Dai Flanagan feels Llanelli’s young squad can learn a lot of lessons from their Principality Premiership loss to Cardiff.
The Parc y Scarlets outfit have a very young squad and have struggled for consistency this season but they looked in a good position after 17-year-old Ryan Conbeer opened the scoring.
However, the Blue and Blacks fought back with four tries earning them a bonus-point victory.
Flanagan felt his side showed a good account of themselves but there were also lessons to be learned.
“We were dominant in some areas but we went missing in others. Perhaps we overplayed at times. But there was no lack of effort from the players,” he explained.
“We’ve got a young squad here, a lot of teenagers and 20-year-olds. Not like Merthyr or Ebbw Vale where their average age is 24 or 25. We hope to teach our young players well and then hopefully when they are 24 or 25, they won’t be making many mistakes.”
But he believes that some of his young players are destined for bigger things, including Conbeer.
“Conbeer’s [second] try was a momentum shifter and I felt we could go on and win the game after that. Conbeer is incredible. It was fantastic for a 17-year-old to go out there and score two tries. He won’t be in this league for long, he’s one for the future,” added Flanagan.
Things were looking positive as Llanelli looked to secure back-to-back Premiership victories for the first time this season with Conbeer’s converted try putting them 7-0 ahead.
But despite injuries, Cardiff fought back and scored two tries in as many minutes. Gareth Thompson crashed over first before Cameron Dolan touch down to put the Blue & Blacks in the lead with Thompson adding the extras.
Dolan got his second after the break but Conbeer scored his second try to keep Llanelli in the game. However, they couldn’t fight back and replacement Kieran Assiratti killed the game with Cardiff’s bonus-point-sealing try.
The defeat leaves Llanelli 12 points off Cardiff, who move into the top half.
Llanelli RFC 14-28 Cardiff RFC
By Jay Bayford