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LLANHARAN 5 KENFIG HILL 12

After an extended Christmas break, the last thing each side wanted was a blank Saturday.

The fixture gap was caused by Llanharan’s exit from the Plate at the hands of Mold, while Kenfig Hill went out at an even earlier stage, losing 15-14 at home to Aberavon Quins.

As such the game undoubtedly provided a useful run out but it was Kenfig who stole the honours.

Home backs coach Kevin Jones identified the failure to turn first half superiority into points as the reason for defeat.

“They took their chances better,” he said.

Head coach Jeff Pick agreed:. “We were playing superb rugby in that first half and no one would have complained had we been 25 points up but Kenfig’s defence coupled with the crucial final pass going adrift cost us. We perhaps took it for granted that we would run up points after the turn around but penalties allowed them to get to the corner and pick up vital tries.”

Llanharan will also be worried about injuries to Lloyd Thomas and Lee Edgecombe, the latter dislocating a shoulder for the second time.”

But at least they did score the try of the match as brilliant hands saw Stuart Griffiths take his score well.

Next up on Saturday for Huw Thomas’s men will be Rumney, for many years prior to national leagues the club that vied with the Dairymen for top dog East District status.

 

No run out for the club Seconds Saturday as Heolycyw declared themselves unable to raise a team, another worrying sign of the state of community rugby, despite statements to the contrary from the WRU!

WRU ONE EAST CENTRAL

LLANTWIT FARDRE 11 LLANHARAN 13

WRU ONE EAST CENTRAL

LLANTWIT FARDRE 11 LLANHARAN 13

Llantwit missed the chance of a share of the spoils as a last gasp conversion attempt missed the target, and Llanharan were celebrating their first win since early November with a cup defeat, two league setbacks and a draw in that period.

The Dairymen were undoubted favourites entering the game against the bottom placed club, particularly after the 33-0 opened day success.

However, signs were that Llantwit had been improving and so it proved as they provided tough opposition.

It was just as well that the Dairymen had a good start behind them with tries from Jamie Williams and Scott Jones, the latter also adding a penalty to make the lead 13-6.

Williams used his speed to cash in on Craig Burton’s good work, while Jones, making his first start since a summer arm break, found the space around the platform for his touchdown.

That late comeback though came close to derailing Huw Thomas and his men.

Backs coach Kevin Jones confessed the game has been harder than expected and praised the battling qualities shown by Llantwit.

“At the end of the day though, we got an away win in a local derby and with the squad getting stronger we are looking for a better second half of the season.

“In training we are working on the need to get into positions and come away with points – and we just did enough at Llantwit to get the win.

 

Tries – Jamie Williams, Scott Jones. Pen – S.Jones

 

Team:

15 Rhodri Jones

14 Jamie Williams

13 Chris Poole

12 Morgan Williams

11 Evan Parry-John

10 Scott Jones

9 Craig Burton

1 Rhys Taylor

2 Gethin Cashmore

3 Matt Phillips

4 Lee Morris

5 Richard Hart

6 Paul Winter

7 Owain Davies

8 Huw Thomas (Capt)

Replacements used

Sam Grant

Sam Pick

Jack Pring

Stuart Griffiths

Unused

Tom Buckle

WRU ONE EAST CENTRAL

HEOLYCYW 10 LLANHARAN 10 (HT 5-7)

This was a dour, no quarters given, battle between the two neighbours, each of  whom could lay claim to perhaps deserving victory, though on reflection will probably be content with a draw.

There  was a  lot of build up to the first league meeting between the clubs in over a  quarter of a century since  the WRU structure was set up, a scenario related to the relative fall of the away side from a one-time Premier club and the rise through the divisions of their hosts.

For a while it certainly looked as though it was going to be a memorable Cyw win as they threw everything at Llanharan in the opening half hour.

It was credit to a doughty defence against unrelenting pressure that only one try was conceded. It was grabbed by scrum half Aled Jones, one of many players to have represented both sides over the years, Short’s conversion adding to the lead.

Gradually however, the tide turned. Rhys Taylor was given ten minutes on the side-lines, but it was Heolycyw who increasingly fell foul of the whistle, Stuart Nation receiving a yellow card, and they lost much of their early power.

