Rugby Reports - 30th September 2023

Championship Division:


Narberth try scorers Hedd Nicholas and Dean James enjoy their grub

Narberth stay unbeaten with workmanlike home win


Narberth 26 - Dunvant 8

Ashley Sutton - more points for The Otters No 10Narberth retained their 100% record over four league matches as victory over Dunvant kept them in second place behind Brecon, who have two bonus points more.
The Otters led by 10-8 after a tight first half but they mastered the worsening conditions better than the opposition and deservedly added another 16 unanswered points through adapting their battle plan to suit the conditions.
They found themselves an early three points adrift from a Dunvant penalty kicked by Joe Packer but home No 10 Ashley Sutton levelled matters with a similar kick – and then added the extras to a superb Otters’ try where a number of forwards and backs were involved before winger Dean James continued his run of tries as proof of his pace and nose for the half chance.
But near the interval Dunvant showed they were still intent on maintaining their 100% record over their first four matches when Jack Chaney crossed the whitewash for an unconverted try.

Whatever coach Liam Gadd said at the interval it certainly worked because the Otter pack, with Tom Osborne, Alex Jenkins, Kyle and Josh Hamer to the fore earned two early penalty chances from which Sutton landed six points to show The Otters were on top.
Then Dean James sped over for his second score and talented young centre Hedd Nicholas sped through for a try to set the seal on a deserved win against one of the other teams in the section who had previously been unbeaten.
Narberth:  Geraint Llewelyn: Dean James; Ilan Phillips; Hedd Nicholas; Josh Davies: Ashley Sutton; Lewys Gibby: Bradley Davies; Kyle Hamer; Tom Slater: Will Blackburn; Alex Jenkins: Josh Hamer; Tom Powell (Capt); Roy Osborn. Replacements: Ricky Guest; Sean Janes; Richard Rees; Alex Williams; Jonathan Rogers.

Preseli men pouch last-ditch win with dramatic penalty try


Bonymaen 22 - Crymych 23

Llyr Davies - try-scoring second row for CrymcyhLaurence Headlam - try for Crymych centreCrymych gained victory at Bonymaen by a single point in a nail-biting finish after they had been trailing 22-16 and having been a lot of time added on by the referee – but were awarded a penalty which they kicked to the corner.
And from the inevitable lineout drive the Preseli Men piled on the pressure and a very brave match official awarded them a penalty try for a high tackle which saw them take a third win in four matches.
Elgan Vittle’s team had played some good rugby in the first half to lead 16-5 through unconverted tries by centre Laurence Headlam and second row Llyr Davies, with full back Eilir George landing two penalties as home No 8 Rhys Leonard responded with his team’s unconverted try.
But Bonymaen used their much bigger pack to good effect after the oranges to add a penalty try, followed by others from full back Laurence Thomas and hooker Garan Williams alongside one conversion by No 10 Cameron Salter.
It seemed as if Crymych would have to settle for a losing bonus point but they rolled up their collective sleeves and turned one point into four as their tireless efforts were rewarded with that last-ditch penalty try which meant the home side had to settle for two bonus points when victory had seemed the likely outcome for a while before!
Crymych:  Eilir George: Ned Bennett; Laurence Headlam; Rhys Davies; Tomos Lewis: Ifan Davies; Dafydd Phillips: Luke Griffiths-Dawes; Lee Griffiths; Dan Page: Matthew Freebury; Llyr Davies: Osian Davies; Rhydian Howells; Carwyn Phillips (Capt). Replacements:  Carwyn Rees; Dylan Phillips; Richard Williams; Tristan Jones; Adam Phillips.

Division One (West):


Borderers well-beaten at Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn


Whitland 10 - Burry Port 39

Burry Port showed why they are going to be one of the front runners in the chase for promotion as they were good value for a fourth victory in as many matches, beating Whitland comfortably as they ran in tries at regular intervals, despite the abject weather.
Whitland battled hard but all they had to show for the efforts was a try by No 8 Zac France-Miller alongside the conversion and a penalty by Geraint Jones.
There were no other details available from this match at Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn.
Whitland: Geraint Jones: Oli Bujega; Gino Setaro; Trystan Rees; Owyn Griffiths: Scott Newton; Rhys Nicholas: Chris marks; Frankie Boyd; Ceiron Evans: Benji Kirk (Capt); Raff Williams: Dan Bennett; Jack Richards; Zac France-Miller. Replacements: Trystan Bowen; Rhys Evans; Will James; Dom Davies; Morgan Lewis.

