Second Win - 20/08/2011 - Tonyrefail (F)
LLANHARAN 31 TONYREFAIL 5
Llanharan won their second warm up game ahead of the new season in Swalec One West, defeating near neighbours Tonyrefail with a decisive 5-1 try score-line.
Newly promoted to Swalec Three South East, the visitors were given an early indication of the gulf in class as a strong home pack led the way in creating two early tries, back row man Bill Carey collecting both and Mike Thomas converting.
A glut of possession paradoxically became Llanharan’s undoing as numerous link ups and promising moves foundered on mistakes and for a while Ton stemmed the flow.
However, two quick strikes just before half time ended with wing Lewis Bowden and prop Sam Pick touching down, and with a conversion from Thomas, the Dairymen were 26-0 ahead.
Both teams were making changes and although the division One outfit were still in charge, Tonyrefail made a better fist of it in the second half, helped by their opponents’ inability to win their own line out.
Ton were encouraged by a well worked try out on the right from replacement scrum half Justin Banwell, but the final say went to Llanharan as replacement back row man Nikki Allen finished off.
It was a good workout for both teams, the Tonyrefail ranks consisting of a number of former Llanharan players, not least coach Jon Hooper and team manager Martyn Buckley.
Llanharan head coach Mathew Lloyd reflected positively on the exercise.
“We gave a lot of players a bit of the action and that is important in building up a squad,” he said.
“The bigger picture is the league and this is what ultimately focuses minds. Today’s outing and our final work out game against Newbridge will enable us to get the playing structure we hope will bring success; our preparations are progressing well, the emphasis on physical contact gradually increasing to enable us to kick off our Swalec One West programme at home to Carmarthen Athletic in good shape.”
• Borough Councillor Geraint Hopkins was present at the Tonyrefail game, presenting a cheque for £500 from RCT to the Llanharan club.The grant will help offset the cost of running junior rugby next season and was gratefully received by chairman Adrian Tattersall and Life Patron Mog Davey.
• Llanharan Youth entertain Llantrisant at home Friday night. On Saturday the Seconds journey to Mountain Ash while the Firsts are at home to Newbridge.