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Another heavy defeat for Llanharan – but again the away team gave clear evidence of what it could achieve with further strengthening.

Not least, an inspired spell in the middle of the game when the Dairymen scored three good tries.

While victory was an unrealistic aim, they looked odds on for a bonus point before a strong Pooler outfit eventually launched a late assault, which kept a gallant Llanharan penned on their line and brought four more tries in just over quarter of an hour.

Crucial factors were some close scoring attempts, particularly one by Nick Theaker who was stopped agonisingly near after an exhilarating burst from halfway, and Huw Thomas’s yellow card harshly awarded early in the game, as referee Stuart Kibble came down heavily on what seemed at worst a marginal late challenge.

The adverse try tally could easily have been halved on another day. Thomas’s dismissal brought two tries, one significantly a push over against a pack without it’s strong number eight, two more came from missed penalties to touch, then near the end with a man clearly seriously injured and both sides understandably coming to a halt, Mr Kibble shouted play on and Tu’ipuloto with ball in hands was the first to react, strolling over for a gift try.

The Clayton Gullis factor was another influence on the margin of defeat, the full back’s trusty boot adding fifteen points to the home team’s tally.

In fact, with another pre match withdrawal forcing back row Like Rual into the centre where he did a good job, and the introduction of three new signings Jordan Sienawaski, James Holmes and Henry Griffiths, Llanharan were often commendably competitive against the team that had caused an upset against Merthyr the previous week.

In addition, they made an encouraging start against a parkland backdrop resplendent in its autumn foliage. Thomas led the charge, Griffiths tidied up nicely, and in the fourth minute, Harrison Evans struck a deserved penalty.

However, Gullis soon cancelled it out and wing Josh Hurley finished on the right after a break through the middle.

Thomas’s sin binning came after fifteen minutes, and skipper Jamie Jeune struck first against depleted Llan as Pooler returned a mishit touch penalty, and then was at the heart of his pack for the pushover try against a struggling seven following another errant penalty that was returned with interest, Ben Sparks supplying the final touch.

20-8 down, the Black and Blues could ill afford to concede the next score but a penalty at the scrum saw left wing Nathan Brooks cross.

However, far from signalling a collapse it spurred the visiting XV to even greater efforts. Lee Edgecombe and Tom Williams played their part in the build-up and it was a delighted Sam Llewellyn, a man who began the campaign as Second XV captain, who drove over.

If Theaker’s amazing effort had got the try it deserved, Llanharan would still have been in touch at half time, but the score remained at 25-8.

Nevertheless, inspired by the efforts of skipper Scott Malone, they enjoyed their best spell of the game, the back row man hammering over the line through a defender from ten metres out shortly after the restart.

Unfortunately, scrum half Aeron Quick replied almost instantly with Gullis converting, but it did not deter Llanharan’s  resolve, Malone making the telling burst to the right before full back Olly Smyth touched down to make it 32-18.

Sheer will power  was keeping Llanharan very much in the running as several turnovers  were secured by the pack, but against the bigger and stronger Gwent men, the tide began to turn in favour of the one-time giants of the game, still watched by legends like Graham Price, their president.

The cracks began to appear and brought them four tries in the last quarter.

Quick scored again from a tap penalty, Sione Tu’ipuloto went over from a similar ploy, adding another with all around him stationary after second row Tom Bell’s serious injury, and Sparks also got a second after a drive through the middle.

Pontypool are destined for the premiership while for Llanharan it is a case of survival.

However, the rebuilding process is continuing in earnest after a crippling late summertime loss of players, and coaches Colin Malone and Jonathan Hooper will be looking to build on the positives seen at Pontypool park when Tata Steel arrive at the Dairyfield on Saturday.









Pontypool tries – Ben Sparks 2, Aaron Quick 2, Sione Tu’ipulotu, Jamie Jeune, Nathan Brooks, Josh Hurley.

Llanharan tries – Sam Llewellyn, Scott Malone, Olly Smyth. Pen – Harrison Evans.



Llanharan’s troubled start to the season showed no sign of abating as they lost heavily to the students at the Dairyfield.

Beleaguered coaches Colin Malone and Jonathan Hooper must wonder when they are going to see a glimmer of light, their preparations again disrupted by late injuries that necessitated significant changes up front and behind before kick off.

The University too have experienced an unusually difficult start with no win in their four games played, albeit in some tough fixtures. Chris Davey, a former coach and captain at Llanharan, has had his own team problems having to contend with a large turn over as over half last year’s side departed on graduation.

Nevertheless, in this battle at the bottom it was the former Wales Under 21 coach’s team that showed most hope for the future, a strong scrum and the traditional fleet footed alertness bringing ten tries and a decisive victory.

