Rugby Reports - 4th November 2023


Championship Division (West):


Crymych miss out from last kick of the match


Ammanford 28 - Crymych 27

Trystan Griffiths - CrymychAmmanford provided proof of how tough the championship really is because they were in 11th place prior to their home match with Crymych (5th) and were already 18-6 down at half time – but they battled back to snatch a second win from seven games as Sam Potter calmly notched a late penalty.
Crymych were left with the consolation of a single losing bonus point and must have wondered how they let their interval lead slip after they had played well up front to restrict Ammanford to two penalties from No 10 Sam Potter – whilst the Preseli Men had good tries from hooker Lee Griffiths, after a nicely created lineout take and drive from 12 metres out, and flanker Trystan Griffiths, back from his work as a professional opera singer and  ploughing through to the line, with No 10 Ifan Davies converting one and adding two penalties.
But Crymych allowed Ammanford back into contention as Potter converted two of the three tries by Ellis Lewis. Zac Phillips and Liam Smith – and then kept his cool to add that vital three-pointer at the death.
All Crymych could muster in response were three penalties by Ifan Davies and then had to make the journey home wondering about the old cliché of how they had somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!”
Crymych: Eilir George: Ned Bennett; Tomos Phillips; Laurence Headlam; Ianto Davies: Ifan Davies; Dafydd Phillips: Luke Griffiths-Dawes; Lee Griffiths; Ryan Rees: Llyr Davies; Matthew Freebury: Trystan Griffiths; Jac Delaney; Carwyn Phillips (Capt). Replacements: Carwyn Rees; Will Delaney; Luke Freebury; Rhys Davies; Tristan Jones.

Division One (West):


Borderers beaten by Yr Hendy


Yr Hendy 28 - Whitland 17

Whitland found it hard going against third-placed Yr Hendy as they trailed 5-13 at half time and although they battled hard in the second half eventually came home with nothing in terms of league points whilst the opposition could be pleased with the four points for winning and a bonus point for scoring four tries.
Yr Hendy were 13-5 up at the break with tries from Robbie Jones and Sion Rumbelow, plus a penalty from Tyler Page as winger Owyn Griffiths had raised Borderers’ hopes with an early unconverted try.
But the homesters maintained their momentum with tries from Dyfan Williams and Nathan Rees alongside a conversion and second penalty by Page before Whitland’s refusal to lie down saw them add two late tries from Zac France-Miller, the second converted by Geraint Jones.
It meant that Yr Hendy now have 21 points from six matches whilst Whitland lie in tenth spot with only five points from seven matches.
Whitland: Scott Newton: Ollie Bujega; Trystan Rees; Dom Davies; Owyn Griffiths: Geraint Jones; Rhys Nicholas: Chris Marks; Tristan Mills; Jack Worthing: Benji Kirk (Capt); Griff Williams: Rhys Evans; Cian Evans; Zac France-Miller. Replacements: Trystan Bowen; Aaron Thompson; Morgan Lewis.

Division Two (West):


Saints celebrate deserved success


Milford Haven 15 - St Clears 28

Dai Sweeny - another try for Mariners veteran forwardSt Clears travelled to Milford Haven with high hopes of victory and that is exactly how it turned out as they deservedly recorded their fifth win from seven starts to climb to second spot in the league table, leaving The Mariners in 8th place with four defeats from six league matches.
It was a hard-fought tussle nonetheless as The Saints were 14-3 ahead at half time, with No 10 Ollie Rothero kicking a penalty for the home side and the visitors having a try from outside half Sion Evans alongside three penalties by full back Rhodri James.
The Mariners are never easy to beat at The Obs and in the second period they had tries by evergreen forward Dai Sweeny – surely there is no better ‘trier’ in the section – and Jimmy Buirds, who played well up front alongside his twin brother Scott, Jay Goodall and skipper Zac Davies. Rothero, who linked well at half back with Dan McClelland, who notched one conversion. Lee Riley might also have scored a try but was not pleased when he was recalled for a 50/50 forward pass!
But The Saints had a man of the match performance by No 8 Will Icke and a match-winner in flanker Tom Mason, whose support work earned him two tries, with both converted by Rhodri James, and after gaining promotion this season The Saints have already shown they will be very competitive in this section!
Milford Haven:  James Williams: Lee Riley; Dan Jenkins; Evan Morgan; Garin Gardner: Ollie Rothero; Dan McClelland: Ben Jenkins; Luke Ryan; Jimmy Buirds: Jay Goodall; Zac Davies (Capt): Dylan Morgan; Ryan Mansell; Scott Buirds. Replacements: Dai Sweeny; Ethan Aldred; Ben Groves; James Trueman; Dean McSparron.
St Clears: Rhodri Jenkins: John Gostling; Jac Howells; Shane Morgan; Daf Waters: Sion Evans; Dafydd Evans: Sion Williams; Brandon Williams; Gary Barnes: Tomos Williams; Rhys Strawbridge: Tomos Rees; Tom Mason, Will Icke. Replacements: Dan Evans; Rhodri Evans; Jayden Leefe; Alfie Montgomery-Price; Sam Miles.

