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League Three West C Aberaeron Llansawel


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ABERAERON duly complied


with the form book as they registered their second maximum bonus point win of the campaign admittedly against a depleted Llansawel outfit. Such was the dominance of the


home contingent that the game was over as a contest in the first period and it was only the resilience of the visitors that prevented a far higher scoreline. It was also a first at Parc Drefach


with the first female adjudicator taking the field and credit to both sides and


supporters for adopting the correct spirit, which resulted in a pleasant afternoon. With far tougher encounters on the


horizon, it was a case of ensuring that the bonus point success was achieved as soon as possible and this came within the first half hour as periods of high pressure bore fruit. In total, there were seven different


scorers for the home outfit for the overall nine tries, with hooker Rhydian Harries and centre Ollie Sawyer claiming two apiece, whilst there were crossings for Gethin Hughes, Alistair Severs, Niall Reed, Sion Evans, Owain Wozencraft, Kristian Jones and Dan Lewis with the kicking duties shared


between Evans and Jason Freeman. Mention also for Aaron Lewis who


, despite not crossing the whitewash , was prominent throughout the afternoon and duly deserved the Man of the Match award. Whilst


WRU Championship Beddau


Newcastle Emlyn the prospects for


Aberaeron’s season look positive, the case for Llansawel looks far from secure, which epitomises the case of several of the lower level clubs this season.


Nevertheless, the Seagulls need


to ensure that they maintain focus for the coming weeks with the aim of securing a return to a higher level at the first opportunity for the next campaign.


Llanybydder beaten by Seasiders


League Two West Llanybydder 21 Tenby United 31


TENBY went joint top of


League Two West on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Llanybydder 31-21 for their third win of the season. Toby Smith scored for Tenby, as


did Morgan Griffiths, while Smith added the conversions on both occasions. Smith also added another penalty


, while Llanybydder’s Ross Hiller scored an unconverted try before adding three further penalties. That saw the Seasiders ahead at


half time by 17 points to 14 and they continued to play well in the second half.


Griffiths went over the try line


for his second of the game and Smith again added the extra two points. Dion Thomas responded with


a try for Llanybydder and Hiller added the extras. Tenby finished strongly, with


Alex Thomas going over with Smith adding the conversion to complete an excellent win.


Tregaron capitalise on Llangwm errors 14


League 3 West A Llangwm Tregaron


29 TREGARON picked up their


first win of the season as they beat a spirited Llangwm side by 29 points to 14 at Pill Parks on Saturday (Sept 24).


Llangwm were dealt an early blow


when one of their players was given a yellow card and five minutes later Tregaron took the lead. They worked the ball from right


to left and Aled Jones went over in the corner before Huw Bonner brilliantly sent the conversion through the posts despite the strong winds. Llangwm looked to respond but


after some concerted pressure they gave the ball away following a knock-on. Tregaron were also guilty of giving


the ball away in key positions as possession continually swapped hands in the opening 20 minutes. Some more pressure from Tregaron


saw Llangwm penalised and, after being marched forward by the referee, Bonner opted for a kick at goal which was successful for a 10-0 lead. This time, Llangwm were able


to respond and, after being moved forward, they opted for a line out which eventually saw Gareth Thomas go over the line. Kieran Walkden then added the


extra two points to bring the Wasps right back into the game. Towards the end of the first


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Aberaeron thrash Llansawel Emlyn crushed by Beddau


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LAST year, on their first ever


trip to Beddau, Emlyn were given a harsh lesson in the physicality needed to play Championship rugby. They learnt that lesson quickly


and managed to beat Beddau in the return fixture at the end of the season in one of the best performances of the season. Emlyn returned there on


Saturday (Sept 24) and put in one of the worst performances by an Emlyn side for a very long time. Granted the red and whites were


minus 14 players, whether through injury or work commitments, including six potential back row players, but their commitment to defend on occasions left a great deal to be desired as the home side ran in a total of ten tries. Emlyn’s success over the last


few seasons has been based on their speedy backs and a tremendous team spirit which has led to them winning games they should have lost. There were many in the red and whites camp who thought at the start of the season that the coaches would be able to build on last year’s play and develop a side capable of competing at the top of the Championship. Unless there is a rapid improvement, Emlyn will find themselves battling to avoid relegation. Every team has games where


nothing seems to be going right and this was definitely the case on Saturday. When an Emlyn player managed


half, Llangwm came close again but Tregaron held out to keep their three point lead when the whistle went. Llangwm would have been


confident of a good second half but just two minutes in, Tregaron scored their second try of the match as Martin Lloyd intercepted the ball before running on to touch down under the posts and Bonner had an easy conversion. 10 minutes into the second half,