Even so, after a disastrous first half when then Met crossed their line six times, there  was some  encouragement to be derived from a battling half hour after half time as Llanharan swapped try for try with the visitors, just failing to claim  what  would have been an amazing bonus point.

Throughout the team is a sprinkling of very able players and some younger ones still a work in progress, and strenuous efforts are being made to broaden and enrich the squad with some competent players to help bind the parts into a more cohesive whole.

However it was clearly going to be a tough afternoon as they fell behind in the first minute, a turnover allowing number eight Max George to gallop away and Simpson to convert.

Home scrum problems brought a pushover try ten minutes later, but with the rugged Huw Thomas and livewire Nicky Theaker doing their utmost, Llanharan spurned three kickable penalties, only to allow technical errors thwart their try seeking attempts each time.

It allowed the Cyncoed outfit to get themselves back on course with a four try burst in twenty minutes, a sequence that effectively ended the game as a contest.

Left wing James Beal came in nicely on the open side of a maul, Alex Harrison converting, and although John Dawe lost possession with the line at his mercy scrum half Myles Churcher dummied over soon after for try number four.

A strong Morgan Williams tackle prevented a further score down their left wing, but the ball was recycled to the opposite touchline for George to get his second try.

Centre Miles Moorhouse added to the rout, and although Tom Evans, Malone and Theaker were at the heart of some determined reaction, it was all over at 34-0 as the teams trekked to the changing rooms.

Even so, the home side came out with clear ambitions of at least a bonus point and got an early reward with speedy wing Morgan Williams obstructed in his chase after his own kick and referee Jonathan Hardy signalling a penalty try which Harrison Evans converted.

Unfortunately, despite what appeared  a clear knock in at the outset, Cardiff Met grabbed a length of the field try from speedy flanker Dawe to  restore the gap before Skipper Scott Malone demonstrated that his side were not going to lie down and surrender, the back row man  rounding off things after a typical Theaker quick penalty.

The end-to-end fare continued as the Met managed to get the ball away after a try stopping Tom Williams tackle and Churcher claimed his second of the afternoon.

Simpson converted, Beal got a second try, and the tit for tat proceedings continued, a good tackle by Ollie Smyth on Sior Pearce allowing his men to turn the tide with Evans’s long penalty to the corner which allowed young prop Tom Evans to power over, brother Harrison adding a difficult conversion.

However, the undergraduates had the last say as Corey Whane sneaked around the blind side and Simpson converted with the final action of the game.

It does not get any easier for the Dairymen who Saturday travel to Pontypool, impressive away winners at Merthyr last weekend.

Llanharan tries – penalty try, Scott Malone, Tom Evans. Cons – Harrison Evans 2.

Cardiff Met tries – Max George 2, Myles Churcher 2, James Beal 2, Miles Moorhouse, John Humphreys, John Dawe, Corey Whane.  Cons –George Simpson 3. Alex Harrison.


















Llanharan’s tale of woe showed no signs of relenting as neighbours Beddau inflicted a heavy defeat on them with a very competent display.

The Mount Pleasant boys were led by Glen Slater, one of several in their ranks who have actually pulled on a Llanharan shirt in their  time, and are back in the SSE Swalec championship after winning One East Central, this performance suggesting they are back to stay.

The Dairyman, on the other hand, seemed to have their strongest line out of the season available, but even before a ball had been kicked coach Jonathan Hooper again had to step in at full back after a late withdrawal, and then by half time they had also lost hooker Rhys Taylor and centre Sam Edwards, the former for perhaps six weeks with ligament damage.

The main bright spot for the home team was the loose play of the forwards, which gave the team a competitive edge for extended spells.

However, while their lineout was reasonably sound the pack often struggled and the defence left too many inviting gaps.

Beddau were well equipped to take advantage. In centre Ashley Coombes they had a runner who fully exploited every opening for a hat trick of tries, while in Sam Withers they possessed an exceptional kicker, the outside half recording a 100% success tally with all six conversions and two penalties.

His eighteen points ensured momentum was maintained while Harrison Evans could only succeed with one of his attempts, a first half penalty.

Beddau also showed their set piece capability as Simon Grainger went over at the head of a lineout drive. Other tries came from scrum half Tom Marley, also once a black and blue, and James Cashin, reflecting strength on the bench as the replacement made the most of Llanharan losing possession in their attempt to get some late consolation from the game.

It was 20-8 to the visitors at half time, Llanharan’s try coming from the ever-alert Scott Malone as Owain Howe suppled ball at the front of the line.

With the try tally at just 2-1, home supporters still hoped that their team could challenge in the second half, but they faced a resolute defence and some incisive attacking play.

