Rugby Reports - 11th November 2023


Championship (West) Division:


Otters go top after great win


Narberth 44 - Llangennech 15

Dean James - another try hat-trick for Narberth wingerNarberth produced another compelling performance to win this top-three clash against Llangennech and with Brecon having their game postponed The Otters deservedly move to the top spot with six wins from as many matches.
Llangennech had lost just once in seven outings but The Otters looked strong up front and sharp behind as they took a 20-5 interval lead and eventually ran in six tries to their opponents’ three and so claimed the full complement of five points whilst their strong opposition went home empty-handed.
Man of the match was second row Will Blackburn, who has successfully made the transition from playing in division three and was strong in his ball-carrying as well as doing a good job in the set-pieces alongside Rhys Williams, Tom Slater, Brad Davies, the Hamer brothers, skipper Tom Powell and Roy Osborn.
The star again in terms of scoring tries was winger Dean James, with yet another hat-trick as he rounded off the quick hands of his inside backs like Lewys Gibby, Jon Rogers, Ashley Sutton and Hedd Nicholas.
Other tries came from skipper Powell, winger Aled Rees and centre Ifan Phillips as No 10 Rogers maintained his good form with four conversions and two penalties – whilst Llangennech played some entertaining rugby themselves but had to settle for tries from full back Eray Wilson, centre Joe Hutchings and No 8 Jordan Saunders, all unconverted.
Narberth: Ashley Sutton: Aled Rees; Ilan Phillips; Hedd Nicholas; Dean James: Jonathan Rogers; Lewys Gibby: Bradley Davies; Kyle Hamer; Tom Slater: Will Blackburn; Rhys Williams: Josh Hamer; Tom Powell (Capt); Roy Osborn. Replacements: Ricky Guest; Lewis Davies; Richard Rees; Alex Williams; Geraint Llywelyn.

Preseli Men pick up a bonus-point win


Crymych 33 - Maesteg Quins 24

Crymych bounced back to winning ways as they picked up this bonus-point victory over Maesteg Quins at Parc Lloyd Thomas which helped them in to fourth place in the table, with the Quins just falling frustratingly short of either bonus point claimed in defeat.
The Preseli Men were already well-placed at half time as they led 20-5 and although the Quins came back at them strongly after the oranges with the aid of influential full-back Owan Howe, it was Crymych who pouched the points. Howe grabbed two tries and also landed all three conversions and a penalty for a personal haul of 19 points as No 8 Andrew Haely was their other points scorer.
For Crymych there were two tries apiece from pacy full back Eilir George and strong-running centre Tomos Phillips as tight-head prop Dan Page also grabbed a try alongside four conversions by outside half Ifan Davies.
Second row Luke Freebury was adjudged the Crymych man of the match after a powerhouse performance in the second row with brother Matthew as their whole pack played well, and the back row of Rhydian Howells, Trystan Griffiths and skipper Carwyn Phillips also caught the eye.
Crymych: Eilir Geore: Dafydd Phillips; Tomos Phillips; Laurence Headlam; Ianto Davies: Ifan Davies; Tristan Jones:  Luke Griffiths-Dawes; Lee Griffiths; Ryan Rees:   Luke Freebury; Matthew Freebury: Trystan Griffiths; Rhydian Howells; Carwyn Phillips (Capt). Replacements: Carwyn Rees; Dan Page; Alfie Evans-Fecci; Jon Hill; Ned Bennett.

Luke Freebury - Crymych man of the match

Division One (West):


Borderers lose heavily at Waun


Waunarlwydd 50 - Whitland 17

Waunarlwydd moved into fourth place in the table as a result of this relatively easy win over a Whitland side that just missed out a bonus point after going close to the necessary fourth try after their others came from Dom Davies, Lewis Tingay (playing on permit from Narberth) and Trystan Bowen, one converted by Geraint Jones.
This seventh defeat in eight starts leaves The Borderers in tenth place in the section table and they will be eager to gain a victory at home next Saturday but face another tough tussle as sixth-placed Kidwelly are the visitors.
Whitland: Oli Bujega: Alan Small; Trystan Rees; Dom Davies; Owyn Griffiths: Geraint Jones; Rhys Nicholas: Chris Marks; Marc Jones; Ceirion Evans: Benji Kirk (Capt); Lewis Tingay: Rhys Evans; Cian Evans; Dan Bennett. Replacements: Shane Webster; Trystan Bowen; James Thomas; Morgan Lewis; Zac France-Miller.

