By Tony Poole
LLANELLI shot up into fifth place in the Welsh Premiership on the back of this landslide victory over Swansea at St Helen’s.
The Sospans took the honours on a 7-3 try-count with another grand showing from full-back Jordan Williams yielding 27 points.
Williams chipped in with two tries along with a penalty and all seven conversions to move on to 117 league points for the season (175 points when the B & I Cup is taken into consideration).
Llanelli’s opening try in the eighth minute was a gem, and stemmed from turnover ball close to their 10-metre line.
Wing Lee Williams fed flanker Daniel Thomas, who sent full-back Williams sprinting clear for a try that he also goaled.
Following a series of minor injuries, the Whites reduced arrears in the 20th minute via a Sam Kiley corner try that went unconverted.
Llanelli responded six minutes later with a move, involving fly-half Owen Williams and centre Nick Reynolds that petered out close to the try-line.
But Llanelli won a penalty that was drilled into the corner and from the ensuing lineout, captain and lock Adam Powell crashed over for a try that full-back Williams converted.
Soon after the Whites trimmed the deficit to 14-8 through a Sam Davies penalty, and continued to hold territorial advantage.
But in the 38th minute, yellow cards were issued to Swansea lock Kiley and Llanelli No 8 Matt Gilbert, following a bout of fisticuffs - soon after Swansea full-back Nicky Thomas was also binned.
And Llanelli rounded the half in style with a Justin James break leading to a backdoor pass from fly-half Williams sending full-back Williams clear for his second try.
Full-back Williams once more added the extras with the Sospans turning around 21-8 to the good.
Llanelli soon hunted down a bonus-point try on the restart, and centre Jonny Lewis almost secured it in the 46th minute.
Though he was halted just short of the try-line, captain Powell picked up the crumbs to touchdown with full-back Williams converting.
Full-back Williams knocked over a 54th minute penalty, extending the lead to 31-8, and it wasn’t long before Llanelli’s superior handling skills again held them in good stead.
No 8 Gilbert was worked clear on from halfway, and he raced under the posts for full-back Williams to add a fifth conversion.
Replacement prop Simon Gardiner then showed sizzling pace in collecting the sixth Llanelli try with the conversion from full-back Williams making it 45-8.
During the closing stages Swansea registered consolation tries through full-back Thomas and hooker Paul John to pull back to 45-18.
But even then Llanelli rounded things off with a fifth league try of the season from centre Jonny Lewis, converted by man-of-the-moment Williams.
Swansea: Tries – S. Kiley, N. Thomas, P. John; Pen: S. Davies
Team: N. Thomas; L. Williams (D. Evans 49 mins), R. Evans, S. Watermeyer, E. Walker; S. Davies (J. Dixon 57), R. Wells (M. Torrance 68); Roy Jones (A. Rees 68), P. John, A. Clatworthy (C. Cross 49), S. Kiley (capt, J. Jones 54), R. Kelly, D. Blyth (B. Davies 52), A. Gwynne, O. Pardoe
Llanelli: Tries – J. Williams (2), Adam Powell (2), M. Gilbert, S. Gardiner, J. Lewis; Cons: J. Williams (7); Pen: J. Williams
Team: J. Williams; B. Davies (I. Evans 63), N. Reynolds, J. Lewis, Lee Williams; O. Williams (D. Bird 54), J. James (M. Haylock 68); R. Thomas, K. Myhill (D. Littlehales 73), A. Hopkins (S. Gardiner 57), Adam Powell (capt), E. Price (N. White 63), D. Eager (C. Price 54), M. Gilbert, D. Thomas
Yellow cards: S. Kiley 38, N. Thomas 40+5 (both Swansea), M. Gilbert (Llanelli) 38
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Bridgend)