Hapless Bridgend Ravens were thumped by Llanelli in a clash which has swung the relegation dogfight wide open at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon.
The defeat leaves Bridgend without a win since October and sitting uncomfortably third from bottom. Llanelli's bonus point success has seen them leapfrog Bridgend and earn a third win of the Principality Premiership campaign.
The Ravens arrived at Parc y Scarlets in good spirits. Although they'd tasted defeat against Bedwas, there was an opportunity to immediately put things right against a side who are also struggling to maintain their top flight status for next season. Bridgend had tasted success in two of their last three trips to the ground and hopes amongst the travelling support were that this run would continue.
Bridgend took the lead with a little over 10 minutes played as Cai Evans landed a penalty. It was all downhill from there for the Ravens though, who went on to concede 35 unanswered points.
Llanelli bagged the first try of the match thanks to a neat line from Liam Hutchings. Ioan Hughes converted.
Llanelli had a big advantage at scrum and maul time and their powerful pack took full advantage, adding two further first half tries. Ioan Hughes was on target with both conversions to hand the Hosts a 21 points to 3 lead at the break.
HT Llanelli RFC 21-3 Bridgend Ravens
Despite the second half efforts from the Ravens, Llanelli proved to be too good on the day, going on to add two further converted scores, whilst keeping Bridgend out.
The Ravens proved to be their own worst enemies in the second half as their push for tries left them vulnerable to Llanelli's counter attack. The introduction of Owen Jordan and Iestyn Merriman did help to shore the Ravens scrum but mistakes made with ball in hand saw Bridgend leave Parc-Y-Scarlets empty handed.