Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sport

Raiders end Chargers 3 year unbeaten run

Published

on

Half time team talk: Raiders players heed advice

Half time team talk:
Raiders players heed advice

West Wales Raiders 38
London Chargers 36

WEST WALES RAIDERS ended the three year undefeated reign of London Chargers with a stunning two point victory at Stebonheath Park on Saturday (May 14).

The Chargers boasted a wealth of experience with a internationally assembled squad full of seasoned New Zealand and Australian players, and headed into the game on the back of a mammoth 80 points to nil victory over Coventry Bears in their previous outing, but the endeavour of the Raiders proved to be too much for the English side.

The game started as it meant to go on at a frantic pace and a brutal defensive encounter but it was the Raiders who drew first blood with mercurial pivot Luke Williams scoring under the posts and converting his own try.

London responded quickly and with a well worked move went over in the corner but missed the conversion, again the Raiders answered and pivot Williams put a great cross field kick for Curtis Ford to leap and take to score in the corner, Luke Williams failed to convert.

With the score at 10 points to 4 the Londoners turned on the style that they are renowned for and scored three converted tries in quick succession leaving the Raiders and their supporters very quiet.

It was a change in positional play that then saw Raiders hooker Dafydd Phillips find a gap, wrong foot the defence and pass to supporting prop Kyle Bryan to score, the half time score saw West Wales Raiders behind by four, at 18-22..

The second half talk from the London coach must have been inspirational as they came into the second half showing great attacking flair and proving a handful.

As a result the Chargers were first to score as some tired defence allowed them in under the posts for a converted try making the scores 18-28 after 50 minutes.

The Raiders then began to find their rhythm and a change in tactics allowed dummy half Liam Johnson to find a gap and go over at short range, the fight back had begun and aggressive defence forced the Londoners to be tackled twice over their try line and giving Raiders repeat sets the pressure paid off and winger Curtis Ford worked hard to squeeze in at the corner.

With the scores poised at 28-28 another positional change allowed the Raiders to apply further pressure around the Chargers ruck and hooker Dafydd Phillips sniped his way around three defenders to go a full sixty meters and score under the posts with the try converted the score was then 34-28 to the Raiders.

London then found themselves with a scrum on the Raiders ten-metre line after a mistake from a looping pass. The scrum gave the Londoners the building block to choose whether to go left or right and with the choice that they had, they went in to score in the corner, with the kick being a difficult one London couldn’t add the 2 points.

With only four minutes remaining on the clock when the Chargers probed the Raiders tiring defence and scored out wide in the corner with what seemed to be the winning try.

However the Raiders would not give up and after London where forced to drop out under the sticks again the Raiders put on a last gasp attack, captain Nathan Beck putting up a huge up and under and second rower Morgan Jefferies leaping to claim the spoils and go over the line as the referees whistle blew to end the game Raiders 38 London Chargers 36

Raiders coach Jon Ellis was ecstatic after the game, and commented: “What an unbelievable game that was, it was none stop for eighty minutes and our players showed some great tenacity and a never say die attitude west Wales is renowned for, a great spectacle for rugby league and it will be good to see our fan base grow and grow.

“London Chargers are a class act, a great set of blokes, Raiders play an attractive free flowing style of rugby league which is great to watch so get down to Stebo and watch us.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sport

Special game marks start of Trimsaran’s centenary year

Published

on

TRIMSARAN took on Llanelli on Saturday (Sept 11) as they opened their centenary season and there were some special guests in attendance.

World Cup final referee Nigel Owens came out of retirement to take charge of the game while Jonathan Davies OBE also came back to his first club.

Davies presented the Trimsaran players with their new shirts before the game.

There were around 500 supporters in attendance for the match which saw Llanelli eventually running out 78-12 winners.

Trimsaran battled well but it was Llanelli who showed their class as they ran away with the game in the second half.

In the middle: Nigel Owens took charge of the game

After the game, Trimsaran took to Twitter to thank everyone who had made their day so special.

On Twitter they wrote: “Great game played in great spirits. Llanelli showing their class and running away with it in the second half. Massive thank you for coming down to help us celebrate our centenary season yesterday.

“Huge thank you to everyone who came to support. Around 500 supporters came down and helped us celebrate and watch a great game of rugby. It was great to see so many there and to see the clubhouse bouncing all night

“Thank you to Jonathan Davies OBE for presenting the boys with their jerseys before the game and to Nigel Owens and his 2 assistant referees for coming down.

“Thank you to all our sponsors yesterday, to all the hard working committee, volunteers and everyone involved with Trimsaran Rugby, without you the game wouldn’t have been possible.

“Thanks to Ricky King and Chris Wilds for all their hard work in getting the field looking superb Trimsaran Rugby

“And a final thanks to the Trimsaran Rugby players who put their bodies on the line and showed how much playing for this team meant to them against a Welsh Prem outfit, the boys certainly done themselves proud and could have scored another 1 or 2 themselves.”