There were solid individual displays for the losers, Rob Jones a hard-working back row man and Jon Hooper running himself into the ground after his late inclusion. Morgan Williams too strove to find openings in attack as he ventured off his  wing, but Llanharan generally know they will have to strengthen their squad if this is not to be a long season of struggle.

Beddau tries – Ashley Coombes 3, Tom Marley, Simon Grainger, James Cashin. Cons 6 and pens 2 – Sam Withers.

Llanharan try – Scott Malone; pen – Harrison Evans.

15 Jonathan Hooper

14Morgan Williams,

13 Lee Edgecombe,

12Sam Edwards (Gavin Parsons HT)

11 Ollie Smyth,

10 Harrison Evans,

9 Nicky Theaker,

1 Tom Evans,

2 Rhys Taylor,(Tom Harris 25) 

3 Aled Rees,

4 James Beaton, (Tom Wilson 53)

5 Owain Howe,

6 Scott Malone (C)

7 Rob Jones, (Luke Ruall 65)

8 Huw Thomas.


Bridgend Athletic 29 Llanharan 10 (HT 12-0)

Llanharan’s traumatic start to the season continued with the Athletic, heavily defeated themselves in their opening fixture, recording a bonus point win.

Dairyfield coaches have rarely been confronted with such a disrupted manpower scenario, eight changes to the starting line up saying much about the problem caused by a large turnover further exacerbated by injuries and unavailability.

It was clearly illustrated by backs coach Jonathan Hooper starting as full back, a decade after first featuring in a Llanharan XV.

Yet there were paradoxical glimmers of hope, though the critical turning point came fifteen minutes from time as the Athletic ran in two tries in succession against the run of play to make victory certain.

Until then, and indeed in the remaining playtime, Llanharan were more than a second half match for the home team.

They had started the game very much on the back foot, conceding tries from Sean Williams and Dan Apsee, Scott Govan converting one to put them 12-0 behind in the eleventh minute. Athletic’s kicking to the corners and employing the catch and drive strategy was serving them well.

The Llanharan dilemma became even worse as the game entered the second quarter, debutant Thomas Howells limping off to be replaced by Huw Thomas. Thomas himself was only on bench duty following a calf strain the previous week, but he came on to play a major part in his side’s revival, skipper Scott Malone having to move out to the wing with no backs replacements in the squad.

The Dairymen battled well after the early scores and kept the home side at bay despite being on the back foot for long spells.

After half time it was time for Malone’s men  to ask the questions, and a good forward drive ended  with Nicky Theaker twisting over the line from close quarters.

However, Lewis Evans struck a penalty to make it 15-5 and then all Llanharan’s attacking intent on a lush Brewery Field foundered as Evans grabbed two tries.

Both were long range, first from a poor opposition lineout then a  waltz through a non- existent middle of the field defence immediately from the restart.

The wing himself converted both, and although Morgan Williams sent Ollie Smyth over in the corner in the dying minutes, there was no way back.

Huw Thomas was undoubtedly man of the match for Llanharan and there were good first appearances for hooker Jack Haines, back  row Rob Jones and second row Sean O’Rourke – but the team  will need further reinforcement before entertaining Beddau on Saturday.

Llanharan: Jonathan Hooper, Thomas Howells (Huw Thomas 21), Morgan Williams, Gavin Parsons, Olly Smyth, Harrison Evans, Nicky Theaker, Rhys Taylor,  Jack Haines (Sam Pick 59), Tom Evans, James Beaton (Sean O’Rourke 40) Owain Howe, Tom Wilson, Rob Jones, Scott Malone (C).

Llanharan tries – Nicky Theaker, Olly Smyth.

Athletic tries – Lewis Evans 2, Sean Williams, Dan Apsee. Con 2 and pen – Evans. Con – Scott Govan.

(Note - poor quality photo cover this week (phone from top of stand) but Richie will be back for Beddau.)



Newcastle Emlyn announced their arrival in the national championship with a nine tries bonus point victory at the Dairyfield.

Last year’s One West title winners showed a ruthless ability to exploit opportunities and produce  a score line that was perhaps unfair on Scott Malone’s men.

The Llanharan coaches found their team selection severely handicapped by unavailability and withdrawals,  in the end having to name a depleted bench of four.

Already in the process of rebuilding, Colin Malone and Jonathan Hooper could have well done  without such headaches, but there  was still plenty to draw encouragement from, not least the clear potential of their back division , and  if length of the field breakaway scores had not distorted the points difference, it would have been a much closer affair.

