LLAN END THEIR CRYMYCH JINX

Llanelli Star - - Local Rugby -

AF­TER their 27-24 home win over Crymych in One West, Llan­gen­nech head coach Ian Jones was de­lighted to put one over one of their bo­gey sides.

Llan, who had lost home and away to Crymych in each of the past two sea­sons, were de­ter­mined to put that right and a brace of tries from Bran­don Wood along with tries from Richard Thomas and Rhys Davies helped them se­cure a bonus-point vic­tory.

Wood also kicked seven points, while blind­side flanker Tom Jenk­ins put in a man-of-the-match dis­play.

“It was a well-de­served win,” said Jones.

“We bat­tled and played the con­di­tions well in the first half.

“Ob­vi­ously credit to Crymych for the way they came back in the sec­ond half, but all in all it was a good per­for­mance.

“De­fen­sively I thought we were sound, and the five points were more than just for the ef­forts the boys showed.

“They’ve been a bo­gey club of ours over the last two years and we wanted to put that right.

“I don’t think their league po­si­tion (ninth) is a true re­flec­tion.

“To be hon­est, I’d say be­hind Felin­foel they are the best team we’ve played this year.

“They were strong col­lec­tively and played for each other and you could see play­ing for the badge meant some­thing to them.”

It was a sev­enth win from nine games for third-placed Llan, who are 10 points back on lead­ers Felin­foel with two games in hand.

They will get the chance to avenge their 37-25 de­feat at Felin­foel when the sides meet again on De­cem­ber 29.

“We’ve been go­ing about our busi­ness qui­etly,” added Jones.

“We just do what we need to do week by week.

“We’ve got a huge game at Aberys­t­wyth on Satur­day which sets up then for the game on the 29th.

“I think the re­sult of that will have a bear­ing on it, but at the mo­ment in this league ev­ery­one has got the ca­pa­bil­ity to beat ev­ery­body and, as the sea­son goes on it’s go­ing to be even harder to get those points.

“It’s just about get­ting as many points as you can. What we wanted to do, first of all, was make sure that we were safe.

“We’ve done that I think now, and then stick to­gether and take it game by game.

“As a coach­ing team, we are very happy with the com­mit­ment and at­ti­tude of the play­ers.”

Lead­ers Felin­foel moved seven points clear af­ter crush­ing sec­ond­placed Gow­er­ton 50-7 in their topof-the-ta­ble clash.

Gow­er­ton are three points above Llan hav­ing also played two games more.

Yr Hendy, in fourth, were 29-22 win­ners at bot­tom side Kid­welly, while there were also home wins for Dun­vant, who beat Whit­land 17-3, and Gor­seinon, who eased to a 34-12 vic­tory over Tenby United.

In Two West, Pen­clawdd march on at the top af­ter their 48-21 win at strug­gling Tum­ble.

Sec­ond-placed Pem­broke, who are eight points back, were 24-22 win­ners at Loughor.

Ty­croes won 18-3 at Burry Port, Pon­ty­berem went down 10-5 at Fish­guard and the sched­uled game be­tween Pon­tard­du­lais and Car­marthen Ath­letic fell foul of the weather.

Cardi­gan put 102 points on St Davids in Three West A, while in Three West B Trim­saran moved to within two points of Nant­garedig af­ter their 33-17 win over Llan­gadog.

Betws edged out Llandy­bie 6-5, Cefnei­thin were 25-20 win­ners at Bynea, and Lam­peter Town thrashed Peny­banc 77-0.

Bynea’s Tom Gale pre­pares to off­load as he’s brought down by a Cefnei­thin tack­ler Pic­tures: Phil Davies.

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