Llanelli are handed a warn­ing as Ponty cruise

Llanelli Star - - Principali­ty Premiershi­p -

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.

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