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71 Sport Crymych well beaten All Blacks stun Pembroke

Waunarlwydd Crymych

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League 1 West AFTER two straight wins before

the Christmas break, Crymych were brought back down to earth with a bang last Saturday (Jan 7) as they were well beaten by Waunarlwydd. Crymych were slow out of the

blocks on Saturday and it was the home side who took full advantage. Dai George, Dan Fox and Ricky

James all got on the score sheet, with three conversions coming from the boot of Lee Evans. Jake Jenkins responded with a

penalty for Crymych but that was all they could muster in the first half as they trailed 21-3 at the break. James Clearey grabbed another

try in the second half and a penalty to complete the scoring. Crymych are next in action on

Saturday, January 21, when they take on table-toppers Kidwelly.

Cardigan thrash Saints St Davids

0 Cardigan 95

League 3 West A CARDIGAN proved too strong

for St Davids last Saturday (Jan 7), as the home side nearly racked up a century of points against the league’s bottom side. The visitors held an unassailable

38-0 lead at the break and continued their dominance in the second half, finishing with 95 points on the board. Rhydian Jenkins, Emyr Harries

and Llyr Griffiths all scored a hat trick of tries as they looked to keep hold of their third place position while also

improving their points difference and try count. Marcus Castle also scored twice

while Llyr Jones, Tomos Evans, Aled Phillips and Owain Rees also got their name on the score sheet. Iestyn Crompton added 10

conversions to complete an impressive victory.

Cardigan will be looking to build

on this performance but will have to wait until January 21 for their next game due to Milford’s involvement in the National Bowl. St Davids will look to pick

themselves up from this defeat and go again with a game against St Clears this Saturday (Jan 14).

Laugharne power past Wasps Laugharne


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League 3 West A LAUGHARNE were made to

work for their victory over Llangwm last Saturday (Jan 7) as they came away with a 29-10 victory. Both teams started the game well

but it was Laugharne who eventually opened the scoring when Mike Williams crossed over the line, with Tom Jameson adding the extra two points. Tom Waters then increased

Laugharne’s lead with Jameson again successful with the conversion. Ian Griffiths responded with a

well-earned try for the Wasps but the conversion was missed and they trailed 14-5 at the break. In the second half, Laugharne

overpowered their opponents and added three further tries. Tom Davies crossed over twice and

Carwyn Thomas also went over and they proved too strong for the Wasps. All three tries were unconverted. Dave Reynolds added a late

consolation try for the Wasps but it wasn’t enough to present the home side picking up their fifth win of the season.

This Saturday (Jan 14), Laugharne

are at home to Pembroke while Llangwm are away to Tregaron.

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Winger Delme Bateman: Scoring a try for Neyland Neyland


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League 3 West A NEYLAND picked up just their

fifth win of the season last Saturday (Jan 7) as they beat Pembroke 20-10. Defeat for Pembroke is their

second in a row and sees them slip to fourth in the table while Neyland’s win sees them move just four points behind Pembroke.

Pembroke scored first with a

penalty from Luke Hartland before Toby Hayman levelled the score for Neyland with another penalty to make it 3-3, and it stayed that way until half time.

Neyland played down the slope

in second half but missed at least two opportunities to score with dropped passes before outside half Delme Bateman made a clean break from 30m to score a good try, which he also converted. Again, after some Neyland

pressure, they were awarded a penalty, which Hayman sent through the posts to make the score 13-3. Pembroke then attacked from

their own 25, resulting in the winger being fouled with a high tackle which resulted in a penalty try which was converted by Hartland. Neyland lost a player as a result

of the infringement but, despite being down to 14 men, they broke with some

quick handling of their back line but they were stopped just short of the Pembroke line. Some fine work by the forwards resulted in prop Luke Dawes crossing the line for a try, which Hayman converted. Neyland then lost two more

players for ill-discipline, finishing the last 10 minutes with 12 men, but they managed to hold out under heavy Pembroke pressure. The All Blacks will be buoyed by

the win and they will be keen to build on their victory when they take on Pembroke Dock Quins at home this Saturday (Jan 14). Pembroke will be looking to get

back to winning ways and they face a trip to Laugharne on the same day.

Mariners hold off Tregaron

Milford Haven Tregaron

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League 3 West A MILFORD HAVEN remained

joint top of the table as they earned a hard-fought win over Tregaron last Saturday (Jan 7). The Mariners started the game well

and went ahead with a try from Dai Sweeney, but the conversion attempt was missed. Gwion Jones then led the response

for Tregaron with a penalty and at half time the Mariners held just a slender 5-3 lead.

In the second half, it was Jamie

Lewis who extended Milford’s lead with another good try but the conversion was again missed. Archie Smithies also scored for the

home side and Craig Barnett added the conversion for a 17-5 lead. A fourth try would have given them

a bonus point and seen them top the table outright but Tregaron battled back hard to prevent the Mariners from scoring again. Instead, it was Tregaron who got the

next score that their play had deserved when Gareth Phillips crossed over the line. The conversion from Jones was successful and gave them hope of securing an unlikely draw.

Neither side was able to add to the

scoring as Milford hung on for victory, while Tregaron pick up a losing bonus point for being within a score of their opponents. Before the match, both teams

observed a minute silence in respect of Milford prop Adam Rees’ dad, Darren Rees. Darren was an avid Mariners fan and also a sponsor. Tregaron will take heart from their

performance and will be looking to build on that when they take on Llangwm this Saturday (Jan 14). On the same day, Milford will be in

action in the last 16 of the WRU National Bowl away to Nantyffyllon.

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