Vil­lage head­ing for the Champ in style

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - ■ By JAMES LLOYD

RHYDYFELIN booked their place in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship for next sea­son af­ter they spec­tac­u­larly beat Tre­orchy 52-37 on ag­gre­gate in the play-off round. And Tre­banos and Kid­welly will face off on May 18 and 25 to de­ter­mine who will join Rhydyfelin in the Cham­pi­onship come Septem­ber.

In the first leg of the play-off, Rhydyfelin beat the Ze­bras 42-24 back on May 6.

Winger Liam Wat­ton scored a brace of tries with Sam Stud­ley, Kieron Phillips, Jor­dan Rees and Mark Jones also get­ting their names on the score­sheet.

That put The Vil­lage in pole po­si­tion go­ing into the se­cond leg on Satur­day and although they were edged out by the Ze­bras, who squeezed to a 13-10 vic­tory, it was ul­ti­mately not enough to over­turn the 18-point deficit. In the East Divi­sion,

Nel­son and Pe­nallta bat­tled to an en­thralling 13-13 draw in the race to be the best of the rest, be­hind cham­pi­ons Rhydyfelin.

The Pit­men ended up three points clear of their ri­vals to take se­cond spot on a day where Matthew An­gel se­cured a 100th cap for the club, with Andrew Jenk­ins win­ning his 200th ap­pear­ance.

Aber­avon Quins fin­ished their West-Cen­tral cam­paign in fourth place af­ter a tight 32-26 win away at Ystalyfera.

They had to dig deep at the death as the Fera came back look­ing to sneak a fi­nal-day win.

But it was the Quins who held on, with a Jack Dacey dou­ble and fur­ther scores from Jor­dan Con­don and Ryan Pugh prov­ing enough for Aber­avon.

Out­side-half Marc Sheppard kicked three con­ver­sions and two penal­ties for the Port Tal­bot-based side.

The Fera – who ag­o­nis­ingly lost in the Na­tional Plate fi­nal a month ago – end the sea­son in ninth.

In the other Divi­sion One fix­ture, Felin­foel beat

Crymych 22-10 in the West to se­cure their fourth place fin­ish be­hind cham­pi­ons Kid­welly, Llanelli Wan­der­ers and Gor­seinon.

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