Rugby Reports - 27th November 2021

Cian Williams scores one of his four tries for Laugharne 


Our main match – Division Three (West) A:


Cian stars as Laugharne look good


Llangwm 5 - Laugharne 40

Four tries from pacy winger Cian Williams helped Laugharne gain what looked a comfortable win at Pill Parks but Llangwm deserve every credit for battling hard against a team likely to vie for a position at the top of the table.
The visitors had beaten Neyland 36-24 in their previous game and so arrived in confident mood and had had pace aplenty behind the scrum - and had the best possible start as The Wasps lost possession from the kick off and play was spread by Ritchie Waters and Seb Howells for  Cian Williams to grab a 2nd minute unconverted try.
But the Wasps certainly swarmed in the first quarter as they tried to use their pack power to launch attacks up the slope, with  flanker Gethin Thomas leading by example before he had to leave the field early, and with the likes of Ieuan Power, Dave Reynolds, Gavin Jones, Jason Mock and James Lewis.
It was Thomas who scored from an excellent driving maul and they had other half chances when Luke Hayman kicked them into the Laugharne 22 but they received a couple of  set-backs as Steff and Tom Davies released Cian Williams on another run to the lane, with Steff Davies adding the extra points – and then a promising home move on half way was intercepted by Tom Davies, who sped to the line for Steff Davies to convert again.
Then Seb Howells, playing only his second game at No 10, finished off some more quick handling and made it 26-5 at the interval after Llangwm had strong runs by full back Tom Windsor and centre Rhys Baker which came to nothing as the final passes went astray.
With the cross-wind and slope slightly in their favour Llangwm had a share of the second-half possession as Ian Griffiths again caught the eye at scrum half as he also revelled in the close exchanges and there was plenty of effort from Daniel Morgan, Paul Jonkers and especially Jack Roberts but Laugharne defended well when they had to and used their attacking flair so that Cian Williams could add two further tries, both converted by Steff Davies.
Llangwm: Tom Windsor: Daniel Morgan; Paul Jonkers; Rhys Baker; Jack Roberts: Luke Hayman; Ian Griffiths: Ieuan Power; Callum Jenkins; Andrew Milward: David Reynolds; Gavin Jones: Gethin Thomas; James Lewis; Jason Mock. Replacement: Aled Morgan; Matthew Owens; Yale Grice; Daniel Ridge.

Laugharne: Lewys Thomas: Cian Williams; Steff Davies; Tom Davies; Anthony Setaro: Seb Howells; Richie Waters: Rhys Tomas; Tom Waters; Lee Derbyshire: Tom Rees; Rhys Evans: Aled Thomas; Owain Moses; Carl Smith. Replacements: Gwyn Morris; Dorian Harries; Micky Williams; Gethin Jones

Ian Griffiths gets the ball away for Llangwm

 Championship Division:


Guto guides Otters to great away win


Tata Steel 10 - Narberth 42

Guto Davies - two tries for Narberth flankerTwo second-half tries by dynamic flanker Guto Davies helped Narberth gain a terrific win at Tata Steel in what was described as one of The Otters’ best performances of the season in cup and league action.
They were already 16-3 ahead at half time and kept the pressure on throughout the second period so that they were good value for a bonus point success.
No 8 Steffan Phillips opened The Otters’ account with a try and then full back Nick Gale added two well-struck penalties before prop Bradley Davies scored a try as reward for his graft alongside Rhodri Owens and Tom Slater in the front row battle.
All ‘The Saints’ could muster in return was a penalty, followed by a converted try late in the game after Narberth had surged into a 42-3 lead as forwards and backs combined to set up scores at regular intervals that brought four more tries.
Talented young scrum half George McDonald started things off with a try converted by Nick Gale, followed by a try from skipper Ritchie Rees after good work by Tom Powell, Alex Jenkins and the rest of their pack.
Then Guto Davies got into the act with his try brace, both again converted by Gale, who had a good all-round game alongside Jake Jenkins and Joe Hutchings in defence – and The Otters coaches were clearly delighted by this quality performance in challenging conditions.
Narberth: Nick Gale: Aled Rees; Jake Jenkins; Joe Hutchings; Jordan Roberts: Ianto Griffiths; George McDonald: Bradley Davies; Rhodri Owens; Tom Slater: Tom Powell; Alex Jenkins: Richard Rees (Capt); Guto Davies; Steffan Phillips: Replacements: Tom Curry; Ifan James; Rhys Williams; Rhys Lane; Jonathan Rogers.

