16 September 2018 / Club News

Penlan (WRU bowl)


PENLAN     24    LLANDYBIE   12


Llandybie travelled to Penlan in the first round of the bowl again with a lot of players missing,but the players on show gave a good account of themselves.


Good early back play from Llandybie yielded a penalty. Fly half Lee Davies kicked to touch with Mike Tench taking the line out ball, but the drive was pulled down. Good drive from the scrum and Dan Ward put it wide to the backs with full back Rhydian Jones coming into the line to wing Ben Featherstone who was tackled just short. Good tackling by Alex Wigley and Dan Brookes was in to secure the ball with Penlan again infringing.  Llandybie ran the ball from their own 10 yard line with centre Rhys Evans chasing the kick ahead to collar the full back. Llandybie were running the ball at every opportunity, with Penlan right winger being binned for handing in the ruck. The visitors took the scrum Keenan Jones, Dai Lloyd and Matthew Meredith providing the power urged on by eight Mike Tench with Penlan wheeling it twice and on the third scrum the referee gave a penalty try. Some Penlan pressure came from big ball carriers in midfield and they finally forced their way over for a converted try just before half time , with half time the score tied at seven points all, with the visitors having had the better of the half.


An early penalty put Penlan in the lead but another penalty and Davies hit a booming 60 yard kick to touch, but the visitors lost the throw. Good work by Tim Williams finding Rhydian Jones who made  a lot of ground with a jinking run but the pack arrived to secure the ball. Lee Davies put in a fine cross kick to winger Josh Cranfield, motoring down the right to touch down to put LLandybie back into the lead. 


Scrum half Ward was binned for laying on and was followed by Cranfield for tackling a player without the ball.  A fight broke out with two Penlan players and Keenan Jones being binned. Matthew Meredith was lost to injury replaced by Jordan Tommason but Penlan made the most of the lack of forward power to score two late tries. Tim Williams was binned for a high tackle in Penlan 22 and another Penlan player for stamping on him although that should have been red. 


Llandybie’s back play was much better in this game and good to watch and Llandybie did not give up and kept going for the 80 minutes.


Mike Tench and Eirian Williams tackled well up front, as did Rhys Evans and Alex Wigley in the backs. Considering the number of positional changes having to be made every game Llandybie are performing  well and are hoping for their injured players to be fit soon. Next Saturday Llandybie are at home in a local derby against Llandeilo.



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