Llanelli enjoy bonus-point derby win over Swansea

Llanelli launched their Indigo Premiership campaign with a hugely encouraging 46-26 bonus-point victory over old rivals Swansea at Parc y Scarlets.

The home side scored three tries in each half, while full-back Josh Phillips delivered a kicking masterclass, landing 16 points off the tee and tormenting Swansea all afternoon with his cultured right boot.

Another to enjoy an impressive afternoon was 18-year-old Scarlets Academy back-rower Luca Giannini, who, like Phillips, was playing his second game in two days after making his debut for the Scarlets on Friday night.

Centre Jack Price also stood out, with and without the ball, while Harri Williams and his replacement Luke Davies were real threats from scrum-half.

Head coach Phil John would have demanded a fast start from his side and he got just that with Llanelli surging into a 21-0 lead in as many minutes.

The opening try arrived in the seventh minute and it came via a rumbling line-out drive which saw skipper Llew Phillips-Taylor touch down.

No. 8 Nathan Hart then powered over from close range before wing Rhys Harris chipped over the defence and won the race to his own kick through for try number three.

Swansea finally rose from their slumber with prop Richard Murphy touching down and when Wales U20s cap Harri Houston stepped over just before the break it was game on.

But Llanelli put further distance between the sides thanks to a Phillips penalty and a try from replacement Harrison Button, who pounced on another Swansea error for the bonus-point score.

Hooker Owen Thomas replied for the All Whites, but replacement scrum-half Davies snuffed out any potential comeback when he created and finished try number five.

Up stepped Phillips, who had switched to fly-half following injury to Tal Rees, to land a monstrous penalty from inside his own half to extend the advantage and although Swansea claimed their fourth try through replacement Garan Williams, Llanelli had the final word when the outstanding Price powered his way over the whitewash in the last minute