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October 19, 2014, 09:41:24 AM by HonSec | Views: 77 | Comments: 0


An excellent performance by Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

It was a big game for Penlan on Saturday as they were at home to unbeaten league leaders Hendy.  The teams had last met in November 2011 when Penlan had been away in round 2 of the Swalec Bowl and had come away with a 19 – 29 win.  That was the first occasion when the Davies brothers, Dean, Scott and Luke had first played for Penlan in the same game and they were in the line up against Hendy again.

It was a great day for rugby at Mynydd Newydd as the teams lined up for the game under the eminently able management of referee Mr. Lee Roberts from Carmarthen.  Penlan kicked off against the fit and fast Hendy side who went out to put Penlan under pressure.  Within 3 minutes Penlan conceded a try which Hendy’s centre Josh Batcup made short work of for an early 3 point lead.

Keeping calm, Penlan got their act together and just 5 minutes later scrum-half Bobby Scrine lead a ground winning sprint upfield before getting the ball to full-back Scott Davies who dodged through defenders before making a fast pass to centre Stephen Davey on the wing.  Stephen was well in support and with some juggling skilfully managed to control the ball and take it safely across the line for a fine try and a 5 – 3 lead.

Scott advances the ball with Stephen Davey in support > picture from Colin Rush

Stephen Davey safely lands a first Penlan try > picture from Colin Rush

At 10 minutes Penlan handed the visitors a second 3 points for a penalty well slotted by centre Josh Batcup again to inch them in the lead by 5 – 6.

Penlan knew that they had work to do and kept Hendy continually under pressure and at the 15 minute mark were on the attack again.  Bobby Scrine was once more leading the charge upfield to enable the forwards to set up a well formed rolling maul for the Hendy goal line.  The visitors were gradually pushed back over their line until Penlan flanker Luke Brooks powered down for the try.

The high winds were making kicking difficult and full-back Scott Davies made a good effort for a conversion but the ball was blown against the posts to leave Penlan with the 10 – 6 lead.

A struggle between the teams ensued with the majority of the play in the Hendy half until at 25 minutes Scott Davies mastered the wind to extend Penlan’s lead to 13 – 6 with a fine penalty kick.

Just 3 minutes later Josh Batcup clawed back 3 with an able penalty kick of his own to draw back to 13 – 9.

Workhorse scrum-half Bobby Scrine was ever in action and at 38 minutes landed a third try for Penlan following a Penlan scrum on the Hendy 5 metre that pushed them back towards their line.  Bobby made a rolling dive over the line to safely ground the ball.

Bobby Scrine safely ground a safe try > picture from Colin Rush

Scott Davies got the better of the high winds to land a safe conversion to leave the Penlan lead at 20 – 9 at half time.

Penlan coaches Lee Banfield and Mark Glover gave some advice to their team at half time but all they really needed to do was to continue playing their steady constant team game.

In the second half it was noticeable that Hendy were stepping up their pressure to test the Penlan fitness and ability.  In the early stages of the half the play concentrated in the Penlan half but the home side stayed firm to keep Hendy at bay.  The first half had been an exciting game of rugby but there was little to excite supporters for most of the second half.  At about 15 minutes flanker Rob Green returned to the field for his first game of the season following his sabbatical and added his weight to keep Hendy at bay.

In the final quarter of the game Hendy started to look jaded although they never let up their determination.  Penlan though were steadily dominating and at 35 minutes crossed the goal line but had their try held-up.  The Penlan pressure continued and they were camping on the Hendy line.  At their second scrum on the 5 metre they were pushing for the line again until flanker Rob Green made one of his classic unstoppable moves across the line to land a bonus point winning try that gave Penlan the 25 – 9 lead.

Rob Green back in the side with a vengence > picture from Colin

Hendy had to resign themselves to their first loss of the season but there was more to come when, just before the final whistle, Penlan were on the attack again.  Another inspiring sprint from Bobby Scrine advanced the ball well into Hendy territory again.  At the crucial moment he made a great offload pass to Rob Green who stormed through the remaining defence to literally fly across the goal line for his second great try.

Rob Green storms towards the goal line > picture from Colin Rush

Rob Green flying high for his second try > picture from Mike Evans

Scott Davies made a second safe conversion to finally give Penlan an impressive home 32 – 9 home win with 5 tries.

