RUGBY ROUND-UP

A power-packed performance up front, first-rate defensive qualities and great team spirit were ingredients for a League 1 West top-of-the-table win for Newcastle Emlyn over reigning champions Felinfoel.

Alex Williams and his team-mates did the business in emerging 13-8 winners on their opponents’ own stamping ground in Llanelli.

And what’s more the visitors played the entire second half without in-form prop Emrys Davies who was red-carded for a high tackle.

Despite testing underfoot conditions and heavy rain throughout the 80 minutes both sides endeavoured to serve up entertaining rugby for a large crowd.

The Emlyn midfield trio of Teifion Davies, Andrew Owens and Rheon James interchanged intelligently while behind them fullback Shaun Leonard was again on top of his game, fielding the high ball impeccably and sending ‘Foel back on their heels time and again with long touch-finders.

It was Leonard who put the visitors in front with two spot on penalties before home outside half Aled Roberts dropped a goal to halve the deficit.

As ‘Foel ran the ball during the second period the visitors defended as if their lives depended on the result with No. 8 Elliot Rees to the fore and ably supported by flankers Osian Davies and Callum Evans.

An Emlyn forward surge in the final quarter led to a try by replacement scrum-half Dafydd Evans, converted by Leonard.

The Llanelli side replied with a late try by replacement winger Eray Wilson for a losing bonus point.

In the same division it could be said that Crymych would be more at home on a dry surface but it was nevertheless a below-par showing by the Preselimen in going down 16-6 at home against basement boys Llanelli Wanderers.

The only try went to Wanderers midway through the first half when flanker Ben Chiffi forced his way over the line and outside half Lewis Jones added the extras.

Fullback Adam Phillips landed a penalty for the north Pembs villagers and was successful with a second kick after the break.

But Lewis Jones gave the visitors victory with three penalties that lifted his side off the bottom.

Division Three West pacesetters Pembroke Dock Quins continued on the straight and narrow with a comfortable 25-11 win over visitors Cardigan who slumped to bottom but one in the table.

In his first appearance for the Pembrokeshire outfit outside half Tyler Castle from New Zealand landed an early penalty and followed up when bursting through for a try which he converted.

Outside half Llyr Jones reduced the arrears with a penalty but the homesters got a second try before half time through right-winger Josh Brown which went unconverted.

The other winger Gethin Bradney finished off a flowing move with a try wide out that put his side out of sight.

Although winger Gwern Phillips went over for a Cardigan try the Quins were home and dry.