LLANDEILO’s youth team are through to the second round of the National Youth Cup after a stirring second half performance saw them come back to earn a thrilling 21-19 victory in Neyland on Saturday (Sept 30).
Neyland started the game well and deserved their 19-0 lead at half time but Llandeilo hit back in the second half and with time running out they scored a late try which levelled the scores. With the last kick of the game, Llandeilo kicker Oli Weed kept his composure to land the conversion and seal a narrow victory.
It was the hosts who started the better of the two teams despite only having thirteen players for the match.
Some good running put Neyland in a good position in the opening minutes but Llandeilo did well to keep them out.
However, with only six minutes gone, Neyland’s Ben James burst his way through to break Llandeilo’s resistance and score the opening try. The conversion attempt from George Evans was missed and Neyland held a 5-0 lead.
Llandeilo came close after they claimed the ball from a line out but they were held up just before the line as the All Blacks defended well.
Another break from Scott Buirds then saw him go over for Neyland’s second try and this time the conversion was successful for a 12-0 lead.
Llandeilo were then penalised for a high tackle and Neyland kicked to touch, five metres out from the line but they were unable to take advantage of their good position and they were penalised for not releasing the ball.
With half time approaching Neyland stepped up another gear and came close to their third try but the referee adjudged that the ball had been held up by a covering Llandeilo player.
They weren’t to be denied and as the half went in to overtime, Neyland’s Buirds scored their third try, and his second of the game and the conversion from Evans made it 19-0 at half time.
Neyland knew they would face a fight back in the second half and just minutes in Llandeilo reduced the deficit as Llyr Williams scored a try and Oli Weed scored the conversion to make it 19-7.
The visitors plugged away and Steff Barnes then scored a second try for Llandeilo with Weed again adding the extra two points.
With time running out it looked as if Neyland might hold on for victory but Llandeilo had other ideas.
A break from Griff Thomas saw him break Neyland’s resistance and he crashed over to level the scores at 19-19.
Weed kept his composure in difficult conditions and he landed the conversion much to the delight of the Llandeilo players and supporters.
The final whistle brought joyous scenes as Llandeilo celebrated an excellent win and they will now be looking forward to the next round of the cup.
Elsewhere, Felinfoel went through to the next round with a 25-3 win away to Gowerton while Tumble had a walkover against Llanelli Wanderers.
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Blacks go marching on
New Dock Stars • 10
Burry Port • 21
BURRY PORT travelled to local rivals New Dock Stars last Saturday (Oct 7) and booked their place into the next round of the WRU Bowl.
It was the home side who got off to the better start keeping the ball for long periods and putting the Burry Port try line under some pressure but just couldn’t get over the white wash.
Burry Port looked dangerous when in possession and with strong running centre Knox opening the scoring with a fine run Burry Port got into their game and took control of the first half.
Knox soon crossed for his second and was quickly followed by another try this time by Flanker Rich Parker all converted by Ceiron Thomas to make the score 21-0 at half time.
The Blacks had more opportunities to increase the lead but a combination of good defence and a couple of mistakes at the last moment denied the away team.
New Dock put plenty of good work in themselves and were really effective at keeping the ball with forwards working hard off 9 and after a long phase of play were awarded a penalty on the Burry Port 22 which was kicked by Jason Baxter to make the score 21-3.
The rest of the half saw New Dock trying to get back in the game but Burry Port controlled territory and wouldn’t let the home team anytime in the attacking half.
The final score went to New Dock after a promising Burry Port attack and a chance of another try the ball was intercepted by the New Dock winger Kieron James who raced in for a try under the posts, converted by Baxter to make the final score 21-10.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Oct 14) in the league when Burry Port will be the hosts and can expect another tough game.
Nant hold off Quins
Pembroke Dock Quins • 12
Nantgaredig • 28
NANTGAREDIG withstood a second half fight back from a spirited Pembroke Dock Quins side to book their place in the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The high flying Division 3B side won the game 28-12 but the Quins dominated the second half and were unlucky not to score more points.
The visitors could not have got off to a better start when Outside Half Dafydd Lewis slotted over a penalty after just two minutes, and on 10 minutes Scrum Half George Gleeson slipped over for a try which was converted by Dafydd Lewis.
With a 0-10 advantage for the visitors it looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for the Quins.
On the Half Hour the Quins were dealt a hammer blow when Right Wing Gethin Davies touched down for a Unconverted Try wide out to put his side 15 points to the good.
The Quins though, responded magnificently, with one of the best tries they have scored this Season.
After some fine ball retention Outside Half Lewis Davies powered through a gap in a stretched defence to score half way out, he converted himself to put the Quins back in the hunt.
With five minutes of the half remaining the Quins laid siege to the visitors’ line, but unfortunately for the Quins they could not crack the visitors defence.
The Quins had it all to play for as the second Half started but with just five minutes of the half gone Dafydd Lewis punished a Quins indiscretion to put his side into a 7-18 lead.
From here on in it was all Quins as they seemed to be encamped in the visitors 22, but no matter what they tried it just did not seem their day.
Just on the hour mark an interception try by Dafydd Lewis was a cruel blow to the Quins after all the effort they had put in, he failed to convert his own try from wide out.
The Quins were soon back inside the visitors 22, with replacement Hywel Baker showing a never say die attitude after coming off his sick bed, but the Quins could not force a score, with some outstanding defence by the visitors coming to the fore.
Nantgaredig grabbed a fourth try when a chip over the top bounced straight into Dafydd Lewis’ hands and the Outside Half did the rest for an unconverted try.
The Quins had the last say when replacement Prop Martin Culley powered over from close range for an unconverted try.
Cefneithin beat All Blacks
Neyland • 3
Cefneithin • 25
CEFNEITHIN knocked out opposition from Pembrokeshire for a second time as they beat Neyland 25-3 to make it through to the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The Carmarthenshire side knocked out Milford in the first round and put in another good display to beat Neyland.
They started this game well and went ahead with a try from Nathan Harbright and a second try from Dion Thomas gave them a 10-0 lead.
James Gronow and Jonathan Morgan also claimed tries while Richard Watts added one conversion and one penalty.
All Neyland had to show for their efforts was a solitary penalty from Mark Riley but it could have been a much different score line had the home side taken some of their chances.
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