A good penalty to touch from Rhodri Jones at last gave his team a foothold. The ball was moved out right. Richard Hart, prominent in all the pack's play, led the drive and eventually a strong forwards rumble gave second row Lee Morris a try to make it 7-5.

Llanharan were now well in the game with telling contributions from Craig Burton and Morgan Williams. Huw Thomas was as ever leading by example, and they reached half time in better heart than might have been expected from early proceedings.

The restart saw the Dairymen exhibiting a variety of attacking tactics, while indiscipline was to cost Cyw two more cards.

However, while Llanharan threatened much, one scintillating Morgan Williams break coming to grief courtesy of the first of those sanctions, it was proving difficult to master both the conditions and determined resistance.

And it was Cyw who stretched the lead as Short’s penalty against the run of play added three points.

Llanharan were soon back on the attack though. Scott Jones, in his first game since breaking an arm back in the summer, guided the away pack to the corner.

Thomas, Burton and Williams all made attempts to get over, but it was a scissors between Jones and Chrissy Poole that eventually led to Williams’ touch down.

Jones’s kick hit an upright and the scores stayed level.

Despite their team’s overall dominance in the second half, away supporters watched with baited breath as two late penalties against the run of play gave Short the chance of victory, but he was off target with each and the final whistle went soon after to signal a sharing of the spoils.

Cyw try – Aled Jones. Con and Pen Short

Llan tries – Lee Morris, Morgan Williams

15 Evan Parry-John

14 Stuart Griffiths

13 Chris Poole

12 Morgan Williams

11 Rhydian Worgan (Jack Pring 75)

10 Rhodri Jones (Scott Jones 25 blood, 45)

9 Craig Burton

1 Rhys Taylor

2 Gethin Cashmore (Sam Llewellyn 75)

3 Matt Phillips

4 Lee Morris

5 Richard Hart

6 Kieran Martin

7 Paul Winter (Sam Pick 36 YC, Owain Davies 55)

8 Huw Thomas (Capt)

WRU PLATE ROUND THREE

LLANHARAN 17 MOLD 20 (After extra time – full time 17-17)

An extra time penalty from full back Jack Martin edged Mold through to the last sixteen of the WRU Plate.

Llanharan had plenty of basics in place, particularly a strong scrum and accurate line out, but all too often adopted running tactics in appalling conditions.

Not so the north Walians who had less possession, but put the boot to just about everything.

It became an increasingly successful tactic as heavy rain and mud made constructive play impossible, the inevitable mistakes thwarting Llanharan’s attempts to impose themselves.

Mold got an early lead from a Martin penalty, but with Lee Morris supplying good line out ball from Gethin Cashmore's accurate throws the Dairymen began to press and powerful scrummaging ended with Referee Steffan Edwards awarding the penalty try which Rhodri Jones converted.

However, in the twentieth minute Llanharan fell for one of the oldest tactics in the game  as hooker Ryan Kirby took a short return lineout ball to run over in the corner, Martin’s excellent conversion restoring their lead at 10-7 despite being a man down after Aaron Jones’s sin binning.

Outside half Jones tied the scores again with a penalty after a Huw Thomas drive, and it was skipper Thomas who got his side’s second try from another powerful scrum after Rhydian Worgan had put the home team in a good position with a kick and chase.

Jones’s conversion scraped over, but despite again going down to fourteen after centre Cai Edwards was shown a yellow the visitors held out against further pressure.

However, with a surfeit of possession it seemed  only a matter of time before Llanharan would be extending their 17-10 lead, but despite isolated cameos from the likes of Chrissy Poole and Stuart Griffiths, most efforts fell foul of the mud and rain.

Mold’s tactic of hoofing all that came their way downfield eventually got them a foot hold and with Lee Morris now in the bin, a drive from a lineout brought a second for Kirby with Martin’s conversion levelling the scores.

Yet it still seemed it would be Llanharan making progress to the next round as centre Morgan Williams sailed through a gap to touch down only for Mr Edwards to rule it out for alleged crossing.

But with two tries apiece at full time it was another ten minutes each way with all thirty looking more like chocolate soldiers than rugby players.

