LLANELLI 48 BARGOED 7
By Huw S Thomas
West was certainly best at Parc Y Strade where Llanelli beat the visitors from the East with some ease.
After having gleaned no more than four points out of five previous Premiership games, the Sospans will take confidence from this first league win since the start of phase two.
Llanelli Coach Paul Fisher was a relieved man after this convincing seven tries to one performance against Bargoed.
“This win will give a lot of confidence to the players after a difficult period of disappointing results.”
“We have not playing particularly badly but today we really improved in all areas and to score seven tries and clinch a bonus point was hugely satisfying for the players.” said Fisher who has taken over from Phil Davies as Head Coach.
“Our fitness levels are also improving and we ran in three tries inside ten minutes as a heavier Bargoed tired.”
“I thought our back row of Lloyd Pike, Nathan Hart and Ellis Thomas quite outstanding in all they did.”
Early play lacked spark and high tackle on Llanelli scrum half Gareth George gave centre Billy McBryde the chance to knock over a 35 metre penalty.
A clever grubber kick from fly half Ioan Hughes then made a try for wing Ashley Evans, McBryde converting from wide out.
Fly half Iain Smerdon missed a straight penalty to bring Bargoed back into the game before McBryde was just short with a long range effort.
Llanelli’s second try came from a counter attack launched by full back Kallum Evans which ended with McBryde sending in wing Ryan Davies.
A yellow card for skipper and flanker Louis Blacker at the breakdown did Bargoed no favours, the home pack forcing a penalty try extend the interval lead to 22-0.
The bonus point came in the 53 rd minute when Kallum Evans slid over in the corner, McBryde again converting.
Another try from big centre Ben Atkins and two from replacement centre Ollie Reyland sealed a conclusive win with Bargoed centre Jordan Howells getting a late consolation effort.
The win will now give the squad a boost before next week’s daunting task at Merthyr who lost to Newport 19-18 at the Wern
Tries – O Reyland (2), A Evans, R Davies, pen try, K Evans, B Atkins
Cons- B McBryde (3), I Hughes
Pen – B McBryde
Try – Jordan Howells
Con – I Smerdon
Star Choice: Ellis Thomas (Llanelli)