Wizards turn on the style to claim points at the Parc

Llanelli continue to search for their first win of 2023 after losing 55-21 to Aberavon in a free-running Indigo Premiership encounter at Parc y Scarlets.

The Wizards ran in eight tries, four in each half, in a dominant display.

Llanelli crossed three times and should have had a few more, but will rue a number of missed opportunities close to the visitors’ line.

Not for the first time this season, Llanelli were slow out of the blocks and Aberavon took full advantage, taking just two minutes for the first try to be scored. 

In a frenetic opening, lock Jac Price intercepted and it looked like the hosts had pounced for an early try, but the Wizards stole the ball back and eventually wing Stef Andrews ran on to a clever kick through for the score.

Former Scarlets fly-half Aled Thomas converted then added a long-range penalty and soon after he was lining up another kick after Llanelli lost a line-out on their own line and flanker Lloyd Evans crossed.

Trailing 17-0, the home side needed a spark and they got that from a close-range line-out drive which forced Aberavon to infringe and referee Dewi Phillips to award a penalty try.

Hooker Ieuan Davies saw yellow, but it didn’t impact the Wizards who carved out two more tries, both scored by full-back Jon Phillips.

Llanelli went close before half-time through Luke Davies and outstanding skipper Ben Williams, but the Wizards defence held firm to make it 31-7 at the break.

Aberavon added a fifth try early in the second half when scrum-half Liam Seaward sniped over on the blindside , but Llanelli did get over for a second shortly after.

A powerful carry from No. 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu took play to the shadow of the posts and when the ball was recycled, centre Joe Hutchings stepped over. Luke Davies, who had switched to fly-half following an injury to Josh Phillips, converted.

But Aberavon were in ruthless form. Hooker Davies touched down from the back of a driving maul, then centre Callum Carson finished off a sweeping move.

Hutchings dived over for his second just before the end, but it was Aberavon who had the final word with replacement Rhodri Cole finishing off a brilliant length-of-the-field counter.

Llanelli – tries: Penalty try, J. Hutchings (2). Cons: L. Davies

Aberavon – tries S. Andrews, L. Evans, J. Phillips (2), L. Seaward, I. Davies, C. Carson, R. Cole. Cons: A. Thomas (6). Pen: Thomas