What an entertaining encounter this proved to be as Poola upset the odds in beating Llanelli on a beautiful spring day in Pontypool Park. Llanelli scored 5 tries, however the homesters ran in six with a great variety of play, two coming from the fine art of driving lineouts.
Young debutant hooker Andrew Pritchard done well on his debut, while rookie Aidan Laxton showed some of his more experienced forwards how to carry the ball.
Not to deny Pontypool of this ‘top’ win, the defining moment for Llanelli came when leading 40 – 34 after Johnny Lewis scored his second try, yet another superb run from Lee Williams deep inside his 22 set Johnny up for his hatrick ,only to be called back for a very disputed forward pass. Nevertheless, the forward pass was given and Poola rubbed salt into the Llanelli wounds with two good tries in the last six minutes to win five Principality Premiership points.
Llanelli might look back at the four more tries they should have scored however the real positive is the gaining of another two valuable bonus points over near rivals Aberavon and Swansea to sustain the third spot 'play-off ' place
Llanelli scorers were, tries from - Nic Reynolds, Johnny Lewis 2, Dale Ford, Lee Williams with Dan Newton kicking 3 conversions and 3 penalties.
Pontypool scorers were, tries ,Craig Atwell 2, Nic Wakely, Sam Pailor, Dominic Franci and Geraint O’Driscoll who also kicked five conversions and two penalties to harvest 21 points.
Pontypool 46 - 40 Llanelli RFC
Next match is a home at Parc y Scarlets in another Principality Premiership game against Bedwas on Thursday 24th March kick off 7 :30pm