Said Llanharan’s head coach Malone: “It’s not all doom and gloom. I thought we did some good things today offensively and that was shown in the fact that we scored five tries; unfortunately, we negated a lot of that with some poor defence. However, with the three interception/turnovers and length of the field scores going against us I think the final score flattered them a bit.

“Considering how depleted we were up front the pack stuck to the task manfully and when we get some faces back this week we can hopefully kick on a bit. Having said that, a big thanks to the boys from the Seconds for stepping in last minute  and putting in a great effort.”

The Ceredigion men were off to an encouraging start as Llanharan left themselves exposed down the left flank where Llyr Jones made ground before skipper Alex Williams showed admirable support on the inside for the touchdown. Giovanni Sipriani struck the first of his six conversion attempts to put his team 7-0 ahead.

Nevertheless, the home side made an instant response, good combined work ending with the ever-dangerous Morgan Williams finishing off.

It was thrilling fare as the visitors got their second by gathering the restart, Daniel Davies’s converted try stretching the lead.

Even so, their opponents were very much involved in an exciting game, Lee Edgecombe making good ground, Nick Theaker probing, and Sam Edwards driving over.

They actually took the lead, Tom Wilson, a typically hard working back row man, playing his full part before another surging Edwards run was finished off by speedy wing Olly Smyth.

However, Emlyn punished defensive lapses heartlessly in the final fifteen minutes of the half. Gaps left around the contact zone enabled Michael Jones and Viv Jenkins to grab tries and then Sipriani had a clear run down the left, his touch down making it 31-15 at half time.

Hopes Llanharan may have had of closing the gap with the wind and slope in their favour were clinically shattered by three more Emlyn scores.

Michael Jones again found the gap before two length of the field efforts from Davies and Jones created an unassailable 52-15 advantage.

The Black and Blues though never gave up trying and dominated for some time in the final quarter, helped by referee Justin Williams red carding David Jones for illegal use of the boot.

They gained a well-earned bonus point through Wilson’s score, converted by Lewis Williams, and although Teifion Davies snatched yet another breakaway score when it should have been Llanharan crossing the line, Malone’s men at least had the last say in the try scoring stakes when Morgan Williams again did well to shrug off tackles and claim his second - only for Davies to convert a penalty with the last kick of the match.

A reinforced Llanharan will be hoping for better against Bridgend Athletic at the Brewery Field this Saturday.

Llanharan tries: Morgan Williams 2, Sam Edwards, Olly Smyth, Tom Wilson. Con – Lewis Williams.

Newcastle Emlyn tries – Michael Jones 3. Daniel Davies 2, Alex Williams, Giovanni Sipriani, Viv Jenkins, Teifion Davies. Cons – Sipriani 6. Pen – Dan Davies.

Llanharan: Lewis Williams, Morgan Williams, Lee Edgecombe, Sam Edwards (Gavin Parsons 70), Olly Smyth, Harrison Evans (Geraint Llewellyn 45), Nicky Theaker, Tom Evans, Rhys Taylor (Sam Pick 65), Aled Rees, Huw Thomas, Paul Winters, Tom Wilson, Scott Malone (C), Sam Llewellyn (Aled Llewellyn 60).

Mascots: Owen Nottage, Devon Austin, Samuel-Cole Paskell, Cody Edwards,  Evan Benjamin, Ashton Gill, Samuel Teisar, Gabriel McCallum, Harry Stoneman, Mathew Anderson



Llanharan lost to neighbours Pencoed in their second warm up match, but as very much a work in progress they again showed that solid foundations are being laid.

The contest against a side newly promoted to SSE Swalec One West Central was a close affair, each team enjoying spells of ascendancy and the sharing of four tries a fair reflection of play.

Moreover, with further disruptions to selection caused by injury and unavailability for an early evening kick off, Llanharan will undoubtedly be significantly stronger when the national championship kicks off against Newcastle Emlyn on September 5th.

One who did return at Pencoed was Huw Thomas and he gave a reminder of what he brings to the table despite just returning from a long holiday, while Tom Piper returned from Newport to help his old team mates out.

The brightest feature of the side’s play in the opening two friendlies has definitely been a sparkling back division with pace, power and guile to call on

Up front, there were occasional shaky moments, but plenty of strong individual showings.

Strength in depth is however, an issue at this stage but this should improve significantly by the big kick off.

Pencoed took the lead with a penalty from former Dairyman Marc Davies, but their opponents’ attacking prowess was highlighted by a scything fifty metres break from Olly Smyth early in the game in an attack which ended with Sam Llewellyn just held up short.

However, they took the lead after Lee Edgecombe’s strong midfield running, his fellow centre Sam Edwards taking his chance in typical style from a resultant penalty lineout.

