2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 33 v 27 Swansea
07 October 2017 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 33 Swansea 27

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  • Bonus point win for Llanelli
  • Outstanding last 30 minutes gains losing bonus point for Whites
  • Swansea replacements almost turn game on its head


By: Paul Hopkins


A gutsy second half comeback by Richard Lancaster’s All Whites wasn’t enough as they lost out to a clinical Llanelli side in a match full of open rugby,


The home team run riot in the opening 50 minutes and they sealed an early bonus point, including a brace of tries by star winger Tom Rogers.


Swansea mounted the first attack when winger Andrew Claypole made a break and found fellow wing Jake Randell in support. Llanelli were penalised for offside in midfield and full back Owen Howe kicked his side ahead.


Llanelli hooker Craig Thomas charged down a kick and Rogers was dragged down five metres short of the line. Winger Ashley Evans charged forward and set up flanker Lloyd Pike for a try. Fly half Ioan Hughes converted.


Flanker Ellis Thomas then made a break and found full back Jake Newman, who threw a clever pass out to Rogers. Newman stayed in support and took a return pass, but stepped into touch just short of the line.


The home pack drove towards the line and centre Ollie Reyland was brought down near the line. Pike tried to dive over, but lost the ball forward over the whitewash.


When the visitors’ pack collapsed a scrum, referee Elgan Williams spoke to captain Jon Fox. It seemed to work as his side fared much better at the next scrum, forcing a knock on by Pike.


Rogers made a typical run down the wing, but was pulled down a metre short of the line. The home pack recycled the ball quickly for Reyland to pick up and score. Hughes missed the conversion.


Swansea looked to hit back when lock Tudor Hughes charged up the twenty-two and Randell used his strength well, with two tacklers needed to bring him down. Reyland was penalised for failing to roll away after the tackle and Howe kicked to touch. A superb counter maul by the home forwards earned a turnover and scrum half Gareth George cleared.


It sparked the home side back into life and the elusive Rogers used his pace to run rings around a few Whites defenders to score under the posts. Hughes converted.


Moments later Rogers grabbed his second try and an important bonus point for Llanelli following more sloppy defence by the visitors out wide. Hughes converted.


Looking to hit back before the interval, Howe chipped to the corner from a penalty. Lock Jay Williams collected the lineout, but outstanding defence by the Llanelli pack secured a turnover.


Half-time:-   Llanelli   26   Swansea   3


It was the worst possible start to the second half for Swansea when flanker Jon Vaughan was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle on lock Chris Long, who had to go off injured.


The home side made the most of the man advantage when Newman fielded a loose kick and found Reyland and Craig Thomas in support. They drew in the Swansea defence to send Ellis Thomas over for a try. Hughes converted.


Lancaster made four changes in the 46th minute and it had a major hand in turning the game on its head.


Swansea managed to score their first try after a well worked lineout saw replacement scrum half Josh Guy fire a pass back out wide to substitute hooker Tom Ball, who scored. Howe converted.


Fly half Gareth Walters, another replacement, made a break through the middle and found Guy in support, though he fired a poor pass that was intercepted by Hughes, who cleared.


The Whites continued their comeback when Claypole ran direct at the Llanelli defence and managed to get the ball out wide for replacement winger Rhys Williams to sprint home to score. Howe converted.


A superbly weighted kick by Walters forced Reyland to take the ball back over his own line for a Whites scrum five, but a loose pass brought an end to the attack.


Howe further reduced the deficit to 13 points following an infringement at the scrum by the home side.


Llanelli were beginning to feel the pressure and Evans accidentally diverted a Guy kick into touch, giving the Whites an attacking lineout. However, accidental offside gave the home side the chance to clear.


A chip through by centre Callum Carson beat the chasing Howe over the try line, but play was brought back after the home side killed the ball. Howe kicked to the corner, but Ball threw a pass into touch.


With minutes left on the clock the Whites pack pushed their counterparts off the ball at a scrum, earning a penalty. As they were in the ascendency, the visitors opted for another set piece and pushed Llanelli backwards, earning a penalty try.


The home forwards took the sting out of game in the final minute to hang on and clinch victory.


Next up for Swansea is a home friendly against Bridgend and a home league match against Neath, while Llanelli host Carmarthen.


Full-time:-   Llanelli   33   Swansea   27


Llanelli scorers:


Tries:-   Lloyd Pike (9), Ollie Reyland (20), Tom Rogers (27, 32), Ellis Thomas (45)

Cons:-   Ioan Hughes (10, 28, 33, 46)


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   Tom Ball (54), Rhys R Williams (59), Penalty try (80+4)

Cons:-   Owen Howe (55, 60)

Pens:-   Owen Howe (6, 68)


Yellow cards:-   Jon Vaughan (42)


Match facts:


Venue:-   Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli

Referee:-   Elgan Williams

Weather:-   Light cloud, 15C

Man of the match:-   Lloyd Pike

Attendance:-   400


Llanelli team:


15 Jake Newman (rep: Ryan Davies 66)

14 Ashley Evans

13 Steff Hughes

12 Ollie Reyland

11 Tom Rogers

10 Ioan Hughes

9 Gareth George

1 Tom Kaijaks (rep: Ben Leung 78)

2 Craig Thomas (rep: Ben Edwards 67)

3 Ben Leung (rep: Rhys Thomas 55)

4 Richard Bullough (rep: Michael Owen 80+3)

5 Chris Long (rep: Ashleigh Hyndman 42)

6 Ellis Thomas

7 Lloyd Pike ©

8 Nathan Hart




16 Ben Edwards

17 Rhys Thomas

18 Dylan Phillips

19 Ashleigh Hyndman

20 Michael Owen

21 Matthew Flanagan

22 Lewis Williams

23 Ryan Davies


Swansea team:


15 Owen Howe

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Callum Carson

12 Jedd Evans

11 Jake Randell (rep: Rhys R Williams 30)

10 James Davies (rep: Gareth Walters 46)

9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Josh Guy 46)

1 Jack Powell (rep: Hugh Gustafson 71)

2 Ashley James (rep: Tom Ball 46)

3 Chris Thomas (rep: Fenton Holder 57)

4 Jay Williams

5 Tudor Hughes (rep: Matt Dodd 34)

6 Jon Vaughan

7 Ben Davies (rep: Emyr Williams 46)

8 Jon Fox ©




16 Tom Ball

17 Hugh Gustafson

18 Fenton Holder

19 Matt Dodd

20 Emyr Williams

21 Josh Guy

22 Gareth Walters

23 Rhys R Williams



Attendance: 400

Official : Elgan Williams (Wales)

Llanelli Swansea