Division Three (West) A:


Jack Clancy on a late surge for The Blues. Picture by William John

Blues win a table-top cliff-hanger


Cardigan 18 - Haverfordwest 20

With both teams holding 100% records something had to give and in the final analysis it was The Blues who held on in the closing stages to grab victory by two points, leaving The Teifisiders to reflect on what might have been and the visitors delighted with their hard-fought success.
It was always going to be competitive and neither side finished with a full complement as Emyr Harries (Cardigan) and Liam Eaton (Haverfordwest) were invited to take an early shower after one incident but that aside both teams managed to produce some good rugby in front of a sizeable crowd.
The Blues had been warned about the superb goalkicking of Shaun Leonard but they still managed to conceded four first-half penalties which he duly slotted between the sticks – although they were still 15-12 behind because Haverfordwest’s edge in the set-pieces saw them with quality possession from which Matthew John sliced through for a try as he was playing on permit for the club he previously coached before he started out at Narberth this season.
Mike Griffiths was part of a dynamic back row with Matthew Phillips and particularly Jon Mason and he added a try which No 10 Mike Jones converted – and Karl Busch led by example the experienced front five of Terry Lovell, Jamie Zambas, Dan Berry and Adam Clark, who has made a significant impact since his return to action.
There were a few yellow cards as Leonard then kicked penalties No 5 and 6 to nudge Cardigan into an 1-8-15 lead but then The Blues claimed the all-important final score when Matthew Phillips ploughed over and although Jones missed the conversion his team survived a few nervous moments for their hardy band of supporters before the final whistle saw them delighted by this victory between two very useful sets of players.
Cardigan: Shaun Leonard:  John Lumb; Iwan John; Emyr Harries (Capt); Jack Taylor: Jac Davies; Llyr Jones: Ben Cox; Luke Palmer-Davies; Ben Hughes: Sion Phillips; Dean Harries: Kester Adams; Geraint Williams; Tom Taylor. Replacements: Rhodri Parry Jones; Nathan Bowen; Elis Evans; Jackson Tucker Lynch; Alun Jenkins.
Haverfordwest: Matthew John: Scott Candler; Jack Evans; Iestyn Arnold; Archie Thomas: Mike Jones; Liam Eaton: Dan Berry; Jamie Zambas; Terry Lovell: Adam Clark; Karl Busch: Mike Griffiths; Matthew Phillips; Jon Mason. Replacements: Ben Llewellyn; Jack Clancy; Paul Thomas; Rhys Lewis; Lee Summons.

