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NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL

LLANHARAN 10  DOWLAIS 14  (HT 3-0)

Dowlais maintained their unbeaten record by clawing their back from a 10-0 deficit to steal victory.

It was tense game littered by no fewer than five yellow cards, leaving each side with thirteen on the field at various stages.

Home coach Jeff Pick was disappointed with the result after Llanharan had withstood a strong forward assault for much of the first half and appeared to be well on top as the last quarter dawned with a two score lead.

However, fortunes turned on a hotly challenged try decision by referee Thomas Davies.

Under considerable pressure from the Dairymen’s vibrant attacking play, Dowlais eventually got possession and booted a mighty punt some 70 metres downfield.

It appeared that home full back Lewis Williams had slid over the line to minor the ball but to the home crowd’s astonishment Dowlais wing Jake Howard then threw himself on the ball and saw the Blackwood official award the try. Lloyd Hynes added a good conversion and the Merthyr side were back in it at 10-7.

Their crucial winner also owed much to Mr Davies’s interpretation, yellow carding Joel Ringer for a front row offence.

The weakened Llanharan pack could not withstand the pressure as Dowlais threw everthing into a corner scrum and Lewis Ayling got the touch down for a winning lead.

It was, however, a brief period of ascendancy for the Merthyr side as Llanharan launched attack after attack only for cutting midfield runs to falter on a poor final pass out wide.

Even after a yellow card for Lewis Williams, the Black and Blues pressed strongly, one surging run through the middle by Stuart Griffiths deserving a better outcome.

The final whistle prompted huge celebrations, suggesting once again that the Llanharan scalp is a huge motivation for some clubs in the division.

Dowlais clearly have a major strength in their forwards, a hefty pack putting their opponents under a lot of first half pressure which, to their credit, they resisted well to hang on to the lead that Williams’ early penalty had given them.

But the second half was a different story as the sharp attacking play, albeit sometimes unnecessarily elaborate, gave the Dairymen the advantage.

They were rewarded with a try in the 48th minute. It was not, though, until after a hasty whistle robbed skipper Huw Thomas a touchdown as the Dowlais scrum was instantly penalised with no advantage played, with the added sanction of a yellow card.

Even a penalty try could have been justified as it was the visitors’ third consecutive scrum offence.

But Llanharan then moved the ball out left against depleted ranks and Ross Pritchard celebrated a return to home colours with a full stretch score in the corner, Williams converting well.

A third win in four seemed on the cards – until that controversial Dowlais try brought visitors a change of fortune.

Team:

15. LEWIS WILLIAMS
14. ROSS PRITCHARD 
13. CHRIS POOLE 
12. GARETH DYER
11. STUART GRIFFITHS
10. LLOYD THOMAS 
9. CRAIG BURTON (TOM LUCAS 55)
1. RHYS TAYLOR 
2. GETHIN CASHMORE 
3. JOEL RINGER (MATT PHILLIPS 70)
4. LEEMORRIS
5. KIERAN MARTIN 
6. OWAIN HOWE (TOM BUCKLE 59)
7. MORGAN GRIFFITH 
8. HUW THOMAS    CAPT 
Unused Replacements:
16. SAM LLEWELYN 
20. LIAM UNION

Llanharan try:  Ross Pritchard; con: Lewis Williams; pen: Lewis Williams   .

Dowlais tries: Jake Howard, Lewis Ayling; cons: Lloyd Hynes 2.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL

ST JOSEPH’S 32 LLANHARAN 10 (HT 0-0)

The brightness of Llanharan’s maximum point start faded badly in the September sun at Blackweir as St Joseph’s enjoyed a storming second half to jubilantly claim a bonus point win.

It was an outcome that was largely unpredictable after a non-descript scoreless opening half in which neither side did well.

The home  team had the benefit of the wind, but many of their attacks were nullified by errors, and while Llanharan frequently threatened with breakaways, they too were the architects of their own misfortune with failure to retain possession in the loose and a poor lineout display while in good positions.

After the turn around, the Black and Blues were perhaps guilty of trying to launch long distance attacks instead of establishing a territorial advantage before striking, while the Cardiff outfit grew in confidence and began to see their moves cohere in sweeping attacks.

