GOOD DERBY WIN KEEPS SURVIVAL HOPES ALIVE
FIVE wins in a row have certainly given Llanelli a lifeline, but their fate remains out of their own hands.
The writing looked to be on the wall after defeat at Bedwas on March 8, but since then the Sospans have beaten Cross Keys, Aberavon, RGC, Bridgend and now Swansea as they fight to preserve their Principality Premiership status.
All they can do now is win their final game at home against Neath on May 4 and then wait.
They currently occupy a position of safety in 11th with 58 points, but fourth-from-bottom Bridgend, eight points back, have three games in hand. Bedwas, 12th, have 52 points with two to play.
Neath, Cross Keys and Bargoed have all gone. One more will go with them, with the team finishing 12th facing Championship kings Pontypool in the play-off.
Elliot Rees, twice, Dan Davis, Taylor Davies and Tom Prydie all scored in Saturday’s win over Swansea, with Prydie also adding nine points from the tee. Llanelli had led 26-7 at the break.
“I thought we performed much better in the first half and we probably left two tries out there as well,” said Llanelli head coach Paul Fisher.
“All credit to Swansea as they fought back really hard in the second half, as we expected them to do as they are a team that base themselves on a lot of pride, especially with it being a derby match.
“We squandered too many opportunities in the second half, but in the end we are just delighted to get the bonus-point win.
“We spoke about six cup finals towards the end of the season and we’ve won five of those and will now prepare for the next match against Neath.”
The home side took an early lead when Kalum Evans sprinted through a gap in the Swansea defence and found Paul Asquith in support before Rees exploited an overlap to charge over for a try in the corner.
And it got even better for Llanelli when a well-worked move by the home forwards saw Dan Davis crash over for a try.
Try number three followed when Tom Price collected a line-out and the home pack drove over the line, with Taylor Davies claiming the touchdown.
Great handling by the home backs saw Llanelli easily cut through the Swansea defence, with Rees dummying his way over for his second try and a bonus point on the half-hour mark.
Rhys Fawcett illegally brought down a maul and he was promptly shown a yellow card, with the Whites’ first points arriving through a penalty try.
The home side were back on the scoresheet when Paul Asquith made a devastating break and drew in a tackler to send Prydie over for a try in the corner.
Callum Bowden and Sam Kiley replied with a try each for the visitors but in the dying seconds Jon Fox was yellow-carded for a deliberate knockon and Prydie sealed victory with a penalty goal.
Swansea director of rugby Richard Lancaster said: “It seems to be like Groundhog Day for us at Parc y Scarlets most seasons as we seem to let them into a big lead before we start playing.
“I’m disappointed as even with five minutes to go I thought we could have come away with something, and if we had been a bit more accurate we could have got a win.”
Elliot Rees scored two tries for Llanelli in their important win against Swansea on Saturday.
Tom Prydie went over for a try for Llanelli as well as kicking three conversions and a penalty.