Llanelli scored seven tries as they beat Bedford for the first time in five British & Irish Cup outings.
It was a crushing bonus point victory with the Welsh side blitzing the English Championship side by seven tries to two.
The victory moves Llanelli from bottom place in Pool 3 up to second behind leaders Rotherham Titans.
Llanelli were indebted to wing Aaron Warren who scored twice and fly-half Josh Lewis who supplied 12 points at Parc y Scarlets.
But as good as Llanelli were in creating tries and then sitting back and defending in the second half, the Blues were just dreadful in almost all departments.
Llanelli’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages had been all but over before yesterday’s clash.
But now if they pick up five points in Connacht next weekend and other results go their way they could yet have a chance of progressing.
Anthony Buchanan, the Llanelli director of rugby, was delighted with his team’s performance – their fourth win on the trot in all competitions.
“That was up there with our best performance in the British & Irish Cup. We scored some good tries but equally are defence was very impressive,” he said.
Incredibly, Llanelli, who had lost at Bedford 29-24 in November, had bagged a bonus point before half-time having scored four well-worked tries in the space of only 17 minutes.
Bedford got on the score sheet first through a James Pritchard penalty but after that it was almost entirely Llanelli for the rest of the first 40 minutes
Loose-head prop Wyn Jones started the try rout rumbling over from a tap penalty on 22 minutes before No. 8 Ed Price crossed, helped by a good wheel of a five metre scrum.
Llanelli were not finished there. Centre Steffan Hughes went in at the left corner from a pass by flanker Craig Price before Josh Lewis ensured the bonus point with an impressive kick and chase score down the right.
By the break Llanelli were leading 24-3.
Bedford applied the necessary pressure at the start of the second half but Llanelli’s impressive defence was equal to it.
If the Blues had scored then it could have been a different story
And it was Llanelli who scored first with a Josh Lewis penalty on 48 minutes.
Llanelli’s defensive effort was tested by yellow cards for busy flanker Dan Thomas and lock Carwyn Jones which resulted in replacement hooker Scott Spurling going over for Bedford’s first try on 68.
There was also a runaway try for centre Michael Lebourgeois but despite being down to 13 men Llanelli scored three tries through Aaron Warren and wing Kyle Evans – two of those in the space of a minute.
Llanelli :Tries: W Jones, E Price, S Hughes, J Lewis, Aaron Warren (2), K Evans; cons: J Lewis (2), D Jones; pen: J Lewis.
Bedford:tries: S Spurling, M Lebourgeois; con: J Sharp; pen: J Prichard.
courtesy of Walesonline
Llanelli 44 - 15 Bedford Blues