It took just one decision to settle the affair, the Abercrave official deeming a Llanharan mid field player to be off side some twenty metres away from the contact area.

Martin slotted over the easiest of kicks, and apart from one exciting Poole break, Llanharan could not attain the continuity needed to bring a saving try.

The rapturous celebrations in the One North club’s ranks showed just how much victory meant to them.

Llanharan tries: penalty try, Huw Thomas. Cons 2 and pen: Rhodri Jones.

Mold tries: Ryan Kirby 2; cons 2 and pens 2 – Jack Martin

15 Evan Parry-John

14 Stuart Griffiths (Jamie Williams 74)

13 Chris Poole

12 Morgan Williams

11 Rhydian Worgan

10 Rhodri Jones

9 Craig Burton

1 Rhys Taylor

2 Gethin Cashmore (Sam Pick 74)

3 Matt Phillips (Rhys Haines 74) 

4 Tom Buckle (Aled Llewellyn 64)

5 Richard Hart

6 Lee Morris

7 Owain Davies

8 Huw Thomas (Capt)

WRU ONE EAST CENTRAL

LLANHARAN 5 MOUNTAIN ASH 33 (ht 0-23)

Llanharan lost emphatically to second placed Mount in this lively Dairyfield encounter, and the result put their standing in perspective after last year’s disaster.

The club knew that relegation would need a determined effort to  halt the slide and not end up like other championship outfits such as Tondu And Blackwood who slipped straight through to the League Two section.

A major restructuring in the summer saw home grown personnel take charge of on field matters, and an intensive recruitment programme with promising signs.

However, whilst a further drop would be surprising, this game showed Llanharan how far they have to go to start aiming championship-ward in the future.

Their main strength was a powerful set piece scrum, but elsewhere the Black and Blues were very much second best to the Cynon valley lads who demonstrated all round competence.

Not that the Dairymen were helped by the withdrawal of line out ace Kieran Martin, their subsequent disaster in that department illustrating the point.

Mix in poor tackles, wrong angles, dubious tactics, and turnovers and the only surprise is that Mount only accumulated four tries. In fact it was a mystery why they opted to put over a penalty from half way when already 30-5 up, although perhaps that was a tribute to their opponents never say die effort despite their shortcomings.

Skipper Huw Thomas, a prime example of that endeavour, accepted their second best performance, but looked forward to Saturday’s WRU Plate game at home to Mold as a chance to take the embryonic team forward, and inspire a side hugely reconstructed since the summer.

In fact Llanharan started brightly with some eye-catching ball handling as they fought their way out of defence, but Mount countered with their own attacking aplomb and within fifteen minutes were leading through a Liam Jones penalty and a David Richards try, significantly also from a line out.

Determined bursts by the likes of Paul Winter again gave hope only for the Old Firm to extend that lead as fierce resistance was eventually worn down and Kieran Davies went over.

A yellow card against Bleddyn Lock offered hope and although Tom Buckle drove through well, the away side ran up another three points thanks to a Jones penalty and then a sparkling counter attack that saw scum half Ross Davies finish off, the kick making it 23-0 at half time, even though Ross Pritchard tried hard to find gaps with quick penalties.

After the turn round hope was resurgent as another Pritchard break gave Jack Pring a left wing try, but Davies’s second converted try put the game out of reach at 30-5.

And even though Llan kept trying after the 65th minute final score, ultimately hinging on Chrissy Poole’s tricky running, nothing linked up with a positive outcome.

 

15 Rhodri Jones

14 Stuart Griffiths

13 Morgan Williams

12 Gareth Dyer

11 Jack Pring (Evan Parry John 75)

10 Chris Poole

9 Ross Pritchard (Craig Burton 76)

1 Matthew Phillips

2 Rhys Taylor (Sam Llewellyn 65)

3 Joel Ringer (Sam Grant HT)

4 Richard Hart

5 Lee Morris

6 Tom Buckle

7 Paul Winter (Bill Carey 74)

8 Huw Thomas (Captain)

Llan try – Jack Pring

Mount tries – Ross Davies 2, Kieran Davies, David Richards. Kicks – Liam Jones

Ref Jack Boswell

Pics tomorrow

RHIWBINA 21 LLANHARAN 20 HT

Head coach Jeff Pick was far from happy with his team’s discipline in this defeat in Llanharan’s first meeting with the Cardiff side.

