Llanelli are handed a warning as Ponty cruise
HEAD coach Justin Burnell was delighted to see Pontypridd ease past Llanelli at Sardis Road to pick up their second bonus-point win.
The Valley Commandos ran in seven tries in a dominant display.
“It was a fantastic win, it’s the second game of the season and there is still a long way to go but we’ll take the 10 points we’ve picked up,” said Burnell. “They had a lot of youngsters playing for them and that is the way the Premiership is working.
“I have the utmost respect for them, they stick with their mindset of picking youngsters to play in the Premiership, which is what it is all about.
“We had a good balance, a lot of experience in the front row, which was a major factor. But we also had a lot of good youngsters who participated as well.”
Despite getting seven tries on the board, Burnell admitted that his side wasted opportunities.
“At the end of the day you don’t want to see anybody on the end of a thrashing but it could have been a lot more,” he added.
“We’ve got good momentum, a good rotation of players. With 30 league games to be played you’re going to have to have a big squad of players.”
Flanker Rhys Shellard got things going after six minutes with a try converted by wing Dale Stuckey. No. 8 Morgan Sieniawski got Ponty’s second soon after, also converted by Stuckey.
Alex Webber and Alex Knott were both guilty of not making the most of opportunities before Llanelli almost found a way back after Ponty full-back Gary Williams slipped at the wrong time.
But a yellow card to Adam Jones halted their momentum and allowed Stuckey and Knott to go over before the break.
Stuckey bagged his second after the restart, along with his third conversion of the game, before a late Webber brace sealed the triumph following a yellow card to Chris Long.
Ceri Sweeney wrapped up the win with a conversion and Burnell admitted his surprise to see Stuckey kick earlier in the game.
“We were expecting Jordan Rees to kick but then we saw him stepping up to the plate,” he said.
“At the end of the day, as long as they go over we’re not going to moan. If players have the confidence to step up and take it then carry on, I’m not going to stop that.” PONTYPRIDD – Tries: R Shellard, M Sieniawski, D Stuckey (2), A Knott, A Webber (2). Cons: D Stuckey (3), C Sweeney.