Division Two (West):


Seagulls shot down in disappointing first half


Lampeter 31 - Fishguard & Goodwick 7

Fishguard and Goodwick hopes of an away win were almost over by half time although they did rally after the interval as they produced a more positive performance and the teams had one converted try apiece.
Lampeter remain in fourth spot with The Seagulls a place below them and eager for a home win over undefeated Loughor at The Moors. Sadly, no further details were available for this match!
Fishguard & Goodwick: Robbie Jones: Creegan Foot; Dylan Scott; James Griffiths (Capt); Callum Campbell: Jake Jenkins; Andrew Williams: Will Delaney; Liam Wilkes; Iwan McVeigh: Rhys Lewis; Ben John: Cai Llewellyn; Sion Colella; Jac Delaney. Replacements: Matt Driver; Griff Williams; Joe Dunn; Will Lewis; Osian Rowe.

Hywel Baker dives over for first try. Picture by Susan McKehon

Seasiders stay third after beating Nant


Tenby United 32 - Nantgaredig 20

Hywel Baker - Tenby United man of the matchTenby United remain in the top three in the table, just behind Loughor and St Clears but with games in hand after this fifth successive win in a row as reward for another sustained effort from the squad which will have pleased coach Jonathan Evans, the rest of the coaching staff and their hardy band of supporters.
The Seasiders made a solid start with an early Lloyd Thomas penalty but opposing place kicker Lloyd Williams landed two of his own to give Nantgaredig the lead before Tenby grabbed the opening try of the match after scrum half Cam Broadhurst had sped 40 metres into the opposing 22 and when he was just caught did well to off-load to outstanding flanker Hywel Baker to score before No 10 Thomas added the extra points.
Nant responded against the run of play when Tenby lost focus and gave enough time for Lloyd Williams to slice through at the posts before adding the simple conversion – but there was still time for Tenby to counter with a deserved try for hooker Dan Allen to round off a concerted forward drive which also featured fellow front rowers George Rossiter and Rob Luly, plus second rows Tom Barrass and skipper Luke Dedman, which gave their team a 15-13 interval lead.
The second period was equally as combative but The Seasiders started the play well with another Lloyd Thomas penalty and then a cracking try by Cam Broadhurst as he took a quickly-tapped penalty and scooted to the posts for Thomas to land the easy conversion.
But Nant refused to just lie down and back rower Remy Walton crossed the whitewash and Williams converted and at 25-20 scoreline in The Seasiders’ favour meant there was still something to do.
And do it they did as a controlled drive at a maul allowed influential No 8 Jack Brown to plough his way over and Thomas to land the final points of an absorbing clash with the conversion and earn Tenby United the maximum five points – and leave Nantgaredig with nothing to show for their considerable part in a tough tussle!
Tenby United: Gwion Jones: Brad Cramb; Jack Gooding; Luke Waygood; Geraint Powell: Lloyd Thomas; Cam Broadhurst: George Rossiter; Dan Allen; Rob Luly: Tom Barrass; Luke Dedman (Cpt): Hywel Baker; Liam Pugh; Jack Brown. Replacements Mike Davis, Dan Colley; Jack Broadhurst; Max Brindley; Harry Rossiter.

James Trueman - scored all 7 points for Milford at Mumbles

Mariners mauled at Mumbles


Mumbles 43 - Milford Haven 7

Milford Haven suffered a dose of travel sickness as they conceded six tries in this league fixture before they managed a try and conversion from scrum half James Trueman when they were already dead and buried on 43-0.
For Mumbles, who leap-frogged over Steve Martin’s squad and into eight place there tries from Harry Davies (2), Luca Morgan (2), Josh Reynolds and Jamie Lee, with the rest of their points coming from the boot of Tom Richards, who started out with home-town club Narberth before moving out of the area.
Milford Haven: Lee Riley: Dean McSparron; Dan Jenkins; Evan Morgan; Ieuan Davies: Dan McClelland; James Trueman: Ben Jenkins; Luke Ryan; Jimmy Buirds: Zac Davies (Capt); Jay Goodall: Scott Buirds; Ryan Mansell; Dean Morgan, Replacements: Aaron Mayne; Dai Sweeny; Ethan Aldred; Ben Groves; Ollie Rothero.