Matthew John - back to his roots with Haverfordwest. Picture by William John


Wasps win second league success


Llangwm 26 - Llanybydder 12

Phil Llewellyn - excellent try for The WaspsLlangwm were delighted to claim their second success of the season with this deserved victory over Llanybydder, with The Wasps coming back from a 13-6 interval deficit with 20 unanswered points.
The game was played on the seconds’ pitch because of the condition of their Pill Parks’ playing surface - and Llanybydder made use of the slope in the first half with 12 points as The Wasps fought valiantly with two penalties from outside half Dean Philpott on the back of some good work by the back row of Gethin Thomas, James Lewis and Sam Rickwood, playing with experience way beyond his first season out of youth rugby.
The second period saw The Wasps make good use of the quality ball obtained by the likes of Ieuan Power, Phil Llewellyn, Aled Rogers, Jake Thomas and ‘Mr Reliable’ Dave Reynolds and it was Llewellyn who rounded a good move established in training with hooker Llewellyn gaining the touchdown before young full back Harry Makepeace, who had taken over the kicking duties slotted the conversion.
Makepeace also added the extra points when Jack Roberts continued to shine on the wing as he raced over for a try – and then the No 15 landed two well-struck penalties to make sure of a deserved victory as reward for an excellent all-round effort which will have pleased coach Matthew Hughes, who was also on the bench to show he can still hack it on the field if he needs to!
Llangwm: Harry Makepeace:  Jack Roberts; Will Ridge; Ollie Gerson; Wade Lloyd: Dylan Philpott; Steff Thomas: Ieuan Power; Phil Llewellyn; Aled Rogers: Dave Reynolds; Jake Thomas: Sam Rickwood; James Lewis; Gethin Thomas. Replacements: Callum Jenkins; Andrew Millward; Gavin Jones; Luke Hayman; Matthew Hughes.

Pembroke suffer a dose of travel sickness as Aber run amok


Aberaeron 57 - Pembroke 0

Aberaeron produced the surprise result of the day as they smashed Pembroke by 57 points after leading 24-0 at the break.
Aber eventually ran in eight tries without conceding a single point and had club spokesman Parry Evans saying that it was one of the best performances by the entire squad for as long as he could remember, with the forwards, led by the back row of  Gethin Davies, Tom Taylor and @@@ providing the launch pad for their pacy backs to use.
The hosts had three tries in the first half from winger Dyfrig Dafis, centre Gethin Jenkins, who was in outstanding form, and full back Morgan Llewelyn, another who vied for man of the match.
Both Jenkins and Llywelyn added second scores as Pembroke struggled to cope, with further tries coming from  Gethin Davies, Matthew Harries and Ifan Davies.
Rhodri Jenkins landed a first-half penalty alongside seven conversions - and the referee perhaps cost him a 100% kicking record by telling him to take a dropped goal attempt for the final one with time up!
Matthew Harries was chosen as man of the match but any one of the squad but have been in line on this display - and it left The Scarlets with a long journey back home after this loss!
Pembroke: Rhys Bradney: Josh Griffiths; Rhys Johns; Morgan Rees; Barry Alderman-John: Luke Alderwick; Jarad Sharratt: Lloyd Davies (Capt); Seamus Wiseman; Jamie Brayford: Adam Davies; Scott Powell: Will Edwards; Taylor Gullam; Rhodri Walters. Replacements: E Phillips; Dan Gosnald; E Lewis; T John; T Ramsden.

The Aberaeron team - If possible

Neyland P-P St Davids

Neyland (from): Owen Hamer; George Evans; Harrison Grice; Jasper Endean; Jake Griffiths; Jordan Allen-Wright; Joel Thomas; Lewis Hallett; Matthew Coles; Kyle Hamer; Josh Hamer; Ben Williams; Owain Evans; Iestyn Evans Ben James; Dan Hart; Mark James; Alex Swales; Kieran Cookson; Ebs Soul;
St Davids: Owain Swain: Harry Lavin; Will Savage; Morgan Griffiths; Bob Froy: Aaron Foster; Zac Morgan: Ethan Griffiths; Rhys Price (Capt); Adam Williams: Iestyn Owen; James Goldsmith: Tom Clarke; Nathan Foster; George Raymond. Replacements: Ben Lloyd; Ryan John; Charlie Lavin; Brad John; Ben Joyce.

Pembroke Dock Harlequins P-P Laugharne

Pembroke Dock Harlequins (from): Ben Hathaway; Thomas Wheeler; Owain Turner; Tom Donovan Gethin Bradney; Jordan Asparassa; Kieran Machin (Capt); Criag Barnett; Morgan Rogers; Euan McDonald; Rhys Spencer; Alfie Ball; Jordan Palmer; Andrew Edwards; Liam Scourfield; George Bellmaine; Dan Wilkes; Mike Davis; Jack Mallitte; Rhys Doyle; Rhys Gammer; Callum Jones; Ollie Parsons; Mark van Rhyn.