24 September 2017 / Club News

Match report - Burry Port 23/9/17


Llandybie travelled to the Memorial Ground to play table topping Burry port. With their whole front row missing Llandybie had to go uncontested and could play no substitutes.

The first twenty minutes it was nip and tuck with both sides defences on top. After 25 minutes Llandybie had a penalty which was missed and lost Merlyn McClelland  to the bin for dump tackle that wasn’t. Scrum half Leighton Rees was making some snipping runs ably supported by Cerith Lilburn and Ethan Walters. Soon after their fly half Richard Davies

 was also binned putting them under a lot of pressure. However the tackling from Llandybie was uncompromising with Lyndon Davies, Rhydian Jones and McClelland  leading the way.  Rhys Evans at centre ran some good lines as Llandybie threw the ball about and broke the first line of defence on two occasions. Alex Comey was the go to man in the line outs for Llandybie but Burry Port were using their numerical advantage to good effect with lock Rhys Gravelle breaking clear down the middle with a try on but was pulled back for a forward pass. With half time looming Llandybie put together a good attack and Burry Port were penalised for diving over and Aled Tommason slotted the kick to give them a half time lead.

Burry Port came out more determined in the second period and scored a good try by Rhys Gravelle converted by Ben Williams. Burry Port’s number 8 was binned for handling in the ruck but Tommason missed the penalty. Left wing Alex Wigley was brave in the tackle bringing down players far bigger and was good under the high ball. Dafydd Nicholas made a good break from full back but his pass to winger Keri Davies was judged forward. Llandybie’s scrum half Leighton Rees was sent off for a high tackle from behind on his opposite number and then flanker Tom Rees of Burry Port and his opposing flanker Shon Davies for retaliation in the  ensuing melee. These seemed very harsh decisions and the general concencus was that yellow cards would have sufficed. In the middle of the mayhem there was some very good rugby being played but the baying of the crowd for every little incident did not help.  Burry Port went further ahead from a driving maul with a try from Andy Francis, the conversion was missed.  Llandybie had a penalty just inside the Port half for slapping the pass down and Tommason hit a great kick from about 40 yards. Dan Brooks gained a penalty with Port player holding on to the ball in the tackle and Tommason slotted the kick to bring Llandybie closer.

The home hooker was sent off for abusing the referee and Llandybie gained a further penalty slotted by Tommason to tie the scores. Burry Port threw everything into attack but the visitors defence was giving no quarter.  This was a fighting performance from Llandybie with every player putting in a great shift. Despite the speight of yellow and red cards this was a fine rugby match with  a lot of good play from two committed teams. This commitment was shown by the whole team , no less so than from Keri Davies, Alex Wigley, Cerith Lilburn and Ethan Walters playing their first full matches of the season.

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