Nor was the visitors’ cause helped by several disruptive injuries, although the loss of Joel Ringer was unnecessary, the big prop leaving the field for non-blood injury treatment, but correctly not allowed back on as replacement Sam Llewellyn was already on.

The loss of the tight head’s considerable weight helped give the opposition a growing strength in the scrums.

The opening forty saw St Jo’s outside half Jacob Chilcott use the wind well to pin Llanharan back, skipper Huw Thomas spearheading committed defence with strong runs.

But it looked like the rarity of a pointless half was broken as Gareth Dyer dived in on a kick ahead for what seemed a try, only to have supporters scratching their heads as his side was instead awarded a scrum five!

It came to nothing, but there were hopes that the unbeaten Dairyfield team would use their talented runners to good effect with the wind at their backs.

It was not to be. Chilcott struck two penalties, and then converted Ollie Young’s overlap try for a decisive 13-0 lead in the 65th minute.

It was Young to the fore again just a few minutes later, the man who also grabbed a pace against Llanharan while in a Swansea shirt last campaign profiting from  a drop ball, Chilcott once more obliging with the boot.

The home team were now rampant, sensing a big victory against the club they rarely defeated back in the old pre national league East District days, and although the hard working Rhys Taylor forced his way over for two close quarter tries, two from the Cardiff club’s Dan Vellors with Chilcott’s conversions brought a victory rapturously celebrated by the capital city club.

Sadly for Llanharan the game also counted for East District and Silver Ball points, competitions they have not been part of  for several seasons, and  theywill be anxious to get back on course this Saturday when they face a tough challenge in the form of unbeaten Dowlais.

Team

15. .LEWIS WILLIAMS
14. JACK PRING (GAVIN PARSONS 36)
13. CHRIS POOLE 
12. GARETH DYER
11. JOSH AUSTIN (OWAIN HOWE 50)
10. LLOYD THOMAS 
9. TOM LUCAS
1. RHYS TAYLOR 
2. GETHIN CASHMORE (SAM PICK 70)
3. JOEL RINGER (SAM LLEWELYN 17)
4. RICHARD HART (RICHARD LAWRENCE 45)
5. KIERAN MARTIN 
6. LEE MORRIS
7. MORGAN GRIFFITH 
8. HUW THOMAS    CAPT 

Llanharan tries: Rhys Taylor 2.

St Joseph’s tries: Ollie Young 2, Dan Vellors 2. Pens 2 and cons 3 – Jacob Chilcott

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL

RUMNEY 11 LLANHARAN 43 (HT 6-15)

A second successive six tries bonus point victory underlined the excellent summer of rebuilding undertaken at Llanharan, Gareth Dyer notching a hat trick.

This was an impressive display against the club that regularly fought it out with them for East District supremacy in the days before national leagues.

It was far from easy as the home team’s attrition disrupted their superior attacking play for much of a first half punctuated by numerous confrontations.

However, as the interval approached, the referee decided enough was enough and in a short space of time had yellow carded no fewer than five players, three form Rumney and two from the Dairymen.

Its effect was twofold – en end to the disruptive niggling and the creation of space which the away team exploited with relish.

A Lloyd Thomas early penalty was cancelled out by one from Lewis Pearce, and that was how the score stood until the stroke of half time when the openings began to appear in depleted ranks.

Dyer’s first touchdown came in the 5th minute of time added on, Chris Poole, Kieran Martin and Josh Austin all prominent in the build-up before the centre finished off, Thomas converting.

Pearce struck a second penalty, but Dyer, back with his home club after several years’ absence, hit back instantly, profiting from the elusive running of co-centre Poole to give his side 15-6 lead.

It was all Llanharan in the second period with sharp and classy handling.

Promising young scrum half Tom Lucas was next over the line, Dyer, Joel Ringer and Martin major contributors in the build-up.

Dyer sailed through for his third to register the bonus point, and with fullback Jack Pring increasingly threatening with his attacks from deep, Rumney were stretched to breaking point.

The lively Lucas was also very much to the fore, sending Poole in for two tries in the final ten minutes to complete the rout.

Thomas, a skilful controller in the ten shirt, added his fifth conversion of the afternoon to complete a highly successful afternoon for his team.

A late pushover try from Mike Wilson, with Llanharan down to 14 after Martin’s hamstring pull, was of only token significance.