Nicky Theaker converted, but a corner try after concerted pressure, superbly converted by Davies gave Pencoed a 10-7 half time lead.

They grabbed a crucial second try in the third quarter as a loose ball fumble was hacked through for Jack Picton to score, Davies’s kick stretching the advantage to 17-7.

However, Llanharan got stronger as the half progressed and began to mount growing pressure, Edgecombe and Malone making forceful runs.

Their reward came after numerous phases ended with Morgan Williams crossing the line, but time ran out on their efforts to win the game.

Llanharan: Jordan Glasby, Ollie Smyth, Lee Edgecombe, Sam Edwards, Morgan Williams, Harrison Evans, Nick Theaker, Tom Evans Rhys Taylor, Sam Llewellyn , Tom Piper,  Huw Thomas, Owain Howe, Tom Wilson, Luke Rual, Scott Malone (Capt.)

Replacements used: Tom Harris,  Gavin Parsons. Carl Leather, Rhodri Griffiths

Llanharan tries: Sam Edwards, Morgan Llewellyn. Con  - Nicky Theaker.

Pencoed tries:  A.N.Other, Jack Picton. Cons 2 and pen – Marc Davies.



With fewer than half of those on duty having seen serious 1st XV action last year, new look Llanharan were denied victory by a Jamie Evans try a minute from time.

The west Wales team were a useful outfit, their credentials boosted by a joint top finish with Newcastle Emlyn in One West, only try count denying them a chance of a national championship playoff as their fellow table toppers won their way through to the higher division.

Llanharan are very much side in a rebuilding phase, but with several due to return this week and more new signings in the pipeline, all is certainly not gloom and doom at the Dairyfield as they prepare to travel to neighbours Pencoed on Thursday.

Said head coach Colin Malone: “I was pleased with today's outing and although it would have been nice to get a win that was not really what it was about. I was happy with the way the pack grew to the task as the game went on. The new front row all had pleasing debuts and were the foundation for a solid platform in the scrum. Lineout also went well. Behind we did a lot of good things and with two tries apiece for our wings showed our intent when we had the ball in hand. Defensively we were sound for the most part although two poor bits of play cost us tries so that is something we will look at this week in training.
“Due to work commitments some boys were unable to make it and with others on hols we only had a small squad today. It was a big effort by all and I thank them for that. I would expect us to benefit immensely from the outing and with others to come back in to the picture things are coming along nicely given the amount of change we have had since last season.”

The castle town men arrived at a sunny ground having left rain and floods behind and both sides showed commendable fitness in sweltering heat.

The visitors were off the mark in 16th minute as centre Andrew Francis gratefully accepted an interception from half way, Gareth Rees adding the points with the first of his four conversions.

However, lively skipper Scott Malone and the ever-dangerous Nick Theaker were prominent in an attack that put Olly Smyth over on the left just ten minutes later.

Llanharan took the lead after a great burst from centre Sam Edwards, Morgan Williams stepping inside for the try and Harrison Evans’ conversion giving them a 12-7 lead.

However, some weak tackling cost them dearly on the stroke of half time, Rees’ conversion of second row Ashley Hindman’s try restoring the lead at 14-12.

The championship men started too loosely after the turn around and a poor kick was returned with interest thanks to scrum half Robin Davies’s touchdown, the kick stretching Kidwelly’s advantage to 21-12.

Llanharan were far from out of it though, Malone’s burst again creating momentum and Williams finishing in style as he moved left out of several tackle attempts for his second try, Evans converting to narrow the gap to two points.

His side were now dominant and looked to be well on course for victory as the dynamic Theaker caused more problems that Smyth cashed in on for a 24-21 lead.

Unfortunately, the black and blue shirted men went off the boil and despite good defence by Tom Evans and Gavin Parsons, it was left wing Evans who stole the game.

Referee Gerwyn Taylor, showing the right balance of firmness and tolerance for a warm up game, allowed Malone’s men just one more profitless minute before ending proceedings.

  • A minute’s silence was observed before kick off in memory of life member and former player and officer Eddie Harrison who passed away a week before the game.

Llanharan: Harrison Evans, Ollie Smyth, Lee Edgecombe, Sam Edwards, Morgan Williams, John Malivore, Nick Theaker, Rhys Taylor, Tom Owen, Tom Evans, Tom Williams, Owain Howe, Tom Wilson, Carl Leather, Scott Malone (Capt.)

Replacements used: Tom Harris, Sam Llewellyn, Gavin Parsons.

Llanharan tries: Olly Smyth 2, Morgan Williams 2. Cons – Harrison Evans 2.

Kidwelly tries: Andrew Francis, Ashley Hindman, Robin Davies, Jamie Evans. Cons  - Gareth Rees 4.


