – There are few better foreign signings playing in Wales than Lyons. He gives his heart and soul to the club after landing from Australia. He has no reason to give 100% every game, never miss a match or training session and taking care to offer the young players a helping hand. Well, the reason is he’s a good bloke and has made a commitment to Scarlets. More of the same please!

Martin Roberts – Thrust into the Wales set-up before he was ready a year ago, don’t be surprised to see him understudy Mike Phillips soon. Dwayne Peel has a fight on his hands!

Stephen Jones – Don’t fear Wales fans, the Count is playing as well as ever and will be good to go until at least the 2011 World Cup. Class act!

Lou Reed – One of the Scarlets’ youngsters who has a bright future. Tough second row, who is not only dynamite in the set piece offers a big presence at the breakdown.

Shaun Perry – There are few better scrum-halves in the Heineken Cup. Perry deserves his few seasons in the sun!

Dafydd Jones – On this form he should play 7 for Wales against New Zealand as Martyn Williams is injured. 

Brive’s tactics – Five points down with six minutes to go, Brive made a shocking decision when awarded a penalty 20 metres out. They went for the corner, rather than kicking an easy penalty. Lack of nous there!

Rob Debney – He irked the whole of Llanelli but disallowing a Richie Pugh try in the dying minutes after Fabrice Esterbanez let a high ball hit his foot. Pugh was one yard offside when the ball richotched off the Brive boot. We all saw it on the replay, but the only bloke who saw it in real time in Parc y Scarlets was Debney. Great call!

Jamie Noon – Why bother signing the Englishman if you aren’t going to pass the ball to him. Never saw it all day!

My man of the match was David Lyons for his ball-carrying defence and work at the breakdown. But what do you think was Lyons the man?

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