The East One Central outfit travel again to the capital this weekend when they take on St Joseph’s.

Llanharan tries – Gareth Dyer 3, Chris Poole 2, Tom Lucas. Cons 5 and pen – Lloyd Thomas

Rumney try – Mike Wilson. Pens 2 – Lewis Pearce.

Team:

15. JACK PRING 
14. STUART GRIFFITHS 
13. CHRIS POOLE 
12. GARETH DYER (JORDAN GLASBY 57)
11. JOSH AUSTIN 
10. LLOYD THOMAS 
9. TOM LUCAS
1. RHYS TAYLOR (SAM PICK 65)
2. GETHIN CASHMORE 
3. JOEL RINGER (SAM LLEWELYN 56)
4. RICHARD HART
5. KIERAN MARTIN 
6. LEE MORRIS (ELYS GOODE 55)
7. MORGAN GRIFFITH (OWAIN HOWE 55)
8. HUW THOMAS    CAPT 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ONE EAST CENTRAL

LLANHARAN  33 LLANTWIT FARDRE 0 (HT 13-0)

Llanharan got their 125th season off to an emphatically successful start with this six tries bonus point win against neighbours Llantwit Fardre.

The previous campaign had been calamitous for the Dairyfield club after a host of summertime departures had left the squad threadbare, unable to record a single victory until the final league game in the National Championship.

But what a difference another summer has made with head coach Jeff Pick and his assistants Kevin Jones and Wayne Jervis, investing massive effort into rebuilding strength and spirit.

On Saturday’s evidence that effort is certainly going to pay off in One East Central as Huw Thomas’s men dominated throughout in conditions which must have had Paul Jones thinking of abandonment with torrential rain lashing down on proceedings.

The Ebbw Vale official handled play well and the game duly went its full span with Llanharan showing a quality that belied the elements.

The score though would certainly have been higher on a dry day, while to be fair to Andrew Evans’s visitors, they battled bravely to keep the rampant home team at bay.

But the signs were there early on that Fardre were in for a long afternoon as a Richard Hart run led to Lloyd Thomas’s 3rd minute penalty.

Nothing more came for another half hour with Josh Austin, Joel Ringer, Kieran Martin and Chris Poole often prominent as the team surged towards the line.

A try had to come and it arrived in the 36th minute after handling that would have graced a dry ball day, new right wing Stuart Griffiths accelerating over wide out.

Another came just before half time, Griffiths and Poole instrumental in the approach and Richard  Lawrence, who did a fine job as stand in scrum half, finishing off.

With the storm at their backs Llanharan pressed relentlessly after the turn around, Huw Thomas breaking from the scrum to create the pressure that gave rangy second row Kieran Martin his side’s third touchdown.

Skipper Thomas was increasingly influential in keeping Llanharan’s loose play cohesion, and Lloyd Thomas, back in first XV ranks after many years opting to play Second team rugby, capped a good display by pouncing on the loose ball after a poor Llantwit line out.

Back row man Thomas himself added number five, Llanharan’s solid set piece creating a pushover score, while another Austin break saw the classy Poole get the final five points.

(Coach's comments to follow)

Team:

15. Jack Pring 

14. Stuart Griffiths (try) (Rhydian Worgan)
13. Chris Poole (try)
12. Gareth Dyer (Liam Union) 
11. Josh Austin 
10. Lloyd Thomas (try, pen)
9. Richard Lawrence (try)
1. Rhys Taylor 
2. Gethin Cashmore (Sam Llewelyn) 
3. Joel Ringer (. Matt Phillips) 
4. Richard Hart
5. Kieran Martin (try)
6. Lee Morris (. Ellis Goode) 
7. Owain Howe 
8. Huw Thomas    Capt (try)
 

Ynysybwl 24 Llanharan 30

Llanharan were not at their best against good opposition, but found the resolve to snatch victory despite being reduced to 14 men after Rhys Taylor’s 29th minute sending off.

The Dairymen were 19-0 up when prop Taylor responded to some persistent interference and got his marching orders.

It got worse for the away team just after half time as Liam Union was yellow carded.

Bwl took full advantage to grab a 24-19 lead, but falling behind was the trigger for the depleted visitors to show character in snatching the game with two Derek Tredray penalties.

