Rugby Reports - 18th September 2021 - by Bill Carne


Championship Cup:


Otters remain unbeaten as George stars with three tries


George McDonald receives his man of the match award from Robert JonesTrebanos 12 - Narberth 43

Narberth played well at The Park to complete a deserved double over Trebanos with this bonus-point victory and in doing so rounded off their 100% record in this section of the Championship Cup in style.
And leading the way once again was talented young scrum half George McDonald as he not only continued his ability to play as the perfect link between forwards and backs but grabbed three tries in the process!
Trebanos opened their account with a well worked try by Matthew Jenkins after good work by No 8 Cam Loveys and No 10 Lewis Humphreys, which Tom Dew converted, but then the Otter pack gained control and McDonald and Co did the rest.
Guto Davies maintained his good form at flanker with the opening Narberth try, converted by winger Nick Gale, who also added a penalty – and then fellow back rower Steff Phillips crossed the whitewash for Gale to again add the extra points.
McDonald then claimed the final score of the first half, goaled by Gale and an interval lead of 24-7 was no more than The Otters deserved after strong work up front by Tom Kaijaks, Rhodri Owens and Ifan James.
Llew Jones was strong at the back, playing with a maturity beyond his age, but it was McDonald who again caught the eye after Narberth had been awarded a penalty try, scoring twice more to complete to splendid hat-trick with his ability to pop up anywhere, one of them converted by ace kicker Nick Gale.
Narberth: Llew Jones: Nick Gale; Jake Jenkins; Joe Hutchings; Ashley Sutton: Jon Rogers; George McDonald: Ifan James; Rhodri Owens; Tom Kaijaks: Ryan Banner; Rhys Williams: Richard Rees (Capt); Guto Davies; Steffan Phillips. Replacements: Tom Clarke; Brad Davies; Josh Hamer; Ryan Scourfield; Rhys Lane/Jordan James.

WRU Plate – District H1:


Preseli Men are good value for a home success


Crymych 27 - Whitland 5

Matthew Freebury - good try for young Crymych second rowCrymych claimed their first win of this competition as they beat Gareth Bennett’s much-changed Whitland side at Parc Lloyd Thomas, with a bonus points as reward for scoring four tries. Two of them in each half after they led 12-0 at the interval and never really allowed The Borderers back in with a sniff of a first win.
Powerful hooker Trystan Griffiths opened The Preseli Men’s account with a try from a close-range lineout and then strong running centre Ilan Phillips darted through for a try which Osian Hill converted to go with a penalty.
At the other end, there was no shortage of effort from No 8 Jack Mason and skipper Marc Jones, playing in the unaccustomed role of prop, whilst 51-year-old second row Dai Ebsworth gave 100% as usual, but no points came from a couple of good chances.
Crymych continued to hold the edge after the break and second row Matthew Freebury grabbed an unconverted try – but Whitland finally gained some small reward for their efforts as centre Dylan Richards crossed for an unconverted try.
But it was The Preseli Men who completed the scoring with that vital fourth try as outside half Osian Hill sped over from near halfway and Tomos Phillips converted to give his side a welcome bonus point.
Crymych: Adam Phillips: Tomos Lewis; Tomos Phillips; Ilan Phillips; Declan Harries: Osian Hill; Huw Rees: Jonathan Phillips; Trystan Griffiths; Ryan Rees: Matthew Freebury; Rhys Davies; Llyr Davies; Carwyn Phillips (Capt); Osian Davies. Replacements: Carwyn Rees; Rhys Richards; Rhydian Howells; Dafydd Phillips; Tommi Jones.
Whitland: Matthew Tate: Gethin Phillips; Dylan Richards; Andrew Jenkins; Tristan Rees: Matthew Jess; Josh Thomas: Marc Jones (Capt); Iwan Lewis; Tomos Evans: Dai Ebsworth; James Thomas: Callum Evans; James Lewis; Jack Mason. Replacements: Tristan Lewis; Tristan Bowen; Sion Jones; Scott Newton; Justin Jones.

