Rugby Preview 28th September 2019

Narberth RFC pre-match - pic Ken Mathias

Championship Division:

Otters seek three from three

Ystrad Rhondda v Narberth

This was never going to be an easy away match for The Otters, despite starting out their league season with two wins against Tata Steel (away) and Trebanos (home) against an Ystrad Rhondda outfit that has won one of their opening two matches and lost the other.

Narberth are beginning to show the typically attacking rugby required by coach Sean Gale but with Ystrad Rhondda allegedly having a big, powerful pack I feat that this could be the Otters first league loss, although I hope they prove me wrong!


Division One (West):


Preseli Men face uphill task

Crymych v Felinfoel

Crymych have home advantage for the visit of Felinfoel, and could well need it at Parc Lloyd Thomas because their opponents have made a blistering start with two good wins, both of them with a bonus point as proof of their attacking flair.

Preseli Men coach Randall Williams is a canny lad, though, and he will have done his homework in terms of selection to ensure they have at least parity up front - but sadly I think this is one where Crymych find themselves narrowly coming out second best!


Can Scarlets break their win duck?

Penclawdd v Pembroke

After two successive promotions Pembroke coach Geraint Lewis knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park at this level and that is how their start has turned out with a nerve-wracking draw and narrow defeat from their first two games.

This week they travel to Penclawdd, who have won one of their two fixtures and lost the other so The Cocklemen must start as slight favourites - but I have a feeling that if The Scarlets are at full strength and play on top form this could be their first win


Borderers’ fire power should be enough

Whitland v Newcastle Emlyn

This match at Park Llwyn Ty Gwyn must be the local fixture of the day as both The Borderers and Newcastle Emlyn have two victories to start a long campaign.

Home coach Gareth Bennett will be hoping to select from a full squad list and knows that home advantage could be vital so he will bring back a couple of players who missed out last weekend - and The Borderers should have enough fire-power alongside Nico Setaro's accurate boot to keep their unbeaten record.


Division Two (West):

Can Seagulls continue to fly high?

Tycroes v Fishguard & Goodwick

Fishguard & Goodwick have started their campaign with two excellent wins, especially against Milford Haven, and will be looking to prove that they have stopped losing away matches almost before they have got up a head of steam.

Tycroes have won one and lost the other game so far but are a useful side at home who should push The Seagulls all the way - and I hope my curse on picking winners continues here because I fear that this could be a defeat, albeit by a small margin and with a bonus point!


Mariners must win at The Obs

Milford Haven v Kidwelly

Both teams have won one and lost one as they start out this campaign, with this being Kidwelly's third league match against a Pembrokeshire Club on the trot as they lost at home to Fishguard but beat Tenby at Heywood Lane.

Milford Haven also lost at The Moors but had a cracking 38-24 win over Pontarddulais - and in both games showed they have what it takes to do well at this higher level. So I think that Nathan Williams' boys will have the necessary pace and power to take this one, with a bonus point too!


Tough task for Seasiders

Tenby United v Carmarthen Athletic

It hasn't been a brilliant start for Tenby as they've lost both league games and bowed out of the Welsh National Bowl whilst The Athletic had a narrow win against Nantgaredig and lost at Burry Port.

Coach Jonathan Evans is aware that his squad hasn’t quite got enough experience but is confident that it will come in time but The Athletic will be boosted by their Bowl success against Pembroke and I think they will have the better of this tussle.


Division Three (West) A:

Three out of three for The Quins?

Llangwm v Pembroke Dock Harlequins

Matches between these old rivals are traditionally hard-fought and this one will be no exception as The Quins take their played two, won two record to Pill Parks, with players of the calibre of Jack Price, Jordan Asparassa and Hywel Baker looking to exert their influence.

But Llangwm have key players of their own like big Josh Hicks, Lewis Murphy and Luke Hayman so it will be an intriguing clash - and I go for The Quins if they have their full squad - but The Wasps will push them all the way.


Blues are red-hot favourites here

St Davids v Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest will be eager to stake their claim as promotion hopefuls and Steve Barnett will be looking for a heavy scoreline in The Blues' favour after their 38-3 success over Llangwm last week, with son Steve already massively amongst the points!

The Saints will battle away as usual under new coach Gethin Bateman and I wish them well - but I think they will find it hard going here!


All Blacks could snatch the verdict

Neyland v Tregaron

Neyland have done really well to keep going with the major influence of the Evans, Williams and Richards families but have lost their only fixtures so far, with the visitors to The Athletic Ground losing at home to Lampeter.

The All Blacks went down to The Quins but could well break their duck here if they can field anything like their best team!


Laugharnees look really good

Laugharne v Cardigan

Laugharne have made a blistering start to the season with wins over fellow promotion hopefuls Aberaeron and St Clears and at the moment looks like the team to beat. Cardigan suffered a defeat by Llangwm on the opening day but won 43-8 against St Davids to show they are capable of beating most on their day. The Teifisiders will push The Laugharnees all the way but in the final analysis this should be a bonus-point win for the home side!


Aber start as favourites to beat The Saints

Aberaeron v St Clears

This has all the signs of a cracking contest because both teams love to run the ball and put opposing defences under real pressure. There should be a big crowd at the seaside to watch tries galore and with home advantage I think Aberaeron will win with a little in hand.


Close encounter of the rugby kind

Lampeter v Llanybydder

Could be a close encounter of the rugby kind - and I tip Llanybydder to win this one!