Yellow cards were awarded against Rhys Taylor, Joel Ringer and Lee Morris.

Said the former Llanharan skipper: “These lapses meant that we were a man down for a substantial part of the game, even two short at one stage, and we cannot afford to give our opponents that sort of advantage. We were actually scoring a try when one needless infringement took place.”

He also conceded that unusually his forwards gave second best against the East District club.

On the bright side he was pleased with the play of two newcomers in the backs, Pontyberem product Rhodri Jones scoring a try and penalty, and Morgan Williams, back in the club after a spell at Beddau, looking dangerous in mid field as Gareth Dyer’s partner.

There were also two tries from Ross Pritchard who made a start at number nine, but generally Rhiwbina held the upper hand and the repeated card infringements made it a challenge too far for the Dairymen who saw Rhiwbina steal the result with a late penalty.

Huw Thomas and his men, who held the lead no fewer than four times, will be looking to get back to winning ways when Mountain Ash come to the Dairyfield.

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Rhiwbina tries came from Josh Trewartha, Jamie de Abreau  and Josh Slocombe, with penalties from Rory Harris and Rhydian Morgan.

Llanharan tries – Rhodri Jones, Ross Pritchard 2. Con Chrissy Poole. Pen Rhodri Jones

Llanharan team:

15 Rhodri Jones

14 Jack Pring

13 Morgan Williams

12 Gareth Dyer

11 Rhydian Worgan

10 Chris Poole

9 Ross Pritchard

1 Rhys Taylor

2 Sam Llewellyn

3 Sam Grant

4 Lee Morris

5 Richard Hart

6 Kieran Martin

7 Morgan Griffiths

8 Huw Thomas (Capt)

Subs used:

Joel Ringer

Paul Winter

Elys Goode

Craig Burton

 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL

NOV 12

LLANHARAN 31 CARDIFF QUINS 26 (HT 23-14)

A dominant pack laid the basis for a bonus point win for Llanharan.

The home eight, with Matt Philips a highly competent stand in for the suspended Joel Ringer, regularly had the Quins’ scrum in retreat.

Not so superior though was the lineout, where the muddy ball made control difficult, whilst the closing minutes saw the defensive antennae switch off to allow the Cardiff side two very late tries and  with them a double bonus point.

The game got off to a whiz bang start with five tries in the opening quarter.

The Dairymen struck first, Ross Pritchard finishing well after a scissors with Chrissy Poole, but an instant response came as a poor kick allowed visiting skipper Osion Fitzpatrick to race in from twenty metres, Rhys Morgan adding the kick.

It was a temporary respite though, Poole speeding home from a scrum ball, the outside half then creating a try for prop Rhys Taylor after a typical drive from skipper Huw Thomas.

Gavin Parsons converted two and the bonus point came soon after, Thomas cleaning up a loose Quins kick to allow Taylor to claim his second courtesy of an Olympic style dive.

With supporters’ thoughts turning to a runaway victory, the away side came back into affairs with some forceful play.

They hammered away at the home line for ten minutes nonstop as conditions deteriorated into a mud bath, and perhaps would have profited better from letting ball go wide on occasions.

However, the pressure saw Lee Morris carded and their reward eventually came against the fourteen man team, with prop Aled Hill forcing his way over and Morgan’s conversion making it 24-14 at half time.

The second half saw Llanharan dictate territory down the slope, but they were playing into the muddiest half of the field and cohesion was difficult to achieve.

However, their 5th try came in the 45th minute, Quins making a hash of returning  Craig Burton’s kick and the mercurial Poole darting in for his second, the conversion stretching the lead to 31-14.

Quins offered plucky defence and occasional adventure, but in the end it was the mud and slime that thwarted Llanharan more than anything, despite notable efforts as when new right wing Jamie Williams made an exciting diagonal cross field run.

There was little chance of Quins winning with stoppage time nearing, but they made the most of two quick penalties in the drier half of the pitch to run in tries from Zak Bartlett and Lewis Haines, Hughes converting the first to earn some reward for their spirited opposition in a game well controlled by referee Andrew Moule.

