March 08, 2015, 12:11:13 PM by HonSec
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6 TRY WIN FOR PENLAN AT HOME TO LLANDEILO
Penlan too strong for Llandeilo on the day > picture from Colin Rush
It was a difficult game for Llandeilo on Saturday in their away game against Penlan. Lying in bottom place in the league and facing a side well on form, the West Wales side bravely faced up to the challenge in the best traditions of their club, despite their loss of players this season. They were desperately short of forward cover which saw them having to play with uncontested scrums from the start of the second half.
It was a fine and ideal day for rugby as referee Mr. Robert Mota from Cardiff got the game underway with his management of the match proving to be excellent throughout the game. Penlan made the kick off as the teams settled down to test each other out.
Penlan were looking strong from the off and at just after 10 minutes they secured a scrum on the visitors 5 metre. A quick feed from scrum-half Bobby Scrine was taken forward by centre Stephen Davey then picked up by flanker Robert Green who powered through the defence to land a try. Outside-half Scott Davies safely made the conversion to put Penlan 7 points ahead.
Rob Green bursts through towards his try > picture from Colin Rush
Rob Green safely lands his try > picture from Mike Evans
At 20 minutes Owen Roberts, Llandeilo scrum-half, clawed back 3 points for his side with a competent penalty kick.
The contest continued until at 30 minutes Penlan had another scrum on the Llandeilo 5 metre line. Some quick work by Bobby Scrine led to centre Steven Williams advancing the ball and pass to fellow centre Stephen Davey who weaved through the defence to land Penlan try number 2, with Scott Davies making his second safe conversion to make the score 14 – 3.
Stephen Davey weaves through for the line > picture from Colin Rush
Stephen safely grounds the ball > picture from Mike Evans
In the dying minutes of the first half centre Steven Williams was to secure his own try which came from a Penlan scrum in the Llandeilo 22. A struggle back and for was held on by Bobby Scrine until a long pass reached Adam Glover. Adam powered through until he made a quick off-load to Steven Williams who was in close support. A final fast sprint and Steven was over in the corner to land Penlan’s third try and leave the score at 19 – 3 at half time.
Centre Steven Williams flying for the line > picture from Colin Rush
Steven lands Penlan try number 3 > picture from Mike Evans
Llandeilo had to take to the field in the second half with a depleted front row which obliged them to go for uncontested scrums. This obviously put the Penlan pack at a disadvantage but it was the only option for Llandeilo.
The Penlan dominance continued and just 7 minutes into the half some quick passing got the ball to second-row Kurt Velardo who made a determined sprint up the wing, leaving chasers behind as he scored at the corner post and earn his side a bonus point for 4 tries. Scott Davies safely converted to put Penlan ahead 26 – 3.
Kurt Velardo lands his try > picture from Mike Evans
For a time Llandeilo kept Penlan at bay despite play being in their half for most of the time. Then at 20 minutes Penlan won their lineout on the visitor’s 5 metre and with a determined attack pushed for the line until hooker Liam Richards safely landed Penlan try number 5 making the score 31 – 3
Hooker Liam Richards lands his try > picture from Mike Evans
Despite their difficulties Llandeilo never had their heads down and continued to seek to put Penlan under pressure. Shortly after Penlan’s fifth try the visitors were on the attack and a determined sprint down the wing led to their scrum-half Owen Roberts landing a great corner try to pull back the score slightly to 31 – 8
Penlan Flanker Adam Glover had been putting in one of his classic strong performances and in the dying moments of the game he landed Penlan try number 6 after a series of determined work for the line and fast passing. His try gave Penlan a final win with 36 to 8 to keep them safely in third league place.
Adam Glover scores his try in the final minute > picture from Mike Evans
Man of the Match for Penlan was deservedly awarded to Centre Stephen Davey for his maintained efforts throughout.
Thanks as ever to our resident photographers Colin Rush, whose photos have been uploaded to our gallery, and Mike Evans who will be adding his to his website www.mike322.com
Alongside on the second pitch Penlan Second’s team were at home to Swansea University in a Swansea District, First Financial Solutions league game. Up against a strong and fit University side Penlan went down by 7 to 35 but all credit to forward Steven “Spud” Slade who scored Penlan’s only try which he also converted. Even more credit to Second Team Manager and Coach Colin Hill who gave up his boots to a player who had turned up without any. Colin spent the rest of the game, also acting as Physio, in his stocking feet – now that’s dedication.
Twinkle toes Colin Hill getting foot rot > picture from Colin Rush
A fortnights pause for reflection and extra training during the remaining 6 nations games before Penlan face top League 1 leaders Penallta in the semi-final of the Swalec Plate Competition on 28th. March. A great challenge for Penlan which they are looking forward to and should provide a great day for rugby.
All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-
Gowerton 80 Cardigan 12
Haverfordwest 13 Aberystwyth 20
Llanelli Wanderers 44 Hendy 8
Penclawdd 17 Pontarddulais 25
Penlan 36 Llandeilo 8
Tycroes 28 Llandybydder 7