Llanelli raring to go for first game of Indigo Group Premiership

Llanelli kick-off their Indigo Group Premiership campaign with a thrilling West Wales encounter against fellow Scarlets Carmarthen Quins, under the bright lights of Carmarthen Park, on Thursday 16th December.

With last weekend’s opening round against Cardiff RFC postponed due to player call-ups to Cardiff Rugby’s squad for their Heineken Champions Cup clash, having been hit by Covid-19 related travel disruptions and isolation, Llanelli are now raring to go and get the new Premiership season underway.

Thursday’s game, a West Wales derby likely to be packed full of on-field match-ups, will also be broadcast live on S4C Chwaraeon Facebook, S4C YouTube and S4C Clic. Commentary will be available in both Welsh and English.

Despite a disappointing run in the Indigo Group Premiership Cup head coach Paul Fisher is excited by the prospect of the new Premiership season getting underway having seen some quality develop through the ranks in the opening months of the season.

Reflecting on the Cup campaign Fisher said; “We used the first block of the season as an opportunity to field some of the younger members of the squad, including some of the exciting talent developing within the academy.

“I believe that we were competitive in five of the ten fixtures but weren’t quite experienced enough as a side on the day to get the result over the line.

“The experiences the boys have had will have helped them and the development of their game, in addition to making us a more experienced side as we head into the Premiership season.”

Llanelli team to take on Carmarthen Quins, at Carmarthen Park, Thursday 16th December kick-off 19:30;

15 Llew Smith, 14 Amir Jiwa-Walji, 13 Jonathan Lewis, 12 Iwan Evans, 11 Liam Hutchings, 10 Ioan Hughes, 1 Rhys Davies, 2 Llew Phillips-Taylor, 3 Ryan Thomas, 4 Christian Long, 5 Ashleigh Hyndman, 6 Ryan Jenkins, 7 Jacob Lewis, 8 Nathan Hart (c)

Replacements; 16 Morgan MacRae, 17 Thomas Zoogah, 18 Richard Bassett, 19 Sam Martin, 20 Caine Rees-Jones, 21 Jay Weaver, 22 Tomos Davies, 23 Harrison Button

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 11 9 0 2 374 210 46
Newport 11 9 0 2 337 214 45
Aberavon 11 7 0 4 322 243 37
Llandovery 11 6 0 5 303 287 31
RGC 1404 11 6 0 5 286 244 31
Merthyr 11 5 0 6 329 294 31
Pontypridd 11 7 0 4 239 259 30
Carmarthen Quins 11 6 0 5 232 254 30
Bridgend Ravens 11 4 0 7 186 276 18
Swansea 11 3 0 8 212 269 18
Ebbw Vale 11 3 0 8 157 263 14
Llanelli 11 1 0 10 189 353 10