2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 43 v 26 Swansea
02 May 2018 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

10 Try Thriller

Well if there is such a thing as a game of two halves, this must surely be it! Llanelli scored six tries in the first half to effectively settle the outcome. At 43-12 the home side must have been relishing the opportunity to build on a commanding first half performance, but!! Swansea of course had other ideas. They tightened up their defence and bossed the second half scoring two tries and kept the home side pointless throughout the second period. If the visitors could have been a little more clinical, the final score of 43-26 could have been much closer. Llanelli's first try came from an interception some 60metres out, centre Ryan Davies read the midfield pass to run in under the posts, Billy McBryde added the extras. A few minutes later wing Mathew Jenkins extended the home side's lead, again Billy adding the extras. McBryde slotted a penalty goal on 19 mins and at that stage the home were cruising. But, Swansea came back with two tries back to back. Wing Luke Griffiths exploited a gap in the home side's defence to run unopposed under the posts and immediately from the kick off, a blind side move resulted in hooker Tom Ball scoring the visitors second try. Full back Owen Howe kicked one conversion.  At this stage Swansea we're back in it at 17-12. The second quarter saw the home side dominate up front and ended up scoring four tries, Ryan Davies grabbed his second of the match, Billy McBryde and skipper Nathan Hart scored twice. Billy converted three of the tries and to compound Swansea's woes, two boys were yellow carded right on half time. It was certainly a half Swansea wanted to forget. HT Llanelli 43-12 Swansea
The sparse crowd must have expected to see a lot more tries in the second half but it wasn't to be. Right from the start Swansea piled the pressure on and denied Llanelli the ball, indeed for some reason when Llanelli did  get hold of the ball they kicked it away! On 57 mins Swansea's pressure paid off when outside half James Davies finished off a nice break to score the visitors third try of the night. 10mins before the end, Swansea got their fourth and bonus point try when scrum half Matthew Aubrey scored wide out. 
With time running out and Swansea still pressing the home side's defence held firm to secure their own bonus point win. So a very good result for Llanelli, but a second half they'll want to forget.
Final Score Llanelli 43 - 26 Swansea

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Attendance: 150

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