Rugby Reports - Saturday, September 11th 2021 - by Bill Carne

Narberth try scorer Tom Kaijaks chats about his score   

Championship Cup:


Otters maintain winning ways


Narberth 25 - Trebanos 16

Narberth maintained their unbeaten record in the competition with victory over a Trebanos side which pushed them all the way, despite having a second row sent off for a shoulder charge to the head right at the end of a physical first period.
Prop Tom Kaijaks scored a first half try as reward for his terrific work rate in the front row alongside Brad Davies and Rhodri Owens and pacy winger Daf Pritchard continued his good start to the season as he crossed the whitewash, with winger Nick Gale adding a conversion and penalty.
For Trebanos there was a try from Steff Lewis which Tom Dew converted to go with two penalties but it was the Otters who held the advantage as second rowers Alex Jenkins and Ryan banner ensured a steady supply of possession and there was lots of involvement from Guto Davies, Steff Phillips and especially skipper Richard Rees, who was adjudged man of the match.
Half backs Rhys lane and Ashley Sutton called the shots and there was a second try from Pritchard after good work by Jake Jenkins, Joe Hutchings and Ianto Griffiths, with a deserved try for Rees completing another good home win for Sean Gale’s team.
Narberth:   Ianto Griffiths: Nick Gale; Jake Jenkins; Joe Hutchings; Dafydd Pritchard: Ashley Sutton; Rhys Lane: Brad Davies; Rhodri Owens; Tom Kaijaks: Ryan Banner; Alex Jenkins: Richard Rees (Capt); Guto Davies; Steffan Phillips. Replacements: Tom Clarke, Adam Thomas; Rhys Williams; George McDonald; Jonathan Rogers.

WRU Plate – District H1:


Seagulls battle hard to gain a narrow win


Whitland 10 - Fishguard & Goodwick 15

Matches between these two teams are traditionally hard-fought and this latest tussle at Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn was no exception as Fishguard & Goodwick led by 5-3 in a low-scoring first period and were never headed thereafter despite Whitland’s attempts at clawing their way back.
Livewire flanker Lewis Davies claimed the only try of the opening half for The Seagulls whilst outside half Geraint Jones replied for The Borderers with a well-struck penalty as both sides defended well and competed strongly up front.
Geraint Jones also added the extra points to a good very late Whitland try by replacement Trystan Jones but by then Fishguard were 15-3 in front thanks to a second try by Lewis Davies alongside the conversion and penalty by No 10 James Griffiths.
Whitland: Olly Hughes: Llyr Ebsworth; Iolo Rees; Liam Price; Aron Ebsworth: Geraint Jones; Josh Thomas: Tomos Evans; Marc Jones (Capt); Ceirion Evans: David Ebsworth; Courtney Bowman: Jack Richards; James Lewis, Jack Thomas. Replacements: Tom Finucane; Iwan Lewis; Dan Bennett; Jack Mason; Trystan Jones.
Fishguard & Goodwick: Mark Jones: Tom Lewis; Rhys Evans; Sion Rowlands; Robbie Jones: James Griffiths; Max Jones: Will Delaney; Gavin Walsh; Ryan McVeigh: Ben John; Griff Williams: Lewis Davies; Sion Colella, Chris Shousha. Replacements: Adam Bowen; Iwan McVeigh; Simon James;; Richard Hunter; Jack Williams; Creegan Foot; Jo Dunn.

Oli Hughes on a typical charge for Whitland


Thomas takes charge as Seasiders sink The Mariners


Tenby United 31 - Milford Haven 12

Lloyd Thomas - 16 points for The SeasidersHarry Bolton - veteran try scorer for TenbyTenby were good value for victory at Heywood Lane as outside half Lloyd Thomas not only controlled most of the patterns of play but claimed 16 of their points from a first-half try, all four conversions and a penalty.
Tenby certainly enjoyed the better of the first-half exchanges as they established a 17-0 lead thanks to tries by evergreen flanker Harry Bolton and the ubiquitous Lloyd Thomas, who had slotted an early penalty and then both conversions.
A feature of the game was the number of young players on view and one of them Jack Byrne, claimed a second-half try for The Seasiders, alongside skipper Luke Dedman, both again converted by No 10 Thomas.
It says much for the Mariners’ determination that they kept plugging away and were rewarded with tries from Ryan Mansell and Steve Martin, one converted by James Trueman, to show what they can do as the season progresses.
Tenby United: Gwion Jones:  Joe Owen; Toby Smith; Dan Colley; Adam Quill: Lloyd Thomas; Cam Broadhurst: Rob Clark; Dan Allen; Ethan Morgan:  Luke Dedman (Capt); Mike Davis: Harry Bolton; Will Swales; Jack Broadhurst. Replacements: Luke Conbeer; Jack Byrne; Jake Roberts; Rhys Cadogan; Matthew Morgan.

