It was a tough start to the Women’s Regional Championship for Cardiff Blues Women as they went down to Scarlets Women at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Saturday.
After a successful Super 12s event last week at Llandovery RFC, there was hope that Darren Bool’s side could go one better than recent second place finishes in the league this season.
However, it’s now an uphill battle after the loss at Llandarcy, in some changeable South Wales weather amidst a yellow weather warning.
For 35 minutes the game remained scoreless until Scarlets full-back Delun Allcock crossed the try line to give the West Wales side a 0-5 lead at the break, with the score going uncoverted.
Shortly after half-time that lead was extended as Scarlets captain Alex Callender went over the whitewash, with Wales international Lleucu George converting.
Cardiff Blues kept the game alive and got themselves on the scoreboard though when Rebekah O’Loughlin went over out wide, before continuing to attack throughout the remainder of the second half.
However, the Scarlets defence held strong and two penalties from George nudged them out of reach to secure a 5-18 win to take back to Llanelli.
Cardiff Blues now have to dust themselves down ahead of a long trip up to North Wales where they will face RGC Merched at Rhyl RFC next Sunday.