Rugby Reports - 16th October 2021


WRU Championship Cup:


Otters battle hard for a draw against The Wanderers


Glamorgan Wanderers 24 - Narberth 24

Tom Powell - vital late try for Narberth skipperJonathan Rogers - kicked 14 points as The Otters gain a drawNarberth came within a whisker of victory at the Memorial Ground in Ely, Cardiff, as a last-gasp try by Tom Powell, who was skipper for the day, hauled them level with Glamorgan Wanderers but outside half Jonathan Rogers was just off target with the touchline conversion and so the teams had to share the spoils.
With both teams having lost their first match at this play-off stage there was inevitably tension and the interval score of 10-8 in The Wanderers’ favour just about summed up the balance of play, with Rogers landing three penalties and the homesters crossing for two tries, one of which was converted.
Fortunes ebbed and flowed in the second period and The Wanderers gained an extra bonus point by dint of the fact that claimed for tries from Tom Murray, Jamie Murray (2) and Josh male, two of them converted by Paul Short.
The Otters responded with a good try by winger Ryan Scourfield, his second in successive games, which was converted by Rogers to go with a dropped goal that kept his side in with a chance as they trailed 24-19 with the referee consulting his watch.

They made one last-gasp attack that paid credit to the fitness and commitment of Sean Gale’s squad and Powell crashed over to ensure a draw for Narberth as reward for refusing to settle for second best.
Narberth: Ashley Sutton: Aled Rees; Jake Jenkins; Joe Hutchings; Ryan Scourfield: Jonathan Rogers; George McDonald: Ifan James; Rhodri Owens; Tom Slater: Ryan Banner; Alex Jenkins: Rhys Williams; Tom Powell (Capt); Steffan Phillips. Replacements: Tom Clarke; Bradley Davies; Guto Davies; Rhys Lane; Gino Setaro.

WRU Plate –District H1:


Griffiths guides Seagulls to hard fought win on The Moors


Fishguard & Goodwick 17 - Milford Haven 5

James Griffiths - landed four second-half penalties for The SeagullsRobbie Jones - grabbed only try for FishguardFour second-half penalties by outside half James Griffiths took Fishguard and Goodwick to a victory over Milford Haven where both teams had other chances to score tries but had to settle for just one apiece as the interval score stood at 5-all.
Milford had started off with a good try as their backs handled at pace from hard-won possession and released left winger James Williams in at the corner for an unconverted try – and that 5-0 lead lasted until the half-time whistle was near and The Preseli Men pounced for a try when full back Robbie Jones joined the three-quarter line at just the right minute and was put through by quick hands from Rhys Evans and Sion Rowlands.
The second half was more of a stop-start affair as the referee maintained a very tight rein on things and in doing so there were frequent stoppages – but The Seagulls maintained their discipline a little better and No 10 Griffiths landed four penalties, two from in front of or near the posts and two others from wider out.
For The Seagulls there were useful performances by young second row Griff Williams alongside his much older partner Gwilym Evans, whilst skipper Chris Shousha carried well alongside Gavin Walsh, Will Delaney and Ryan McVeigh, with Adam Bowen exerting an influence when he joined the front row in the final quarter of the match.
Sion Colella and Lewis were also busy and for The mariners Dewi Williams, Kyle Hamer and Ben Groves formed a useful back row unit but it was Fishguard who prevailed to win their third game of five played whilst The Mariners lost their fourth fixture to complete their quintet of matches in this tough section.
Fishguard & Goodwick: Robbie Jones: Jo Dunn; Rhys Evans; Sion Rowlands; Jack Williams: James Griffiths; Creegan Foot: Will Delaney; Gavin Walsh; Ryan McVeigh: Gwilym Evans; Griff Williams: Lewis; Sion Colella; Chris Shusha (Capt). Replacements: Iwan McVeigh; Adam Bowen; Simon James; Luke Freebury; Max Jones.
Milford Haven: Steve Martin: James Williams; Dan Jenkins; Sam Dolling; James Trueman: Kyran Gray; Dan McClelland: Aaron Mayne; Luke Ryan; Rhys Davies: Zac Davies; Jay Goodall: Dewi Williams; Kyle Hamer; Ben Groves. Replacements: Liam Wilkes; Ben Jenkins; Ryan Mansell; Chris Hall; Lee Riley.

