Reversal at Sardis Road

Llanelli’s winning run came to an end at Pontypridd last Saturday (21st) when the home side ran out winners 26-15. Former Llanelli player Diggy Bird certainly did the damage slotting 4 pens & 2 conversions to claim a personal 16 pt haul.

Llanelli got on the scoreboard first with a well stuck Iwan Evans penalty on 5 minutes but although they worked hard it was to be their only score of the half. Two Bird penalties interspersed by a corner flag touchdown by wing threequarter Alex Webber and with the excellent conversion it had the home side leading 13-3 at the end of the half.

The weather turned nasty at the beginning of the second half at conditions really became difficult for both sides to show their attacking intent. Hooker Taylor Davies was yellow carded and it was Bird again who made the visitors pay whilst down to 14 men with two further pens. The third quarter saw Llanelli having to defend for the best part but they regrouped and scored their first try on 65 mins when Ryan Davies crossed wide out. Any thought of a comeback soon evaporated when a narrow side move saw Joel Raikes cross between the posts for Ponty’s 2nd try. But Llanelli scored the final try of the game on 84 mins when flanker Nathan Hart bundled over, replacement Tadhg McGuckin slotted the goal to end the game.

So, a disappointing result but the boys now must build for their local derby encounter with the All Whites next Saturday 28th at Parc – y – Scarlets.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 13 9 1 3 319 229 45
Aberavon 13 9 0 4 293 223 43
Merthyr 15 8 0 7 316 311 41
Pontypridd 15 8 0 7 328 315 38
RGC 1404 14 7 0 7 352 322 36
Llandovery 12 6 2 4 271 225 35
Swansea 12 5 0 7 189 214 25
Newport 12 4 0 8 240 263 25
Llanelli 13 5 0 8 251 343 23
Ebbw Vale 14 3 1 10 254 308 21
Bridgend Ravens 15 3 0 12 228 414 17