Tries – C.Poole 2, R.Taylor 2, and R.Pritchard. Cone 3 – Parsons

Quins’ tries; Zak Bartlett, Aled Hill, Osion Fitzpatrick, Lewis Haines; Cons 3 – Rhys Morgan

Team:

Gavin PARSONS (Chris SHARKEY 49) Lewis HUGHES Liam UNION Ross PRITCHARD   Jamie WILLIAMS Chrissy POOLE Craig BURTON Rhys TAYLOR (Sam GRANT 41) Sam LLEWELLYN (Sam PICK 65) Matt PHILLIPS Richard HART Lee MORRIS (Elys GOODE 53)  Kieran MARTIN Richard LAWRENCE (Morgan GRIFFITHS 48) Huw THOMAS (Capt)

In an exciting game we lost 28-22 to Glamorgan County in the 125 anniversary encounter.

We were actually leading 22-21 until a late try won it for the County.

Llan scored four tries - Liam Union, Stuart Griffiths, Gareth Dyer and Richard Lawrence, with a conversion from Gav Parsons.

The County tries were scored by right wing – Alex Griffiths (Maesteg Harlequins) , centre - Mike Hathaway (Bridgend Athletic), wing forward – Stuart Nation (Heol-y-Cyw), No.8 – Matthew Llewellyn (Capt)(Tata Steel), whilst outside half – Paul Smithson (Tondu) converted four tries. 

Backs coach Kevin Jones said that the team were a bit slow off the blocks but played good rugby in the second half and  could have snatched a win.

Footnote -  editor unable to attend so not the usual detailed report but below is an account of the whole occasion from county stalwart Malcolm Thomas:

CELEBRATION GAME
LANHARAN RFC 22PTS V GLAMORGAN COUNTY RFC 28PTS
A large crowd of supporters greeted Llanharan and Glamorgan County at The Dairy Field on Sunday... last. The weather was bright and sunny but extremely cold, but the rugby that was served up certainly warmed the hearts of this large crowd of keen supporters and made up for the disappointment of the Wales performance against Australia the day before.
Both sides were celebrating their 125th Anniversary and the rugby that both sides produced was of the highest order, playing fast open and attacking rugby, indeed it was truly Barbarian style rugby. Eight brilliant tries were scored, four tries each for the two clubs, the only difference in the final score was that the County converted all of their tries whilst Llanharan only converted one. The County tries were scored by right wing – Alex Griffiths (Maesteg Harlequins) , centre - Mike Hathaway (Bridgend Athletic), wing forward – Stuart Nation (Heol-y-Cyw), No.8 – Matthew Llewellyn (Capt)(Tata Steel), whilst outside half – Paul Smithson (Tondu) converted four tries. Llanharan tries were scored by centres – Liam Union and Gareth Dyer, left wing – Stuart Griffiths and No.8 – Richard Lawrence, with full back – Gavin Parsons converting one try.
The two captains Kieran Martin (Llanharan) and Matthew Llewellyn (County and Tata Steel) had powerful and outstanding games. It is difficult to single out any outstanding player when everyone in both sides all played extremely well and it was a match that could have gone either way, in fact it was only in the scrums that the County had the better, Llanharan had the equal in all other departments.
In the after match function Llanharan President Randal Martin presented County President and Secretary Howard Jones with a special 125th anniversary tie and presented ex-player George Latham who is now 98 years of age with a framed photograph of the 1946 team which he played in and also a head and shoulders of him from the photograph. The two captains also presented one another with their ties. Howard Jones the County President presented Randal Martin and Llanharan Secretary Simon Poole with a special 125th County tie, also a County cap and tie to be placed in the Llanharan display cabinet and an engraved cut glass bowl. Howard also presented Stuart Nation (Heol-y-Cyw) with his County cap having played 12 games.
Many thanks
Malcolm K Thomas
Publicity Officer
Glamorgan County RFC

 

Both teams made many changes and it was good to see guest appearances in our ranks fromthe likes of Chris Willaims, Ross Pritchard and Jonnny Myatt

More information when available.

