LLANELLI opened the defence of the Principality Premiership in Champion style with new signing Craig Price finishing off a superb movement for a try which Jordan Williams converted. Newport responded well with a fine individual try from Alan Awcock and a penalty from former Scarlet Gareth Bowen.
Two further Llanelli tries from the front row boys, Shaun Hopkins(38) and Greg ap Kevin George (23) both converted by the very impressive Jordon Williams gave them a 21- 8 lead going into injury time.
Then in the 47th minute of the first half, Llanelli won a penalty near their 22 and the obvious thing to do was to kick to touch and end the half.. But the outstanding Justin James took a quick tap and went the length of the field for a fabulous individual try to head back to the changing rooms with a 26 – 8 lead.
A penalty, yet another line break and a perfect directed long pass from Jordon Williams, saw wing Ryan Bayliss finish off a try with a 50 metre sprint to the line.
Llanelli then introduced all their replacements and Newport finished the last 20 minutes scoring three tries from Broad, Rees Hole and Leadbeater who touched down before his fellow scrum half james got red carded for stamping. Llanelli’s wing Bowdy Davies also got yellow carded by eagle eyed Ref Gwyn Morris who contributed to the fast flow of this entertaining 9 try Principality Premiership game.
15..Johnny Lewis 14. Ryan Bayliss. 13. Iolo Evans 12.Chris Keenan 11.Bowdy Davies 10. Jordan Williams 9. Justin James 1.Shaun Hopkins .2.Greg George 3.Aled Hopkins 4.Aidan Laxton 5.Adam Powell (c) 6.Craig Price 7..Duane Eager 8.Matt Gilbert
Replacements/Subs 16..Rhodri Jones (40)17.Rhys Thomas (60) 18 Nathan White (66)19.Llyr Griffiths(66) 20.Jason Ronowitz (70) 21Morgan Haylock (60) 22 David Higgins(20)
Newport 25 - 37 Llanelli RFC
Highlights shown on Scrum V Sunday 4th Sept 6pm