Llanelli v Neath (Principality Premiership)
Neath left Parc y Scarlets with a disappointing loss to Llanelli on Friday night, going down 41-12.
Llanelli were the first to add points to the board in the very opening minutes as Llanelli full back, Jordan Williams scored a try allowing Josh Lewis to convert, 7-0.
Mistakes were then made within the scrum as Llanelli come away with a penalty allowing Josh Lewis to kick for points, 10-0.
Gareth Thomas put in a good shift, pounding the defence and turning the ball over as Dai Langdon then set up Jamie Davies with a superb pass but Jamie Davies was taken in the air by Josh Adams. Josh Adams was provided with a red card, taking Llanelli down to 14 men.
Llanelli discipline let them down once again as the ref awarded a yellow card to Peter Edwards for pulling down a driving maul, leaving Llanelli with only 13 men, for the next ten minutes. Neath now with the clear advantage, powered forward with a driving maul allowing Calum Thomas to cross the line as Luke Price converted, 13-7.
But this was soon followed by a yellow card for Gareth Thomas as he was penalised for being off side. Llanelli outside half, Josh lewis kicked the points, 16-7.
Llanelli were inches away from scoring another try but the ball was spilt allowing Jamie Davies to gain possession and power upfield, diminishing the pressure as he took Llanelli back to the 10m.
Llanelli however turned the ball over and managed to find the gap as Steffan Evans crossed the line, conversion successful 23-7.
Neath came out in the second half looking strong and determined. Only seconds into the second half, Daf Howells scored a superb individual try as he spotted a gap in the red defence, bypassing the defenders allowing him to cross over in the corner, providing Neath’s second try. The try was unconverted, 26-12.
Llanelli worked their way into Neath’s half, keeping the score board ticking over as Josh Lewis kicked a drop goal, 26-12.
Neath gained dominance in the scrum during the second half as the Neath fans chanted on, ‘Neath Neath Neath’.
Llanelli were once more inches from the try line as open side flanker, Calum Thomas made the last defending attempt,smashing the hosts into touch. Llanelli were soon back in Neath’s half as Llanelli captain, Adam Powell scored a try, conversion successful, 36-12.
Neath once again dominated the scrum, something the pack had clearly improved on. But their efforts failed to show on the scoreboard as Steffan Evans crossed the line once more, conversion missed as the game came to a close, 41-12.
|October 3, 2014
|Parc y Scarlets