Division One (West):


Aber ease home as Borderers push them all the way


Aberystwyth 31 - Whitland 26

Nico Setaro - 21 points in Whitland defeatThere were points galore at Aberystwyth as the Mid Wales side entertained Whitland and eased home to a bonus point victory after The Borderers had trailed 20-6 at the break but got back into the game and earned a bonus point for their efforts.
Hooker Owen Bonsall and centre Dylan Evans (2) were joined by Steff Rattrey as the Aber try scorers and Steff Rees landed a conversion and three penalties, whilst all Whitland could muster in the first half were two penalties by Nico Setaro.
There was good work up front by Tom Finnucane, skipper Marc Jones and Ceiran Evans alongside Benji Kirk and James Thomas as Nico Setaro grabbed a try from his new scrum half berth and centre Dylan Richards also crossed the whitewash.
Setaro slotted both conversions and added another two penalties for a personal haul of 21 points but although Iwan Lewis, Callum Evans and Jack Mason tried hard to squeeze out that vital extra score it wasn’t to be and Aber ended up narrow victors.
Whitland: Matt Jess: Olly Hughes; Gino Setaro; Dylan Richards; Trystan Rees: Geraint Jones; Nico Setaro: Tom Finnucane; Marc Jones (Capt); Ciaran Evans: Benji Kirk; James Thomas: Iwan Lewis; Callum Evans; Jack Mason. Replacements: Tomos Evans; Aled Phillips; Trystan Bowen; Dan Bennett; Marcus Castle.

Preseli Men overcome Scarlets and the weather


Crymych 34 - Pembroke 21

Tomos Lewis - a try brace for CrymychThe wind blowing across Parc Lloyd Thomas certainly influenced this match between Crymych and Pembroke but both teams deserve credit for the way that they battled and produced some exciting rugby for the hardy souls from both camps who braved the elements.
The Preseli Men lead 10-7 at the oranges thanks to unconverted tries from outside half Ilan Phillips and centre Adam Phillips – and  Pembroke’s response was a try from outside half Luke Alderwick after he had spotted a gap and sped through it before adding the conversion.
Crymych earned a bonus point as they added further tries in the second half through wingers Lawrence Headlam and Tomos Lewis (2), plus second row Llyr Davies, with Adam Phillips slotting two conversions.
Pembroke scored tries by Lewys Gibby, converted by Alderwick, as was another from flanker Rhodri Waters.
The Scarlets might have lost but a plus point was the debut of young scrum half Matthew Lewis, whose brother Tom arrived late because of work commitments, and both played well in that position, whilst Billy Kinnear, skipper Scott Powell, Evan Sheldon and Johnny Palmer were tireless workers up front.
Crymych: Adam Phillips: Tomos Lewis; Tomos Phillips; Carwyn Phillips; Lawrence Headlam: Ilan Phillips; Dafydd Phillips: Steffan Harries; Trystan Griffiths; Johnny Phillips: Llyr Davies; Rhys Richards: Dafydd Gibby; Rhydian Howells; Osian Davies. Replacements: Carwyn Rees; Jason Nicholls; Andrew Phillips; Dafydd Vaughan; Ianto Davies.
Pembroke: Luke Alderwick: Barry Alderman John; Fraser James; Jordan Cornick; Lewis Davies: Lewys Gibby; Tom Lewis: Lloyd Davies; Seamus Wiseman; Johnny Palmer: Scott Powell (capt); Billy Kinnear: Matthew Price; Rhodri Walters; Evan Sheldon. Replacements: Tom Zoogah; Shane Gwyther; Will Edwards; Alex Thomas; Mathew Lewis.

