Nant switch their fo­cus to Bowl af­ter Davies guides them to cru­cial league win

Carmarthen Journal - - Local Rugby -

AM­MAN United and Nant­garedig both put their 100 per cent win­ning records on the line in a topof-the-ta­ble clash in Three West B last Satur­day.

Am­man came into the came hav­ing won all of their league fix­tures against Llan­gadog, Llandy­bie, Cefnei­thin, Peny­banc, Lam­peter Town, Bynea and Betws to sit top of the ta­ble, three points ahead of Nant­garedig.

No-one has been able to stop Nant­garedig ei­ther, with Llan­deilo, Lam­peter Town, Llan­gadog, Bynea, Betws and Trim­saran all los­ing out.

So both teams were con­fi­dent of adding an­other win to their tally, which meant the first score was al­ways go­ing to be cru­cial, and it went to Nant­garedig when Tom El­dred went over, and he was soon joined on the score­sheet by Lloyd Wil­liams. The re­li­able Meirion Davies added both con­ver­sions.

Ceri Jones hauled Am­man back into the game with a try that was con­verted by Joel Foster.

But a daz­zling spell from Davies edged Nant­garedig fur­ther ahead.

He helped him­self to a try, which he also con­verted, be­fore he show­cased his su­perb kick­ing abil­ity with a 45-me­tre penalty.

He then added an­other three points with a drop-goal on the turn.

A Foster penalty and an Alun Lewis try kept Am­man in the game.

Flanker Gavin Or­son, for an in­fringe­ment at a ruck, and winger Gethin Dyer Davies, for an il­le­gal tackle, handed the ini­tia­tive to Am­man af­ter they were both sent to the sin-bin, leav­ing Nant­garedig with 13 men.

“We had two yel­low cards so we were put un­der pres­sure but I guess the boys com­ing off the bench re­ally helped,” said Nant­garedig backs coach To­mos Marks.

“We’ve got bet­ter strength in depth now. We’ve got a first team and a sec­ond team and the en­vi­ron­ment in the club is bet­ter now with more peo­ple train­ing and more com­pe­ti­tion for places.

“It’s a good cul­ture and the boys are great friends off the pitch so it all helps.”

They weath­ered the storm and Or­son re­deemed him­self as he re­turned to the field and sealed the win – and the bonus point – with a late try that was con­verted by Davies.

“We’ll take a lot of con­fi­dence from it,” ad­mit­ted Marks. “We’re in a good place at the mo­ment, we’ve just got to keep it go­ing.

“We’ve been build­ing nicely since pre-sea­son. We’re tak­ing things one game at a time and that was only our sev­enth league game.

“It was great to win but if you put it into per­spec­tive, there are still loads of games to go.”

The win lifted Nant­garedig to the sum­mit and that is where they want to stay, hav­ing just missed out on pro­mo­tion in the last two sea­sons.

How­ever, the fo­cus now turns to the WRU Na­tional Bowl, with Nant­garedig hop­ing to go fur­ther than they did last year.

“The boys are quite am­bi­tious. Last year we got to the quar­ter­fi­nals and got knocked out away to Cardiff Univer­sity,” added Marks.

“Hope­fully we can go far again, but we’ve got Cwm­gors first, we can’t re­ally look too far ahead.

Else­where, Trim­saran moved into third place fol­low­ing their 17-3 win at Llan­deilo while Llandy­bie en­joyed a 17-0 vic­tory over Bynea.

Other re­sults saw New Dock Stars claim a 22-5 win at Peny­banc, Betws beat Llan­gadog 21-5 in their own back­yard and Cefnei­thin seal a 13-5 tri­umph over Lam­peter Town.

Loughor flanker Robert Thomas tries to halt Pon­ty­berem’s James Prosser.

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