Baker shines for champs

Llanelli Star - - Celtic Cup And Principali­ty Premiershi­p -

LLANELLI ........................... 7 MERTHYR ........................ 26

A LLANELLI side plagued by in­juries and miss­ing their Scar­lets Academy play­ers, who are cur­rently on A team duty in the Celtic Cup, were out­played by Merthyr, who re­tained their 100 per cent win­ning record.

The Iron­men opened the scor­ing on six min­utes with a try for No. 8 Hemi Barnes.

That was fol­lowed by a touch­down for full-back Matthew Jarvis, who added both con­ver­sions as the cham­pi­ons moved back to share the lead at the top of the table.

Merthyr con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the game but strug­gled to con­vert their su­pe­ri­or­ity into points.

But all that changed in the 33rd minute with a con­verted try for speedy for­mer Ospreys winger Jay Baker.

It took less than two min­utes fol­low­ing the restart for the home side to open their ac­count with a try for cen­tre Joe Roberts, while it wasn’t un­til the 70th minute that Merthyr claimed their bonus-point try, a sec­ond for Baker.

The sec­ond half saw Llanelli pro­duce some en­ter­tain­ing open play but they were un­able to nar­row the gap to their vis­i­tors and still seek their first win of the sea­son.

Llanelli make the short trip to un­beaten Llan­dovery on Satur­day, while Merthyr are at home to Aber­avon.

LLANELLI – Try: J Roberts; Con: A Sut­ton.

MERTHYR – Tries: H Barnes, M Jarvis, J Baker (2); Cons: M Jarvis (3).

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