War­riors just edged out in high-scor­ing en­counter

Llanelli Star - - Sport -

LLANELLI War­riors trav­elled to the top of the Afan Val­ley to Glyn­cor­rwg and helped put on a good show of rugby in a 47-42 de­feat.

De­spite the re­cent weather there was a good sur­face to play on and both sides took ad­van­tage, with nearly 100 points scored. It wasn’t all free-run­ning rugby, though, with plenty of phys­i­cal stuff up front too.

Glyn­cor­rwg started quickly. Mov­ing the ball away from the pack they crossed for two early tries from Luke McCon­nel and Robert Jones. This was a wake-up call for the War­riors and they started to go through the gears.

The pack rum­bled for­ward and Dai Haines opened the scor­ing, soon fol­lowed by prop Willy Brown.

From there the game was a real con­test, and though the home team al­ways seemed to have the up­per hand they could never quite get away from the War­riors.

Jor­dan Evans col­lected two tries and added a con­ver­sion. Vet­eran Gavin Rees scored and Dan Richards sneaked through a gap. De­spite us­ing five kick­ers, the War­riors missed only one con­ver­sion.

For the War­riors, Adam Fus­sell scored two fine tries, round­ing the de­fence im­pres­sively for his sec­ond. Lock Dar­ren Pol­litt stretched over and Ben Win got just re­ward for fill­ing in at scrum-half when he claimed the last score at the death.

De­spite the nar­row de­feat the War­riors cer­tainly en­joyed the fix­ture and will be pleased with the per­for­mances of for­wards Gareth Ladd and Gareth Emery, while full-back Dan John looked sharp through­out.

A busy Christ­mas pe­riod for the War­riors starts with a me­mo­rial match for Lewis Jones against Felin­foel on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22.

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