Aber good value for victory over the Preseli Men


Aberystwyth 19 - Crymych 11

Aber  showed their will to win as they overcame Crymych, outscoring their old opponents by three tries to one in the process, with head coach Brian ‘Stackie’ Isaacs pleased by the way they had played throughout the game, with a solid defence and willingness to spread play wide.
For the visitors, Laurence Headlam scored their only try alongside two penalties from Gavin Thomas but it was Aber, who used their pace behind the scrum after good work up front to claim the points thanks to tries from Carwyn Evans, Jack Jones and Matthew Hughes, who also slotted two conversions as part of his influence on the game throughout.

Josh Thomas - two tries for Haverfordwest centre

WRU Bowl – District H1:


Blues survive Saints’ second-half come-back


Haverfordwest 36 - St Davids 23

At half time it looked as if Haverfordwest would beat St Davids by a hefty margin after leading 26-6 and claiming four tries to The Saints’ two penalties – but although coach Gethin Bateman was unable to play or be on the touchline because of illness he will have been pleased at the way his Saints’ side grabbed three good second-half tries to two by the opposition.
The Saints were on the back foot for much of the first half and their only points in a 26-6 deficit came from two penalties by Ollie Owen.
But The Blues looked full of running and powerful centre Josh Thomas marked his recent return to the club with two tries as reward for his all-round play, not only in attack but in his quiet organisational skills in defence.
Scott Candler and Karl Busch were the other Blues try scorers and outside half Mikey Jones, who worked well in half-back partnership with Lee Summons, landed three conversions.
The Saints certainly raised their tempo after the break and were rewarded with tries by Harvey Godkin, Gabe York and Zac Morgan, outscoring the Blues as they responded with tries by Jack Codd on his debut and Lee Summons.
But there was never any likelihood of Haverfordwest missing out on victory although The Saints are certainly looking a revitalised side as their newcomers are beginning to make an impact.
Haverfordwest: Jonathan Morgan: Rhys Baker; Jac Evans; Josh Thomas; Scott Candler: Mikey Jones; Lee Summons: Dan Berry; Jamie Zambas; Tom Carrington: Karl Busch; Jack Clancy: W Blackburn; J Codd; L Tingey. Replacements: I Bevan; Terry Lovell; Rhys Watkins; L Davies; L Eden.

Jack Codd - try for Haverfordwest on debut

George guides All Blacks to local-derby win


George Williams - try hat-trick for Neyland centreNeyland 45 - Pembroke Dock Harlequins 17

Talented Neyland centre George Williams raced through for a hat-trick of tries to guide his side to a convincing win over Pembroke Dock Harlequins at The Athletic Ground, two of them in the first half as the All Blacks led 12-7 and the other afterwards as their power up front and pace behind saw them add a further 33 points whilst conceding only 10 in an entertaining tussle enjoyed by a large crowd.
As well as Williams two tries in the first half there was a conversion from George Evans as Harry Owen responded for The Quins and Euan McDonald added the extra points.
The Quins did manage to add a try from Jamie Topp, which McDonald goaled alongside a well-struck penalty, but it was Williams who led by example with his third try alongside two from classy full back Patrick Bellerby and others from second row Paul Busby and prop Luke Griffiths-Dawes as Evans added another four conversions to complete another high-scoring win that will undoubtedly have pleased coaches Graham Richards and Steve Evans for the way in which it was achieved.


Cardis too strong for gritty Wasps


Llyr Jones - starred in Cardigan winCardigan 43 - Llangwm 12

Cardigan proved far too strong, especially behind the scrum, as they overcame a Llangwm side which never gave up trying but were already 28-12 adrift at half time and were unable to add to their tally thereafter.
The Wasps’ try scorers were Ieuan Power and Callum Jenkins, his second score in his two matches of senior rugby, plus a Luke Dyer conversion but The Cardis scored seven tries, four of them converted by Llyr Jones.
Jones also got his name on the try sheet as other tries came from left winger Hedd James (2), second row Fraser Rees, No 8 Tom Taylor, full back Alun Jenkins and centre Aaron Tomkinson to round off a good win for The Teifisiders.