2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 49 v 21 Tonmawr
03 March 2012 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

7 Try win !

Courtesy of Thisissouthwales

THERE were frustrations on both sides after this ten-try Premiership clash at Parc y Scarlets.

Llanelli sealed a bonus- point win but were far from happy with their seven-try performance, while relegation-doomed Tonmawr believed they left at least two tries and a bonus out on the pitch. For Llanelli, victory eased some of the hurt of being knocked out of the Swalec Cup followed by a home defeat to Cross Keys.

And on the face of it — and as the scoreboard will tell you — the home side dominated Tonmawr, but in between the seven tries there was still plenty of error.

"Every time we went wide we turned ball over and we didn't get our fluency in the game," complained Llanelli's director of rugby Anthony Buchanan.

"There was poor accuracy in our skills but we are working hard.

"We have to be pleased with a bonus win after two disappointing weekends, but if we have aspirations of doing well in this league then we have to do better than that."

For bottom club Tonmawr, for who time is running out in the Welsh Premiership, there were similar frustrations.

But their concerns are more of the perennial type. They scored three tries but could and should have had at least two more scores — one disallowed harshly for a forward pass and another butchered by flanker Vincent Gwavu, who failed to get the ball down behind the posts.

"It's so frustrating because they were up against it in the first half but started playing in the second — they know they can do it, but it was too late," said Tonmawr team manager Steve Oliver.

"Again it was a gutsy display and they prove week in, week out that they can play with the best but they just lack concentration. Llanelli were the best side but just for sheer gutsiness that should have been a 28-28 draw.

"We could easily have had two bonus points, but for the umpteenth time we produced a frustrating performance.

"We just battle on but there are at least eight games this season where we have lost the game rather than the opposition winning it. Llanelli were better drilled but we did push them hard in the second half."

Lock Nathan White crossed for two of Llanelli's tries. But that was after they were stunned by a try after only 90 seconds from Ton wing Steff Andrews.

They did not trail for long. Fly-half Owen Williams breezed in, followed over by White as they led 14-7 on 13 minutes.

But it was not until the business end of the half that Llanelli showed their dominance with tries for prop Simon Gardiner and wing Villiame Iongi as the bonus point was sealed before the interval.

Llanelli scored their fifth try through prop Rhys Thomas, but Ton hit back with two tries in five minutes for full-back Marc Bennett and captain Hywel Davies.

It should have been a third but flanker Vincent Gwavu could not get the ball down, and Llanelli showed how it was done with tries six and seven for Joe Heatley and White.

Llanelli : Tries: O. Williams, N. White (2), S. Gardiner, V. Iongi, R. Thomas, J. Heatley. Cons: J. Williams (7).

Team : J. Williams; I. Evans (J. Lewis 75), N. Reynolds, S. Hughes (D. Bird 55), V. Iongi (J. Heatley 63); O. Williams, J. James; R. Thomas (A. Hopkins 66), C. Hawkins (capt, T. Ball 59), S. Gardiner, E. Price (Adam Powell 68), N. White, M. Gilbert (D. Thomas 55), Allan Powell, C. Price.

Tonmawr : Tries: S. Andrews, M. Bennett, H. Davies. Cons: L. Richards (3).

Team : M. Bennett; G. John, A. Collins, S. Winn, S. Andrews; L. Richards, A. Lewis (A. Williams 60); R. Murphy, T. Cole (I. Dobbs h-t), M. Jeffreys (K. O'Sullivan 78), H. Davies (capt), N. Eaves (T. Herdsman 78), V. Gwavu, C. Ndlovu (S. Hicks 51), J. McKenna.

Referee : Kelvin Shorte (WRU).

Official : Kelvin Shorte (Wales)

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