Fisher’s de­light as five-star Llanelli find their best form

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LLANELLI ........................ 35 BRIDGEND ........................ 3

LLANELLI scored five tries as they thrashed a poor Bridgend out­fit at Parc y Scar­lets to con­tinue their rise up the ta­ble.

Paul Fisher’s side are in a fight, with the bot­tom four sides set to be rel­e­gated to the WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. Hav­ing lan­guished near the bot­tom of the ta­ble for much of the sea­son, this bonus-point vic­tory will have given the West Walians real hope of sur­vival.

“For the first time there was added pres­sure in a game be­tween two teams in the rel­e­ga­tion zone and it re­ally was a 10-pointer for us. There is a clear top nine and bot­tom seven split in the ta­ble at the mo­ment and so this was a big win for us,” said Fisher.

“It was a clin­i­cal per­for­mance from us and we ben­e­fit­ted from hav­ing a few re­gional academy play­ers in our side.

“We’ve got Neath at home on Fri­day night and need to pick up more points from that one.

“No­body knows what is go­ing to hap­pen at Neath, but we have to pre­pare prop­erly.

“We know what hap­pened to Bar­goed when they went to The Gnoll.”

Llanelli out­played Matt Silva’s side in every as­pect as they put to­gether their most com­plete per­for­mance of the sea­son.

Tries from Liam Hutch­ings, Richard Bas­sett, Nathan Hart, Jake Baker and Kalum Evans were enough to bag a third win of the sea­son and move them to within three points of the two teams above them in the safety zone.

Out­side-half Ioan Hughes con­verted all five tries, while the only points Silva’s side could muster was a penalty from Wales Un­der-20 star Cai Evans. It was a fifth de­feat in a row for the Ravens, who now face Aber­avon, Cross Keys and Neath.

Evans opened the scor­ing with a sim­ple penalty from in front of the posts but that was as good as it got for the vis­i­tors. Hutch­ings opened the scor­ing for Llanelli when he crossed in the cor­ner af­ter some neat han­dling.

Bas­set pow­ered his way over af­ter a well-worked driv­ing line-out and Llanelli’s scrum was just as good with Hart scor­ing their third try from short range cour­tesy of a pow­er­ful surge.

Hart’s try and Hughes’ con­ver­sion meant Llanelli turned around 21-3 ahead at the in­ter­val. Llanelli se­cured the bonus-point try mid­way through the sec­ond half when Baker brushed aside some weak tack­ling for a score on his de­but.

Full-back Evans then showed tremen­dous pace to run in un­op­posed from 30 me­tres out.

LLANELLI – Tries: L Hutch­ings, R Bas­sett, N Hart, J Baker, K Evans; Cons: I Hughes 5.

BRIDGEND – Pen: C Evans.

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