Rugby Reports 20th October 2018

Llangwm RFC


Llangwm RFC
Neyland winger Delme Bateman held up in the corner by Llangwm No 8 Josh Hick's try-saving tackle
Neyland put Llangwm under pressure


Featured match:

Division Three (West) A:


All Blacks run riot at Pill Parks

Llangwm 3 - Neyland 79

Neyland made it five wins out of five as they made the short journey to Pill Parks and were far too strong for a battling Llangwm outfit which never gave up trying and deserve credit for the way that they battled, even though they conceded 13 tries to this talented All Blacks side.

The writing was on the Llangwm wall as they found themselves 12 points behind after only five minutes as Neyland prop Jack Harries and second row Mark James powered their way over the whitewash, with full back Dillen McGaffin converting the first of them.

Delme Bateman squeezes over for a try for Neyland

Llangwm battle hard after early setbacks

Luke Hayman landed a penalty in a good period for The Wasps as Ieuan Power, James Lewis, Josh Hicks and skipper Gethin Thomas lead their pack on a series of attacks but Neyland defended well as Jack Richards and George Evans joined skipper George Williams in marshalling their defence.

They also settled back well in attack mode and were good value for a 36-3 interval lead thanks to further tries by winger Delme Bateman, skipper Williams, McGaffin, and Williams again, plus two more McGiffen conversions.

Neyland put Llangwm under pressure

One way traffic

It was all one-way traffic after the break as The All Blacks added another 43 points, with George Williams claiming his hat-trick and adding a fourth score alongside talented co-centre Alex Codd (3), plus others from flanker Iestyn Evans and McGiffen.

George Evans got into the act with four conversions to round off a big win that confirms the fact that Graham Richards and Steve Evans have a squad that is sure to feature in this campaign’s promotion battle.

Llangwm were playing in their new kit, generously sponsored by Gerald Thomas and Sons, with Sue and Jayne Thomas at the ground to present them on behalf of the well-known Hook company
Referee: Ashley Morris (Ammanford), who had a good game and showed maturity beyond his 21 years.
Llangwm: Ewan Griffiths: Daniel Morgan; Spencer Rourke; Rhys Thomas; Dan Ridge: Lewis Murphy; Luke Hayman: Ieuan Power; Gethin Thomas (Capt); Dan Hughes: Gavin Jones;  Dave Reynolds: Ashley James; James Lewis; Josh Hicks. Replacements: James Griffiths; Declan Cole.

Neyland:  Dillen McGiffen: Delme Bateman; Alex Codd; George Williams (Capt); Henry Macbeth: George Evans; Jack Richards: Eugene Grice Richard Jones; Jack Harries: Mark James; Luke Griffiths-Dawes: Iestyn Evans; Owain Evans; Ben Williams. Replacements: Andrew Slark; Sam Katakai; John Tennick; Ben James; Mark Riley.

Neyland RFC

Neyland RFC




Otters show their teeth at Trebanos

Jack Price - quality try for Narberth centreTrebanos 23 - Narberth 28

Few teams will win at Tycroes this season but Narberth did just that as they won a hard-fought battle after leading by 13-10 at half time and showing good discipline late on to secure the points.

Full back Matthew Evans landed a penalty in the first half for Tycroes and added the conversion of a try by centre Tom Dew, who also added his team’s second try after half time.

It was again converted by Evans, who also added two more penalties as No 8 Brandon Heale caught the eye in attack and defence.

The Otters’ tries came from Johnny Morgan, Andrew Cook and Jack Price as Nick Gale performed well in the kicking stakes, landing two of the conversions and three penalties to help The Otters to a sixth win from seven starts – and the prospect of a titanic clash this Saturday as they entertain undefeated Cardiff Met at The Lewis Lloyd Ground.

Jack Price - quality try for Narberth centre


Division One (West):


Crymych go close to victory against second-placed Gowerton

Tomos Phillips - try for Crymych centreGowerton 26 - Crymych 20

Crymych produced a strong second-half display after trailing 21-10 to Gowerton at half time but some important missed chances cost them dearly and in the final analysis had to settle for a losing bonus point for being within seven points.

Strong-running centre Tomos Phillips and winger Tomos Lewis crossed for the Preseli Men’s tries as young centre Ifan Phillips slotted both conversions and two penalties.

But Gowerton remain in second spot as a result of tries from Josh Hayward, Anthony Osborne and Phil Hartley (2), three of them converted by Lyn Simons – and coach Randall Williams now has the task of raising his sides’ spirits for Saturday’s home tussle with sixth-placed Dunvant.


Tomos Phillips - try for Crymych centre


Homesters finish strongly as Borderers run out of steam

Liam Price - try for Whitland at LlangennechLlangennech 36 - Whitland 15

After leading 15-14 early in the second half, Whitland were unable to maintain their intensity for the full 80 minutes as Llangennech finished strongly to run out deserved winners.

The home side led 7-3 at the break with try from centre Kyle Simmonite, converted by scrum half Gareth Davies, but The Borderers kept in touch via Nico Setaro’s penalty.

