Tre­banos cup vic­tory a sea­son’s best - Lewis

Llanelli Star - - LOCAL RUGBY -

TRE­BANOS sec­re­tary Adrian Lewis said his side played their best rugby of the sea­son when de­feat­ing Maesteg Quins 34-5 in the sec­ond round of the WRU Na­tional Cup.

The Crows pro­duced a pow­er­ful first-half dis­play to lead 29-0.

Alun Dew, St­ef­fan Lewis, Evan Budge, Rob Jones and St­eff Dug­gan scored tries for the hosts. Lewis Humphries kicked three con­ver­sions and a penalty.

“It was our best per­for­mance of the sea­son,” said Tre­banos sec­re­tary Adrian Lewis. “We played some re­ally good rugby.

“I think con­fi­dence was high af­ter the per­for­mance against Tata be­fore Christ­mas when we won with a bonus point over there, and you could see the boys were play­ing with a smile on their face and scored some lovely tries.”

Swansea saw off Nar­berth 27-10 at St He­len’s. They won de­spite hav­ing Greg Cun­niffe sent off for a punch with An­drew Clay­pole, Mike Evans and Ifan Phillips get­ting tries.

Luke Griffiths con­verted all three and kicked two penal­ties.

“I was pleased to get a fourth win on the bounce, es­pe­cially as we made quite a num­ber of changes,” said Swansea di­rec­tor of rugby Richard Lan­caster.

“Nar­berth came down here with a point to prove. I was a bit dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance as we were a bit scrappy at times and not very ac­cu­rate.

“It felt a bit like a pre-sea­son game in that many of the boys hadn’t played to­gether be­fore so we lacked a bit of flu­id­ity.

“Nar­berth made it dif­fi­cult for us at the set-piece and break­down.”

Ot­ters head coach Sean Gale said: “I was proud of the boys and felt we were very much in the game. It could have been even bet­ter had a few key de­ci­sions not gone against us.

“We cer­tainly had the up­per hand at the set-piece, but we were a bit un­lucky to get pe­nalised at cru­cial mo­ments.

“Our at­ti­tude in de­fence was su­perb and the boys rose to the oc­ca­sion. Swansea scored two break­away tries and are a class side who have im­proved.

“To be fair to Swansea they were great value for the vic­tory, but from 1 to 22, I thought we were fan­tas­tic.”

Aber­avon lost 15-10 to hold­ers Merthyr at the Tal­bot Ath­letic Ground. Pon­typridd, Bar­goed, RGC 1404 and Bed­was also got through their firstround ties.

Neath were un­able to raise a side so handed Pon­ty­pool a walkover. Brid­gend, Cardiff Met, Cross Keys and New­bridge all had byes.

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