Swansea
2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Swansea 23 v 27 Llanelli
26 December 2016 - St Helen's, Swansea
Llanelli

Match Report

Swansea 23 Llanelli 27

 

 

By: Paul Hopkins

 

Llanelli took the spoils against old rivals Swansea in a pulsating Boxing Day derby, which at times threatened to boil over.

 

There was a nice gesture immediately before the match when Swansea centre David Watts and Llanelli lock Adam Powell, playing their respective 250th and 300th games for their clubs, were given a guard of honour onto the pitch by both squads. But that’s where the niceties ended.

 

It was the All Whites who looked the sharper team inside the opening 10 minutes. Flanker Jon Vaughan made a burst through the middle, finding fly half Jac Wilson in support and then prop Tom Sloane took the ball into contact, forcing the visitors offside at the ruck. Wilson duly converted the penalty.

 

Two minutes later Llanelli took the lead against the run of play when winger Matthew Brewer made an initial break on the wing, drawing in three Swansea defenders, before he offloaded to number eight Jack Condy. He created a platform for the visitors to spin the ball out wide to Brewer, who used his pace to score a well taken try. Fly half Ioan Hughes converted.

 

The Whites looked set to retake the lead when scrum half Martin Luckwell took a quick tap penalty and found centre Ryan Evans, who made ground inside the twenty-two. Winger Andrew Claypole was held up a metre short of the whitewash, but lock Jay Williams lost the ball forward over the line.

 

When a Llanelli attack broke down full back Josh Jones intercepted a pass and sprinted down the wing. He threw a loose pass back into midfield and the bounce favoured winger Richard Williams, who greatly picked it up to score. Wilson missed the conversion.

 

The visitors were back on the attack through Brewer and Condy, with flanker Tom Phillips driving up to the twenty-two. However a ruck formed and Condy was warned by referee Aled Evans for overzealous use of the boot, despite cries of a red card from the home supporters.

 

Inevitably it was the lively Condy who claimed try number two for Llanelli when he was driven over the line by a powerful maul. Hughes missed the conversion.

 

Three minutes later the visitors scored another try when winger Ryan Conbeer intercepted a pass inside his own twenty-two, before racing downfield to score. The chasing Whites’ winger Richard Williams was shown a yellow card for needlessly diving onto Conbeer after he had scored. Hughes converted.

 

A mass brawl ensued when Powell made a high and dangerous tackle, but although many punches were thrown, it was only Powell who was given his marching orders for ten minutes.

 

Swansea had the final chance of the half when lock Tudor Hughes caught a lineout and his pack remained patient to set up an attacking platform. However, Watts was unable to take the pass and lost possession forward.

 

Half-time:-   Swansea   8   Llanelli   17

 

The All Whites signalled their intent to get back into the derby immediately after the interval when the pack forced their counterparts upwards at a scrum. Wilson kicked the resulting penalty goal.

 

Then Ryan Evans made a half break over the twenty-two and found Sloane in support. Hughes rampaged towards the line, and had Watts on his shoulder, but the centre was stopped inches short of the line.

 

It was Llanelli’s turn to inflict damage at the scrum and Hughes opted to kick to the corner from the penalty. Centre Johnny Lewis took a crash ball, but lock Ed Curtis lost possession forward at the breakdown.

 

The Whites then secured a turnover and replacements Jon Fox and Jedd Evans powered forward, with flanker Jack Perkins in support to create an overlap out wide, which Hughes exploited to score. Wilson missed his conversion and the chance to kick his side ahead.

 

Llanelli were soon back on the attack and a powerful scrum earned them another penalty. Hughes again kicked to the corner and flanker Nathan Hart collected lineout ball to start a maul. The visitors got the ball out to Lewis and the Swansea defence were penalised for offside at the ruck. Hughes kicked the three points.

 

The Parc Y Scarlets side secured a bonus point try when Josh Jones dropped a pass in midfield that was picked up by centre Ioan Nicholas, who raced clear to score under the posts. Hughes converted.

 

With three minutes of normal time left on the clock Swansea gave themselves a lifeline when Fox took advantage of a tired Llanelli defence to score in the corner. Wilson converted to narrow the gap to just four points.

 

However, it was not to be for the Whites as the Llanelli pack stayed solid and helped to run down the clock, before Hughes kicked the ball out of play to spark celebrations in the visitors’ camp.

 

The win keeps Llanelli in the hunt for a place in the top half of the Premiership, while Swansea are now tied on points at the bottom with Bargoed. Next up for the Whites is a trip to Llandovery, while Llanelli travel to Bedwas.

 

Full-time:-   Swansea   23   Llanelli   27

 

Swansea scorers:

 

Tries:-   Richard Williams (20), Tudor Hughes (62), Jon Fox (78)

Cons:-   Jac Wilson (79)

Pens:-   Jac Wilson (8, 43)

 

Yellow cards:-   Richard Williams (37)

 

Llanelli scorers:

 

Tries:-   Matthew Brewer (10), Jack Condy (34), Ryan Conbeer (37), Ioan Nicholas (74)

Cons:-   Ioan Hughes (11, 75)

Pens:-   Ioan Hughes (69)

 

Yellow cards:-   Adam Powell (40)

 

Match facts:

 

Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Aled Evans

Weather:-   Sunny, 10C

Man of the match:-   Jack Condy

Attendance:-   800

 

Swansea team:

 

15 Josh Jones

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Ryan Evans

12 David Watts (rep: Jedd Evans 50)

11 Richard Williams

10 Jac Wilson

9 Martin Luckwell

1 Tom Sloane

2 Ricky Guest (rep: Paul John 52)

3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Fenton Holder 75)

4 Jay Williams (rep: Jon Fox 59)

5 Tudor Hughes

6 Jon Vaughan © (rep: Rory Gallagher 59)

7 Jack Perkins (rep: Richard Murphy 80)

8 Will Jones

 

Replacements:

 

16 Paul John

17 Richard Murphy

18 Fenton Holder

19 Jon Fox

20 Rory Gallagher

21 Mike Jones

22 Jedd Evans

23 Luke Griffiths

 

Llanelli team:

 

15 Kalum Evans

14 Matthew Brewer

13 Ioan Nicholas

12 Johnny Lewis (rep: Paul Davies 76)

11 Ryan Conbeer (rep: Nathan Edwards 76)

10 Ioan Hughes

9 Declan Smith (rep: Rhodri Cole 64)

1 Rhys Fawcett (rep: Dan Jacobs 75)

2 Taylor Davies (rep: Greg George 80+1)

3 Simon Gardiner (rep: Tom Kaijaks 47)

4 Adam Powell ©

5 Ed Curtis (rep: Jack Davies 70)

6 Tom Phillips (rep: Trystan Lloyd 41)

7 Nathan Hart

8 Jack Condy

 

Replacements:

 

16 Dan Jacobs

17 Greg George

18 Tom Kaijaks

19 Jack Davies

20 Trystan Lloyd

21 Rhodri Cole

22 Paul Davies

23 Nathan Edwards

 

Attendance: 800

Official : Aled Evans (Wales)

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