Courtesy of Carl Field
Llanelli made it four straight wins in the Principality Premiership with a bonus-point success over the Quins at Carmarthen Park.
A converted Craig Evans try gave the hosts an early lead but three converted tries in a 10-minute first half spell from prop Rhys Thomas, wing Ashley Evans – on his debut – and fly-half Josh Lewis swung the match Llanelli’s way.
Lewis – who also booted five conversions – and replacement Nathan Hart added further after the break as five-star Llanelli moved back up to seventh in the table and have now also won six on the bounce in all competitions.
Meanwhile defeat for Carmarthen was their fifth in succession in the Premiership – where they haven’t picked up a win since they beat Bridgend on November 28.
Llanelli director of rugby Kevin George was delighted after another sparkling performance – with his side now having racked up 192 points in their last four Premiership games.
He said: “We’ve had a couple of the senior boys come back and they have really galvanised the group and given us that little extra bit of quality.
“It’s coming together nicely now and we’re playing a nice brand of rugby.
“We’re getting plenty of width in the game and frightening teams with the pace we’ve got.”
The Quins started brightly and broke the deadlock in the fourth minute when fly-half Craig Evans spotted a gap to dart over before converting his own try.
Llanelli looked to hit straight back and were almost level four minutes later when Tom Price led a breakaway before offloading to ex-Wales U20 international Ashley Evans – recently signed from Neath – down the right but he was denied by a last-ditch tackle.
However the visitors were level moments later thanks to a try for prop Thomas which Lewis converted to level it up 8-8.
Llanelli then went in front for the first time in the match on 19 minutes with Ashley Evans on the end of a good team move with Lewis once again taking care of the extras.
And, two minutes later, they extended their lead when Lewis dived over and then converted to put the visitors 24-8 up at the break.
The visitors then secured the bonus point 10 minutes after the re-start and once again it was Lewis who took advantage of some rather lacklustre Quins defending to dot down and then converted to make it 32-8.
Carmarthen responded by scoring a second try on the hour mark courtesy of flanker Andrew Green, which this time went unconverted, before Hart grabbed Llanelli’s fifth try on 72 minutes – again converted by Lewis – to round off another thumping win.
Carmarthen Quins – Tries: C Evans, A Green; Con: C Evans.
Llanelli – Tries: R Thomas, A Evans, J Lewis (2), N Hart; Cons: J Lewis (5).
Carmarthen Quins: L Williams; G Thomas, D Wyn Morgans (I Evans 54), M Griffiths, D Ford; C Evans (K Jones 80), C Lloyd (K Hardy 54); N Williams (S Phillips 58), R Clancy (R Jenkins 72), I Jones (W Rees Taylor 48), B Thompson, J Helps, H Pugh, A Green (J Gardiner 61), L Taylor (E Lloyd 50).
Llanelli: G Walters; A Evans, N Edwards, Jonny Lewis (R Davies 65), M Tagicakibau (S Pearce 40); Josh Lewis, J Guy (G Davies 70); R Thomas (R Fawcett 57), T Myhill (T Davies 57), J Payne (T Kaijaks 40), A Powell (C Long 70), T Price, J Jones, O Morgan, T Lloyd (N Hart 32).
Referee: Adam Jones (WRU)
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