Laugharne finish in style against beleaguered Quins

Rugby:Division Three (West) A:


Laugharne 76 - Pembroke Dock Harlequins 0

Venue: St Clears RFC


Tom Davies - try hat-trick for Laugharne full backLaugharne belatedly finished their rugby season on a high note as they scored 12 tries and added eight conversions without conceding a single point against a gritty Pembroke Dock Harlequins’ side which never gave up trying despite already trailing by 31-0 at half time and conceding another 45 points afterwards.

Because of the fact that the Laugharne rugby pitch becomes part of the town’s cricket outfield during the summer they had to play the fixture at St Clears RFC, who sportingly arranged for their facilities to be used so that the game could finally be played.

It meant that Laugharne skipper Carl Smith was able to round off his excellent spell of captaincy on a high-scoring note and although he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet he was clearly delighted at the way his team deservedly ended up in third place in the section table.

The Laugharnees’ first-half tries came from winger Gareth Spiers, full back Tom Davies, winger Will Evans and centre Tom Jameson, three of them converted by centre Steff Davies.

Laugharne momentum maintained in free-moving second period

Carl Smith - finished off captaincy in styleAs The Quins inevitably tired after half time, with only the bare 15 players available, Laugharne maintained their momentum and both full back Tom Davies and winger Spiers completed hat-tricks, whilst outside half  Owain Thomas and Jameson finally shared four tries.

With the back row of Rhodri Thomas, skipper Smith and Mikey Williams revelling in the spaces that opened up, Laugharne rounded off their scoring as Steff Davies crossed the whitewash, as well as notching another five conversions.

It meant that The Quins had lost against Cardigan (64-0) and now Laugharne in a short space of time but deserve credit for at least fulfilling the fixtures – and now it will be interesting to see if they can make one last effort to make the long trek to Aberaeron to round off their programme.

Laugharne: Tom Davies: Will Evans; Steff Davies; Tom Jameson; Gareth Spiers: Owain Thomas; Jack Flannery: Rhys Thomas; Tom Waters; Dorian harries: Lee Thomas; Tomos Rees: Carl Smith; Rhodri Thomas, Mikey Williams. Replacements: Ben Lloyd; Gavin John; Ritchie Waters.

Pembroke Dock Harlequins:  Will Nicot: Josh Brown; Sam James; Rhys Bradney; Dan Donovan: Gethin Bradney; Ben Hathaway: Dai Moseley; Gareth Aries; Tom Barrass: Ben Gibby; Martin Culley: Sam James; Jordan Palmer; Tom Clarkson.

Tom Davies - try hat-trick for Laugharne full back
Carl Smith - finished off captaincy in style