This was a clear case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Llanharan who had expended so much mental and physical effort in midweek as they secured their championship place.

Against the first half breeze they were well in contention despite trailing to a Steve Martin try converted by Ianto Griffiths, Harrison Evans’s penalty supplying the home points.

Evans gave further hope of a 5th successive home championship win with a second strike but Llanharan suffered a severe fade out as the half progressed, Morgan Griffiths and Nick Gale weaving through ineffective tackle attempts for more Narberth tries, Griffiths converting the first.

To be fair Llanharan rallied in the final stages and Scott Malone was held up just short, but that colossal effort against Cardiff Met had taken its toll.

Llanharan scores – Harrison Evans pens 2

Narberth scores – tries – Steve Martin, Nick Gale, Morgan Griffiths. Cons 2 – Ianto Griffiths

15 Geraint Llewellyn

14 Mike Powell (Morgan Williams 53)

13 Sam Edwards

12 Tom Farrar-Evans

11 Ollie Smyth (Josh Austin 72)

10 Harrison Evans

9 Nicky Theaker

1 Simon Collins

2 Gethin Cashmore (Nathan Huish 50)

3 Aled Rees (Tom Piper 50)

4 Tom Williams

5 Bill Carey (Jack Davies ht)

6 Tom Wilson

7 Scott Malone ©

8 Huw Thomas 




Llanharan knew the target – a single bonus point would keep them in the championship and send Tondu down.

They did more than enough, a whole hearted display seeing off the students for a precious victory.

A young team that has grown in strength and confidence since the turn of the year, inspirationally led by Scott Malone, truly came of age on a night when a westerly gale and torrential rain graced proceedings.

Encouraging signs that things  were becoming better had appeared in the second half of winter, and coaches Colin Malone and Dennis John, the latter magnanimously stepping back into the breach when Matthew Lloyd left, began to see the reward for their investment in undoubted if  somewhat raw talent.

Against the students there was ultimate composure, commitment and competence as they earned their worthy reprieve.

On the night, they were made to face the elements in the first forty, and did what was necessary at just 6-5 down to set the scene for second half dominance.

Sixth placed Met were given early evidence of what was to come with Nathan Huish and his pack strong in the set pieces, but two penalty kicks by Jacob Chilcott gave them a 6-0 advantage on the half hour.

Howver, Llanharan got the motivational score they wanted before the turn around as Huish, Rory Martin- Smith and Jack Davies made headway, assisted by the unsung grafting of Tom Piper, Simon Collins, Bill Carey and Huw Thomas, with scrum half Nicky Theaker always probing  thoughtfully.

A penalty to the corner gave Huish the chance he thrives on and the doughty hooker was over wide out for the important try.

The Dairymen did not have the best of starts with the gale at their backs after the turn around as the set piece suffered a few wobbles, but helped by referee Simon Mills’s intervention to sort out some illicit scrummaging, it soon got back on course.

Met paid the price for  some talking back as ten metres  were added to a penalty and young Harrison Evans, an example of a player who has rapidly found his feet at a higher level in the game, drilled over  the kick to give the home  side the lead.  

It was Evans’ up and under that created a foothold inside the defending twenty two and Huish came away from the lineout to set the backs in motion, Sam Edwards, a perpetual threat with co centre Tom Farrah-Evans, breaking through the mid field for the clinching try as the third quarter came to an end.

Evans converted and then struck another decisive penalty for an 18-6 lead after Morgan Williams, like fellow  winger Josh Clark an ever alert member of the back division, had come agonisingly close to getting the touchdown as the ball drifted just out of reach propelled by the wind over the try area.

Llanharan were now well in control with Geraint Llewellyn and Evans adopting appropriate tactics, Evans landing yet another superb kick for a fifteen point lead.

Useful re-energising came as Aled Rees, Gethin Cashmore, Tom Williams, Olly Smyth and Mike Powell were sent on, and although there  was a converted  touchdown for prop Will Norton from a short range penalty drive right at the end, Llanharan’s triumph  was by then a foregone conclusion.

Llanharan tries – Nathan Huish and Sam Edwards; con and pens 3 – Harrison Evans.

Cardiff Met try – Will Norton; pens 2 – Jacob Chilcott; con Lewis Pearce.


15 Geraint Llewellyn

14 Morgan Williams (Mike Powell 74)

13 Sam Edwards

12 Tom Farrah-Evans

11 Josh Clark (Ollie Smyth 72)

10 Harrison Evans

9 Nick Theaker

1 Simon Collins

2 Nathan Huish (Gethin Cashmore 70)

3 Tom Piper (Aled Rees 66)

4 Jack Davies (Tom Williams 71)

5 Bill Carey

6 Scott Malone   (C)

7 Rory Martin-Smith

8 Huw Thomas



Young Harrison Evans became the hero of the day at Llanharan as he expertly dropped the goal that gave his side a vital victory in the final minute of play.

