Rugby Reports - 16th September 2023


Championship Division:


Narberth scorers - Lewys Gibby, Geraint Llewellyn and Roy Osborne


Otters stay unbeaten after second-half come-back


Bonymaen 13 - Narberth 22

Narberth man of the match - Tom PowellNarberth maintained their 100% record with this third successive win, beating Bonymaen after coming back from a 13-5 interval deficit at a venue where away wins have been at a premium.
Bonymaen used their big pack to score tries by Cameron Salter and Laurence Thomas, who also landed a penalty, but this Otters’ side is made of stern stuff and 17 unanswered points after the oranges showed their resilience and will to win that keeps them at the top of the table.
Winger Geraint Williams scored Narberth’s first-half try and after a player reshuffle at the break which saw Ashley Sutton switch from full back to No 10 their pack gained the upper hand with Alex Jenkins, Rhys Williams, Richard Rees and Roy Osborn to the fore alongside skipper Tom Powell, who received the man of the match award for his efforts. Newcomer Rhys Harries also impressed in his first game for the club.
Osborn and Lewys Gibby grabbed tries, both converted by Sutton after he had been off-target with some penalty attempts – and he made the game safe late on with a wide-angled penalty that also denied Bonymaen a losing bonus point.
There was still late chance for The Otters to secure a bonus point for scoring four tries as Rhys Williams established the platform but the final pass went astray but this victory showed the Otters’ credentials in this newly-formed division.
Narberth: Ashley Sutton: Josh Evans; Aled Rees; Ilan Phillips; Geraint Llewellyn: Ianto Griffiths; Lewys Gibby: Bradley Davies; Kyle Hamer; Tom Slater: Rhys Williams; Alex Jenkins: Rich Rees; Tom Powell (Capt); Roy Osborn. Replacements: Ricky Guest; Lewis Davies; Will Blackburn; Alex Williams; Rhys Harries.

Preseli Men power to bonus-point victory


Crymych hooker Lee Griffiths - two triesCrymych 33-14 TrebanosCrymych full back Adam Phillips - more points from his kicking

Crymych played well as they beat Trebanos in an entertaining clash at Parc Lloyd Thomas as hooker Lee Griffiths led the way with two tries as they led 16-7 at half time and obtained a bonus point to please coach Elgan Vittle in the process.
Full back Adam Phillips landed three first-half penalties and converted a try by namesake Tomos in the centre, with Trebanos responding with a try by hooker Finn Thomas which outside half Lloyd Jenkins converted.
The visitors hauled the deficit back to only two points soon after half time when winger Iestyn Lewis added a try converted by Jenkins but The Preseli Men responded almost immediately with a close-range try by hooker Griffiths which Adam Phillips converted before Griffiths grabbed his second score in similar fashion.
As the game wore on Crymych had further chances and they finally made the game safe with their bonus-point fourth try as winger Eilir Griffiths sped through as reward for another excellent performance by the whole squad which bodes well for the rest of the campaign as this win puts them in fifth place in the section table.
Crymych: Adam Phillips: Ned Bennett; Tomos Phillips; Laurence Headlam; Eilir George: Ifan Davies; Dafydd Phillips: Luke Griffiths-Dawes; Lee Griffiths; Ryan Rees: Iestyn Wood; Matthew Freebury: Osian Davies; Llyr Davies; Carwyn Phillips (Capt). Replacements: Carwyn Rees; Dylan Phillips; Dan Page; Rhydian Howells; Tristan Jones.