WRU PLATE ROUND TWO OCT 29 2016

TALYWAIN 10 LLANHARAN 20 HT 5-5

It took Llanharan over half this game to put their stamp on proceedings, but they eventually stifled the spirited local resistance to progress to round three.

The club that plays on a hilltop above Pontypool was clearly out for a cup killing victory against the Dairymen who play a level above them.

And there was no doubt that their enthusiastic “in their faces” approach disrupted Llanharan’s shape for long periods.

The visitors showed in one incisive spell after the first quarter just what that could do, but spent too much of the first half trying too much rugby too soon.

After the turn around consolidation of territory and possession at last became priorities and allowed their superior rugby skills to manifest themselves.

The first forty minutes were abjectly scrappy and older followers of the away team were casting their minds back to the 1980s when a confident team travelled to Emlyn Park with nine wins in nine Silver Ball games only to lose 9-8 and miss out on a semi-final place in the prestigious competition.

The first twenty five minutes were dire for the damp crowd, but came to life after a strong set piece burst from number eight Richard Lawrence allowed rangy acting captain       Kieran Martin to drive forward and crash over the line.

Llanharan looked about to consolidate that 5-0 lead with Morgan Griffiths and Craig Burton threatening, but a simmering front row confrontation came to the boil with Llanharan’ s Joel Ringer and his two assailants all seeing yellow.

Despite down to thirteen Talywain found inspiration to press and despite two missed penalties levelled the scores before half time with a try from a quick penalty.

Black and Blues backs coach Kevin Jones could be heard in the interval demanding his side bucked their ideas up, but it took a while to galvanise his team and it was the East Two outfit that mauled itself to a 10-5 lead soon after the resumption.

But  it was not long before the arrival of skipper Huw Thomas, taking a bench break for this game, showed Llanharan the way forward with a powerful drive within minutes of taking the field.

The more direct approach saw Martin secure line out ball, then loop around to dive in for his second try, Lewis Williams’ kick edging a 12-10 lead.

The East Central One men were now starting to fire on all cylinders, hooker Sam Llewellyn showing g up well in loose play and wing Lewis Hughes bundled into touch at the corner flag.

The match winning score was a fine effort from replacement second row Richard Hart, who took the line out ball and spiralled through the set piece for a try.

A fourth touchdown though proved elusive despite a flat out effort from Gareth Dyer after Chrissy Poole’s charge down, and it took a Williams penalty to ensure third round passage, Jack Pring denied the chance to add emphasis  with a marginal off side ruling after he was put free.

Next up for Llanharan comes on Sunday when Glamorgan are the visitors to the Dairyfield in a special 125th anniversary game (2pm).

Talywain Scores

2 tries

Tries

Llanharan scores

Tries: Kieran Martin 2, Richard Hart, Con and pen: Lewis Williams)

Team:

Gavin PARSONS Jack PRING Chrissy POOLE Gareth DYER Lewis HUGHES (Stuart GRIFFITHS 70) Lewis WILLIAMS Craig BURTON Rhys TAYLOR (Tom HARRIS 73) Sam LLEWELLYN   Joel RINGER (Matt PHILLIPS 45)  Lee MORRIS Kieran MARTIN (Capt) Elys GOODE (Richard HART 45)  Morgan GRIFFITHS (Huw THOMAS 45) Richard LAWRENCE

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL OCT 22

TREORCHY 52 LLANHARAN 17 HT 31-5

Llanharan played almost all the game one man short and were down to thirteen for a ten minute second half spell – hardly the scenario for taking on the league leaders.

The fiasco began in the first minute with centre Gareth Dyer trapped under the maul after scurrying back to save a try, went on with prop Joel Ringer seeing red for punching in the 13th minute, and continued as Gavin Parsons was yellowed in the second half after a deliberate knock on.

Small wonder then that the Rhondda boys ran up a big win – yet the margin of victory barely reflected Llanharan’s efforts.

They actually took a lead after the sending off, but a devastating three seven-pointers on the half hour mark gave them a mountain to climb.

Yet Huw Thomas’s men did not give in easily and enjoyed territorial advantage after the turn around. In fact, when referee Mr English blew the final whistle the away side was hammering away at the line seeking a 4th bonus point try.

