Llanelli ease to away victory
A COOL professional performance saw six-try Llanelli win this Premiership game with ease, running out 46-6 winners away to Newport.
Llanelli started well at Rodney Parade and took a 6th minute lead with a Jordan Williams penalty.
Though Llanelli had most of the early play they could not break the home defence, but still looked comfortable.
Williams was wide with a long shot at goal and Newport's Tom Hancock also fired wide soon afterwards.
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A penalty against debutant lock Jake Ball saw Hancock kick a fine goal after 27 minutes to level the scores.
The game did not really come to life, but Newport lost two forwards to yellow cards and Llanelli gained a penalty try that Williams converted.
Loose play by Newport saw Llanelli run it out of defence and wing Kristian Phillips raced over for Williams to convert.
A huge punch-up soon followed, and Shaun Hopkins was yellow carded, with Hancock dropping a goal for Newport after the incident.
Newport came back into it, but Llanelli led 17-6 at the interval.
Seconds into the second half centre Nick Reynolds scored a try when Newport dropped the ball and Williams converted.
Within three minutes Llanelli added another as Reynolds sent Phillips in for Williams to convert.
A Williams penalty after 50 minutes made it 6-34 before a huge punch-up developed and Newport skipper David Pattison was red carded.
Incredibly, between the blasts on the whistle Newport kept up the attack as Llanelli sat back in defence.
Both sides rang the changes and referee Thomas came in for much booing as he continued lecturing the home side.
Llanelli came out of defence for replacement for replacement Justin Jones to score the 5th try.
A try by Craig Price ended it, with Bird converting.