Division One (West):


Borderers well beaten by The Bont


Scott Newton - Whitland points scorerPontarddulais 41 - Whitland 8

After the excitement of their win over Penclawdd the previous week Whitland came down earth again with defeat at Pontarddulais, despite effort aplenty by The Borderers but against a team that looks sharp in attack and solid in defence.
Leading the way for The Bont with a try brace apiece were Brandon Lake and Josh Hodge, with other tries by Owain Davies and Jacob Miles, with Iestyn Scott converting four of them alongside a penalty.
For The Borderers, outside half Scott Newton kicked a penalty and added a late try as skipper Benji Kirk, Raff Williams, Marc Jones and Zac France-Miller battled hard up front, as did the entire pack, but the greater experience of the Pontarddulais team showed in the final analysis.
Whitland: Will James: Oli Bujega; Monty Milton; Trystan Rees; Owyn Griffiths: Scott Newton; Rhys Nicholas:  George Rossiter; Marc Jones; Ceiron Evans: Benji Kirk (Capt); Raff Williams: Jack Richards; Dan Bennett; Zac France-Miller. Replacements: Iestyn Comey; Morgan Lewis; Sam Clarke; Aaron Thompson; Chris Marks.


Division Two (West):


Fishguard action

Strong Seagulls performance, especially after the break


Fishguard & Goodwick 30 - Pontyberem 6

Referee: Thomas Carew
Fishguard and Goodwick made it three wins on the trot to go clear at the top of the section table as they played well in parts and claimed a bonus point as reward for dominating the second half after leading 10-6 at half time.
They were given a gentle reminder by coach Nathan Jenkins at the interval and whatever he said worked because they held a definite edge thereafter and might even have extended their winning margin.
They took the lead with a powerful surge at a lineout drive and it came as no surprise that dynamic No 8 Sion Colella emerged with the ball before skipper James Griffiths landed the conversion.
Pontyberem gave a reply almost immediately as No 10 Rhodri Lewis landed a penalty but Griffiths kicked three points for The Seagulls before Lewis missed two other attempts – but then found the target just before the break.
With the slight breeze in their favour the Fishguard pack raised the tempo after the interval as Ben John and Colella inspired their talented young pack and Griffiths opened the second-half scoring with a penalty.
Then The Seagulls superiority up front began to tell and from another forward drive close to the line it was prop Iwan McVeigh who claimed the touchdown – and Colella added his second in similar fashion for Griffiths to add the extra points.
It was perhaps appropriate that Griffiths should round off the scoring as he stormed through to the line from the 22 and although he missed the conversion it mattered little because The Seagulls were home and dry – and good value for maintaining their 100% record!
Fishguard & Goodwick: Kial Keane: Dylan Scott; James Reynolds; James Griffiths (Capt); Robbie Jones: Jake Jenkins; Max Jones: Will Delaney; Liam Wilkes; Iwan McVeigh: Bryn Thomas; Ben John: Cai Llewellyn; Rhys Lewis; Sion Colella. Replacements: Kyle Colella; Griff Williams; Luke Freebury; Dan Evans; Creegan Foot.

More action from Goodwick Moor

Marvellous Mariners win well at Nant


Nantgaredig 17 - Milford Haven 29 

Ieuan Davies - also scored for The MarinersEthan Aldred - try for Milford HavenMilford Haven coach Steve Martin showed his resilience as he played throughout the 80 minutes because his team had only 16 other players for what is always a tough trek to Nantgaredig – and was full of praise for his small squad’s gritty performance in sealing a bonus point victory.
“We normally have a man of the match award,” he told “but on this occasion everyone shared that accolade because they played out of their skins to prove the doubters wrong about our commitment and gritty qualities. Our pack in particular was
Milford took an early lead they were never to relinquish as they were 17-10 ahead at the interval, fended off a strong comeback by Nant as they hauled themselves back to within five points but were unable to combat a strong Mariners’ finish after Lee Riley, Jamie Lewis and Dan Jenkins had been joined by Garin Gardner, back from a long stint of football to play at full back, in some solid defensive play.
The home try scorers were Sion Morgan and Iwan Millard as Jacob Davies converted both alongside an early penalty – but excellent tries from Jamie Lewis, Ethan Aldred, Ieuan Davies and skipper Zac Davies, who again led his troops by example, plus three conversions and a penalty by No 10 Ollie Rothero who joined scrum half Dan McClelland in controlling play well.
Milford Haven: Garin Gardner: Lee Riley; Jamie Lewis; Dan Jenkins; Steve Martin: Ollie Rothero; Dan McClelland: Shaun Devonald; Luke Ryan: Rob Clarke: Jay Goodall; David Sweeney: Ieuan Davies; Ethan Aldred; Zac Davies. Replacements: Jimmy Buirds; Jack Johnson.

