Llanelli wait on Ravens as sur­vival fight goes to wire

Llanelli Star - - PRINCIPALI­TY PREMIERSHI­P -

PAUL Fisher in­sists it is vi­tal Llanelli re­tain their Premier­ship sta­tus af­ter thrash­ing Neath at Parc y Scar­lets.

The West Walians have moved out of the relegation zone but should Brid­gend win their re­main­ing fix­ture at Pon­typridd on Satur­day, Llanelli will be forced to face Pon­ty­pool in a play-off to stay in the top flight.

“The his­tory and tra­di­tion of Llanelli RFC is known world­wide and it’s re­ally im­por­tant for Llanelli to main­tain a top-class side,” said Fisher.

“It’s also im­por­tant from a Scar­lets point of view as well.

“It’s vi­tal as a re­gion that we’ve got three Premier­ship clubs so that we can serve the re­gional re­quire­ments.”

Cal­lum Hall opened the scor­ing for Neath with a penalty but Llanelli had them on toast in the scrum and were even­tu­ally awarded a penalty try.

As the first half wore on Llanelli got on top, with some ex­cel­lent han­dling by their back di­vi­sion al­low­ing Scar­lets open­side flanker Dan Davis to squeeze in at the cor­ner.

Llanelli crossed for their third try when Aus­tralian cen­tre Paul Asquith cut open the Neath de­fence be­fore draw­ing his man to put Johnny Lewis over.

Rees then se­cured the bonus point as he crashed over from close range.

Chris Long opened the sec­ond­half scor­ing for the hosts when he touched down af­ter a pow­er­ful line-out. Aaron Bramwell touched down for Neath af­ter Davis was sent to the sin-bin for killing the ball.

Lewis grabbed his sec­ond try for the hosts as he ran in un­op­posed from 30 me­tres. Ed Kennedy crossed for an­other home try af­ter Leon Ran­dall was sent to the sin­bin for Neath.

Ryan Davies and Greg Ge­orge crossed for late tries for the hosts.

Paul Asquith scored for the Scar­lets.

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