The club had been due to celebrate their centenary season a year ago but that was delayed because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Continue Reading

Sport

Llangennech bowl Gowerton out to end chase and seal fifth win

Published

on

LLANGENNECH finished the season off with a win on Saturday (Aug 28) as they prevented Gowerton from reaching their target.

Llangennech won the toss and chose to bat first and they made a good total of 276-7 from their 50 overs with runs throughout the order.

James Taube and Nathan Richards made an excellent start as they shared 91 runs for the first wicket.

Gowerton finally made the breakthrough when Richards was trapped leg before by Matthew Mason on a score of 39.

Taube made his way to a score of 43 but he was then stumped by David Gascoyne off the bowling of Tom Clarke.

That left the score on 94-2 but Aaron Wood and Nathan Jones added 55 runs for the third wicket.

Wood made his way to a score of 20 but he was then caught by Callum Eakins off the bowling of Matthew Mason.

Jones and David Williams then shared 83 runs for the fourth wicket as they took Llangennech over 200 runs.

Jones hit four fours and a six in his score of 61 but he was then run out by Lee Nicholas.

Williams had smashed seven fours and three sixes in a score of 57 from 29 balls but he was then caught by Nicholas off the bowling of James Cable.

Richard Clement made a late score of 13 before he was run out by Daniel Allen and Hedd-Wyn Jones scored 14 before being bowled by Cable.

Those wickets halted Llangennech’s momentum but they were still able to finish their innings on 276-7, with 25 from Mr Extras.

Gowerton were soon in trouble in their reply as they slipped to 8-2. Michael Jones had Lee Nicholas caught by Jack Page and Bevan Daniels caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones.

That soon became 18-3 as Michael Jones bowled Luke Evans.

David Gascoyne and Matthew Mason looked to lead the recovery as they shared 37 runs for the fourth wicket.

Gascoyne made his way to a score of 27 but he was also caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones off the bowling of Michael Jones to leave Gowerton on 55-4.

Daniel Allen hit a four and a six in his quick fire score of 11 but he fell the same way as Gascoyne as Gowerton fell into further trouble on 88-5.

However, Mason and Callum Eakins shared 90 runs for the sixth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Mason hit nine fours and three sixes on his way to a score of 95 but he was unlucky to miss out on a century when he was caught and bowled by James Taube.

Tom Barrett added 10 before falling to the bowling of Jack Page before Eakins and Will Collinson added 40 runs for the eighth wicket.

Eakins hit six fours in his score of 45 but he was then trapped leg before by Page as Gowerton’s hopes of victory began to fade.

Page then had Collinson caught by Nathan Richards on a score of 20.

That left Gowerton nine down and still needing 38 runs for victory.

They were unable to get those runs though as Owain Phillips had James Cable caught by Page to bowl Gowerton out for 243.

It gave Llangennech victory by 33 runs and their fifth win of the season.

Continue Reading

Sport

Champions Llanelli finish season in style

Published

on

LLANELLI Cricket Club finished the season in style on Saturday (Aug 28) as they beat Bronwydd 103 runs.

They were presented with the South Wales Cricket Association trophy prior to their match and after winning the toss and electing to bat, they went on to make a score of 287-7 from their 50 overs.

They lost Craig Howells for a score of 19 early on before Iwan Rees and Steven Devonald shared 146 runs for the second wicket.

It was an excellent stand between the pair with Rees hitting eight fours on his way to a score of 75.

He was then caught by Tom Gleeson off the bowling of Rhufon Phillips as Bronwydd finally made the breakthrough.

Devonald and Rhys Harris continued to put runs on the board though as they shared 59 runs for the third wicket.

It also saw Devonald reach his century but Llanelli then lost two quick wickets.

Harris was caught by Gruffudd Owen off the bowling of Gleeson on a score of 24 and then bowled Rhydian Morgan for a duck, leaving the hosts on 247-4.

Devonald and Matthew Roberts added a further 38 runs for the fifth wicket before Devonald’s excellent innings came to an end.

He had hit fifteen fours and a six in his knock of 131 from 126 balls but he was then bowled by James Dickson.

Roberts was then run out by Owen on a score of 16 as Llanelli’s momentum stalled towards the end of their innings.

It saw them finish on a total of 287, giving Bronwydd a tough target to chase.

James Cale and Josh Rencken shared 43 runs for the first wicket but Cale was bowled by Iwan Rees on a score of 12.

Rencken and Jacob Jenkinson shared 67 runs for the second wicket as they looked to put their side in a strong position.

However, after Jenkinson was bowled by Twm Westcott on a score of 26 more wickets began to fall.

Rencken had reached a score of 47 but he was then bowled by David Richards.

Westcott then had Philip Howell caught by Rhydian Morgan before Richards bowled James Dickson to leave Bronwydd on 115-5.

Oliver Furneaux and Gruffudd Owen shared 48 runs for the sixth wicket but they were quickly running out of time.

Owen was bowled by Rees on a score of 20 to leave the visitors on 163-6 and they could only add 21 more runs to the total.

Furneaux finished unbeaten on 37 but Bronwydd ended their innings on 184-6.

It meant Llanelli could celebrate their title win in style.

Continue Reading

Trending

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK