Rugby round-up / by JOHN ADEY

Newcastle Emlyn RFC are looking forward to a home tie against Kenfig Hill of Division One West Central in the quarter-finals of the WRU Plate this weekend, after their 19-12 win over Rhydyfelin of Pontypridd.

Despite being losing lineout possession and other phases, the Teifisiders' defence was immense throughout, with every player gave everything to the cause.

In a superb team effort, special mention went to, flankers Dafydd Rotie and Leon Samuel who appeared to cover every blade of grass on the Dol Wiyber strip.

Openside Rotie, who has been out of action  since September last year with knee and shoulder injuries, did not show any signs of rustiness as he turned in a man of the match display.

“We had not played for five weeks and it really did show," admitted head coach Marc Lloyd.

"It was probably our worst performance of the season, but we're through and hopefully will get a large crowd behind us this weekend in the quarter-final.”

Emlyn led 14-5 at half time, their first try coming from centre Dean James who ran right through the visitors’ defence and was impressive as a ball carrier. Fullback Sean Leonard converted the score.

Left winger Jordan Rees replied with a try for Rhydyfelin, but soon afterwards home left winger Llyr Davies went over for a try, converted by Leonard.

After the break Rhydyfelin centre Adam Baker went over for a try, converted by lock Josh Holmes, but Emlyn came back strongly with a try by centre Andrew Owen, converted by Leonard, to secure the win.

Inconsistency has hampered the progress of Crymych in Division One West this term, but on Saturday the sprung a 24-14 win over visitors Gorseinon at Parc Lloyd Thomas.

It was their fourth win in eight outings this season, leaving them in fourth position behind league leaders Llangennech, Newcastle Emlyn and Yr Hendy.

The Crymych tries came via Tomos Lewis, Eilir George, Osian Hill and Ifan Phillips, with fullback Hill converting two.

Gorseinon notched tries through Mark Jenkins and Danny Thomas, with Tom O’Kelly landing two conversions.

Cardigan started the season with a flourish in Division Three West A but have since lost three times, including a 34-13 home defeat at the hands of Lampeter.

Lampeter are third in the league, having won six and lost one  - and are currently six points behind leaders Laugharne.

The Cardis gave it their best shot but were second best in most phases as the visitors dominated for lengthy periods.

The homesters got one try through Rhodri Davies, the score being converted by outside half Llyr Jones, who also landed two penalties for his side.

Ryan Mackie, Idris Elgano, Carwyn Lewis and Osian Jones  scored the visitors' tries, with the latter landing four conversions along with two penalties.