Scott Davies adding the icing for Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

Rob Green’s return to the field in his first game of the season had been eventful to say the least but for his continual inspirational play throughout the game the Penlan Man of the Match accolade was justly awarded to Bobby Scrine.

Hendy had been impressive but Penlan proved to be the dominant team on this outing.  To their credit Hendy never let their heads drop and were sporting and gracious in defeat.   Penlan know that Hendy will be looking forward to the return match which, in any event, promises to be a good game of rugby.

Another challenging game next week when Penlan are away to Gorseinon in the second round of the Swalec Plate.  Penlan had a bye in the first round whereas Gorseinon beat Ponarddulais at home by 25 to 3.

Thanks as ever to our resident photographers, Colin Rush and Mike Evans.  Colin’s photos have been uploaded to our gallery and Mike’s will be posted in due course on his website www.mike322.com

All results in Division 2 west are currently reported as –
Gowerton 40    Pontarddulais 27
Haverfordwest 49    Llandeilo 0
Llanelli Wanderers 31    Cardigan 23
Penclawdd 27    Llanybydder 0
Penlan 32    Hendy 9
Tycroes 15    Aberystwyth 18

October 12, 2014, 12:08:47 PM by HonSec | Views: 33 | Comments: 0


Penlan had some availability problems on Saturday and as they travelled to their away game at Haverfordwest they encountered continuous heavy rain that was worrying.  As the team bus reached the outskirts of the venue the rain turned off and the sun was out and the pitch proved to be in good condition for the game.

To be honest the Penlan side performed below par and whether it was the bus journey with the heating stuck on, or the shorter than usual warm up time was open to speculation.  Nevertheless the first points went to Penlan just 12 minutes after referee Mr. Peter Evans from Brynamman got the game underway.

Penlan won their lineout just outside the home 22 by the safe hands of second row Robbie Watkins.  Then some fast work between second row Kurt Velardo and centre Stephen Davey advanced well towards the goal line.  A penalty was then awarded to Penlan which was quickly taken by scrum-half Bobby Scrine and the Penlan pack set up a rolling maul which pushed Haverfordwest clear back across the line to allow prop Liam Richards to safely land a try.  A safe conversion by No. 10 Steven Davies gave Penlan an early 7 point lead.  Despite the majority of play remaining in the home half, the Haverfordwest defence managed to hold the visitors at bay until half time.

Things started to go wrong for Penlan early in the second half when, after just 2 minutes, some mishandling in their half was seized upon by Haverfordwest who secured the ball and scored near the corner flag.  Their safe conversion moved the score to 7 all.

The rest of the game saw Haverfordwest chasing the Penlan scoring but never going in front.  At 10 minutes Penlan drew ahead to 7 – 10 with a penalty kicked by Steven Davies, only for Haverfordwest to even the score again just 5 minutes later with their penalty.

Just 5 minutes later Penlan drew ahead again with another penalty kick from Steven Davies making it 10 – 13, only for Haverfordwest to even things yet again within 10 minutes with their own penalty.

The score stood at an unlucky 13 points each and, though for the rest of the game Penlan looked the stronger side putting the home side under pressure, the points just did not come.  The home side were content to end their losing run and gain at least 2 points for a draw.

MAn of the match was awarded to Bobby Scrine.

Unfortunately Penlan’s seconds home against Bryncoch had been called off as the visitors had difficulties raising sufficient players.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-
Aberystwyth 29    Penclawdd 22
Cardigan 20    Hendy 40
Haverfordwest 13    Penlan 13
Llandeilo 5    Tycroes 26
Llandybydder 19    Gowerton 36
Pontarddulais 23    Llanelli Wanderers 31


October 08, 2014, 12:05:27 PM by HonSec | Views: 66 | Comments: 0


Last evening the draw was made for the preliminary round of the Swansea District Vaughan Sound Cup which is to be played on Saturday 25th. October 2014 at 2.30pm.  Penlan has drawn as bye. Games to be played are :-

Neath Athletic v Morriston
Seven Sisters v Mumbles
Abercrave v Penclawdd
Swansea Uplands v Pontarddulais
Bonymaen v Gorseinon

Byes : Bryncoch, Cwmgors, Dunvant, Gowerton, Loughor, Penlan, Skewen, Swansea University, Vardre, Waunarlwydd and Ystradgynlais.

The first round will then be played on Saturday 10th. January.