Llanharan’s summer time rebuilding process looked again to be bearing great promise as they built up a good lead,

Chris Poole showed his class with the first try, followed by a huge 25 metres scrum drive that brought a pushover score for skipper Huw Thomas.

A driving line out saw Taylor finish off, but he was off the field shortly after, and Ynysybwl surged into a 24-19 lead.

It re-galvanised the side and Derek Tredray struck the vital kicks to earn his side a second preseason win after Josh Austin’s try had levelled the scores.

Coach Jeff Pick commented that his team had been up against opposition that would be strong this season, so a win was to be commended.

“But,” added the man who captained Llanharan in his playing days, "we can do better.

“We decided to use a big squad and gave a large number a run out, but next week we will obviously narrow it down to take on Llantwit Fardre at the Dairyfield in our first One Central game.” 

Pre-Season Friendly

Llanharan 15 Kenfig Hill 0

This was a heartening three tries to nil win for Llanharan after a summer of much intensive rebuilding.

Despite some poor weather, a lot of good rugby emerged, although it took the home team a time to get started.

However, although line breaks by Lima Union and Scott Jones would have brought five pointers on another day, they still scored two excellent tries.

Chris Poole got the first as Llan built phases from a scrum on the left, allowing the full back to break outside.

Another good one followed. There was again a lot of pleasing handling before Josh Austin, like Poole, back at the Dairy after a few years away, showed skilful foot work to slide in.

The Dairymen had the wind second half, but a changed line up could only add one more touchdown.

One West Central outfit Kenfig had a lot of ball, only to meet determined defence, and once more an excellent build up brought the try that decided the match.

Tom Buckle did much of the initial spadework at the breakdown, hacking through for Josh Austin to pick up and send the supporting Kieran Martin over on the inside.

Coach Jeff Pick was pleased with the outcome and will this week look to narrow down the squad from the 27 who got on the field last weekend.

“We will be looking at the various combinations around the field for Ynysybwl and hope to have a strong line up ready for the opener against Llantwit Fardre on September 3rd,” he said.

 

 

SSE SWALEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

LLANHARAN 42 NARBERTH 24 HT 13-5

There was jubilation in abundance at the Dairyfield as Llanharan broke their duck with an inspired bonus point victory over Narberth.

Head coach Colin Malone, stepping down after eighteen years sterling service to the club, could not have wished for a better send off.

The victory was all the more impressive as the home side played out three quarters of the game with fourteen men after Rhys Haines’ somewhat harsh red card.

It was a showing full of commitment and determination, each player performing as though it was a cup final, and offering great encouragement to new head coach Jeff Pick and his assistants Kevin Jones and Wayne Jervis.

Yet the first five minutes suggested a less favourable outcome, the visitors’ Nick gale hitting the upright with a penalty and then striding over the line as he cashed in on some fatal hesitation.

However, the Dairymen were soon in the action as Richard Lawrence and Liam Union each went close to scoring, their team’s play stimulated by the lively Craig Burton at scrum half and brilliantly led by Huw Thomas.

They claimed their deserved first try just after Thomas and his effective back row partners Lawrence and Tom Wilson once more combined to allow outside half Jones to convert a penalty

The Black and Blues continued to create chances and made light of their numerical disadvantage after entering the second quarter.

Their reward came with the irrepressible Thomas going over from a scrum, Jones adding the kick for 10-5 lead.

He put over his second penalty before half time, and although Otters’ wing Jordan Roberts  was rightly sin binned for a deliberate knock on, advantage  wasn’t played and an Evan Parry- John touch down counted for nothing.

Jones struck a third three pointer soon after the turn around, but Gale’s mazy run brought him a well-earned try.

However, Llanharan were clearly in determined mood and Burton and Liam Union worked the ball behind the defence for Union to score again, the kick making it 23-10.

Not long after, Evan Parry-John intercepted and raced in from 45 metres and one sensed that at last it was going to be the home team’s day with a twenty points lead.

When Narberth did attack the found the breakdown work of the likes of Wilson and Kieran Martin a constant obstacle.

And it was the basement club that scored again, Union bringing up the bonus point helped by incisive approach work from Harry Griffiths and Jack Pring.