Tregaron scored their third try in comical circumstances. Llangwm played the ball across their try area but a loose pass saw Delwyn Harries capitalise to touch the ball down. Bonner then added the extra two


points for a 7-24 scoreline in their favour. On the hour mark Tregaron opted


for a scrum and from that Matthew Rose touched down in the corner for


their fourth try. This time Bonner’s conversion


attempt was wide and the score stayed at 7-29, with Llangwm staring at the prospect of a heavy defeat. Llangwm, however, didn’t give up


and were rewarded when Tom Meehan crossed over the line and Steve Picton added the extra two points. It was then that the rain intervened


making play difficult for both sides and they were guilty of dropping the wet ball on a number of occasions. Llangwm tried hard in the closing


stages for a third try which would have seen them earn a losing bonus point but they were held up just in front of the line.


The final whistle brought the game


to a close and Tregaron will be pleased with their first win and look to kick on for the rest of the season.


to make a break, it was inevitable that the next pass would be knocked on or, in some cases, passed into touch. Emlyn’s problems began at the contact area where the home side dominated proceedings due, more than anything, to the propensity of a number of Emlyn forwards not committing themselves to helping to win the ball, preferring to stand off and hope to get a run. Flanker Bedwyr Davies, one


of Emlyn’s few stars, worked incredibly hard in the loose but found himself all too often fighting a lone battle. Too often an Emlyn forward was seen with the ball in his hands in the centre position, and instead of committing, tacklers just passed the ball out for the wings to be tackled. Beddau were quick, decisive


and totally unselfish in their play. Some of their tries were absolute classics and a lesson to Emlyn in drawing the defender and passing to someone free outside them and then running hard in support. Their pack


worked hard to supply their backs with a steady stream of quality ball which they made the most of. The first half hour brought


no hint of the carnage to come as Emlyn started positively and nearly opened the scoring when Dan Davies just pushed a penalty wide of the posts. Beddau quickly worked their way into the Emlyn half and outside half Hywel Chatham opened their account with a well struck penalty and increased their lead a few minutes later with another kick. Their first try soon followed and


possibly, as a sign of things to come, it came as a result of an Emlyn dropped pass in attack. Beddau counter attacked and powerful winger Cody Baker crossed for a try which Chatham converted. Emlyn came back at the home


side and Dan Davies kicked a penalty goal for Emlyn. They then had their best period of the game and managed to put together a series of attacks but found the home defence difficult to penetrate. Outside half Nico Setaro was


on the receiving end of a crunching tackle metres from the line, as he had to reach above his head to catch an offload which, if he had been able to hold on to it, might have led to a try. Emlyn turned the ball over


on the Beddau 10 metre line and flanker Gethin Davies picked up the ball and kicked it down field instead of passing. Unfortunately for Davies , he was not playing at Dol WIber and the in-goal area in Beddau is only five metres wide and his kick thundered into the fence behind the dead ball line. On the stroke of half time,


slightly against the run of play, Beddau scrum half Carl Lewis increased his side’s lead with a try from a ruck wide out which Chatham converted. There is very little from an


Emlyn perspective that one can say of the second half as Beddau, when they wanted to, ran riot and ran in a total of seven more tries, all of them converted by outside half Hywel Chatham, who walked off the field with a personal total of 29 points including a try and two penalties. Further tries for the home


side came from full back Callum Wheeler, a second for winger Baker, two for fellow winger Joe Casella, second row James Cashin, and replacement Owen Cotton. One positive for the red and


whites was the return to action of club captain Alex Williams who came on for the last 10 minutes, and his leadership skills will be needed as Emlyn look to re-gather and prepare for the visit of Newbridge next week.


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