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Four wins on the bounce for Llanelli

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Rare attack: Quins breakthrough the Llanelli midfield (Pic. Simon Rice)

Rare attack: Quins breakthrough the Llanelli midfield (Pic. Simon Rice)

Carmarthen Quins 14

Llanelli 40

LLANELLI recorded their fourth win on the bounce at the expense of a Carmarthen Quins side that are in free-fall having now lost five successive games, meaning they haven’t picked up a league win since they beat Bridgend back in November.

Llanelli were rampant in their demolition of their hosts at Carmarthen Park running in five tries in an emphatic bonus point win, but the hosts will be concerned with how easy they were to breach, though they will also take comfort in the fact that Llanelli have demolished other sides in recent weeks, with this game bringing up their 192nd point in four games.

The Quins took an early lead when the languid Craig Evans crossed for an early eight points as he converted his own score, but the lead was short-lived as Llanelli enjoyed a ten minute purple patch which saw them cross the whitewash three times, amassing a colossal 24 points.

Prop Rhys Thomas, wing Ashley Evans and Fly-half Josh Lewis, who was making his debut for the visitors were the men who grabbed the tries.

The impressive debutant also notched five conversions on top of another try in the second half to take his personal tally to 22 making it a real debut to remember.

Replacement Nathan Hart also got on the scoresheet to round off the day for the visitors, who rose to seventh in the table, and have now recorded six victories in a row in all competitions.

The Quins started brightly and it took only four minutes for Evans to cross after spotting a gap and dropping down a gear to accelerate home over the line, converting his own try from to the right of the uprights.

Under five minutes later though and Llanelli were almost level as they started to move through the gears. Tom Price broke away before releasing former Wales U20 international Ashley Evans, who has recently made the move to Parc y Scarlets from near rivals Neath, who romped to the corner only to be denied by a fine covering tackle by Lee Williams.

It was a warning to the Quins, but they did not head it, and moments later the visitors did get their try as prop Thomas rumbled over, providing Lewis with his first two points of the afternoon.

They were in front for the first time in the game with the 20 minute mark approaching as Evans finally crossed the line after some probing runs, Lewis again notched the extras.

The purple patch was complete when they added a third try from Lewis himself, ensuring that they went in at the interval with a 24-6 lead.

The Quins will have been hoping to emerge for the second half a revitalised sides after some stern words in the dressing room, but they rather limped out and after 10 minutes of play the victory and bonus point was secured for Llanelli as Lewis took advantage of the Quins abysmal defending to glide over almost untouched making the score 32-8.

Carmarthen did show some character with a brief show of spirit and determination, but flanker Andrew Green’s unconverted try wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, and with 72 minutes played Hart romped home to conclude a thumping win and a good day at the office for the visitors from Llanelli.

Teams:

Carmarthen Quins:

15 Lee Williams 14 Gavin Thomas 13 Dylan Wyn Morgans 12 Morgan Griffiths 11 Dale Ford 10 Craig Evans 9 Connor Lloyd: 8 Lee Taylor 7 Andrew Green 6 Haydn Pugh 5 Josh Helps 4 Ben Thompson 3 Ian Jones 2 Rhodri Brendan Clancy 1 Nathan Williams

Replacements:

16 Steffan Phillips 17 Rhydian Jenkins 18 William Rhys Taylor 19 Jonathan Gardiner 20 Elis Huw Lloyd 21 Kieran Hardy 22 Iolo Wyn Evans 23 Kieran Douglas Jones

Llanelli:

15 Gareth Walters 14 Ashley Evans 13 Nathan Edwards 12 Jonny Lewis 11 Mike Tagicakibau 10 Josh Lewis 9 Josh Guy 8 Trystan Lloyd 7 Owain Morgan 6 Jack Jones 5 Tom Price 4 Adam Powell 3 Jack Payne 2 Torin Myhill 1 Rhys Thomas

Replacements:

16 Rhys Fawcett 17 Taylor Davies 18 Tom Kaijaks 19 Chris Long 20 Nathan Hart 21 Gareth Davies 22 Ryan Davies 23 Shaun Pearce

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Raiders seal first ever win

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West Wales Raiders 44

Coventry Bears 16

Lucas Marshall, Stebonheath Park,

A LATE rally by Coventry Bears was not enough to deny a jubilant West Wales Raiders their first-ever win at the 45th time of asking.

The old South Wales Ironmen tasted victory against Gloucestershire All Golds in the first match played at Stebonheath Park back in July 2017, but never before have the side won under the Raiders banner. And it was certainly worth the wait as the Raiders dominated much of the game against a Bears side that doesn’t have the best record when travelling to South Wales. The other game the Ironmen won in 2017 was against Coventry, whilst the Bears only won by 10 points at Llanelli last season.

Dewi Billingham made his Coventry debut while trialist Zak Williams made his first appearance since returning to the Bears. But both former Raiders stars were unable to come back to haunt their former employers.

Try time: Raiders celebrate another try. Photo by Darren Harries

Much of the damage was done in the first half with the Raiders taking control from the kick-off and eventually going in 20-0 up at the break.

It took only six minutes for Raiders to break the Bears defence when good work down the left put Dalton Desmond-Walker in for the opener. Phil Cowburn added the extras but was off target just moments later after Ash Bateman was on the end of some quick passing to go in on the right.

When Morgan Evans went in for the Raiders third, again converted by Cowburn, their loyal band of supporters started to believe they were on course for victory.

It could have been even worse for the Bears, but strong defence saw them hold the visitors up over the line on three occasions mid-way through the half. Although there was no denying Archie Snook with one of the final plays of the half after Welsh International Steve Parry had split the Bears defence to put the centre through. Cowburn once again failed with the conversion but the Raiders still celebrated their most positive 40 minutes in almost two years.

After the break, it was the Bears who struck first through Reece Rance, but any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished by three quick-fire tries.

First, former Bears player Mitch Shaw scooted over, before Bateman and Snook both got their second try of the afternoon to all but secure the victory for the Llanelli-based outfit.

Parry then went in for the Raiders’ eighth try of the day to put the icing on a long-awaited cake.

But the Bears were by no means done and added two further tries of their own to make the scoreline look a little less dominate than the game suggested.

Tries from Errol Carter and South Wales youth system graduate Cobi Green, along with two Joe Sanderson conversions rounded off the scoring for the visitors.

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Dafen see off Porthcawl

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DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.

Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.

Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.

Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.

Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.

Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.

Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.

Photos by Darren Harries

That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.

Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.

Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.

Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.

Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.

Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.

That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.

On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.

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Rees century sees Llanelli to win

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LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.

Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.

Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.

Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.

Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.

That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.

Photo by Darren Harries

Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.

Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.

On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.

Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.

That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.

Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.

The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.

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