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Drink break: Quins relax after a tough first half

Drink break: Quins relax after a tough first half

Principality Premiership

Cross Keys 38

Carmarthen Quins 20

CROSS KEYS completed the double over Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Premiership on Saturday afternoon, crossing for 5 tries and securing a bonus point in the process.

Playing down the slope, Keys went on the attack from the start and following a lineout just inside the Quins twenty-two the ball was moved from one side of the pitch to the other and found it’s way to wing Mathew Powell, who benefitted from an excellently created overlap to cross in the scoreboard corner to give Keys the lead in the 5th minute. Full back Owen Howe was unable to add the conversion from out wide.

Keys continued to attack with great intent and after a string of close range lineouts were impeded illegally by the visitors and the Quins were reduced to 14 men after 14 minutes of play as prop Nathan Williams, who appeared for Keys from the Dragons several time in the past was sent to the sin bin after he pulled down a driving maul close to his own try line.

The one man advantage was soon to benefit Keys greatly when from a lineout just 5 metres out the ball was worked back in field and found its way in to the arms of Keys hooker Darren Hughes who dragged several bodies over the line with him near the posts to cross for Keys 2nd try of the day with a little over 15 minutes played. Owen Howe this time added the conversion as Keys were, at this stage full value for their lead.

With Quins still down to 14 men and unable to create any real chances, Keys continued to attack from across the field and they looked almost certain to extend their lead further when outstanding flanker Ieuan Jones launched a chip and chase in the middle of the park, and midway in the Quins half. Jones looked to have created the scoring chance to gather his own kick but he appeared to have been hacked down near the posts as the try looked almost certain. Instead of penalising the Quins defender that appeared to take Jones out, referee Shaun Brickell awarded a scrum to Keys on the 5 metre line which eventually led to a penalty try being awarded to Keys as a result of one too many offences from the under pressure Quins scrummage. The penalty try was awarded with 25 minutes played.

The frantic opening eventually calmed and Quins, who were now restored to 15 men were finally able to exit their own half and create some chances. The visitors exploited an overlap, as Keys switched off in defence out wide and Quins wing Morgan Griffiths crossed the whitewash to score his sides first points of the game with a little over 30 minutes played.

Quins seemed to now have the upper hand and Griffiths closed the gap further on the stroke of half time when he again exploited an overlap to cross in the corner. Craig Evans this time failed to add the touchline conversion. Keys prop Richard Cornock was shown the yellow card for an offence at a ruck in the build up to the try, meaning he would spend the opening 10 minutes of the second half in the sin bin.

Despite being a man down, Keys started the second half well and just 5 minutes in to the half they secured a bonus point with their 4th try. Flanker Ieuan Jones, who was perhaps cruelly denied a wonderful individual try in the first half kept the ball firmly in hand and an excellent drive from the Keys pack saw Jones crash over for the try. Owen Howe added the conversion with Keys once again firmly in control.

With time ticking on, the match then continued without any real incident or chance really being created by either side. Both Keys and Quins choosing to kick for territory rather than try anything silly on an increasingly heavy pitch.

With just under 5 minutes remaining Keys crossed for their 5th and final try as a result of an excellently timed tackle from centre Lewis Barnett, on permit from Penallta for Keys, and the tackle then led to an excellent steal from Keys replacement prop Anthony Lott, who fed Tom Lampard whose excellently timed pass freed Barney Nightingale, who then realised replacement wing Elliott Jones who raced away line to score the try and put the game to bed. Owen Howe added the relatively straightforward conversion with around 2 minutes remaining.

To their credit Quins didn’t give up and crossed for their 3rd try with the final play of the game when Gavin Thomas broke to score nothing more than a consolation try for his side which was unconverted.

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Foel’s Championship dream halted

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FELINFOEL’s hopes of promotion to the WRU Championship were brought to an end on Sunday (May 12) as they were beaten in the play-offs by Ystalyfera.

Ystalyfera had won the first leg 34-28 on their home soil but Felinfoel were still very much in the tie and they had the backing of an 800-strong home crowd in the reverse fixture. Fans packed in to the ground and they witnessed an epic encounter.

Felinfoel held the lead at one time but their opponents hit back to seal a 20-30 win to win overall by 64 points to 48.

Felinfoel played some attractive rugby during the first half with wingers Eray Wilson and Elliot Dawe scoring tries wide out one of which was converted by Aled Roberts. Ystalyfera scored a penalty and a converted try making the half time score 12 points to 10.

