Fisher hopes missed bonus does not prove to be costly

Llanelli Star - - CUP RUGBY AND PRINCIPALI­TY PREMIERSHI­P -

LLANELLI will be kicking them­selves for not pick­ing up a bonus point, but a third win in a row has cer­tainly eased their rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries.

Hav­ing bagged three tries in a su­perb first-half per­for­mance, they spurned some great chances in the third quar­ter that should have led to the all-im­por­tant fourth try.

It didn’t, and they had to with­stand a late push from the vis­i­tors that earned them a los­ing bonus point at the death.

The four points not only moved them out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, but also ahead of Bed­was in the dreaded play-off place against Pon­ty­pool.

The only prob­lem for Paul Fisher’s side is that they are run­ning out of matches.

They have three games left while Bed­was, who are two points be­hind them, have a game in hand. Brid­gend, in the fourth rel­e­ga­tion po­si­tion, are five points back but with three games in hand.

Llanelli head to Brid­gend on Satur­day for what is a must-win clash for both teams.

The home side got off to a fly­ing start when lock Chris Long was driven over from a line-out maul to claim the first try after only three min­utes.

Declan Smith added the con­ver­sion and Tom Pry­die came up with one a long-range penalty to make it 10-0.

Things got bet­ter and bet­ter as Smith added a penalty and then flanker El­lis Thomas went over for a sec­ond try.

Smith landed the con­ver­sion and Llanelli were 20 points to the good within the open­ing 25 min­utes.

RGC got on the board with a Jor­dan Jones try from a driv­ing line-out that Billy McBryde im­proved.

McBryde added a penalty, but a third home try from cen­tre Ryan Davies on the stroke of half-time looked to have set up his side for a sec­ond-half romp.

But the only scores after the break came from RGC as Jones got his sec­ond try and McBryde kicked five more points to earn a los­ing bonus point. LLANELLI – Tries: C Long, E Thomas, R Davies. Cons: D Smith (2). Pens: T Pry­die, D Smith. RGC – Tries: J Jones (2). Cons: B McBryde (2). Pen: B McBryde (2).

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