Seasiders battle back – but just miss out


Burry Port 25 - Tenby United 21

Yannic Parker - a try for Tenby at Burry PortTenby United trailed by a massive 25 points at half time against Burry Port, who used the elements to good effect, but The Seasiders showed real character to claw their way back after the interval to score three converted tries – and although they were unable to grab that all-important fourth try they at least had the consolation of a bonus point to take home.
The home side’s dominance in the opening stages owed much to the front row of Matthew Gower, Dai Booth and Lewis Ellar alongside No 8 Dylan Evans, with half backs Luke Ruddall and Steff Powell controlling matters behind them.
But all that changed after the break as The Seasiders claimed tries by skipper Luke Dedman, centre Yannic Parker and No 8 Jack Broadhurst, all three converted by full back Gwion Jones.
But they just missed out on what would have been a deserved victory – and can only look back on allowing Burry Port to establish too big a lead in the first period.
Tenby United: Gwion Jones: Jordan Asparassa; Yannic Parker; Dan Colley; Adam Quill: Matthew Morgan; Cam Broadhurst: Jack Boyd; Jordan Brace; Rob Luly: Luke Dedman (Capt); Tom Barrass: Jack Brown; Will Swales; Jack Broadhurst. Replacements: Lewis Davies; Mike Davis; Taran Richards; Rhys Cadogan; Gethin Bradney.

Division Two (West):


Mariners win well at The Obs


Milford Haven 20 - Loughor 10

Kyle Hamer - scored a good try for Milford HavenMilford Haven played really well at a wind-swept Observatory Ground to beat a strong Loughor team which was always in with a shout, despite trailing 12-3 at half time having had first use of the elements.
The Mariners had good performances up front from a pack where Sam Dolling and the front row of Aaron Mayne, Luke Ryan and Ben Jenkins were always in the thick of things so that halves Dan McClelland and Kieran Grey could call the shots and utilise the experience of centres Steve Martin and Dan Jenkins alongside full back Lee Riley.
Milford’s first-half tries came from young flanker Kyle Hamer and winger James Truman, who also added a conversion as Loughor could only muster a penalty in response from No 10 Joe Burder.
The second half saw both sides finding the wind difficult but centre Dan Jenkins punched through for a try and although Trueman missed the conversion he added a penalty – and all Loughor could muster in response was a try from flanker Evan Bridge, converted by centre Lewis Edwards, which meant The Mariners were worthy winners, thanks to a terrific effort by their whole squad.
Milford Haven: Lee Riley; James Trueman; Steve Martin; Dan Jenkins; Ieuan Davies: Kieran Grey; Dan McClelland: Aaron Mayne; Luke Ryan; Ben Jenkins: Dewi Williams; Chris Hall: Ryan Mansell; Kyle Hamer; Sam Dolling. Replacements: Jimmy Buirds; Dylan Evans; Scott Buirds; James Williams.

Griffiths guides Seagulls to great result


Nantgaredig 17 - Fishguard & Goodwick 22

James Griffiths - in match-winning form for FishguardJames Griffiths was the toast of his colleagues and supporters as the talented outside half scored the bulk of their points against Nantgaredig despite having worked all night in calls out to emergencies caused by the weather across the area.
The Seagulls made a quick start as hooker Gavin Walsh ploughed through and then Griffiths broke out from his own 22 and after being hauled down managed to make the ball available for full back Robbie Jones to score a cracking try which Griffiths goaled.
Nantgaredig opened their account on half time when winger Rhys Edwards scored an unconverted try – and after the break drew level when they were awarded a penalty try.
It looked curtains for The Seagulls by when winger Remiel Wharton grabbed Nantgaredig’s  third try but a Griffiths’ penalty reduced the deficit with time running out.
Fishguard had lost influential flanker Sion Colella with a nasty groin injury which saw him taken to hospital but they kept going and were rewarded with a late, late score as Griffiths spotted a gap and sped through it – and also added the conversion to set the seal on a tough away win.
Other plus factors for the coaches were the defensive display of centre Sion Rowlands and the front row of Gavin Walsh and brothers Iwan and Ryan McVeigh, with Osian Rowe coming on in the second row to make his first-team debut as veteran back rower also came on to add his experience at a vital time!
Fishguard & Goodwick: Robbie Jones: Joe Dunn; Luke Marshall; Sion Rowlands; Creegan Foot: James Griffiths; Andrew Williams: Iwan McVeigh; Gavin Walsh; Ryan McVeigh: Griff Williams; Gwilym Evans: Lewis Davies; Sion Colella; Chris Shousha (Capt): Replacements: Andrew Morrillo; Liam Wilkes; Simon James; Osian Rowe; Max Jones.