In a frenzied start to the second half, Whitland twice went in front, firstly from a try by centre Liam Price and then an interception score from winger Sean Coles that Setaro converted.

But sandwiched in between was a try for home winger Rhys Davies, that namesake Gareth converted, and it was then that the home side cut loose with further scores for Rhys Davies again, full back Matthew Jacobs, and hooker Alex Jones.

Gareth Davies kicked two more conversions and added a late penalty, and it’s now three league defeats in a row for The Borderers.


Liam Price - try for Whitland at Llangennech


Seasiders struggle in Mid Wales

Aberystwyth 49 - Tenby United 25

It was another league defeat for Tenby United at Aberystwyth but The Seasiders at least showed their attacking qualities to come away with a four-try bonus point.

The visitors had tries from full back Jack Tucker, winger Geraint Powell, prop Jack Davies and No 8 Harry Owen whilst No 10 Lloyd Thomas added a penalty and conversion.

But Aber were simply too strong and ran in seven tries of their own, one of them a penalty try, through Carwyn Evans, Matthew Hughes (2), Gruff Jones (2), and Steff Rees – and the latter also nailed all six conversions, many from out wide, as the home side notched a second league win and left Tenby still rooted to the foot of the table.

Division Two (West):


Cracking away win for Scarlets


Dan Colley - try of the match for Pembroke at Tycroes
Tycroes 28 - Pembroke 44

Pembroke moved into third place in the section table as a result of this excellent victory at Tycroes, who are always hard to beat at home and pushed The Scarlets all the way to lead 28-24 at the break.

But whatever coaches Geraint Lewis and Kyle Davies said in the break it clearly worked because the visitors looked far stronger in defence and added another 20 points without reply to show they need fear no-one in their new division.

The homesters actually led 21-7 in an exciting first half as tries came from centre Elgan Griffiths, second row John Jones, No 10 Dean Bromham and flanker Dai Gardiner, all converted by full back Lee Evans.

But The Scarlets responded with tries from Toby Smith, No 10 James Davies, Jamie Kaijaks and Dan Colley, with the try of the match, which was initiated in The Scarlets’ own 22.

Smith added two conversions and was instrumental alongside flanker Alex Thomas and the entire front row in raising the tempo after the interval as Dom Colman added try no 5, followed by a cracker from right winger Fraser James.

Toby Smith again showed his all-round worth to matters with both conversions and two late penalties which steadied matters down – and round off a great afternoon for Pembroke and their hardy band of supporters.

Dan Colley - try of the match for Pembroke at Tycroes


Seagulls fight back to claim victory over The Saints

Fishguard & Goodwick 27 - St Clears 24

Rhys Evans - opportunist try for Fishguard wingerFishguard & Goodwick celebrated their second win of the season at The Moors but not before they had been pushed all the way by a gritty St Clears outfit which pushed them all the way and claimed a deserved losing bonus point as their reward.

The Seagulls got off to a good start with an unconverted early try by powerful second row Gwilym Evans but then suffered their usual generous period as The Saints raced to a 17-5 advantage with two tries from centre Will Davies, both converted by Rhydian Jones to go with a penalty.

But The Seagulls grabbed a second score near the interval when Kyle Keane set up a chance for centre Sion Reynolds which the No 10 converted – and they drew level when winger Ed Bendall crossed for an unconverted try.

Then young winger Rhys Evans followed up a Kyle clearance kick had a good bounce and sped all the way to the line for an opportunist try which Keane converted before he also landed a penalty.

The Saints came marching back, however, with a last-gasp try by Rhodri Evans from a quickly-taken penalty, goaled by Rhydian Jones, but it was too little, too late – and Seagulls’ supporters were pleased to hear the final whistle.

Rhys Evans - opportunist try for Fishguard winger

Division Three (West) A:


Mariners made to battle hard for success

Dan Jenkins - scored a try for Milford Haven
Milford Haven 27 - Tregaron 10

After four weeks without a game Milford Haven returned to action with a bonus point win over Tregaron, but they were made to work hard for it as the visitors produced a resilient display at The Obs.

In a scrappy first half, The Mariners took an early lead through a Joe Kiff penalty, but after home flanker Ryan Mansell was sin binned Steve Evans crossed for the visitors.

Dan Birch crossed to put Milford back in front after a great break from fellow centre Dan Jenkins, Kiff converting, but on the stroke of half time away prop Dorian Pugh crashed over to make it 10-10 half time.
But Nathan ‘Gully’ Williams saw his side take control after half time as hooker Luke Ryan touched down from a driving maul.

Craig ‘Yoda’ Thomas extended the lead with a good try in the corner, and then it was Jenkins who rounded off a man of the match display with an individual try. Kiff added one more conversion as Milford continued their unbeaten league start.

Dan Jenkins - scored a try for Milford Haven


Saints struggle against Laugharne pace and power

SOwain Thomas - try hat-trick for Laugharnet Davids 0 - Laugharne 69

It was a comfortable day for Laugharne for St Davids as The Cocklemen ran in 11 tries and also kept a clean sheet in the process.