Division Two (West)


Saints win in ‘Dire conditions’


St Clears 17 -  Fishguard & Goodwick 0

Dan Griffiths - kicked really well for St CLearsWith both teams boasting 100% records something had to give in this tight tussle where conditions worsened before the start and were downright dreadful by the finish – and St Clears showed why they had been promoted with a good all-round display that included preventing Fishguard & Goodwick scoring a single point.
The Seagulls fielded a relatively inexperienced squad with several youngsters who have come through their youth set-up, like prop Kyle Colella, Rhys Lewis, Cai Llewellyn alongside the experience of Sion Colella, Luke Freebury and skipper James Griffiths – but they were unable to turn pressure into points as a feature of the Saints’ play was their excellent defence.
Their pack showed good self-discipline and helped set up three penalty chances for the trusty boot of Dan Griffiths to send between the posts – and pacy winger Daf Waters showed what a threat he is, even in such conditions, as he claimed the game’s only try.
At 14-0 adrift The Seagulls might have thought they were still in with a second-half chance but St Clears claimed the only score: a fourth penalty for Griffiths, to stay in third place, whilst The Seagulls remain in top spot despite the disappointment of this first defeat.
Fishguard & Goodwick: Kial Keane: Creegan Foot; Dylan Scott; James Griffiths (Capt); Ioan Hawkridge-Jones: Jake Jenkins; Max Jones: Kyle Colella; Liam Wilkes; Will Delaney: Rhys Lewis; Griff Williams: Cai Llywellyn; Jac Phillips; Sion Colella. Replacements: Matt Driver; Dan Evans; Joe Dunn; Tal Tamilia; Thomas George.

Seasiders stay unbeaten as Rossiter kicks more points


Tenby United 29 - Tycroes 6

Harry Rossiter - more points for Tenby UnitedTenby United maintained their 100% record in a tough section as they defied the weather and a determined Tycroes outfit playing better than their tenth place would suggest as they tried to put the inclement weather to good effect – but encountered a Seasiders’ squad determined to make it three wins in a row.
The Seasiders played into the Heywood Lane wind in the first half but maintained good discipline up front to earn three kickable penalties for outside half Harry Rossiter as opposite number Geraint Rees scored one for Tycroes – and then received seven points for a penalty try as centre Lloyd Thomas was on his way to the try line when he was high tackled.
Harry Rossiter began the second period with his fourth kick on target and Rees replied for Tycroes before The Seasiders scored their second try when dynamic flanker Jack Brown burst over from the base of a scrum.
And The Seasiders finished off with a cracking try from a concerted backs’ move which was nicely rounded off by replacement Luke Hartland, making a welcome return to action after a fractured jaw sustained in March.
Coach Jonathan Evans was understandably pleased with the margin of victory on a day when players deserved a medal for finishing the game but he will be looking for bonus points to keep in contention at the top of the table because he has a strong squad and they should be there or thereabouts at the end of the campaign.
Tenby United: Gwion Jones: Max Brindley; Brad Cramb; Lloyd Thomas; Geraint Powell: Harry Rossiter; Tom Lewis: Ethan Morgan; Dan Allen; Rob Luly: Liam Pugh; Luke Dedman: Hywel Baker; Jack Brown; Jack Broadhurst. Replacements: Tom Barrass; Charlie Patching; Dan Colley; Luke Waygood; Luke Hartland.

Mariners well beaten at Loughor


Loughor 47-15 Milford Haven

Aaron Mayne - another try for Milford propMilford Haven coach Steve Martin it hadn’t been a good day for his team after they had conceded five tries at Loughor but also gifted their opponents with six penalties that had been landed by Ryan Davies, who also added a try and two conversions for a haul of 27 points.
Loughor’s other tries came from Evan Budge (2), Damon Blackmore and Dan Gemine whilst The Mariners responded with tries from prop Aaron Mayne and scrum half Dan McClelland, one converted by No 10 Oli Rothero to go with a penalty.
Loughor stay unbeaten after three victories to stay in second place whilst Milford Haven dropped down to fifth place after their first defeat in their three matches.
Milford Haven: Jamie Lewis: Garin Gardner; Dan Jenkins; Ethan Morgan; Lee Riley: Ollie Rothero; Dan McClelland: Ben Jenkins; Luke Ryan; Aaron Mayne: Ethan Aldred; Jimmy Buirds: Ieuan Davies; Dylan Morgan; Zac Davies. Replacements: Shaun Devonald; Iestyn Howells; Dai Sweeny; Jack Johnston; James Sheen.

Division Three (West):


Scarlets edge home in local derby tussle


Pembroke 17 - Pembroke Dock Harlequins 10

Lloyd Davies man of the match - for PembrokeLocal derbies between Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Harlequins are usually hard-fought and this one was no exception as the awful weather at Crickmarren meant that running rugby wasn’t always the best option – but both sides deserve credit for giving 100% effort.
The Quins suffered an early set-back as Jack Price, rightly regarded as their most potent force, had to leave the field with a rib injury but they still managed to take an early lead with a well-struck penalty from outside half Morgan Rogers.
The Scarlets responded midway through the half, however, as outstanding back-rower Rhodri Walters powered over the line and No 10 Luke Alderwick converted. They proved to be the only two scores of the tight first half but there were other points of interest, like the fact that home full back Rhys Bradney had a good game against his former team mates, who included his brother Gethin in the centre.

