- Poor first half sinks All Whites
- Ten try thriller at Parc Y Scarlets
- Swansea grab consolation bonus point
By: Paul Hopkins
A horror first half condemned the Whites to defeat in a ten try thriller at Parc Y Scarlets.
The home side opened the scoring against the run of play when centre Ryan Davies intercepted a Matthew Aubrey pass to race 60 yards downfield to touch down under the posts. Fly half Billy McBryde converted.
A second try should have followed when full back Leon Randell split the Whites’ defence, but he threw a forward pass out wide to winger Matthew Jenkins.
Centre Rhys Williams made a break out wide for the visitors and lock Tudor Hughes powered past three tackles, but he spilled the ball forward a few metres short of the line.
Llanelli grabbed their second try in style when a home scrum turned almost 90 degrees before scrum half Gareth George spotted a gap in midfield to send Jenkins racing clear to score. McBryde converted.
It could have been a third try when deft handling out wide saw lock Tom Price chip through, but the chasing flanker Lloyd Pike was unable to gather the ball and the move broke down. Play was brought back for a Whites infringement and McBryde kicked to the corner.
Prop Rhys Thomas and centre Oli Reyland were both held up on the line, but offside by Aubrey gifted McBryde a simple three points from in front of the posts and earned the scrum half a yellow card.
Swansea hit back through full back Luke Griffiths after centre Jake Randall made a powerful run into the heart of the Llanelli defence. Full back Owen Howe converted.
Seconds later Hughes sprinted back at the home side from the restart and fed the supporting hooker Tom Ball for a try in the corner. Howe missed the conversion.
It was two minutes of madness as Ryan Davies shrugged off a tackle to score a third Llanelli try. McBryde missed the conversion.
A powerful scrum by the home pack forced the Swansea front row to stand up and McBryde kicked to the corner. From the lineout Llanelli stayed patient and got the ball out to McBryde who dived over to score a bonus point try. He also converted.
Swansea had a chance to mount an attack, but Howe’s attempt at a penalty touch finder sailed over the dead ball line.
An outstanding move involving backs and forwards resulted in a try for home captain Nathan Hart. McBryde converted.
The home side had one more chance to strike again before half time with a close range lineout and prop Tom Sloane was yellow carded for killing the ball. McBryde again kicked to touch and Swansea were reduced to 13 men when flanker Jon Vaughan was also penalised for deliberate offside.
From the resulting scrum a marching Llanelli pack saw Hart score his second try. McBryde converted.
Half-time:- Llanelli 43 Swansea 12
A poor lineout throw by replacement hooker Elgan Lewis with his first action of the game gifted Swansea a scrum just a few metres from the Llanelli line, but the home pack won the ball against the head and were able to clear.
Prop Ben Leung was penalised for holding on after the tackle on halfway and Aubrey kicked to touch. An infringement at the lineout gave Swansea another penalty and Aubrey again chipped to the corner, but lock Matt Dodd lost the ball forward at the maul.
After a surprisingly scoreless opening 20 minutes to the second half fly half James Davies fed fly Aubrey, who used his pace to touch down in the corner. Aubrey converted.
The Swansea forwards drove into the Llanelli twenty-two and the home side were penalised for offside at the breakdown. Aubrey kicked to the corner, but the move broke down, although winger Ashley Evans was sent to the sin-bin for an off the ball challenge.
Swansea grabbed a bonus point of their own when Aubrey touched down in the corner from a close range scrum. He also converted.
Replacement winger Dan Howells looked set to score after picking up a long pass, but he was brought down by the last tackler on the twenty-two and the home side regrouped to force a relieving penalty.
Full-time:- Llanelli 43 Swansea 26
Tries:- Ryan Davies (5, 24), Matthew Jenkins (11), Billy McBryde (31), Nathan Hart (36, 40+5)
Cons:- Billy McBryde (6, 12, 32, 37, 40+6)
Pens:- Billy McBryde (19)
Yellow cards:- Ashley Evans (67)
Tries:- Luke Griffiths (21), Tom Ball (22), Matthew Aubrey (60, 73)
Cons:- Owen Howe (22), Matthew Aubrey (61, 74)
Yellow cards:- Matthew Aubrey (19), Tom Sloane (40+1), Jon Vaughan (40+3)
Venue:- Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
Referee:- Stephen Olsen
Weather:- Sunny, 11C
Man of the match:- Ryan Davies
15 Leon Randell (rep: Ashley Sutton 54)
14 Ashley Evans
13 Ryan Davies
12 Oli Reyland (rep: Jonny Lewis 71)
11 Matthew Jenkins
10 Billy McBryde
9 Gareth George (rep: Declan Smith 54)
1 Rhys Thomas (rep: Rhys Fawcett 44)
2 Callum Jenkins (rep: Elgan Lewis 50)
3 Ben Leung (rep: Richard Bassett 68)
4 Chris Long (rep: Elliot Rees 59)
5 Tom Price
6 Jack Davies
7 Lloyd Pike
8 Nathan Hart ©
16 Elgan Lewis
17 Rhys Fawcett
18 Richard Bassett
19 Elliot Rees
20 Tom Kaijaks
21 Declan Smith
22 Jonny Lewis
23 Ashley Sutton
15 Owen Howe (rep: Josh Thomas 50)
14 Luke Griffiths (rep: Dan Howells 64)
13 R Rhys Williams
12 Jake Randall
11 Ben Cambriani
10 James Davies (rep: Josh Guy 74)
9 Matthew Aubrey
1 Tom Sloane (rep: Jack Powell 69)
2 Tom Ball (rep: Sion Jones 58)
3 Richard Murphy (rep: Tom Harper 69)
4 Tudor Hughes (rep: Gethin John 71)
5 Matt Dodd
6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Jacob Lewis 56)
7 Ben Davies (rep: Jack Powell 40+4-48)
8 Jon Fox ©
16 Sion Jones
17 Jack Powell
18 Tom Harper
19 Gethin John
20 Jacob Lewis
21 Josh Guy
22 Josh Thomas
23 Dan Howells