Llanelli 39-10 Bargoed
Llanelli earned their second win in succession with a hard fought victory over Bargoed RFC.
In the end the scoreline indicates a comfortable win but in reality it was anything but. The visitors came to the ”parc’ knowing that if they could gain the upper hand up front as they did back in October then they might spring a surprise. Llanelli knew that it was vital to get the result and continue to improve their league position.
Within two minutes the home side got their first try. They won lineout ball on the five metre line and skipper Nathan Hart was at the back of the rolling maul to open the scoring. Almost immediately Outside half Josh Prosser slotted a penalty for the visitors. Llanelli bounced straight back when on eight minutes centre Jonny Lewis bulldozed his way over for the game’s second try. Full back Clayton Blommetjies added the extras. For the remainder of the half it was the visitors who bossed precedings. They had three or four great opportunities on the Llanelli line to get back into the game. The home defence stood firm on each occasion , although after 24 mins ref Craig Evans yellow carded hooker Greg George. Bargoed continued to press and got their reward on the stroke of half time. They won good lineout ball and set up numerous close range drives, they opened up Llanelli’s defence and second row James Locke got the try. Prosser again added the extras and at the half Llanelli somewhat fortuitously led 12-10. It was game very much on.
The second half very much belonged to Llanelli, they added 27 unanswered points. On 42 mins prop Ryan Thomas barged his way over and then just over ten minutes later they got their fourth and bonus point try when wing Kalum Evans crossed in the corner. Bargoed were still threatening thro their forwards and made Llanelli work hard to maintain the upper hand. So, on 60 mins Tom Prydie extended the homes sides lead by kicking a penalty goal. At 25-10 it was now going very difficult for Bargoed to get back into it. Two further tries in the final ten minutes by Tom Prydie and replacement scrum half Gareth George sealed the points.
Another good result for the town semi’s who now travel to Newport next Friday evening to take on the Black & Ambers at Rodney Parade.
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