2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Swansea 18 v 52 Llanelli
27 December 2011 - St Helen's, Swansea

Match Report

Llanelli climb to 5th spot

Swansea 18

Llanelli 52


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.


Match stats


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)


Official : Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Swansea Llanelli