Sunny start for bright Warriors
The Warriors began season 22 with a win in the Burry Port sunshine
A low key opener for the Warriors, they started their 22nd season with a fun run in the sun against their host club Burry Port.
Both sides will have tougher and more serious matches ahead but this early friendly gave both a chance to gather the troops and work off the summer rust.
Burry Port started well and good work from Andrew Richards saw them score an early try as they turned pressure to points. It took a while for the Warriors to work their way up field, the nearest they came, a missed penalty. When they did finally get in range Dai Haines made the most of the opportunity when he powered off the back of a scrum to score which Andrew Davies converted to give them an early narrow lead.
And so the game continued, the sunshine and quality pitch encouraged running rugby and both sides looked to demonstrate their skill set. Debutant Warrior Rhydian Evans showed up very well with some powerful runs whilst Josh Freeman and Simon Day had a great battle on the wing. Nathan Murphy was the Warriors most effective weapon, scoring a long range effort from quick turnover and finishing off a strong burst from Adam Fussell.
For Burry Port veterans Silva and Gravell did well and late sub Richard Parker made an impact with a fine score but perhaps their best player was hard working Ben Williams.
Burry Port almost stole the result with a late surge in the final quarter but it wasn't quite enough and a final Tom Hall try with the last move of the game saw the Warriors home safe.
Burry Port will be pleased with the performance of a team that included a strong blend of Youth, 1sts and seconds, likewise the Warriors will be pleased with the way their new lineout functioned and it is the Warriors who, on this occasion have the bragging rights.
Llanelli Warriors: Adam Davies (Thomas Edwards), Tony Whittaker, Ben Winstanley, Adam Fussell, Joshua Freeman, Nathan Murphy, Craig James, Rhydian Evans, Richard Evans, Mark Lewis (Ronan Lewis), Andrew Davies, Darren Pollitt, Gareth Ladd (Tom Hall), Dai Haines (Cpt.), Gwilym Lewis
Ref: Ceiron Thomas
A nice run out despite missing some key players and so a very pleasing performance. A great debut from Rhydian Evans who made several powerful runs as well as lifting well in the line out. Line out mention for Polly as well, who threw in accurately to the ever reliable Bambi. Good to see Tony Whereyabeen and Ronan Lewis back in Warriors colours whilst Joshua Freeman continues to improve, Congratulations to Adam Davies on Seren y Gem and Ben Win on making it through despite his hangover.