Cardiff Blues take the spoils at a bitterly cold Parc y Scarlets

Rob Lloyd Academy News

Scarlets U18s opened their second phase of fixtures in the WRU RAG Championship at a very cold Parc y Scarlets. 

New Academy signing Josh Phillips began the match as the Scarlets went on the attack early on.

However, it was the visitors who were first on the scoreboard. Jake Thomas made a dangerous run from the halfway line and it led to the Blues opening the scoring through a penalty from the boot of fly-half Ben Burnell.

The Blues then took a grip of the game, crossing for tries through Ellis Frackell, Jake Thomas and scrum-half Harvey Nash to make it 20-0 at the interval.

And they didn’t waste any time adding to their tally at the start of the second half with a try in the first few minutes by winger Theo Cabango.

Scarlets captain Morgan Macrae did hit back with a try at the posts, a score converted by Josh Phillips, but it was the Blues who remained firmly in control.

A driving maul led to Corben Evans touching down and Tyler Morris adding the extras, then Gwilym Evans crossed for the Blues’ seventh try with Morris again adding the conversion to complete a 48-7 victory.

Kevin George, pathway development manager, said: “It was a tough day and a disappointing result for us. Blues played particularly well and were exceptional in the contact area which didn’t allow us to play our rugby tonight. It’s now time to regroup and on to the Ospreys away and this is now our next focus.”

Scarlets U18s continue their challenge facing the Ospreys away on Wednesday, January 29, KO 19:15 at Aberavon RFC. Follow their journey live on twitter @ScarletsAcademy for all the latest score updates and team news.