Welsh Premiership play off: Llanelli 27-16 Pontypool

A second half try from Ryan Conbeer helped Llanelli maintain their Welsh Premiership status as they deservedly overcame Pontypool in Aberavon.

The former Greenhill pupil replaced the injured Ryan Davies before half time and made an immediate impact, and with his side leading 13-9 showed neat football skills to control a chip through from centre Steff Hughes and score.

Pooler, who qualified for the play off on the back of winning a third successive WRU Championship, led 6-0 before the break with two penalties from centre Kieran Meek.

Former Whitland man Davies, who had been lively in the opening stages, then seemingly cut the deficit in the corner but the try wasn't grounded properly, and the winger injured himself in the process and was forced off.

But flanker Taylor Davies touched down from a lineout drive and former Wales winger Tom Prydie converted, and second half he added two penalties to Meek's one to make it 13-9 Llanelli.

Conbeer, who had already been denied by a last ditch tackle from Lloyd Lewis after a superb individual run, then raced through to hack on Hughes' kick and dive on the bouncing ball, and Prydie converted. The latter also added the extras to a try from replacement scrum half Lee Rees.

Scott Matthews did score a late consolation for Pooler that Meek converted, but they will remain in the Championship next season despite having lost just once in the league in three seasons.

For Llanelli, who were in the play off courtesy of finishing fifth from the bottom in the Premiership (which is being cut from 16 to 12 teams next season), former Pembrokeshire players Liam Hutchings and Ashley Sutton were both among the replacements.