2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 24 v 28 Aberavon
12 March 2016 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

To little too late

Aberavon got their Principality Premiership play-off bid back on track with a bonus-point victory over Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets.
The result saw the Wizards complete a league double over the West Walians this term while also ending a run of three straight league defeats – and four in all competitions.
After a forwards-dominated opening 20 minutes, it was Aberavon who struck first. 
After winning a penalty and kicking to the corner, the resultant line-out saw the Wizards maul towards the Llanelli line with No.8 Chris Davies driving it over although fly-half James Garland missed the conversion.
But that resulted in a spell of Llanelli pressure and they replied thanks to a try from scrum-half Justin James on 29 minutes, which was converted by No.10 Josh Lewis, to edge the hosts 8-6 in front.
Aberavon then wasted a golden chance to go back in front in added time at the end of the first half, when outside centre Matthew Jenkins dropped the ball as he looked to be going over in the right corner after flanker Joe Tomalin-Reeves’ offload.
However the visitors did grab their second try five minutes after the re-start and this time Jenkins made no mistake as he touched down, converted by inside centre Cameron Clement – who had taken over kicking duties from the injured Garland. 
They extended their lead four minutes later when wing Jay Baker picked the ball and raced through to the line, with Clement again taking care of the extras.
But back came Llanelli with their second try on 54 minutes scored by flanker Jack Jones, converted by full-back Dion Jones.
With the game in the balance in the final quarter, it was the Wizards who sealed the victory and bonus point in the final minute with an unconverted try in the right corner for full-back Joe Gage.
Replacement Ryan Davies did bag a third Llanelli try in added time, converted by Dion Jones, to earn thems a losing bonus point.
Llanelli – Tries: J James, J Jones, R Davies; Cons: J Lewis, D Jones (2).
Aberavon – Tries: C Davies, M Jenkins, J Baker, J Gage; Cons: C Clement (2).

Llanelli 24-28 Aberavon

courtesy of Carl Field


Official : Simon Rees (Wales)

Llanelli Aberavon