Iestyn Evans - heavily involved for Neyland

Division Three (West) A:


Blues victorious in excellent local derby


Neyland 13 - Haverfordwest 27

Derby matches between Neyland and Haverfordwest are traditionally hard fought and this one was no exception as both teams defied the horrible conditions to play with total commitment to their respective causes before The Blues ran out winners by 14 points after leading 8-3 at the interval.
Playing up the slope in the first half, Mikey Jones notched a Haverfordwest penalty and elusive winger Jack Evans crossed for a try – and George Evans responded right on half time as he landed a penalty for the homesters.
Powerful No 8 Lewis Tingay added a second try for The Blues after good work by Terry Lovell, Will Blackburn, Jamie Zambas and skipper Matty Phillips at a concerted forward drive but with skipper George Williams leading by example for Neyland they fought back with a cracking try by centre Alex Codd as he powered over from 15 metres, taking a couple of defenders with him.
Back came The Blues with a second Tingay score which centre Craig Barnett converted but The All Blacks fought back to within a single score when prop Ben James ploughed over – and both teams had half chances which came to nought in the tricky high winds.
And it was Haverfordwest who secured victory when they swung the ball wide to Jack Evans, who beat two defenders and crossed at the posts for Barnett to add the extra points and leave Neyland without even the consolation of even a bonus point as reward for their part in a cracking contest sponsored by former Neyland player David Hannay and Day’s Motor Park, Haverfordwest.
Neyland: Henry McBeth: Ben Millward; Alex Codd; Charlie Dearden; Matthew Coles: George Williams; George Evans: Ben James; Alex Swales; Luke Griffiths-Dawes: Mark James; Lewis Hallett: Ben Williams; Owain Evans; Iestyn Evans. Replacements: Craig Power; Harrison Grice; Steve Hamer; Rhys Bradney; Liam Watkins.
Haverfordwest:  Jake Morgan: Johnny White; Josh Thomas; Craig Barnett; Jack Evans: Mikey Jones; Owen Hamer: Terry Lovell; Jamie Zambas; Tom Carrington: Gareth John; Will Blackburn: Bradley John; Matty Phillips (capt); Lewis Tingay. Replacements: Ieuan Bevan; Jonathan Clout, Steve Thomas: Jack Codd; Liam Eaton.

Jack Evans - two tries for Haverfordwest winger

Gwion stars as Cardis overpower Quins


Cardigan 60 - Pembroke Dock Harlequins 0

Llyr Jones - 25 points in big Cardigan winPembroke Dock Harlequins felt the might of Cardigan’s attacking flair alongside the power of Storm Arwyn at the King George Vth Ground as The Teifisiders were already 45 points to the good having taken first use of the elements and added three more tries after the oranges to leave the Quins without a single point for their efforts and a long journey home.
Leading the way was lively scrum half Gwion Jones, who raced over for three first-half tries and landed five conversions for a personal haul of 25 points, with a brace of tries apiece for skipper and No 8 Tom Taylor alongside others by Andrew Fletcher, the loose-head prop opening the scoring, flanker Sion Phillips, winger Carwyn Vaughan, centre Tomos Griffiths and full back Alun Jenkins.
For the Quins, the play of teenage half backs  Tomas Wheeler and Euan McDonald was a plus point, whilst there was no shortage of effort in the second half – but they struggled up front and Cardigan were able to use their lion’s share of possession to keep piling up the points.

Match called off at Aber


Aberaeron P-P St Davids