Llanelli 13 Aberavon 41
LLANELLI slipped to a seventh straight defeat in the Principality Premiership as they were beaten by Aberavon at Parc y Scarlets.
Full-back Kalum Evans and prop Rhys Thomas scored tries for the Sospans but it was ultimately in vain as the Wizards worked their magic to leave with a bonus-point win.
Joe Thomas, David Pritchard, Ben Thomas, Shaun Pearce, Iwan Temblett (2) and Luke Joseph were the Aberavon scorers.
The result continues Llanelli’s winless run stretching across both phases, which started with defeat to Aberavon at the Talbot Athletic Ground in early December.
It also means Llanelli are without a win in the Premiership since November 24
when they beat Neath.
For Aberavon, it avenged their 36-22 defeat on this ground when the sides met in the West Conference back in September and also halts a slide that had seen them lose all four games since the East and West sections came together.
Fly-half Billy McBryde booted Llanelli in front in the fourth minute with a penalty.
However it was the Wizards who scored the first try of the afternoon in the 13th minute with outside centre Joe Thomas touching down after a break from Aberavon down the right and neat offload from flanker Joe Tomalin-Reeves. The try was converted by fly-half James Garland.
Llanelli scored their first try after 27 minutes when, following an initial burst from No.8 and captain Nathan Hart, the ball was spun out to Evans who dived over, although McBryde’s conversion attempt rattled back off the uprights.
Scrum-half Pritchard then raced through for Aberavon’s second try on 34 minutes, with Garland once again taking care of the extras to out them 14-8 to the good at half time.
It took the visitors less than three minutes to extend that lead at the beginning of the second half, with lock Ben Thomas dotting down, with the conversion missed.
But, back came the Sospans, with Rhys Thomas driving over from a rolling maul moments later and, with McBryde’s conversion attempt wide, reduced the deficit to six points.
Wing Pearce secured a bonus-point for Aberavon with their fourth try on 54 minutes while conversion was missed as the Wizards led 24-13.
Replacement Temblett came off the bench to bag a brace, while back-rower Joseph also added a further try for Aberavon in the closing stages.
Courtesy of Mid Glam press