Rugby Reports 20th April 2019

Division One (West):


Preseli Men finish their season in style


Crymych 59 - Kidwelly 14

Chris Shousha - try on permit for CrymychCrymych ended their season in style as they ran in nine tries against basement battlers Kidwelly, who already trailed 27-7 at the interval and could only muster another seven points as The Preseli Men remained in charge throughout and will now head into Friday’s Pembrokeshire KO Cup final on the back of an easy win after proving way too strong for the opposition.

The Preseli Men ran in nine tries, and perhaps could have had more had the ref not seemingly blown up 10 minutes early.

They led 26-7 at the break and moved the ball slickly throughout the 80 minutes, with tries from flanker Sion Colella (2), second row Matthew Freebury (2), back rowers Tom Powell (2) and Ryan Bean, winger Tomos Phillips and Chris Shousha –playing on permit from Fishguard.

Harri Williams had his kicking boots on to land seven conversions, while Kidwelly tries came from centre Andy Francis and winger Shaun Pearce, both converted by James Owens.

Chris Shousha - try on permit for Crymych


Division Three (West) A:


Mariners maul makeshift Llanybydder


Milford Haven 89 - Llanybydder 7

Dan Jenkins - three tries for Milford Haven centreMilford Haven went into this one knowing a bonus point win was a must, and the Mariners also got ample revenge for their surprise 17-12 loss to Llanybydder earlier in the campaign.

The visitors only arrived with 15 players, and the home side took full advantage to sail into a 48-0 half time lead.

Skipper Jamie Lewis got the ball rolling with a try from full back and more quickly followed from No 8 Sam Dolling, centres Dan Birch and Jenkins, wingers James Trueman (2) and Craig Thomas, and second row David Round.

Trueman added four first half conversions.

The second 40 minutes was just as relentless as Milford boosted their league try count via back rowers Ryan Mansell and Dewi Williams, Thomas and Lewis added their second score, and there were three more late tries for Jenkins as he stood out against a tiring defence.

Llanybydder did manage a try from Aled Evans that Ross Holder converted, but it was a tough afternoon to finish the season for the Carmarthenshire side.

Milford Haven: Jamie Lewis, Craig Thomas, Dan Jenkins, Dan Birch, James Trueman, Efan Morgan, Dan McClelland, Adam Rees, Luke Ryan, Mike Cockburn, Andrew Ling, David Round, Sam Dolling, Ryan Mansell, Dewi Williams. Replacements: Aaron Mayne, Zac Davies, Dai Sweeny, Garin Gardner.

Dan Jenkins - three tries for Milford Haven centre


Hicks shines for Wasps but The Blues still gained victory


Llangwm 36 - Haverfordwest 41

Josh Hicks - try hat-trick for Llangwms outstanding No 8Josh Hicks ended a terrific season for Llangwm as the No 8 grabbed three tries but still ended up on the losing side against a Haverfordwest side which seemed in charge at half time as they led 31-3 but took their foot off the pedal as The Wasps gained two bonus points for their part in an entertaining tussle.

Craig Barnett gave Haverfordwest an early lead with a penalty before he scored a try which he also converted, as he did with other tries from Gareth Owen, Rhys Baker and Jamie Barnett.

Llangwm’s only reply was a penalty from George Evans, playing on permit from Neyland, but The Wasps showed real resilience after the oranges as Ben Goodridge scored a try to join Hicks on the scoresheet.

Cole Barry and Matty Phillips crossed the whitewash for The Blues as fortunes ebbed and flowed with both sides throwing the ball about in their final match of the campaign but Hicks and Will Scriven responded for the home side, the former taking his try count for the campaign to an impressive 20 in the process.

It still ended up with the Blues edging home but the spirit that exists between these old rivals revealed itself as as the visitors again donated to the Eliza Scriven Appeal Fund and referee Geoff Williams, a Haverfordian before he became Head of Sport at BBC Wales, also donated his match fee to round off a positive end to the season in both camps!

Llangwm: Joe Kiff: Ben Goodridge; Lewis Murphy; George Evans; Ewan Griffiths:  Jonathan Lloyd; Ian Griffiths: Will Scriven; Gethin Thomas (Capt); Ieuan Power: Dave Reynolds; Jason Mock: James Lewis (Whitland); James Lewis; Josh Hicks. Replacements: Dan Hughes; Dan Morgan; Gavin Jones; Phil Llewellyn.

Haverfordwest: Rhys Baker:  Liam Mainwaring; Craig Barnett; Gareth Owens; Jamie Barnett: Mikey Jones (Capt); Lee Summons: Rhodri harries; Jamie Zambas; Terry Lovell: Jack Clancy; Carl Busch: Gareth John; Matty Phillips; Ashley George. Replacements: Matthew Layton; Cole Barry; Gethin Thomas; Josh Atherton; Tom Carr.

Josh Hicks - try hat-trick for Llangwm's outstanding No 8


Aberaeron still have their eyes on the section silverware


Pembroke Dock Harlequins 5 - Aberaeron 26

This bonus-point success against Pembroke Dock Harlequins means that Aberaeron’s hopes of poaching the section silverware from Milford Haven are still alive and kicking, but they came up against a Quins’ side that never gave up trying and managed a consolation try from young replacement Jordan Kokoland.

Centre Tom Slinger opened Aber’s account after 16 minutes with a try converted by Rhydian Thomas before scrum half Gareth Jones added an unconverted second soon afterwards.

Strong-running centre Dyfrig Dafis added the thirds, again converted by Thomas, to give the visitors to Bierspool a 19-0 lead

Gareth Jones made sure of a bonus point with his second score, again goaled by Thomas, and now Aberaeron move on to an even tougher fixture on Wednesday evening as they take on a strong Laugharne side which seems likely to end in third place when they complete their programme.


Willington Slate trophy:


Scarlets seconds win inaugural Willington trophy


St Davids 23 - Pembroke 2nds 46

St Davids and Pembroke 2nds played for the Willington Slate Memorial trophy, in memory of the late father and son duo Gareth and Daniel, fishermen who tragically died at St Davids's Head in late 2016.

It meant an emotional day for Pembroke committee member Daryl Willington, the brother of Gareth, and it was the visitors who showcased their squad strength with tries from Yori Roberts (2), Richard Jones, Tommy John, Darcy Langston, and Lewis Davies. The latter added four conversions.

But the Saints played their part in an entertaining game as well with tries from No 8 Josh Strangward (2), Dan Murphy and Luke Brooks, while Dylan Davies landed a penalty.