2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 22 v 15 Llandovery
07 January 2017 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli edge Regional derby

The final game in the Principality Premiership before the mid-season split went the way of Llanelli who beat local rivals Llandovery in a disappointing error-strewn game at Parc Y Scarlets.
With the Drovers already bound for the top eight and the Sospans consigned to the bottom tier, there was little to play for and there was nothing to choose between the two Carmarthenshire rivals.
Llanelli, who had the lion’s share of possession in the first half, were less authoritative after the break before finishing with a real flourish to grab two late tries and victory.
“Neither side played particularly well,” said Llanelli head of rugby Kevin George.
“But we just about deserved the win through our very strong finish.
“We had plenty of chances in the first half to put light between the two sides, but we kicked away far too much possession.
“Llandovery came back strongly after the break and our defence was under the cosh, but we then took two late chances to pinch it.”
The Drovers had a few key players missing, but head coach Euros Evans acknowledged the Llanelli performance.
He said: “We made too many errors in failing to keep the ball when leading 15-10 with 10 minutes to go and the Llanelli bench proved more effective than ours in the latter stages.
“We were not our usual selves but we now take a much needed rest and get some important people back to full fitness before the new top eight league starts in February.”
A try from centre and skipper Jonny Lewis and five points from the boot of fly-half Billy McBryde was all that Llanelli could muster despite their control of the first half – while Llandovery fly-half Jack Maynard scored a fine solo try to make it just 10-5.
The visitors, with flanker Stuart Worrall and No. 8 Joe Powell shining, had their best patch of the game going 15-10 up thanks to a try from Powell and five points from the boot.
But with No.8 Nathan Hart, an outstanding replacement, the hosts rallied to get touchdowns from full-back Dion Jones and replacement Richard Bassett.

Llanelli RFC 22 - 15 

Courtesy of Huw S Thomas & Mid Glamorgan Press Agency

Attendance: 200

Official : Adam Jones (Wales)

Llanelli Llandovery