Llan fight back in vain - 14/01/2012 - WHITLAND
SWALEC ONE WEST
WHITLAND 16 LLANHARAN 10 (ht 13-3)
There was never going to be much in the score line between these two in form teams and so it proved with Whitland edging the first half and Llanharan launching a fight back after the turn around to gain a bonus point.
Wing Fraser Watson did the damage for the Borderers early on with a fine try and centre James Stephenson added a conversion and two penalties for a 13-3 lead.
But on a frosty day at Parc Llwyn ty Gwyn, the Dairymen, who lost skipper Dai Atkins to an eye injury after 15 minutes, fought back.
Progressive development towards next year’s Welsh Championship had seen Matthew Lloyd change his starting pack to give much needed game time to some of his forwards squad.
He reverted to his strongest line up after the restart and Llanharan began to exert pressure, gaining a reward as open side Scott Malone, in his first full season of senior rugby, underlined his value to the side with a well taken try.
Another of Llanharan’s youngsters Chris Williams converted and put over a penalty to raise hopes of victory, but a late penalty from Stephenson settled their fate.
Penarth product Chris Poole made a Llanharan debut at full back and gave a good account of himself.
On Saturday there will be an intriguing touch line battle as Llanharan’s coach Lloyd, a former UWIC skipper, take on the students, whose director of rugby is former Dairyfield captain and coach Chris Davey.
The game is s sponsored by the Old Black and Blues in an event organised by Joe Davis as a biannual reunion.
15 CHRIS POOLE
14 JOSH AUSTIN
13 RHYS LAKIN
12 DAI ATKINS (CAPT.) (LOREN QUICK 15)
11 STEFFAN JONES
10 MIKE THOMAS
9 CHRIS WILLIAMS
1 SAM PICK (JAMES GREENFIELD 40)
2 RHYS CLEVERLY (NATHAN HUISH 40)
3 TOM PIPER (NICK KIBBLE40)
4 BILL CAREY
5 NICK EAVES
6 MATHEW STRONG
7 SCOTT MALONE
8 JUSTIN BENFIELD (ANDREW ROSEN75)
Whitland scorer: try – Fraser Watson. Con and pens 3 – James Stephenson.
Llanharan try: Scott Malone. Con and pen – Chris Williams