It meant that the home side moved out of the relegation spots to go one point above Tondu who lost 12-3 to Bridgend Athletic and now face tough games against third place Merthyr at home this mid week then against crowned champions Bargoed  away.

For their part, the Dairymen are left with two home games, albeit top half teams – Cardiff Met on May 5th or 6th and Narberth on May 9th.

Skipper Scott Malone issued a “we can do it” rallying call, praising the attitude in a team that never knows when to give up even when all seems lost.

And so it was on Saturday with Newbridge holding a 22-0 lead near to half time and home supporters fearing the worst.

Yet they found the resolve to battle back to lead 24-22, lost it again briefly to a Meek drop goal, then celebrated joyously as replacement number ten Evans did his bit.

The Gwent outfit, whose losing bonus point secured their own immediate championship future, dominated from the start, building on a Llanharan mistake for Kieran Meek to find the gap, converting his own try.

A tense Llanharan continued to make uncharacteristic errors, although hope came when Tom Farrah-Evans and Nathan Huish made ground only for a foot in touch to deprive Morgan Williams.

The Newbridge response was immediate with Meek slotting a penalty and then made it 17 points in as many minutes as he added to a try from burly centre Scott Williams.

However, gradually the Dairymen began to make ground and gained hope from a yellow card after Huish’s drive was the latest thrust to be stopped illegally.

Geraint Llewellyn’s penalty into the wind came back of the upright, but more pressure came as this time Josh Clark’s foot on the line cancelled a try after Rory Martin-Smith had done well.

A score seemed certain to come, Huish’s charge down leading to a scrum five – but the set piece wheeled and scrum half Lloyd Peart intercepted to race the length of the field and make it 22-0.

The Dairymen needed a life line with half time a minute away, and they got it as renewed momentum had Clark in the action again before the big frame of Jack Davies added the final touch.

Llewellyn put over a superb wide conversion and somehow his side were back in it at 22-7.

The gap closed further in the 50th minute when the irrepressible Huish drove over from Huw Thomas’s lineout ball, Evans converting, and when Newbridge threatened danger at the other end it was Huish and his props Simon Collins and Tom Piper who stole a vital head.

But the east Walians were still a danger and could easily have scored from three opportunities had it not been for a mixture of their own mistakes and determined defence.

Instead, it was Llanharan who served notice that they weren’t giving up without a fight, a bouncing ball just eluding Williams' finger tips after Huish and Martin-Smith had taken play forward.

Ironically, it was an overthrow which brought the all important next score, Malone somehow collecting at the back of the lineout and Williams squeezing in for Evans to put the comeback well and truly on course as his kick put the team two points ahead.

The dramatic closing minutes then saw the men of Gwent sneak back ahead with Meek’s drop goal only for Evans to show admirable composure with that drop goal that could yet see Llanharan to championship safety.

There was still more anxiety for the home crowd as the visitors hammered the line in the final seconds, but the magnificent Llanharan pack won a turn over and Nicky Theaker belted the ball out of play for a praiseworthy victory.

Llanharan tries: Morgan Williams, Nathan Huish, Jack Davies. Cons 2, pen and drop goal – Harrison Evans; Con – Geraint Llewellyn.

Newbridge tries – Kieran Meek, Scott Williams, Lloyd Peart; cons 2, pen and drop goal – Meek.


15 Ollie Smyth

14 Morgan Williams

13 Sam Edwards

12 Tom Farrah-Evans

11 Josh Clark

10 Geraint Llewellyn (Harrison Evans 41)

9 Nick Theaker

1 Simon Collins

2 Nathan Huish

3 Tom Piper (Aled Rees 70)

4 Jack Davies (Tom Williams 70)

5 Bill Carey

6 Scott Malone   (C)

7 Rory Martin-Smith

8 Huw Thomas

Unused Replacements: Gethin Cashmore, Mike Powell



Llanharan were 34-5 down as the game entered the last quarter, facing disaster in the face with the threat of relegation weighing heavily on their shoulders.

Yet somehow or other Scott Malone and his men rallied themselves for one last effort, one which brought a bonus point as they scored a fourth try.

With fellow strugglers Tondu failing to take anything from their match at Tata Steel, it moved the Dairymen to within three points of them, but with the significant potential advantage of having three home games left – against Newbridge, Cardiff Met and Narberth.