Photos by Darren Harries

The second half opened brightly for Felinfoel with Roberts kicking a penalty and Wilson scoring a further try. With the score at 20 points to 10, matters were looking favourable for the home team.

It was at this stage that the Ystalyfera forwards took complete control of the match denying Felinfoel of any possession for the final 20mins of the match. With a strong scrummage and dynamic driving maul they continued to exert pressure onto the home team.

Ystalyfera were rewarded with a further two converted tries, penalty goal and drop goal and deserved their victory 20 points to 30, and promotion to the championship.

Both teams are to be congratulated in the way in which the game was played. Both sides gave their all and provided an entertaining encounter.

Both sets of supporters gave loud vocal support to each team and were sporting throughout the match.

At the end of the match Felinfoel coach Mike King who is leaving after two years in charge was given a rousing send off by players and supporters alike.

After the game Felinfoel took to twitter saying: “After another successful season, it’s time to say thank you. Thank you to all sponsors for supporting the club throughout the season once again. Without you we would not exist. Thank you to all the supporters who have been with us through thick and thin.

“Lastly, thank you to head coach Mike King who will be leaving us. He has set the foundations of the club and has turned this club around for the better. All at Felinfoel RFC can’t thank you enough. We wish you all the best in the future.”

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Morgan marches seconds home

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DAFEN Seconds earned the bragging rights over Llanelli Seconds on Saturday (May 11) as they cruised to an eight wicket win.

Dafen won the toss but elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they bowled their opponents out for just 118 inside 22 overs.

Aadil Mukhtar finished with excellent figures of 5-21 while Oliver Evans supported well taking four wickets for the loss of 40 runs.

Needing just thirty overs of their reply, Dafen Seconds eased to victory as Jac Morgan finished not out on 64 to see his side over the line.

Photo by Darren Harries

The win for Dafen keeps them joint top of the table with Briton Ferry Town after two games while Llanelli sit bottom of Division 3 and are still searching for their first win.

On Saturday (May 18), Dafen Seconds are at home against Dyffryn while Llanelli Seconds are away to Neath thirds.

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Jones duo sink Bronwydd

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LLANGENNECH earned their first win of the season on Saturday (May 11) as they beat Bronwydd by 14 runs in a low scoring game.

Llangennech won the toss and elected to bat but they lost Chris Hickey early on when he was caught by Jacob Jenkinson off the bowling of Colin Tucker.

Matthew Jones scored 11 before he was caught and bowled by Tucker before David Williams was caught by Tom Gleeson off the bowling of Matthew Vaughan for a score of 14.

James Taube made the same score but was then caught by Phillip Howell off the bowling of Dafydd Morgan. Morgan also bowled Martin Gregory to leave Llangennech on 83-5.

Opener Scott Lloyd’s score of 30 had come off 127 balls and he was eventually caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Callum Collins-Davies.

Richard Clement was the third Llangennech batsman to make a score of 14 before getting out as he was caught by Jenkinson off the bowling of Gleeson.

Michael Jones was then run out before Gleeson claimed his second wicket as he had Simon Clement caught by Oliver Furneaux.

Vaughan then wrapped up the innings as he had Bav Patel caught by James Cale to leave Llangennech all out on 124. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd’s opening pair of James Cale and Philip Howell shared 15 runs but Howell was out for a score of 8 to the bowling of Michael Jones.

Oliver Furneaux was next to fall when he was trapped leg before by Matthew Jones on a score of 11.

Chris Hickey then gave Owain Phillips his first wicket as he caught Jacob Jenkinson and the bowler then claimed his second as he had Cale caught by David Williams on a score of 17.

That left Bronwydd on 44-4 but Iwan Davies and Dafydd Morgan shared 40 runs for the fifth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Davies hit three fours and a six in his knock of 33 but he was then trapped leg before by Michael Jones. He then also bowled Callum Collins-Davies for a duck to reduce Bronwydd to 84-6.

Matthew Jones then had Dafydd Morgan caught on a score of 8 before then trapping Tom Gleeson leg before.

Hickey then took two more catches of Matthew Vaughan and Colin Tucker to give Matthew Jones his five-wicket haul and Bronwydd were all out for 110.

Gareth John had finished not out on 18 but it wasn’t enough for victory for the visitors.

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