However, attempts to rebuild after last season’s relegation are again encountering problems. Ringer can expect a ban, while even before the kick-off Jordan Glasby had to be withdrawn after his suspension for a 2nd XV sending off came through, while Lloyd Thomas’s continuing injury meant Gavin Parsons had to take the ten shirt.

However, it was good to see Jack Pring back after injury, while Lewis Hughes, son of former outside half Oscar, gave a nice cameo as a replacement wing. Back row man Elys Goode also returned after a long layoff.

Jordan Lloyd gave the Zebras a three point lead from the first sin binning, but the away team displayed commendable resolve in taking the lead in the 18th minute with Rhys Taylor driving over to end pressure started with Richard Hart’s lineout ball.

But a decisive spell of devastating attacking for Treorchy saw Alex Green, Ryan Evans and Lloyd Williams racing over in just four minutes, Lloyd’s three conversions taking the score to 24-5.

The talented black and white shirts had suddenly revelled in the greater space the sending off gave them.

Gethin Cashmore had gone on to complete the front row complement but it meant the open field ability of Richard Lawrence had to be sacrificed.

Llanharan regrouped to stem the flow, a Stuart Griffiths run typifying their effort, but the fourth try went again to the home team, moving the ball nicely for left wing Ryan Evans to finish, the kick making it 31-5 at half time.

The second half did not start well for Huw Thomas’s men as Parsons was sent to the line and a penalty try awarded for a deliberate knock on.

Again Thomas rallied his men, and  with a home yellow card balancing numbers, strong line out play brought a try for replacement Morgan Griffiths, Liam Union converting.

However, once again the back to full strength Oval team struck to extend their already big lead, a break through in the middle of the park bringing a converted try for Lloyd Williams and a 45-12 score, stretched further as a poor pass was pounced on to present a try for Jacob Lloyd who converted for a personal haul of 19 points,

The last say though went to the Dairymen who launched repeated attacks in the final minutes, Chrissy Poole particularly dangerous, and Gareth Dyer found his way over.

It set up a frenzied effort to grab the bonus point try, but the final whistle thwarted them and left them with just the satisfaction of a spirited display against the odds.

Team:

Jack PRING Chrissy POOLE Gareth DYER Liam UNION  Stuart GRIFFITHS (Lewis HUGHES 58) Gavin PARSONS Craig BURTON Rhys TAYLOR (Tom HARRIS 71) Sam LLEWELLYN    Joel RINGER (red card 13) Richard Hart (Morgan GRIFFITHS 50) Kieran MARTIN Lee MORRIS (Elys GOODE 50) Richard LAWRENCE(red card withdrawal) (Gethin CASHMORE 18) (Richard HART 79) Huw THOMAS (Capt)

Treorchy tries – Ryan Evans 2, Lloyd Williams 2, Jacob Lloyd, Alex Green, penalty try. Cons 7 and pen – Jordan Lloyd.

Llan tries – Rhys Taylor, Morgan Griffiths, and Gareth Dyer. Con – Liam Union.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL OCT 15

LLANHARAN 20 PORTH QUINS 10 (HT: 15-7)

Home skipper Huw Thomas admitted that his side had played better this season and still lost!

However, the important statistic was the win, halting a run of three One East Central defeats and keeping Llanharan on the edge of the leading clubs.

It would be fair to say that Porth deserved some reward from a game in which they had the lion’s share of possession and territory for long periods.

Their failure to win owed much to  never say die defence by the Dairymen, not to mention the incessant rain which brought frequent errors and produced a poor spectacle for the large crowd.

There were too many bad decisions and a lot of poor execution for Thomas’s men, and frustrated head coach Jeff Pick said his team had underperformed.

“We know we are better than that,” he summed up, “but we have strengthened our position in the table and can improve.”

In his second stint at the helm, the former club captain did however praise his half backs. Chrissy Poole moved to the ten shirt after Lloyd Thomas withdrew with an injury, while inside him Craig Burton was one who rose above the conditions and showed his class.

Each played prominent parts in creating a match winning score-line, Poole cutting through nicely almost from the kick off for an early try and, late in the game, Burton effectively following up his kick ahead to dislodge the ball from the defender and maintain forward momentum.

