Rugby

First published in Sport

After promotion at the end of last season there were those who had reservations about Newcastle Emlyn making an impact in Division Two West at the first time of asking.

But a 40-7 win over Seven Sisters at Ddol Wyber – the eighth success of the term – to complete a double having won 23-16 in the Dulais Valley on the opening day of the campaign, moved the Teifisiders into a lofty fourth position.

It was a first-rate all-round team performance that carried the day giving credence to a belief that the Red and Whites are a match for anyone in the division.

The homesters opened their account after half an hour when right-winger Llyr Jones went in for a try which was converted by outside half Rhydian Harries.

Impressive hooker Bedwyr Davies doubled the try count and scrum-half Mike Jones got a third try before the interval, both scores converted by Harries to make it 21-0.

Vastly experienced flanker Gethin Phillips went in for a fourth and bonus point try converted by harries and other home scorers during the second period were hooker Davies and left-winger Daniel Davies.

No. 8 Jonathan Hapgood got a try for the outplayed visitors, the score converted by No. 8 Dan Short, but it was a case of too little and too late.

Putting the previous Saturday’s thrashing at the hands of Tenby United behind them Cardigan bounced back with a 26-14 away win over fellow Division Three West mid-tablers Llandeilo.

When the rivals met at King George V Playing Field on the second Saturday of the season Llandeilo edged it 28-25 but it was a different story at Cae William as the visitors held sway.

The Cardis included youth products Sion Edwards at outside half and Sion Owens in the back row and they acquitted themselves well.

For the visitors who led 12- 8 at half time Sion Owens went in for two tries and the other scorers were No. 8 and skipper Llyr Griffiths and centre Emyr Harries. Fullback Iestyn Crompton landed three conversions.

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