Kidwelly prove they are best of the west

SWALEC Di­vi­sion One round-up

The Rugby Paper - - British Rugby - By JAMES LLOYD

KIDWELLY were crowned kings in the West as they beat Aberys­t­wyth 27-26 in a thriller. The Black & Am­bers needed a win to seal the ti­tle and Richard Pearce’s sec­ond-half try proved just enough.

Daf Lewis opened the scor­ing with a try be­fore the hosts marched back to make it 14-7. Gareth Rees kicked a penalty to nar­row the gap but Aber crossed be­fore the break to hold a 21-10 ad­van­tage.

Shaun Pearce went over af­ter the in­ter­val and out­side-half Rees closed the gap at 26-22, be­fore flanker Richard Pearce stole the show for Kidwelly in the last quar­ter.

Rhy­dyfe­lin closed in on the East ti­tle with a 44-6 vic­tory against Ynysybwl. Mark Tyler crossed for a hat-trick of tries for The Vil­lage who move 11 points clear at the sum­mit.

Sam Stud­ley opened the scor­ing in be­tween two Ynysybwl penal­ties be­fore Rhy­dyfe­lin moved away. Chris Phillips went over be­fore Jor­dan Rees dived in for a club record 32nd try of the sea­son. Josh Hawkins found the bonus-point and Tyler pro­duced a quick-fire hat-trick in the sec­ond half.

Maesteg Quins shot to the top of West Cen­tral with a 42-7 thump­ing of ri­vals Maesteg, whilst

Aber­avon Quins bat­tled out a 12-12 draw with favourites Bony­maen who have two games in hand.

Tre­orchy have won the East Cen­tral ti­tle and were able to pop the cham­pagne with a hard-fought 34-31 win at home to Dowlais. Heol y Cyw eased their rel­e­ga­tion fears with a 3530 vic­tory at Llan­haran, but the bat­tle for the drop will heat up in the fi­nal two week­ends with Cardiff Quins – who cur­rently oc­cupy the rel­e­ga­tion spot with Llantwit Fardre – hav­ing two games in hand.

In the fight for the North, both Nant Conwy and Pwll­heli se­cured wins. Conwy beat Bala 36-13, whilst Pwll­heli, who have a game in hand and trail by three points, won 48-34 at home to Caernar­fon.

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