Media view…South Wales Evening Post
LLANELLI outpaced Aberavon in the final quarter by scoring three fine tries and set up a title showdown against Pontypridd.
But the scoreline did not do the Wizards justice in this Principality Premiership play-off match
Anthony Buchanan, Llanelli's director of rugby, said: "Aberavon gave us a lot of problems and it took two good last-ditch tackles to keep them from scoring in the first half.
"We had to defend well and keep the scoreboard going, but when we got in front we quickly moved up a gear and scored some good tries."
Aberavon's backs coach Nicky Lloyd said: "We should have scored at least two tries in the first half but it has been a great season for us with doubles over Neath and Pontypridd. Unfortunately we made some wrong decisions in the final quarter."
Full-back Jordan Williams again showed his talent with eight successful goal kicks out of eight goal and a try in a 25-point haul, while the final Llanelli try was as good as any during the season.
Aberavon never gave up and recovered from 16-6 down at the break to lead 19-16 before Llanelli rattled up 24 points.
It was a sad end for Lloyd, who is leaving Aberavon.
A Jordan Williams penalty was cancelled out by centre Craig Evans after Jamie Davies had missed with an earlier attempt.
Williams landed two more and Davies, with a hamstring problem, missed again before home wing Viliame Iongi made a fine run only to lose the ball, with Williams later credited with the try in the follow-up.
Evans pulled back a penalty before the interval and then added another.
The next score looked to be vital as Ospreys flanker Morgan Allen tore through some poor tackling to score and Evans converted.
A fourth Evans penalty put Aberavon ahead, but seconds later Williams made it 19-all.
Llanelli upped the tempo and Iongi kept the ball alive for centre Nic Reynolds to go over for a try which Williams converted.
A further five minutes passed before a clever Williams pass sent Jonny Lewis racing through a tiring defence and Williams converted.
Then came a truly magnificent try as player after player offloaded in the tackle and finally Dan Newton scored. Again Williams converted.
Aberavon hit back in the final move as replacement prop Neil White crossed and Evans converted.
Llanelli go to Pontypridd on Friday to attempt a repeat of last year's final victory.
Llanelli : Tries: J. Williams, N. Reynolds, J. Lewis, D. Newton. Cons: J. Williams (4). Pens: J. Williams (4).
Team : J. Williams; I. Evans (O. Williams 40), N. Reynolds, J. Lewis, V. Iongi; D. Newton, J. James (J. Heatley 79); S. Hopkins (R. Thomas 63), C. Hawkins (K. Myhill 63), S. Gardiner (A. Hopkins 68), Adam Powell (capt), E. Price (N. White 75), D. Eager (S. Gardiner 77), M. Gilbert (D. Thomas 63), N. Cudd (D. Thomas 23-25).
Aberavon : Tries: M. Allen, N. White. Cons: C. Evans (2). Pens: C. Evans (4).
Team : H. Thomas (L. Gadd 40); R. Carter, Richard Thomas, C. Evans, Ricky Thomas; J. Davies, D. Pritchard (D. Davies 72); R. Jenkins (N. White 52), M. Breeze (G. Harvey 68), A. Clatworthy, I. Moore (capt) (G. Ronan 68), S. Williams, M. Allen, N. Strong (R. Morris 68), D. Thomas (C. Davies 29).
Referee: Nigel Owens.
Llanelli 40 - 26 Aberavon
Principality Premiership Grand Final
Friday 18th May k.off 7:35pm
PONTYPRIDD V LLANELLI