Division Three (West) A:

Llangwm get the ball away. Picture William John

Wasps win divisional local derby


Llangwm 21 - St Davids 12

Matches between these old rivals are traditionally hard-fought and this one was no exception despite the fact that both squads were heavily depleted, with big hits aplenty, lots of attacking rugby in front of a large and vociferous crowd.
Both clubs deserved credit because Llangwm were without eight regular squad members on a stag do in Bath and The Saints had three key players in France watching the world cup, one in Croatia and three others on family holidays but they were determined not to join so many other clubs who postponed their games when they might have played and encouraged fringe players to have game time.
Yale Grice, Ieuan Power and Dave Reynolds caught the eye for The Wasps whilst Ian Griffiths was dragged out of retirement and looked as if he hadn’t missed a game, with former Gethin Bateman helping out The Saints and Owain Swaine led them from outside half.
Pacy winger Luke Bamford scored a try for the visitors alongside a penalty try, whilst The Wasps had tries from powerful prop Iestyn Power and elusive winger Jack Roberts, plus a penalty try and two conversions by teenage outside half Harry Makepeace in what was a case of the very best of rugby in Division Three (West) A, with so much enthusiasm and determination to enjoy some running rugby which perhaps wasn’t the most skilful in Welsh rugby but was enjoyed by all at Pill Parks, on and off the pitch!
Llangwm: Ollie Gerson: Aaron John; Matthew Hughes; Yale Grice; Jack Roberts: Harry Makepeace; Steffan Thomas: Ieuan Power; Aled Rogers; Matthew Rees: Dave Reynolds; Gethin Thomas: Matthew John; Ian Griffiths; Jason Mock. Replacements: Joe Newton; Aled Morgan; Gavin Jones; Josh Reynolds; Luke Dyer.
St Davids: Harvey Godkin: Luke Bamford; Harvey Lavin; Morgan Griffiths; Bob Froy; Owain Swaine (Capt); Mike Gurney: Harvey Nelson-Dry; Tom Dufton; Adam Williams: Gethin Bateman; Charlie Lavin: James Goldsmith; Sol Almond; Aled Davies. Replacements: Ryan John; Dan Murphy; Iestyn Owen; Kieron Jones; Will Savage; Ben Lloyd.

St Davids go for a scrum


Cardis battle hard to maintain 100% record


Cardigan 19 - Aberaeron 15

Shaun Leonard - played a key role for Cardigan in their winCardigan maintained their 100% start to the campaign with this hard-fought victory over Aberaeron where the result of an entertaining tussle was in doubt until the final whistle.
In fact Aberaeron lead at half time by a single point as The Teifisiders mustered three penalties from experienced full back Shaun Leonard and Aber responded with ten points from outside half Steff Lloyd as he landed a single penalty but also converted his own try.
Cardigan’s pack played well as Kester Adams, Geraint Williams and Tom Taylor led the way and although Aber claimed a try from No 8 Ryan Williams it was a case of too little, too late, as winger John Lumb raced in for a try which Leonard converted alongside his fourth penalty as Cardigan took the win, despite scoring just one try to their opponents’ two, but with Aberaeron pouching a losing bonus point so that they had something positive to drive back up the Cardigan Bay road with!
Cardigan: Shaun Leonard: John Lumb; Marcus Castle; Emyr Harries (Capt); Jack Taylor: Jac Davies; Llyr Jones: Ben Cox; Luke Palmer-Davies; Ben Hughes: Kester Adams; Sion Phillips: Jackson Tucker Lynch; Geraint Williams; Tom Taylor. Replacements: Llyr Jones; Rhodri Davies; Dean Harries; Matthew Roebuck; Iwan John. Reserves: Kieran Greenland; Deian Davies; Wyn Williams.

Blues miss out – Llan can’t raise a team


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