The Quins regained the lead with the first score after the oranges when Morgan Rogers spotted a slight gap and sped through for defenders on a run to the posts for a quality try which he also converted.

This reverse stung the Scarlets into raising the tempo up front so that they gradually gained the ascendancy and with skipper Lloyd Davies setting the example with a close-range try, converted by Alderwick, to go with a penalty, there was still time for the Quins to cause one slight tremor for home supporters as pacy winger Tom Donovan looked to slice through but was recalled for a forward pass.
For The Scarlets, skipper Lloyd Davies was their man of the match, marginally ahead of Cyle Weatherall and Rhodri Walters as Pembroke enjoyed a second win from three starts but The Quins at least had the consolation of a losing bonus point as they suffered their second loss in three outings, with Liam Scourfield and Dan McLeod catching the eye in terms of involvement.
Pembroke: Rhys Bradney: Charlie Shiels; Stephen Brown; Rhys Johns; Barry Alderman-John: Luke Alderwick; Jared Sharratt: Evan Phillips; Seamus Wiseman; Lloyd Davies (Capt) Cyle Weatherall: Adam Davies; Jack Fielding; Rhodri Walters. Replacements: Chad Monk; Taylor Gullam; Will Edwards; Andrew Evans; Elliott Lewis.
Pembroke Dock Harlequins: Ben Hathaway: Tom Wheeler; Gethin Bradney; Jack Price; Tom Donovan: Morgan Rogers; Kieran Mason: George Bellmaine; Jack Hagan; Dan McLeod: Andrew Edwards; Liam Scourfield: B Burley; Jack Palmer; Harry Owen.
Replacements: Euan McDonald; R Spencer; Ollie Parson; Sam James; Jack Mallitte.

Action from Pembroke v Quins (William John)

Cardies come good in second half


Neyland 20 - Cardigan 53

Shaun Leonard - massive 28 points for CardiganNeyland were without a number of key players through either injury or work commitments but coach Steve Evans maintained his policy of trying to fulfil every fixture on the appointed day.
His young and relatively inexperienced back division played well and their pack gave 100% so that they were only 27-13 adrift at the break but were very much on the back foot thereafter.
The All Blacks’ first half try was scored by powerful centre Adam Peel alongside the conversion and two penalties by George Evans, who also added the extra points to a an early second half try by No 8 George Williams.
For The Teifisiders there were tries from full back Shaun Leonard (2) and skipper Emyr Harries, playing in the centre, all three converted to go with two well-struck penalties.

No 8 Tom Taylor pounced for two tries alongside namesake Jack on the wing and skipper Harries added his second score late on, with Leonard compiling a personal tally of 28 points as he landed the extra points to three of them.
Neyland:   Liam Rees: Callum O’Riorden; Shane Phillips; Adam Peel; Lucas Jones: George Evans; Jack Richards: Ben James; Alex Swales; Ebenezer Svitsa: Mark James; Iestyn Evans: Craig Grice; Owain Evans; Ben Williams. Replacements: Asha Gledhill; Rhys Power; Joel Thomas; Steve Evans.
Cardigan: Shaun Leonard: John Lumb; Marcus Castle; Emyr Harries (Capt); Iwan John: Jac Davies; Llyr Jones: Will Brice; Ben Cox; Llyr Jones: Sion Phillips; Dean Harries:  Kester Adams; Geraint Williams; Tom Taylor. Replacements: Rhodri Parry Jones; Elis Evans; Deian Davies; Jack Taylor; Kieran Greenland.

Action from the Neyland v Cardigan match (William John)


Wasps wilt in closing stages after battling hard for 60 minutes


Aberaeron 46 - Llangwm 0

Gethin Jenkins - two tries for AberaeronLlangwm put up such a superb rearguard action against a strong Aberaeron side for 60 minutes that they were only 8-0 down but as the weather inevitably worsened Aber were able to call on their experienced bench and scored six tries in the last quarter to produce a final scoreline that didn’t match The Wasps yeoman efforts.
The Llangwm pack battled hard, led by the experienced quartet of Gethin Thomas, Dave Reynolds, James Lewis and Ashley James, with everyone else putting in a good shift as coach Matthew Hughes also did a good organising their overworked defence.
For Aber, there were two tries apiece for their influential trio od centre Gethin Jenkins, outside half Steffan Rees and winger Steffan Jones, with Dyfrig Dafis also chipping in with a try.
No 10 Rees ended up with a personal haul of 21 points as he also notched four conversions and an early penalty to help Aberaeron stay in the top three – whilst every Llangwm player deserves credit for simply battling so hard throughout!
Llangwm:  Dylan Philpott: Jack Roberts; Owain Johns; Matthew Hughes; Ollie Gerson: Harry Makepeace; Steffan Thomas: Jack Newton; Phil Llewellyn (Capt); Andrew Millward: Dave Reynolds; Gethin Thomas: Ashley James; James Lewis; Jason Mock. Replacements: Dan Woodward; Dan Hughes; Ian Griffiths; Owen Evans; Matthew Owens.