Jones took his haul to seventeen with the conversion and was himself near to grabbing a try after an exciting kick and chase.

With tiring limbs evident on both sides in a fast moving encounter, Narberth gained their own worthy bonus point thanks to John Mogs and Ollie Reyand, Gale converting the first.

But between the scores Gavin Parsons had raced in to ensure an emphatic win for his side.

It was a day when there was no suppressing Thomas’s ebullient Dairyfield team who left their delighted supporters with happy memories to take into the summer and grounds for confidence in the future.

Llanharan tries: Liam Union 2, Evan Parry-John, Huw Thomas, and Gavin Parsons. Cons 4 pens 3: Scott Jones.

Narberth tries: Nick Gale 2 (plus 2 cons), Johnny Mogs, Ollie Reyland.

 

Team:

15 HARRISON EVANS (JACK PRING 51)

14 LIAM UNION (GAVIN PARSONS 71)

13 HARRY GRIFFITHS

12 CHRIS WILLIAMS

11 LLOYD THOMAS

10 SCOTT JONES

9 CRAIG BURTON

1 RHYS TAYLOR (GETHIN CASHMORE 44)

2 SAM PICK (JAMES HOLMES 65)

3 RHYS HAINES ( Red Card 21)

4 OWAIN HOWE ( SAM LLEWELLYN 58)

5 KIERAN MARTIN

6 TOM WILSON

7 RICHARD LAWRENCE

8 HUW THOMAS (CAPT)

 

SSE SWALEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

LLANHARAN 10   SWANSEA 48 HT 5-29

In their final game, Premiership bound Swansea were clearly going to turn on the style at the Dairyfield as they celebrated promotion back to the top flight at the second attempt.

For Llanharan, it was again a case of showing a brave face in adversity as they played out their penultimate fixture in a wretched winless season.

However, for a time it looked like the scripts had been swapped as Llanharan took a 5-0 lead, albeit with Swansea suffering a yellow sanction against full back Josh Flye for a tip tackle.

Helped by Kelvin Short’s card, they took their opportunities well, two turn overs leading to Rhydian Worgan squeezing over in the corner for a 5-0 lead.

It didn’t last though and Swansea went on to win comfortably, but the Dairymen will derive much encouragement from another hearty performance.

Nowhere was this typified better than in hooker Sam Llewellyn, chosen 2nd XV skipper back last summer, but elevated by the unforeseen loss of players in August. The front row’ man’s chin was on his boots with exhaustion near the end, yet seconds later he was driving into a mid-field tackle.

That is just what the coaching team will be looking for to rebuild Llanharan after being dealt the worst of hands with so many movements out of the squad last summer.

However, after that promising start, the end of the third quarter saw number eight Ollie Young  score an all too easy try from a long line out, Josh Flye converting to add to Phil Jones’s earlier penalty.

Another long kick presented the Whites with the next chance, Mike Sully sprinting 40 metres, despite apparent offside at the breakdown, Flye again converting.

Good hands gave Young a second as half time approached, Flye’s kick making it 29-5.

However, the Dairymen were by no means passive spectators and there were encouraging moments with Chris Williams, a smooth double act allied to Scott Jones, connecting well with skipper Huw Thomas, and then Thomas’s final pass failing to hit the target and so deny his men a try.

The St Helen’ side did not add to their score in the fifteen minutes after the restart thanks to Llanharan’s commitment, one Scott Jones tackle on Phil Jones a try stopper, but wings Claypole and Will Lewis then struck in rapid succession.

Thomas’s team had no intention of rolling over and surrendering though.

A Llewellyn tackle set up a chance for Evyn Parry-John before centre Liam Union broke through mid-field.

The home side continued to have good moments, Williams pulling off one good tackle to snuff out a Swansea attack, and they got their due reward. Back row man Elys Goode ripped out the ball and Union put a clever kick in for replacement Paul Winter to scoop up expertly and score in the corner.

A third Llanharan touchdown was close when wing Evyn Parry-John caused problems with his long kick, but Swansea had the last say in at the end of a surprising eight minutes of time added on, Flye completing a 15 points haul thanks to his own converted try.

Colin Malone’s men face Narberth at the Dairyfield this Saturday in their final game, hoping that the positive qualities shown against Swansea can bring them their first victory.

