Adam Powell marked his 300th Llanelli appearance with victory in their 27-23 Boxing Day derby at Swansea in the Principality Premiership.
He captained Llanelli in a heated game that either side could have won, but the visitors were more clinical in attack, which saw them score four tries and secure a bonus-point win.
“It was a typical West Wales derby,” he said. “League positions go out of the window and it was always going to be nip and tuck and point for point.
“We felt we had the dominance up front with our scrum, but our defence wasn’t good enough and Swansea exposed that. It was really tight at the end and we were lucky that we managed to hold out.”
Powell was granted granted a guard of honour, along with Swansea’s Dai Watts who made his 250th appearance for the club, and the 33-year-old was grateful for the gesture.
“I’m not one for the limelight, it was a bit embarrassing but it was great. I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on it and to strap your boots up 300 times, it’s a lot of games,” he added.
The day started well for Swansea as Jac Wilson’s early penalty gave them the lead. But Llanelli hit back through Matthew Brewer, with Ioan Hughes adding the extras.
Richard Williams edged Swansea ahead after he crashed over, but Ed Curtis put Llanelli back in front before Ryan Conbeer sprinted half the length of the field to touch down after Jack Condy had intercepted a Swansea pass.
The Whites’ day got worse with Richard Williams sent to the sin-bin following a late tackle on Conbeer after the teenager had already touched down, but Powell levelled the numbers with a yellow card of his own following a fight on the pitch.
Swansea boosted their chances of a comeback with an early Wilson penalty in the second half followed by a Tudor Hughes try, but Ioan Hughes booted Llanelli further ahead before Ioan Nicholas clinched the bonus point with a breakaway try.
Jon Fox made sure of a losing bonus point with a late try but Llanelli held on for the victory.
Swansea: J Jones, A Claypole, R Evans, D Watts (J Evans 50), R Williams, J Wilson, M Luckwell; T Sloane, R Guest (P John 50), M Walsh (F Holder 73), J Williams (J Fox 55), T Hughes, J Vaughan (capt) (R Gallagher 55), J Perkins, W Jones.
Scorers: Try R Williams, T Hughes, J Fox; Con J Wilson; Pens J Wilson (2).
Llanelli: K Evans, M Brewer, I Nicholas, J Lewis (P Davies 73), R Conbeer (N Edwards 73), I Hughes, D Smith (R Cole 60); R Fawcett (D Jacobs 61), T Davies, S Gardiner, A Powell(capt), E Curtis (J Davies 64), T Phillips (T Lloyd 41), N Hart, J Condy.