After their win over Pembroke Dock the previous week, The Saints came back down to earth as the visitors converted a 38-0 half time lead into an eventual 69-0 win.

Outside half Owain Thomas starred with a hat trick of tries, and there were two each for back rower Mike Williams, second row Lee Thomas, and centre Tom Jameson – and his midfield partner Steff Davies also crossed.

Steff Evans meanwhile, had his kicking boots on to land seven conversions and it’s now three bonus point wins from three for Laugharne as they are clearly looking to be in silverware contention this season.

Owain Thomas - try hat-trick for Laugharne

Jack Clancy powers forward for the Blues

Jack Clancy powers forward for the Blues


Blues outgunned by slick Aberaeron

Haverfordwest 12 - Aberaeron 29

Aberaeron travelled back to Mid-Wales with a deserved bonus point win in the bag having scored five tries against Haverfordwest.

The game started in scrappy fashion and after home full back Craig Barnett missed a 40 metre penalty, Aberaeron No 10 Rhodri Jenkins did land three points to put his side in front.

Things got worse for Haverfordwest as they lost captain Matthew Clarke to a knee injury, and midway through the half it was Aber who took command, after flanker Aaron Lewis was high tackled by Lee Summons just yards from the line, resulting in a sin bin for the Blues scrum half.

Aber opted for a scrum and it paid dividends, as full back Morgan Llewellyn cut an angle off Jenkins to go under the posts and the No 10 added the extras.

Haverfordwest did have chances in attack and Aber second row Gethin Hughes was also yellow carded, but Steve Barnett’s men lacked accuracy at crucial moments and trailed 10-0 at the break.

Aber extend their lead after the oranges

Aber extended their lead in the second half as a run from winger Rhodri Thomas led to a try for No 10 Jenkins, although The Blues instantly responded when replacement centre Gareth Owens gathered a clever chip kick by Mikey Jones to score before Barnett converted.

Hopes of a Haverfordwest comeback didn’t last long though as Aberaeron centre Dafydd Llewellyn set up winger Thomas for a try – and the latter then got his second after a sniping run from scrum half Dylan Morgan. Both times Jenkins converted.

The Blues did grab a second score when Owens broke down the left wing and gave the offload to Ben Llewellyn to crash over.

But by then the visitors had a bonus point win wrapped up, and they remain unbeaten since September 1st and that opening day loss to Llanybydder.

Aberaeron coach Aled Davies: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“Haverfordwest are a good team and not many sides will come here and get a bonus point win.

“Our defence was superb but when the game did open up we were clinical. We have a big pack at Aberaeron but we’ve been trying to develop out back play as well and today was exactly the kind of display we’ve been aiming for.”

Haverfordwest: Craig Barnett, Rhys Baker, Gareth John, Dan Richards, Josh Atherton, Mikey Jones, Lee Summons, Rhodri Harries, Jamie Zambas, Terry Lovell, Karl Busch, Kyle Williams, Jack Clancy, Morgan Layton, Matthew Clarke (capt). Replacements: Ashley George, Matthew Clayton, Ben Llewellyn, Gaz Owen, Jamie Barnett.

Aberaeron: Morgan Llewellyn, Dyfrig Dafis, Dafydd Llewellyn, Ollie Sawyer, Rhodri Thomas, Rhodri Jenkins, Dylan Morgan, Sion Evans, Alex Danton, Gethin Hughes, Lewis Tomlins, Aaron Lewis, Dan Lewis, Tudur Jenkins. Replacements: Huw Wozencraft, Deian Morgans, Bleddyn Thomas, Gethin Dafis, Jason Freeman.

Outside half Mikey Jones chips ahead for Haverfordwest

Outside half Mikey Jones chips ahead for Haverfordwest


Cardigan make Quins pay for errors

Pembroke Dock Harlequins 7 - Cardigan 46

Llyr Jones - two tries for Cardigan
Cardigan proved too strong and pacy for a young Quins’ side which never gave up trying but found player/coach Colin Davies and his more experienced squad too much of a handful at Bierspool.

The Teifisiders were 22-7 up at half time and were in control thereafter as they scored another 24 unanswered points despite the efforts of Jake Griffiths and co to stem the tide.

It was Griffiths who score the Quins’ only try, which Rhys Bradney converted, to make it 7-5 all early in the game after right winger Rhydian Jenkins had opened the visitors’ account with an unconverted try created by coach Davies.

But then Cardigan raised the tempo with three more tries before the interval claimed by scrum half Gwern Phillips, full back Llyr Jones and Jenkins again, plus a single conversion by No 10 Iwan John.

Hooker Will Bryce got on the scoresheet alongside left winger William Delve, flanker Dafydd Rotie and full back Jones again, who also added two conversions as Cardigan celebrated their second success of the season to leave the Quins still seeking a first win after six starts.

Llyr Jones - two tries for Cardigan