Seagulls succumb to pack power

By County Echo Reporter in Rugby

FISHGUARD and Goodwick produced a below-par display against a Llanybydder outfit that is four places below them in Division Two West, as the hosts completed a somewhat unlikely double by following up their 24-16 win at The Moors with a hard-earned 19-7 home triumph, writes Bill Carne.

There were the usual ball-carrying charges by Simon James and skipper Gavin Walsh, whilst James Reynolds tackled well behind the scrum, with James opening the scoring in typical fashion wit a try, for Kial Keane to add the extra points.

Llanybydder, however, claimed first-half tries through second row Aled Evans and Dafydd Morgan, both converted by outside half Llyr Davies, to give the homesters a 14-7 half-time lead.

The Seagulls had their chances after the oranges but failed to turn pressure into points - and Llanybydder grabbed the only score of the half with an unconverted try from winger Dafydd Adams.

• CRYMYCH suffered the disappointment of a 29-12 defeat against Loughor, who were languishing in 11th spot in Division One West, but still had enough fire-power available to register four tries and avenge a 43-19 loss at Parc Lloyd Thomas.

The Preseli men found themselves 12-0 adrift at half time, as Loughor claimed tries from No 8 Michael White and full back Jamie George, with one converted by scrum half Tom R Davies.

Both Loughor players went on to cross over for a second score apiece, and both tries were converted by Davies, to go with a well-struck penalty.

All the Preseli men could muster in return was a try brace from second row Rhys ‘Beaky’ Davies, and scrum half Rhys Davies slotted one conversion on a day that wasn’t the best of the campaign.

• ST DAVID’s were no match for Milford Haven in their Division Three West encounter as Craig Barnett scored three tries and a total of 31 points to cap an emphatic 95-5 win for the home team.

Milford put on a show under the lights, in the first ever senior rugby game to be played on the new 4G surface at The Obs on Thursday evening.

The Mariners ran in 15 tries, and fell just five points short of three figures against a Saints side who battled throughout, but were unable to match the pace and power of the home side as they looked to attack from everywhere.

There were first half tries from centre Jimmy Thomas, flanker Ben Groves, flanker Alun Harries, centre Dan Jenkins and two from No 10 Craig Barnett, who slotted over four conversions.

In the second half, replacement forward Dai Sweeny, with two tries and a drop goal conversion, winger Dean McSparron, Barnett for his hat-trick of tries, winger Craig Thomas, flanker Groves, with two tries, centre Dan Jenkins, and replacement flanker Ryan Mansell also scored tries, with Craig Barnett kicking the extra points.

St Davids responded with their only try of the night, when scrum half Fraser Watson sniped through a gap 22 metres out for a consolation.

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