Llanelli prove too good for Neath.
LLANELLI.........................58 NEATH..............................22 LITTLE more than a week ago neither of these sides had claimed a win. Now Llanelli can boast back-toback victories, while Neath's search for their first success continues.
Both sides conceded multiple penalties in the opening minutes of the game with Llanelli being the first side to exploit their opponents' indiscipline, Billy McBryde crossing under the posts to give himself an easy conversion.
It took the visitors just two minutes to strike back, with a wellworked team effort culminating in a touchdown for captain Jordan Collier.
Llanelli's second try also involved much of the team with fullback Jordan Williams claiming the score, once again under the posts.
Try number three for Llanelli exposed the fragility of the Neath defence as scrum-half Justin James touched down virtually unopposed.
Neath narrowed the gap with a successful penalty kick in the 30th minute. Three minutes later scrumhalf James claimed his second try of the match, securing Llanelli's bonus point.
Despite that, and losing scrumhalf Tom James to injury, Neath battled on and shortly before the break it was full-back Ashley Evans' turn to embarrass the opposing defence as he burst through the middle to cross under the posts. The ensuing conversion by Morgans made the half-time score 32-16.
Given the growing penalty count a yellow card for someone began to look inevitable and it was Neath prop Aaron Coundley who finally exhausted referee Robert Price's patience.
As Coundley prepared to return to the pitch his place in the sin-bin was taken by Llanelli second-row Christian Long, only foul play by the home side preventing a Neath rolling maul from crossing the line. The visitors repeated the tactic moments later and this time replacement hooker Ieaun Dobbs secured the try.
That good work was soon undone, a Neath handling error allowing James to hack ahead and go on to complete his hat-trick, while replacement scrum-half Declan Smith scored with his first touch of the ball enabling Llanelli to complete their half century.
Replacement wing Matthew Owen rounded things off with a try on the stroke of time.
LLANELLI: Tries - B McBryde, J Williams, J James (3), D Smith, M Owen; cons - McBryde (7); pen - McBryde NEATH: Tries - J Collier, A Evans, I Dobbs; con - C Morgans; pen - C Morgans