October 05, 2014, 11:43:35 AM by HonSec | Views: 50 | Comments: 0


A spirited game at Mynydd Newydd > picture from Colin Rush

Having a bye in the first round of the Swalec Plate last week Penlan was back in action after their weeks rest and there were some changes to the team dynamic for their home game against Cardigan.  James Jenkins, back after recuperation, was back in centre position joined by Steven Williams who had moved from No. 10.  Scott Davies returned at Full-back with Dafydd Williams on the wing from centre.  Steven Davies took the No. 10 spot after a rest on the bench.

It was an excellent day for rugby at Mynydd Newydd as the game got underway under the able control of referee Mr. Peter Mortimer from Pontypridd.

In the early stages the teams tested each other out and it was evident that Cardigan, yet to progress up the table, was a team to be reckoned with. At 18 minutes though the home side were constantly putting them under pressure and attacks on the defence by Adam Glover and Ian Scrine finally got the ball to scrum-half Bobby Scrine who took the ball across field and sprinted over the line midway from the flag.  No. 10 Steven Davies made a fine conversion kick for an early 7 – 0 Penlan lead

Bobby Scrine safely places the ball for a Penlan try > picture from Colin Rush

The tussle continued and at 30 minutes the visitors clawed back 3 points from a penalty when Arwyn Wilson took the kick which hit the upright before safely going through.

This spurred Penlan on and just 2 minutes later they were pushing Cardigan backwards from their scrum in their mid 22.  The ball was quickly passed out by No. 8 Ian Scrine to brother Bobby who sprinted free through the defence to land his second try at the posts.  A second safe conversion kick by Steven Davies advanced the Penlan lead to 14 – 3 which is where the score stood at half time.

Bobby Scrine dives across for his second try > picture from Colin Rush

There was a struggle to gain the upper hand in the second half until at 20 minutes a breakaway by centre Steven Williams got the ball clear for him to make a quick pass to Dafydd Pritchard on the wing who sprinted free to land Penlan try no. 3.  

Wing Dafydd Pritchard scores try number 3 > picture from Colin Rush

No. 10 Steven Williams landed his third safe conversion to give Penlan the 21 – 3 lead.

Penlan grew stronger with their evident fitness and at 30 minutes they mauled and rucked Cardigan back from their 22 until No. 8 Ian Scrine safely landed a fourth bonus point winning try which, after yet another safe Steven Davies conversion, made it a 28 – 3 lead for Penlan.

No. 8 Ian Scrine scorer of the bonus winning try > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan had more to give and never allowed a let up for the visitors.  5 minutes before the final whistle Stephen Davey advanced the ball deep into Cardigan territory until he got off a quick pass that got the ball to centre Steven Williams who made a weaving sprint over the line and ran around to land Penlan try number 5 near the posts.

Steven Williams crosses for try no. 5 > picture from Colin Rush

With unerring accuracy Steven Davies made it 5 kicks out of 5 with his safe conversion to make the final score 35 – 3.  His kicking skill together with his constant work throughout the game, earned him the Penlan man of the match award.

Man of the Match Steven Davies > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan’s bonus point win advanced them to fourth place in the table on equal 14 points with Penclawdd and Llanelli Wanderers.  Tycroes had no league game as they had to play their Swalec Plate game as their first attempt was postponed due to referee injury.  In the end they went out of the championship by being beaten 37 – 11 away to Cwmllynfell.  Next week Penlan make one of their long away visits to Haverfordwest who presently lie in 10th. league place but are an unknown and will prove another new challenge for Penlan.  Our second team will be home to Bryncoch.

Unfortunately Neath Athletic were left short of some players to form a side to play their home game against Penlan 2nd XV so the game was postponed.

It was great to see our resident photographers at the game to record the action.  Those from Colin Rush have been used in this report and the rest have been uploaded to our gallery.  Those from Mike Evans will be uploaded to his website www.mike322.com in due course.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Gowerton 43    Aberystwyth 29
Hendy 23    Pontarddulais 18
Llanelli Wanderers 10    Llanybydder 5
Penclawdd 53    Llandeilo 7
Penlan 35    Cardigan 3

September 30, 2014, 06:25:59 PM by HonSec | Views: 67 | Comments: 0


Penlan have drawn Gorseinon Away in round 2 of the Swalec Plate due to be played on Saturday 25th. October.  The full draw is :-

September 15, 2008, 08:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 11086 | Comments: 0

Winning numbers 8, 12, 13, 21 £1586

No winner so rollover to next week







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