RUGBY ROUND-UP

Roaring to a League 1 West win hat-trick, Newcastle Emlyn brushed aside Whitland 31-10 on the Borderers’ own Parc Llwyn-Ty-Gwyn stamping ground.

The rivals were unbeaten and on level points beforehand but after the latest set of results Emlyn and leaders Felinfoel put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack, albeit at a very early stage in the campaign.

As they strive for a return to the WRU Championship at the first time of asking the Red and Whites are on course for a four-timer when hosting joint third in the table Penclawdd at Ddol Wyber this Saturday.

In coming up trumps for the third time in succession the Teifisiders gave a clear indication that they will take some stopping in their effort to gain promotion.

For the on-song visitors, who led 16-3 after the opening 40 minutes, outside half Sion Edwards and winger Llyr Freeman went in for tries and they were also awarded a penalty try.

For the umpteenth time over several season fullback Shaun Leonard’s place kicking was spot on as he contributed 14 points from a conversion and four penalties.

No 8 Scott Buirds crashed over for a Whitland try converted by outside half Nico Setaro who also landed a penalty, but the scores were scant consolation for the homesters who were well-beaten on the day.

In the same division Crymych made an encouraging start to the season with a home win over Llangennech but two successive defeats have left the Preselimen third from bottom with five points.

The north Pembrokeshire men will hope for a change of fortune this Saturday against visitors Gorseinon, who are level on points.

Facing early pacesetters Felinfoel at Parc Lloyd Stevens the home players rose to the occasion and made the Llanelli visitors pull out all the stops before going down 13-6.

Felinfoel led 10-3 at half time with a try by scrum-half Dai Daniel converted by fullback Aled Roberts while fullback Adam Phillips landed a penalty for Crymych.

Phillips was on target with a second penalty after the break but Roberts was again on target to give his side breathing space and the visitors held out for four points with Crymych picking up a losing bonus point.

The League 3 West A game between Laugharne and Cardigan at Wooford Park was postponed as players and members of the Cardigan club were attending the funeral of former player Marcus Heighton who was tragically killed in a road accident.