Division Three (West) A:


Gareth John - two tries for Haverfordwest

Blues win – but Young Wasps battle all the way


Haverfordwest 36 - Llangwm 10

Haverfordwest gained their expected win over old rivals Llangwm after establishing a 24-3 interval lead but then had to defend for long periods as a very young Wasps’ team battled so hard that they pinned The Blues back for much of the third quarter before conceding two late tries that gave the final scoreline a flattering look.
The first 20 minutes were played very much in Llangwm territory as Haverfordwest dominated matters against a team which had 11 players in the squad who were under 21 – and eventually began a scoring spree where scrum half Lee Summons spotted a gap and went through, back rower Mike Phillips added a second and then outstanding Mattie Phillips put Gareth John over, the veteran winger making a welcome return to action. Mike Griffiths added the bonus-point try near half time as full back Archie Thomas slotted two conversions – and Llangwm full back Harry Makepeace was their only scorer were a penalty.
Whatever Llangwm coach Matthew Hughes said at half time it worked and he joined play as his pack tore into the Blues forwards and the likes of Finley Elrick, Sam Rickwood, Matthew John, Ashley James and Ieuan Power charged forward to earn a series of close-range penalties which The Blues just about managed to defend.
Phil Llewellyn, Callum Jenkins, Andrew Millward and Arwyn O’Loughlin all played full parts in a series of drives and winger Wade Lloyd also went close before the loudest cheer of the afternoon came when hooker Llewellyn finally ploughed through and Makepeace slotted the conversion.

This reversal stung The Blues into raising the tempo and they finally took charge late on when quick handling across their backs saw Gareth John score his second try in the right corner – and it was appropriate that the final score was scored by influential skipper Karl Busch, who ploughed over at the posts for Phillips to add the extras.
Both teams battled really hard in heavy conditions and conspired to make an absorbing and entertaining clash in front of a large and partisan crowd to show what local rugby matches are all about.
Haverfordwest: Archie Thomas: Gareth John; Gareth Owens; Iestyn Arnold; Scott Candler: Mike Jones; Lee Summons: Ben Llewellyn; Jamie Zambas; Terry Lovell: Rhydian Watkins; Karl Busch (Capt): Andrew Williams; Mike Griffiths; Mattie Phillips. Replacements:  D Murphy; Jack Clancy; P Dungey; M York.

Llangwm: Harry Makepeace: Wade Lloyd; Owain Jones; Ollie Gerson; Jack Roberts: Dylan Philpott; Steff Thomas:  Ieuan Power; Phil Llewellyn; Andrew Millward: Sam Rickwood; Gavin Jones: Matthew John; James Lewis; Ashley James. Replacements: Aled Rogers; Callum Jenkins; Arwyn O’Loughlin; Matthew Hughes; Finley Elrick.

Karl Busch - on his way to the try line for Haverfordwest

All Blacks surprise Scarlets with terrific team performance


Pembroke 14 - Neyland 24

George Evans - played well for NeylandAdam Peele - Inspirational for NeylandNeyland claimed the surprise result of the weekend as they made the short journey to Crickmarren and battled really hard to come from behind at the interval to beat Pembroke.
All Blacks’ coach Steve Evans must have been delighted because he is still without some key players but his relatively young team played with total commitment whilst The Scarlets’ coach Gary Price will be disappointed that his team didn’t take their chances and lost after being 14-10 in front at half time.

Neyland served notice of intent when No 10 George Evans slotted a penalty after good workup front by Ben James, Ben Williams and the Evans brothers, Iestyn and skipper Owain, but Pembroke responded when Luke Alderwick raced over for a try he converted.
Back came the All Blacks with a cracking try as teenaged full back Callum O’Riorden broke clear on his own 22 and put in a series of sidesteps before finding support and finishing things off before George Evans added the extras.
Pembroke regained the initiative with a try from centre Rhys Johns, again converted by Alderwick – and the interval saw his side just ahead but with both sides still very much in contention.
The All Blacks had Dan Hart and Mark James as ball winners alongside Jack Harries, Alex Swales and James, with Adam Peele a tower of strength in midfield alongside the youthful Lucas Jones, Jordan Allen Wright and Jasper Endean in defence – and The All Blacks took the lead with a cracking try as Peele made the initial thrust and prop Ben James was on hand to plough over from the 22, with No 10 Evans converting.
Prop James also sealed The All-Blacks’ success when they went through almost ten phases, keeping the ball well in hand, and it was George Evans who eventually popped the ball up for Ben James to get the touchdown and George Evans converted.
Pembroke: Jarrad Sharrett: Josh Griffiths; Stephen Brown; Rhys Johns; Charlie Shiels: Luke Alderwick; Elliott Lewis: Lloyd Davies (Capt); Seamus Wiseman; Jamie Brayford: Adam Davies; Scott Powell: Will Edwards; Taylor Gullam; Rhodri Walters. Replacements: E Phillips; Dan Gosnald; Rhys Badham; Jack Fielding; D Langdon.

