Bonus Point Home Win

30/09/2017

Llanelli made it back-to-back wins in the Principality Premiership’s West section with an impressive bonus-point defeat of last season’s Grand Finalists Aberavon at Parc y Scarlets.
Buoyed by a five-star showing at Neath last weekend, the Sospans turned in another impressive show to beat the Wizards with Oliver Reyland, Ryan Conbeer, Jack Condy and Steffan Hughes all on the scoresheet with Billy McBryde adding the other 16 points from the tee.
Aberavon had started the game on the front foot and were unfortunate some early pressure was not rewarded with a try.
But they did get the scoreboard ticking when fly-half James Garland booted an easy penalty in front of the sticks after six minutes.
It was Llanelli who got the first try of the match two minutes later through outside centre Reyland with midfield partner McBryde adding the extras to make it 7-3.
That lead was extended on 21 minutes when wing Conbeer was sent away down the left and the Wales U20 star powered over although this time the conversion attempt was missed by McBryde.
Now firmly in the ascendancy a third Llanelli try then arrived four minutes later as, once again profiting from turnover ball, this time down the right, No.8 Condy dived over with the try unconverted.
But, given the quality they possess, it was no surprise that the Wizards hit back and they pulled level thanks to two quick tries while also seizing on a numerical advantage after Llanelli loose head Rhys Fawcett was sin-binned.
The first came on 34 minutes through outside centre Will Price, converted by Garland, to pull the deficit back to just seven points before an excellent move involving hooker Luke Davies and full-back Jon Phillips saw lock Ben Davies offload to scrum-half Jacob Flynn to pile over, again converted.
However two more McBryde penalties meant it was the hosts who led 23-17 at half time.
Aberavon responded again just after the re-start with their third try scored by prop Rhys Henry although Garland missed the conversion, before McBryde booted another effort from the tee to make it 26-22.
McBryde’s fourth penalty made it 29-22 and they made the game safe when replacement Hughes went through for try number four to secure the bonus-point for Llanelli with McBryde converting.
Llanelli 36-22 Aberavon

Courtesy of Carl Field

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