Jonathan Mason grabbed a brace for Blues against the Wasps

WRU Bowl – District H1:


Blues bag unanswered half century of points


Llangwm 0 - Haverfordwest 53

Haverfordwest ran in nine tries without reply in this one-sided game at Pill Parks, where Llangwm never gave up trying but had no answer to The Blues’ potent mix of pace and power.
The writing was already on the wall for The Wasps by half time as they trailed by 29-0, despite some yeoman work by No 8 Jason Mock and centre Yale Grice in the tackling stakes - and the Blues’ front row of Tom Carrington, Jamie Zambas and Terry Lovell were heavily involved as first Carrington and then Zambas ploughed over from close range, the first converted by Mikey Jones, who played an influential role at outside half with Lee Summons as a busy partner.
Then a good handling move saw full back Jake Morgan pop up to score another unconverted try before influential No 8 Jonathan Mason, playing his first competitive match for some time, scored a try brace, the first converted by Jones.
Haverfordwest captain Mattie Phillips opened their second-half account but there was no further scoring for a while as The Wasps defended well and launched some attacks of their own but without any luck after twice going close.
But then further tries came from winger Kern Cunningham, another making a welcome return, replacement Adam Williams and Jake Morgan with his second score, plus two Jones’ conversions, to put Haverfordwest joint top of the section table with Neyland and setting up a mouth-watering clash as the teams meet at the Athletic Ground on Saturday, 2nd October!
Haverfordwest: Jake Morgan: Kern Cunningham; Jack Evans; Josh Thomas; Steve Thomas: Mikey Jones; Lee Summons: Terry Lovell; Jamie Zambas; Tom Carrington: Rhys Watkins; Jack Clancy: Will Blackburn; Matthew Phillips (Capt); Jonathan Mason. Replacements: Iestyn Bowen; Jonathan Clout; Adam Williams; Lewis Tingy; L Davies.

Jamie Zambass crashes over for a try for the Blues. Picture James Hemingray

All Blacks maintain unbeaten run as pack power pays off


St Davids 3 - Neyland 27

Paul Busby - scored a try for All BlacksChris Morgan - back with a try for NeylandNeyland's perfect start to the season continued as they made it three bonus point wins from three at St Davids.
Despite some inclement weather, the All Blacks looked to keep the ball in hand throughout and were rewarded with five tries as they converted a 15-0 half time lead into an eventual 27-3 win.
The visitors dominated possession early on and despite some resolute home defence, went ahead when scrum half Chris Morgan sniped down the blind side to score from close range.
George Evans hit the post with the conversion, and another unconverted try soon followed a series of drives towards the St Davids line created the space for full back George Williams to cut over.
A messy defensive scrum from the Saints then gifted Neyland a platform and they took advantage, again working through the phases before second row Paul Busby took a pop pass and crashed through for a third five-pointer.
The hosts did muster some pressure before the break after hooker Rhys Price broke free in midfield, but despite a couple of close-range lineouts were unable to capitalise.
More Neyland pressure came after the break and after home No 8 Tommy Reynolds was yellow carded for a high tackle, it was flanker Iestyn Evans who rounded off an overlap for the vital fourth try. Evans converted from out wide.
St Davids got on the board when No 10 Ollie Owen landed a 30-metre penalty but after Owain Evans spilt the ball over the line for Neyland, his fellow back-rower Ben Williams went over in the corner.
"I'm pleased about the result and glad to go without any tries against us," said All Blacks skipper George Williams.
"We’ve got the big one coming up against Haverfordwest now though so it's all about preparation for that."
Indeed, both Neyland and The Blues are joint top of their Bowl group, and meet in a fortnight's time, with the All Blacks having home advantage.

Match off at Bierspool


Pembroke Dock Harlequins v Cardigan – match postponed

**This match was postponed due to a wedding attended by Cardigan players which will now be played next Saturday!