Team

15 GAVIN PARSONS

14 RHYDIAN WORGAN

 13 HUW RUSSELL (PAUL WINYER  70)

12 LIAM UNION

11CHRIS SHARKEY (EVYN PARRY- JOHN 51)

10 SCOTT JONES

9 CHRIS WILLIAMS

1 RHYS TAYLOR

2 SAM LLEWELLYN

3 JOEL RINGER (SAM PICK HT)

4 TOM HARRIS (ELYS GOODE 29)

5 KIERAN MARTIN

6 TOM WILSON (TOM BUCKLE HT)

7 OWAIN HOWE

8 HUW THOMAS (CAPT)

Home tries – Rhydian Worgan, Paul Winter.

Swansea tries – Andrew Claypole 2, Ollie Young 2, Josh Flye ( plus 5 cons.), Mike Sully, Will Jones.  Pen – Phil Jones.

SSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWCASTLE EMLYN 79 LLANHARAN 0 (HT 43-0)

It was a sadly familiar tale for Llanharan down in deepest Ceredigion.

Once more, their patched up side gave everything in terms of effort, but was no match for Emlyn whenever it ceded possession.

Not that their predicament  was helped by the nonappearance of two permit players, meaning a centre pairing of second row Owain Howe and team manager Wayne Jervis.

Like their teammates, each gave it his best shot, but collectively the Dairymen were no match for the side desperately seeking the points to ensure a second season in the championship.

It was mission accomplished for the home team by half time with a 45-0 lead and a bonus point in the bag.

The tries came at regular intervals as Teifion Davies, Emrys Davies, Shaun Leonard, Steff Evans, Luke Kendall and Alex Williams crossed the line.

Leonard converted all six to go with an early penalty and went on to accumulate an impressive 39 points haul.

The away team’s brightest moments were supplied by scrum half Craig Burton whose lightening breaks often took the team forward, only for the breakdown to send Emlyn racing back to the try line.

The west Wales outfit continued in similar vein after the turn around, valiant tackling work out wide by the likes of Liam Union and Harrison Evans to no avail as Kendal, Leonard, and Llyr Davies went over, the kicks taking the score to 69.

It did signal the Dairymen’s best spell of the game however. Burton continued to probe sharply and skipper Huw Thomas made some of his trademark runs to see Gavin Parsons get close on three occasions.

The never say die attitude deserved a score but it was soon business as usual the other end with Lennard claiming another two, despite sterling cover work by Richard Lawrence and Tom Wilson, and Llyr Davies his second to complete the whitewash.

Scorers:

NE tries – Shaun Leonard 4, Llyr Davies 2, Luke Kendal 2, Emrys Davies, Alex Williams, Steff Evans, Teifion Davies; cons 6 and pen – Leonard.

Llanharan:

15 LIAM UNION

14 GAVIN PARSONS

13 WAYNE JERVIS

12 OWAIN HOWE

11 ALEX HUGHES

10 HARRISON EVANS

9 CRAIG BURTON

1 RHYS TAYLOR

2 SAM LLEWELLYN

3 TOM EVANS

4 KIERAN MARTIN

5 TOM BUCKLE

6 RICHARD LAWRENCE

7 TOM WILSON

8. HUW THOMAS (CAPT)

REPLACEMENTS USED:

RHYS HAINES

PAUL WINTER

JOE DOHERTY 

It was the expected big score line but the boys who made up the patchwork side gave their all, two tries the reward – Scott Jones and Kieran Martin the scorers. Scott also put over a penalty and conversion in an 86-15 result at RGC 1404.

We made ten changes from the previous starting line up.

RGC  tries Tiaan Loots 3, Tom Hughes 3,Alex Schwartz 2, Richard Hopkins 2, Tom Seddon, Sam Jones, Joe Simpson, Meredydd Francis.

The win kept RGC in 5th place chasing Bargoed for  a place in the premiership,.

