No giant killing in Welsh Cup
February 27, 2000
Ten times winners Llanelli, the most successful side in the history of the WRU Challenge Cup competition, had to overcome a torrid challenge from little Whitland to earn another quarter-final place.
Neil Boobyer crossed for two of the Scarlets' six tries with Steve Jones landing five conversions but Whitland, who play in the Second Division of the Welsh National League, scored a try in each half to earn respectability in defeat.
It was a day on which the challenge of Welsh rugby's minnows was well and truly extinguished as mighty Premier Division leaders Ebbw Vale overcame Division Three East Side Builth Wells 57-12.
It was a thoroughly professional demolition job by Vale who went in front after just 27 seconds through a try by wing Alun Harris and raced in a 26-5 half-time lead.
Gareth Green and Jonathan Williams each scored a brace of tries for Vale.
Glamorgan Wanderers leaders of Division Two put up a brave fight at Bonymaen but still slipped to a 20-6 defeat. Two tries from centre Mark John guided Bonymaen into the quarter-finals of the competition.
The Swansea side weathered the early storm and then eased clear.
There will be one Second Division side in the quarter-finals as Llantrisant won the clash of minnows beating Vardre 27-14. They crossed for three tries in the process and Kevin Jenkins was on song with a boot converting all three and landing two penalties. Vardre battled hard but were outclassed and never had a hope of victory after falling 17 points behind with only 20 minutes gone.
Mighty Pontypridd reached the quarter finals for the eighth time in nine years when they powered to a 39-6 victory over Dunvant at Broadacre. Pontypridd had their number eight Dale Mackintosh sin-binned midway through
the second half but that did not deter the former holders.
Welsh international Colin Charvis went over for a brace of tries as Cup holders Swansea defeated Pontypool 29-8 at St Helen's. Arwel Thomas converted three of Swansea's four touchdowns and landed a penalty but at half-time the giants from the Premier Division were certainly not having things all their own way.
They were at that stage only 10-8 in front but in the second period the All Whites proved far too strong and easily booked their place in the last eight of the competition.