- Swansea pack dominates in five try hammering of Llanelli
- Win ensures Whites finish seventh in Prem West
- Tom Sloane earns man of the match award
By: Paul Hopkins
Swansea romped home to victory in the West Wales derby thanks to a dominant display by the pack.
The Whites came into the match on a run of five defeats, but showed no signs of poor form as they controlled proceedings from the first to last whistle.
When centre Ollie Reyland was penalised for holding on after the tackle, fly half James Davies kicked to touch. From the lineout, the ball was fed out wide to winger Dan Howells, but he was bundled into touch by a hefty tackle from centre Ryan Davies.
The visitors’ lineout didn’t function properly in the opening stages and when they lost possession at the set piece, the Llanelli defence failed to roll away after the tackle. Davies converted the penalty goal.
A rolling maul by the visitors’ pack saw flanker Nathan Hart peal off and make ground up to the twenty-two. Fly half Ioan Hughes turned down a kickable penalty when the Whites were caught offside and it proved the wrong decision as the home side turned over possession at the maul.
Swansea continued to dominate at the scrum, forcing multiple penalties inside the opening quarter. Flanker Morgan Morris took a pass and powered up to the twenty-two, but the supporting prop Tom Sloane became isolated and held on after the tackle.
A long pass out wide was taken by Howells, who darted up to within five metres of the line. Centre J Rhys Williams took a crash ball, before getting possession out wide for lock Sam Kiley to score. Davies converted.
Centre R Rhys Williams found touch deep inside the Llanelli twenty-two with a penalty. From the lineout, the ball was fed into midfield and R Rhys Williams chipped through for full back Richard Fussell to pick up and score in the corner. Davies converted.
Llanelli hooker Craig Thomas was shown a yellow card for an off the ball kick and Davies chipped to touch. The Whites pack mauled forward from the lineout to send Morris crashing over for a try. Davies converted.
Half-time:- Swansea 24 Llanelli 0
After a horror first half the visitors sparked into life immediately after the interval when full back Kallum Evans capitalised on an error by Kiley to race over half way. Then, the backs got possession out wide to flanker Nathan Hart, who made a break on the wing before handing a scoring pass to winger Ryan Conbeer. Hughes converted.
A barnstorming run by number eight Jon Fox knocked replacement prop Richard Bassett backwards in the tackle, but a forward pass by scrum half Matthew Aubrey brought an end to the move.
It wouldn’t be a Swansea-Llanelli derby without a fight, and Sloane and number eight Jack Condy duly obliged with an off the ball scuffle, but it was all handshakes as referee Aled Evans kept his hand in his pocket.
A tricky grubber kick almost resulted in a fourth try, but the home defence managed to get back to take the ball over their own try line, resulting in a scrum five. The Whites got the ball out into midfield, but Fox was held up over the line.
From the resulting set piece, the Swansea pack earned a penalty try after the visitors’ pack retreated at the rate of knots.
A fifth and final try came when the Llanelli forwards were pushed off their own scrum inside their twenty-two. Replacement scrum half Rhodri Wells touched down thanks to an excellent platform given to him by the pack. Davies converted.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Carmarthen, while Llanelli travel to Ebbw Vale as the second part of the Premiership begins.
Full-time:- Swansea 38 Llanelli 7
Tries:- Sam Kiley (28), Richard Fussell (32), Morgan Morris (40+1), Penalty Try (72), Rhodri Wells (78)
Cons:- James Davies (29, 33, 40+2, 79)
Pens:- James Davies (6)
Tries:- Ryan Conbeer (44)
Cons:- Ioan Hughes (45)
Yellow cards:- Craig Thomas (40)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Referee:- Aled Evans
Weather:- Cloudy, 9C
Man of the match:- Tom Sloane
15 Richard Fussell (rep: Gareth Walters 55)
14 Dan Howells (rep: Andrew Claypole 65)
13 R Rhys Williams
12 J Rhys Williams
11 Gareth Rees
10 James Davies
9 Matthew Aubrey (rep: Rhodri Wells 74)
1 Tom Sloane
2 Ashleigh James (rep: Hugh Gustafson 65)
3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Jack Powell 53)
4 Sam Kiley
5 Matt Dodd (rep: Tudor Hughes 41)
6 Morgan Morris
7 Will Jones (rep: Steffan Jones 64)
8 Jon Fox ©
16 Hugh Gustafson
17 Richard Murphy
18 Jack Powell
19 Tudor Hughes
20 Steffan Jones
21 Rhodri Wells
22 Gareth Walters
23 Andrew Claypole
15 Kallum Evans (rep: Jake Newman 71)
14 Matthew Jenkins (re: Ben Atkins 64)
13 Ryan Davies
12 Ollie Reyland
11 Ryan Conbeer
10 Ioan Hughes
9 Gareth George (rep: Matthew Flanagan 68)
1 Dylan Evans (rep: Dylan Phillips 68)
2 Craig Thomas (rep: Callum Jenkins 72)
3 Ben Leung (rep: Richard Bassett 49)
4 Ashley Hyndman (rep: Callum Jenkins 49-51) (rep: Ellis Thomas 58)
5 Bryce Morgan
6 Chris Long ©
7 Nathan Hart
8 Jack Condy (rep: Elliot Rees 72)
16 Callum Jenkins
17 Dylan Phillips
18 Richard Bassett
19 Ellis Thomas
20 Elliot Rees
21 Matthew Flanagan
22 Ben Atkins
23 Jake Newman