15 LIAM UNION

14 ALEX HUGHES

13 JOSH JONES

12 OWAIN HOWE

11 LIAM BARTON

10 SCOTT JONES

9 RICHARD LAWRENCE

1 RHYS TAYLOR

2 SAM LLEWELLYN

3 RHYS HAINES

4 TOM BUCKLE

5 GETHIN CASHMORE

6 KIERAN MARTIN

7 PAUL WINTER

8. HUW THOMAS (CAPT)

REPLACEMENTS USED:

16 TOM HARRIS

17 EVAN JAMES

18 GERALD MCCARTHY

19 LLOYD BORLEY

SSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

GLYNNEATH  33 LLANHARAN 5 (HT 14-5)

Llanharan would have realistically seen this fixture as their best chance of breaking a season long winless run.

Glynneath were themselves battling against relegation and knew that at the Dairyfield earlier in the campaign they were lucky to sneak a last gasp victory.

However, it was never to be as Llanharan’s unquestionable endeavour faltered against a heavier home pack and a one sided penalty toll that brought premature endings to frequent bouts of hard working graft.

The weight factor upfront meant that even on their own ball Huw Thomas often had to perform heroics to retain the possession.

The introduction of Rhys Haines’s bulk after half time did much to redress this problem, but the Dairymen  were trailing 14-5 by then and the home team, with president Max Boyce in the crowd, made the most of  second half chances to secure the bonus point win.

Stuart Leach opened their account in the 10th minute as he finished off an attack down the narrow side of a scrum, Jack O’Reilly converting.

A thumping Richard Lawrence tackle halted another threatening move but Josh Jones extended the lead with a second try.

However, Llan gave notice they were still in the game as outside half Scott Jones hacked through after a dropped pass and showed superior speed to get to the touchdown.

But ten minutes after the restart Craig Tennant got over the line to make Llanharan’s task a difficult one at 21-5, but still the visitors gave it a go, Liam Union, Harry Griffiths and Rhys Taylor all taking play forward.

Nevertheless, Josh Jones punished an opposition lapse with his side’s bonus point try, and then completed his own hat trick with a skilful catch from a chip ahead two minutes from time, O’Reilly landing his fourth conversion of the day.

Llanharan now face two long away trips to RGC 1404 and Newcastle Emlyn before entertaining Swansea on May 7th, Narberth the last of four rearranged games still to be confirmed.

Team:

15 HARRISON EVANS

14 GAVIN PARSONS

13 LIAM UNION

12 HARRY GRIFFITHS

11 HUW RUSSELL

10 SCOTT JONES (ALEX HUGHES 70)

9 CRAIG BUTLER

1 RHYS TAYLOR (PAUL WINTER 71)

2 SAM LLEWELLYN (SAM PICK 71)

3 TOM EVANS

4 OWAIN HOWE

5 JAMES HOLMES (RHYS HAINES 40)

6 RICHARD LAWRENCE

7 TOM WILSON

8. HUW THOMAS (CAPT)

Scorers:

Home tries: Josh Jones 3, Craig Tennant, Stuart Leach. Con (4) – Jack O’Reilly.

Away try: Scott Jones

15 GAVIN PARSONS

14 ALEX HUGHES

13 LIAM UNION

12 CHRIS HOWE

11 OWAIN DAVIS

10 HARRISON EVANS

9 ALED JONES 

1 RHYS TAYLOR

2 SAM LLEWELLYN

3 TOM EVANS

4 OWAIN HOWE

5 KIERAN MARTIN

6 PAUL WINTERS

7 RICHARD LAWRENCE

8. TOM WILSON (CAPT)

REPLACEMENTS USED:

16 SAM PICK

17 RHYS HAINES

18 TOM HARRIS

19 TOM BUCKLE

20 ALED LLEWELLYN

Llanharan again gave their all against the odds, winning many plaudits in their performance against the premiership bound Ironmen.

Despite conceding ten tries, the Dairymen scored one of the best touch downs of the day, wing Alex Hughes beating men before finishing with a long run in.

Contrary to what the score might suggest it was a very entertaining game of rugby with Llanharan tackling their hearts out and playing good football at every opportunity, but men like Andy Powell proved difficult to contain.

It was nevertheless a commendable performance, missing as they were the injured skipper Scott Malone and his and in Huw Thomas, The admirable Tom Wilson taking over the reins.

Merthyr’s try scorers were Osian Davies 2, Terry Gee 2, Martin Luckwell, Andrew Brown, Mathew Jarvis, Tom Hiscock, Gareth Way and Tom Daley.