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Llanelli. . .20

Ontario. . . 13

THE IMMEDIATE priority at Stradey Park is Saturday's Welsh First Division match against Swansea, which will make something like pounds 100,000 for the home club, but last night's tour game provided a decent interlude between the serious business, writes Steve Bale.

Llanelli fielded 10 of the under-21 side who had amassed the same points total, 79, against their Newport counterparts as the seniors did last Saturday, and Craig Moir, a wing from Milford Haven, scored three marvellous tries.

On the other hand, you could not accuse the former Wales lock Phil May of youth. At 36, he tends these days to be on the bench, an unlikely supersub, when league points are at stake. Last night he set a stirring example to his adolescent fellows; they followed with three tries in the first half and a fourth in the second.

It has been a tour rich in experience but poor in results for Ontario, who have lost three of their four games in Wales with one to play. Even with such World Cup heroes as Al Charon and Karl Svoboda, skills do not match the level of enthusiasm and effort and all the tourists had until the very end were John O'Meara's even more intermittent penalties.

Llanelli were also handicapped, by their relative inexperience and the physical disadvantage that went with it, but when their backs found room they were quick of thought and fleet of foot. The handling which led to Andrew Richards's try and Moir's first was impeccable, and Moir's strength battered a path for the third.

All this took place in the first half. Thereafter Llanelli were restricted to Moir's third try before John Hutchinson rewarded a better Ontario second half with a try in the closing moments.

Scores: Llanelli: Tries Moir 3, A Richards. Ontario: Try Hutchinson; Conversion O'Meara; Penalties O'Meara 2.

Llanelli: I Jones; C Moir, S Davies, M Wintle, A Richards; S Richards, S Wake; P Jones, P Young, S John, M Bright, P May (capt), I Jones (A McPherson, 38), S Quinnell, G Jones.

ONTARIO: A Hamilton (Burlington); C Smith (Balmy Beach), R Robinson (Ajax Wanderers), S Bryan (Brock), W Lyttleton (Balmy Beach); J O'Meara (Oakville Crusaders), C Wilson (Balmy Beach); M Jacques (Ottawa Indians), K Svoboda (capt), O Duncliffe (Ajax Wanderers), J Druce (Kingston Panthers), T Gerberg (York), J Tomlinson (Balmy Beach), A Charron (Ottawa Irish), J Hutchinson (York).

Referee: C Thomas (Brynamman).