The Pandy Park outfit, on the other hand, face a tougher looking schedule with visits to Merthyr Bargoed, and a home fixture with the Athletic.

Facing a strong wind Llanharan had the  worst possible start as the Athletic drove over from a lineout through Griff Davies, and although strong running from Nathan Huish and Tom Farrah-Evans gave them encouragement, Sean Williams got a second for the home team  with  Rob Evans converting.

Again though, Tom Williams and Rhys Hutchinson helped the visitors make headway before powerful Jack Davies completed a line out drive to make it 12-5

It was a short lived respite as a lot of good work was undone by poor tackling and left wing  Lyndsey MaCausland ran in two tries before half time, Evans converting the first, for a decisive 24-5 lead.

With the strong wind in their favour after the restart, Llanharan were surprisingly kept in their own twenty two throughout the third quarter, and the Athletic forced two more tries wide out on the left from Stuart Griffiths and Williams’s  second.

Yet somehow the away team found the resolve for a fight back which brought three more tries. The outstanding Nick Theaker found the line from a scrum, Morgan Williams darted in for the next and then, with  a red card issued to home centre Tom Morgan, Geraint Llewellyn’s superb line lick and Simon Collins’ drive allowed Bill Carey to score amid scenes of celebration, Llewellyn converting the last two.

One more score would have brought a second bonus point, but it was not to be and it remains to be seen how significant the four tries reward will be in the final analysis.

Newbridge come to the Dairyfield on Saturday with coach Colin Malone vowing that his team will give 100% to get a win.

Llanharan scores – tries: Jack Davies, Nick Theaker, Morgan Williams, Bill Carey; cons – Geraint Llewellyn 2.

Bridgend tries: Griff Davies, Sean Williams 2, Lyndsey MaCausalnd 2, Dtuart Griffiths, Cons: Rob Evans  2

Llanharan :

15 Geraint Llewellyn

14 Morgan Williams

13 Sam Edwards

12 Tom Farrah-Evans

11 Ollie Smyth

10 Harrison Evans (Mike Powell 62)

9 Nick Theaker

1 Simon Collins

2 Rhys Hutchinson (Aled Rees 50)

3 Nathan Huish

4 Jack Davies

5 Tom Williams (Bill Carey 49)

6 Tom Wilson(Carl Leather75)

7 Scott Malone   (C)

8 Huw Thomas

Unused Rep: Gethin Cashmore


Llanharan 11 Tata Steel 7

As a game this encounter had little to recommend it, but in the context of Llanharan’s fight to avoid relegation the outcome was of immense significance.

Both Llanharan’s fellow strugglers, Tondu and Blackwood, lost so the four points victory tally took the Dairymen a step closer to escape, climbing out of the bottom two.

An important win for them then on a bright and sunny day with a strong wind blowing in their faces from the start.

Both sides tried to play running rugby, but open play was stifled by a lot of whistle.

An initial worrying sign for the Dairyfield pack was a strike against the head for Tata on the ten metre line, but the strength of the Llan defence was a feature throughout the game.

And in the 25th minute it was Scott Malone’s men who got the first try. A line out was taken by Huw Thomas,  Nicky Theaker  started to make his presence felt, and a break towards the Tata line  and set move resulted in Thomas going over in the corner for a well deserved try, the only score of the first half.

The second half started off in the same vein with Llan putting pressure on Tata, though mistakes and penalties frustrated their efforts.

Yellow cards and penalties continued to disrupt play as Llanharan used the wind for some excellent clearing kicks.

However from one of these Tata ran back at Llanharan, and after a superb break and lovely running, full back Kieran Harris crossed, the kick making it 7-5 to Tata.

A knock on by Tata from the restart and a subsequent off side resulted in a penalty, successfully converted by outside half Harrison Evans to give Llanharan the lead again.

Evans then helped secure victory with a grubber kick towards the corner. Although the line out was lost, strong defence by the Llan forwards again allowed the number ten to make it 11 - 7 with his second penalty, earning a much needed victory.

Then home side now face a difficult away game at Bridgend Athletic before consecutive home fixtures against Newbridge, Cardiff Met and Narberth – their future very much in their own hands.

15 Ollie Smyth

14 Morgan Williams

13 Sam Edwards

12 Tom Farrah-Evans

11 Ryan Wilson

10 Harrison Evans

9 Nick Theaker

1 Simon Collins

2 Nathan Huish (Rhys Hutchinson 63)

3 Tom Piper (YC)

4 Jack Davies

5 Tom Williams

6 Rory Martin-Smith (Aled Rees for Yellow Cd)

7 Scott Malone   (C)

8 Huw Thomas

Unused Replacements

Carl Leather

Tom Wilson

Mike Powell