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Battle: Llanybydder and Fishguard go for the ball at a line out (pic AJB Sporting Pics)

Cardiff Met • 33
Newcastle Emlyn • 20
WRU Championship

THE EUPHORIA of the previous week’s (Sept 9) victory quickly disappeared at Cardiff on Saturday (Sept 16) as an error ridden Emlyn performance handed victory to the students.

At this time of year the students are to all intents and purposes a professional side having been back in daily training since the end of July.

They must have thought that Christmas had come early for them as some Emlyn players gifted scoring opportunities to them on a regular basis. There were a few positives for Emlyn and the biggest of these had to be the return to Emlyn colours, from his round the world travels, of centre Steffan Evans.

The all round play and leadership of Evans is something that Emlyn have sorely missed and he will be a great asset to the red and whites. Second row Dan Havard was once again Emlyn’s best forward with some excellent two handed takes at the line out and some impressive running in the loose and skipper Alex Williams once again led from the front.

For the home side they had a couple of outstanding operatives with number seven Rubasniak dominating the contact area, and outside half George Simpson controlled the game with his fine all round play.

Emlyn could not have got off to a worse start. When the Met kicked off second row Dombrandt, despite being metres in front of the kicker, won the ball back for them and a powerful surge took play into the Emlyn twenty two.

The visitors were penalised at the ruck and Met centre Tom Morgan kicked a relatively simple penalty to open the scoring.

Emlyn’s woes continued when the restart was kicked out on the full and some of the Emlyn side looked as if they were still on the team coach. Met extended their lead soon after when an Emlyn mistake gifted the ball to the Met, and the powerful Dombrandt thundered over for a try converted by Morgan.

At this stage it looked as if the students were going to steamroller Emlyn and run up a cricket score as mistake seemed to follow mistake. Skipper Alex Williams had other ideas and a tongue lashing from him seemed to galvanise the visitors.

On the quarter hour mark they finally found touch inside the Met twenty two. An accurate throw from Williams was taken two handed by Havard and Emlyn executed a perfect driving maul resulting in Williams being accredited with the score, converted by Dan Davies.

The students were making the most of Emlyn’s mistakes and when they failed to find touch from a penalty on the half way line the students ran the ball back through some weak tackling. The ball eventually was cleared to touch but from the resulting line out Met went through some phases and eventually hooker Shawn Howard crossed for a try converted by Morgan.

Morgan extended Met’s lead a few minutes later with another penalty when Emlyn collapsed a driving maul.

Then came possibly Emlyn’s best period of play when they won the restart and the ball ended up in the hands of winger Llyr Davies. The winger embarked on a weaving run taking him past a number of would be tacklers. When brought down short of the line Emlyn went through a number of rucks before they were penalised for not releasing the ball inches from the Met line.

With half time approaching the Met launched another series of attacks but surprisingly dropped the ball just inside Emlyn’s twenty two.

Centre Llyr Jones was onto the ball in a flash and hacked it downfield.

Pulled back as he went to kick it again Emlyn kicked the resultant penalty into touch in the Met twenty two. Havard again took an excellent two handed catch and the Emlyn pack drove for the Met line and second row Dyfed Morgan scored Emlyn’s second try converted by Davies.

Emlyn started the second half positively and applied pressure on the Met line but once again were penalised for not releasing the ball after the tackle in Met’s twenty two. Their lack of composure in this area probably proved to be Emlyn’s downfall as they were penalised four more times in this half inside the Met’s twenty two for exactly the same offence.

Very early in the half came an extremely controversial moment when Emlyn winger Kami Nakove was completely up ended in a horrendous tip tackle landing on his neck. Emlyn players reacted angrily to the incident and when matters cooled down referee Paul Jones sent Emlyn number eight Brynmor Jones to the sin bin for retaliation, and decided no Met player should be punished because Nakove was now back on his feet.

Injuries began to play their part as Emlyn players, centre Llyr Jones and flanker Owain Powell both had to leave the field to be replaced by Mike Jones and Joel James. Morgan extended Met’s lead with another penalty.

The home side by now fell fowl of the referee and found themselves reduced to thirteen men for various offences. Emlyn’s tactics now had to be questioned as they opted to go for the posts from the subsequent penalties instead of what might have been the better option of going for touch and then the driving line out for a try. Two more penalties by Davies did bring Emlyn within a losing bonus point of the home side with ten minutes to go.

Back to full strength the powerful boot of Met full back Benjamin once again, as he had done on numerous occasions, drove play deep into the Emlyn half. From the resultant line out the students went through a well-rehearsed move containing a couple of quick rucks, and replacement Luke Northmore ran a lovely angle to score by the posts for Morgan to convert.

The game came to a conclusion with Emlyn on the attack as they searched for that third try but it ended like a number of other Emlyn moves with a mistake by an attacker leading to a loss of possession and with it the game.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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