It ended with Liam Union winning the race to the touch down and put Porth out of contention, only time added on to be decided by authoritative young referee Aaron Parry..

Union himself did well, only moving into the starting line out on the day of the match, also grabbing a first half try for his team.

It came in the 27th minute after Lee Morris had driven into the defence, Poole again prominent in good follow up work.

Gavin Parsons converted the first try and landed a first half penalty.

Porth got on the score board with an almost instant response to Poole’s opener, scrum half Jack Foulkes darting over and Lewis Williams converting.

It was undoubtedly a reflection of the effect of the downpour and two misfiring teams that neither could benefit from yellow card advantages, Porth the first to see their numbers reduced in the ten minutes before half time, then Paul Winter given his marching orders by the Pontypool official early in the second half, Williams’ subsequent penalty the visitors’ only reward.

Porth dominated much of the second half and once back to 15-10 from that Williams’ kick seemed to have every chance of a victory that few could have complained about, but then came that telling bit of class from Burton and Union’s victory clinching double.

Llan tries – Liam Union 2, Chrissy Poole. Con and pen: Gav Parsons

Porth try: Jack Foulkes, con and pen – Lewis Phillips.

Team:Gavin PARSONS Rhydian WORGAN Gareth DYER Liam UNION Stuart GRIFFITHS Chrissy POOLE Craig BURTON Rhys TAYLOR Gethin CASHMORE Joel RINGER (Sam LLEWELLYN  52) Richard HART Kieran MARTIN Paul WINTER (Richard LAWRENCE 63)Lee MORRIS Huw THOMAS (Capt)

UNUSED: Rhys HAINES Morgan GRIFFITHS Chris SHARKEY

WELSH RU PLATE ROUND ONE

LLANHARAN 22 TONDU 8

Two seasons ago Tondu came to Llanharan in a WRU cup game and stole a late victory as a last kick penalty allowed them to advance in the competition on tries count after a dramatic 22 all draw.

Both clubs were then in the National Championship, Tondu to suffer relegation that year and Llanharan the season after, by which time the Waterwheelers had gone straight down to Two West.

However, each outfit has been displaying vibrant revival signs this time round in their respective leagues.

Llanharan’s promising start was halted though by three successive defeats as the reconstructed squad suffered numerous withdrawal with a number of serious injuries, a sprinkling of unavailabilties another hindrance.

But the home team welcomed back several important players for this Plate game and this time there was to be no late drama as they recorded a solid win against a Tondu outfit that was strong in all the basics.

Head coach Jeff Pick was understandably pleased with the win: “Tondu were a good side as we expected from their season to date, but we kept our shape against them, stuck to the game plan, and when danger threatened defended well.

“We were pleased with the contribution of the returning players – Richard Hart had an outstanding work rate and Gareth Dyer went well after recovering from a bad case of flu.

“The main thing is that we are through to the next round giving morale a boost and setting us up for Porth Quins visit on Saturday.”

One man who would have been particularly happy with his afternoon was Paul Winter, a loyal servant since Youth, but one whose days have been mainly spent as a stalwart of the Second XV.

Last season saw the back row man elevated to the senior team for several outings and he has remained part of the leading squad again this campaign.

He turned 37 on the eve of the match and celebrated by scoring Llanharan’s first try, taking an inside ball from Lloyd Thomas, another Seconds regular for the last few years.

Two other tries were scored – Rhydian Worgan also showing he can crack it at First XV level, and Chrissy Poole, flying down the wing and again confirming his class at this level.

The dependable, Gavin Parsons, yet another to rise for the lower ranks as part of the coaches’ “one club” philosophy, added two conversions and a penalty.

Team

G PARSONS R WORGAN (L UNION 60))G DYER S GRIFFITHS C POOLE L THOMAS C BURTON R TAYLOR G CASHMORE (S LLEWELLYN 50) J RINGER (M PHILLIPS 60) R HART K MARTIN P WINTER  (T BUCKLE 68) H THOMAS CAPT R LAWRENCE (M GRIFFITHS 50)

Tries: Paul Winter, Rhydian Worgan, Chrissy Poole. Cons 2 and pen - Gav Parsons