Preseli Men pick up fourth win in five starts


Crymych 18 - Pembroke 8

Ilan Phillips - good try for the Crymych replacementLewys Gibby - stand-in skipper scored only try for PembrokeMatches between Crymych and Pembroke are traditionally hard-fought and this tussle at Parc Lloyd Thomas was no exception as The Preseli Men led 10-8 at the break and scored the only eight points of another combative half to claim their fourth win in five league outings and leave The Scarlets with just one success from the same number of games.
Yet it was the visitors who opened the scoring when new No 10 Luke Alderwick landed a penalty but Crymych responded when some quick handling from outside the visiting 22 saw scrum half Daf Phillips round off the smooth movement with a run to the line for full back Adam Phillips to add the extra points.
Phillips also notched a penalty by The Scarlets scored an excellent try of their own as acting skipper Lewys Gibby, standing in for regular leader Scott Powell, who was carrying a leg injury and started on the bench, took a quick tapped-penalty and sliced through – but on this occasion Alderwick was unable to find the target and so Crymych carried a two-point advantage into the oranges.
Adam Phillips landed his second penalty after Rhys Richards, Trystan Griffiths and  Ryan Rees established the platform and as their pack gained a slight edge in the possession stakes the Preseli Men had the final word when replacement Ilan Phillips rounded of another well-orchestrated move by Gavin Thomas to claim an unconverted try which in the final analysis denied The Scarlets what would have been a deserved bonus point.
Crymych: Adam Phillips: Gethin Gibby; Declan Harries; Tomi Jones; Gavin Thomas; Dafydd Phillips: Rhys Richards; Trystan Griffiths; Ryan Rees: Matthew Freebury; Llyr Davies: Carwyn Phillips (Capt); Rhydian Howells; Osian Davies. Replacements: Aled Hughes; Jonathan Phillips; Dafydd Vaughan; Owain Rees; Ilan Phillips.
Pembroke: Lewis Davies: Elliott Evans; James Jones; Tom Lewis; Geraint Powell: Luke Alderwick; Lewys Gibby:  Lloyd Davies; Seamus Wiseman; Johnny Palmer: Evan Sheldon, Billy Kinnear: Matthew Price;  Alex Thomas; Rhodri Walters. Replacements: Scott Powell; Paul Zoogah; Shane Gwyther; Steve Brown; Danny Jones.

Seasiders suffer a Mid-Wales rout as Aber bag 11 tries!


Aberystwyth 65 - Tenby United 0

Charlie Thomas - another try for AberystwythIestyn Thomas - Abers delighted coachAberystwyth ran in 11 tries with reply against Tenby United to leave The Seasiders’ supporters who made the long journey into Mid Wales wondering when their team had lost a match by such a wide margin.
But the gap between a strong first division team and a relatively inexperienced division two side was evident from the outset as Aber lead 35-0 at the interval and never looking back thereafter as half backs Charles Thomas and especially Matthew Hughes controlled matters.

Aberystwyth coach Iestyn Thomas, who played rugby for Fishguard many years ago, was delighted by the way his squad played and the try scorers for Aber were  Jack Jones (2), Dylan Evans, Carwyn Evans, Ian Ellis (2), Charles Thomas, Lee Evans, Osian Canney, Will Caron and second row Dan Binks, who was Aber’s man of the match.
19 year old Cam Broadhurst was the pick of the Tenby backs and skipper Luke Dedman joined Mike Davies in trying to win quality possession but it was never going to be successful as Aber scored tries on a very regular basis throughout the 80 minutes.
Jonathan Evans, the Tenby United coach, told us afterwards.
“We could have few complaints because we were up against an Aber side which was the best I’ve ever seen and it is important that we put it behind us as soon as possible. We have Crymych at Heywood Lane next Saturday and I know that we will train hard in midweek to show our team spirit – and look to bounce back with a home win against annother strong Division One side. It's always a tough match against Crymych but we are keen to get Tenby United back competing at that standard over the next few months.
Tenby United: Gwion Jones: Matthew Morgan; Joe Owen; Cam Broadhurst; Gethin Bradney: Lloyd Thomas; Rhys Cadogan: Frankie Boyd; Dan Allen; Ethan Morgan: Luke Dedman (Capt); Mike Davis: Ieuan Badham; Will Swales; Jack Broadhurst. Replacements: Jack Byrne; Harry Bolton; Harry Owen; Ewan Badham; Jack Brown.

WRU Bowl – District H1


St Davids P-P Cardigan

(*Match postponed – Cardigan unable to raise a team*)