Quality showing from Emlyn
12:01pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Sport
ON form Newcastle Emlyn go into the international break in joint sixth in Division Two West after another quality showing in springing a 19-11 win at Mumbles.
Prior to the start of the campaign Emlyn director of rugby Marc Lloyd warned that it would be a hard road for the promoted Red and Whites and staying up was the main priority.
But after four wins and a draw from eight outings and a memorable Swalec Plate away win over Division One West high-flyers Carmarthen Athletic it would appear that the Teifisiders are capable of making an impact in the division.
A gale blowing across the pitch throughout spoilt the game as a spectacle but that won’t concern Emlyn who showed great discipline and grew in confidence as the game progressed.
Whilst it was a superb team display by Emlyn special mention should be made of flankers Gareth Patterson and his openside colleague Owain Powell who appeared to cover every blade of grass at Underhill Park.
Also to the fore was fullback Sean Leonard who’s counter-attacking caused the home side problems galore.
Outside half Ed Bockup nudged the homesters ahead with a try and left winger Mat Flynn went over for an unconverted try before Leonard combined with Teifion Davies before going in for a try converted by outside half Rhydian Harries.
Bockup landed a penalty early in the second half but tries by centres Alun Howells and Dan Davies gave a deserved victory for the visitors.
Cardigan are too close for comfort to the Division Three West relegation zone after a 13-8 defeat against fellow strugglers Haverfordwest at Merlins Bridge.
A win was no more that the Blues deserved after a fully-committed showing with the pack, led by skipper Gareth Green dominating for lengthy periods.
As Cardigan tried to pull the game out of the fire during the second period Haverfordwest were indebted to the back row of Jon Mason, Dewi Williams and Alun Harries who covered and tackled as if their lives depended on the result.
Fullback Ashley Sutton put the Blues ahead with a penalty but the score was cancelled out by a successful kick from visiting outside half Iestyn Crompton.
Left winger Dorian Butler went in for an unconverted try for the visitors but a try by lock Gareth Phillips and a second Sutton penalty won the game for Haverfordwest.
The Division One West game between Crymych and Builth Wells at Parc Lloyd Thomas was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.