2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Aberavon 44 v 22 Llanelli
31 October 2015 - Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot

Match Report

Llanelli beaten at Aberavon

Aberavon hit Llanelli with a six-try burst that the young Scarlets had no answer to at the Talbot Athletic Ground.

Skipper Chris Davies was in outstanding form in the Wizards’ back row, while four of the tries were scored by backs with Aberavon often running them in from deep in their own half.

Llanelli went straight onto the attack, and kept at it until their huge lock forward Maselino Paulino was sin-binned.

Aberavon lost their full back Joe Gage after ten minutes to be replaced by Jonny Phillips, who immediately scored in the corner from a smart Jay Baker pass.

James Garland landed a superb conversion for an 8-0 lead, but Llanelli had a blow with their captain and lock Adam Powell went off injured after 23 minutes.

Llanelli had more of the play and lock Paulino went over between the posts with Josh Lewis converting to level the scores.

Aberavon suddenly broke from their own half and clever handling saw Phillips and Stefan Andrews send on to centre Joe Thomas, who eluded two defenders to score in the corner.

Llanelli immediately hit back with wing Jordan Williams racing over in the corner to make it 14-14.

It was still Llanelli who enjoyed most possession, and number eight Trystan Lloyd was held on the line.

An exciting end to the half saw Aberavon run over 80 metres with Joe Thomas kicking infield and Phillips within inches of another try.

Aberavon’s third try came after 46 minutes when a superb run by Baker saw him beat man after man before hooker Gareth Harvey scored in the corner.

Aberavon’s fourth try was an amazing length-of-the-field score as Baker tore Llanelli apart and Phillips was up to send Andrews in for Garland to convert.

Llanelli were now pressed in their own half for long periods as Aberavon made their tackling count.

It was no surprise when Aberavon notched a fifth try as David Pritchard sent replacement Sam Williams over Garland to convert.

Garland added a sixth try and Phillips converted before Jordan Williams scored and converted for Llanelli right on time.


Aberavon RFC 44 -22 Llanelli RFC

courtesy of Walesonline

Attendance: 415

Official : Tom Spurrier (Wales)

Aberavon Llanelli