Neyland: Callum O’Riorden; Lucas Jones; Jordan Allen Wright; Adam Poole; Jasper Endean : George Evans; Owain Hamer: Ben James; Alex Swales; Jack Harries: Mark James; Dan Hart: Iestyn Evans; Owain Evans (Capt); Ben Williams. Replacements: Jasper Endean; Lewis Hallett; Ebs Svitka; Kieran Cookson; Simon Phillips.

Saints’ pack power wins the day


St Davids 36 - Pembroke Dock Harlequins 17

Tom Clarke - Two tries for St DavidsSt Davids’ pack power set up this win over Pembroke Dock Harlequins but it was an all-round performance that proved vital as The Saints were able to introduce a strong bench after the interval, where they trailed by 17-15 and managed to score 19 unanswered points to assure themselves of a bonus point for scoring at least four tries.
The Quins managed to field a full team for this tussle but lacked their usual forward strength – and they scored a try within the first 30 seconds as Gethin Bradney benefitted from a charged down attempted clearance and Ben Hathaway landed the conversion – but The Saints responded with an unconverted try from flanker Tom Clarke before classy Quins’ centre Jack Price sliced through at the posts but Hathaway’s conversion attempt was charged down.

Tom Clarke scored his second Saints’ try but as fortunes ebbed and flowed The Quins added a third try from winger Tom Wheeler from a clever kick ahead by Craig Barnett.
There was still just enough for Saints No 9 Owain Swain to score an unconverted try and his team took charge after the break with further tries by No 8 George Raymond, Tommy Reynolds and Ben Joyce, two of them converted by Aaron Foster.
Saints’ coach Jack Dudley told
“We are going well in training and this week had 29 players there – so our confidence and skill levels are growing by the week.”
St Davids: Fred Dorn: Harvey Lavin; Will Savage; Morgan Griffiths; Ben Joyce: Aaron Foster; Owain Swain: Ethan Griffiths; Rhys Price; Adam Williams: Iestyn Owen; James Goldsmith: Tom Clarke; Nathan Foster (Capt); George Raymond. Replacements: Ben Lloyd; Ryan John; Aled Davies; Tommy Reynolds; Harvey Godkin.

Pembroke Dock Harlequins: Ben Hathaway: Owain Turner; Gethin Bradney; Jack Price; Tom Wheeler: Craig Barnett; Morgan Rogers: Alfie Ball; George Bellmaine; Dan McLeod: Mark Van Rhun; Andrew Edwards: Liam Scourfield; Rhys Spencer.
Replacements: Lewys Scourfield; Lewis Hunter; Euan McDonald; Josh Brown.

Cardis battle hard for vital away victory


Laugharne 15 - Cardigan 19

Alun Jenkins - vital try for Cardigan wingerCardigan bounced back from defeat against Haverfordwest with this excellent win over a Laugharne side as both showed it is already almost a certainty they will be in the section’s top four at the end of the season.
The first half was a real battle where both sets of forwards tried hard to establish dominance but with Cardigan 6-3 ahead thanks to two penalties from Shaun Leonard as Nico Setaro slotted one penalty for the home side.
Setaro levelled matters soon after the start of the second half, which was equally as tough a tussle but Leonard landed another two penalties and converted a well-worked try winger Alen Jenkins – and all Laugharne could muster was a converted try.
Teifisiders’ second row Kester Adams was adjudged their man of the match for his play alongside the likes of Tom Taylor, Rhodri Parry Jones and Ben Hughes – and Cardigan sit in second spot in the table as Laugharne find themselves two places lower after this their first defeat of the campaign.
Cardigan: Shaun Leonard: Alun Jenkins; John Lumb; Emyr Harries (Capt); Iwan John: Jac Davies; Llyr Jones: Nathan Bowen; Luke Palmer-Davies; Ben Hughes: Sion Phillips: Kester Adams:  Rhodri Parry Jones; Jackson Tucker Lynch; Tom Taylor. Replacements: Will Brice; Dean Harries; Aaron Tomkinson; Kieran Greenland; Gwern Phillips. Travelling Reserve: Llyr Jones.