2010/2011 Principality Premiership
Swansea 7 v 34 Llanelli
29 March 2011 - St Helen's, Swansea

Match Report

Swansea RFC 7 - 34 Llanelli RFC

Llanelli came away from Swansea with a fine bonus point victory winning 34 – 7 on a perfect night for open rugby.

In a frantic opening 8 minutes it was the ‘Wales Under 20s show’ as the two top outside halves in the country went head to head. The ‘special’ Matthew Morgan cut the Llanelli defence after 4 minutes to touch down near the posts, following the opening penalty kicked by London Irish bound Steve Shingler. Young flyer Dale Ford who has been injured all season was determined to show his World Cup credentials for the forthcoming Under 20s World Cup in Italy and finished a fine sweeping Llanelli attack to touch down, converted by Shingler.

While on the other wing Liam 'Sanjay' Williams although not getting on the scoreboard along with Mathew Morgan, lit the place up everytime he had the ball

Well led by Duane Eager, the Llanelli forwards were shading the forward battle and with a lot more accuracies to their game it was no surprise they scored another two tries before halftime from the under-rated Justin James and Dan Newton (who seems rarely to make mistakes) with Shingler converting both for a 24 -7 lead.

To get back into the game Swansea needed to score first in the second half and after 15 minutes of continued pressure it was the Llanelli defence which came out on top with Llanelli’s two Nic’s Cudd and Reynolds leading the way.

Steve Shingler then increased the Llanelli lead on 64 minutes with a penalty from 45 metres (which appeared to land  somewhere in Mumbles).and Matt Gilbert rounded off a good night for Llanelli with a fourth try again converted by Shingler who gave another 100% kicking display to show his class.

Swansea RFC 7 - 34 Llanelli RFC

There were another two Premiership fixtures played on the same evening  all having a major  importance to the top placings in the table.

League leaders Pontypridd battled out a narrow away win at Cross Keys by 15pts to 19. The home team outscored their opponents on tries by two to one, but the kicking of outside half Simon Humberstone proving crucial for Ponty.

Despite that win, Pontypridd’s lead at the top of the table was trimmed to three points by Neath who gained a valuable home win over Newport by 35pts to 12. The All Blacks also maintain the one game in hand over Ponty.

Llanelli travel to the Gnoll next on Staurday 2nd April, in what should be another cracker.


Official : Tim Hayes (Wales)

Swansea Llanelli