DRAG­ONS EDGE OUT WAR­RIORS

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

LLANELLI War­riors went down 2717 to Dragon All-Stars in a feisty en­counter at Parc y Scar­lets.

Although it was a bright day and a good sur­face, there was a strong wind through­out which ham­pered play some­what. The War­riors have had an en­forced break re­cently and were a bit rusty at the start, while their Gwent-based vis­i­tors were quickly into their stride.

Us­ing their large pack to carry the bal, they pounded the War­riors line and got an early re­ward when Rob Ni­cholls pow­ered over.

The pres­sure was re­lent­less in the first quar­ter and it was only staunch de­fence on the line that kept the War­riors in the game at this point. But it was in­evitable that an­other score would come, and Cal­lum House again used route one to the line.

When the War­riors did get the ball, they gave an in­di­ca­tion of what they could do. Jamie Evans made a mag­nif­i­cent break from his own line and when the cover fi­nally reached him, Si­mon Day was able to latch onto a kick through to score un­der the posts.

It was a strange game in that lit­tle rugby was played in the mid­dle of the field, with ei­ther one side or the other seem­ingly al­ways on the point of scor­ing. The War­riors fin­ished the half strongly but couldn’t get over the line as the Drag­ons frus­trated them with Gary Thomas do­ing well.

Ex­cel­lent ref­eree Colin Saun­ders had to be on point when things got heated and the phys­i­cal­ity saw a num­ber of in­juries. Drag­ons scrumhalf Dan Evans did well, while there was a good bat­tle on the wings be­tween Ryan Pyart and Cal­lum Hodges and War­riors’ Tom Ashour and Si­mon Day.

To­mos Hall was again ex­cel­lent for the War­riors and Darren Pol­litt got stuck in.

Chad Carr claimed the next score to keep the Drag­ons in front, but as the game pro­gressed the War­riors backs came into their own. Scrumhalf Craig James sniped through and cen­tre Johnathon Kear­ney rounded off a strong move.

At the other end the vis­i­tors were gifted a score when Evans lost the ball in a tackle, with Mark Hodges scor­ing and Dan Evans con­vert­ing.

The War­riors pressed to the end, but when the Drag­ons broke out and Ryan Mahoney scored it was a done deal and the Gwent team saw out the last few min­utes to se­cure vic­tory.

The War­riors will rue their mal­func­tion­ing line-out, but had no com­plaints with the re­sult. Both sides en­joyed the Scar­lets match against Ze­bre to­gether and will meet again on April 29 at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

Car­marthen Dis­trict Un­der-15s reached the fi­nal of the De­war Shield with a 15-10 vic­tory over Islwyn Dis­trict. The fi­nal is at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium on May 2.

John­stown Girls trio An­wen Thomas, Emily Thomas and Kate Searle rep­re­sented Swansea City Un­der-16s at War­wick Univer­sity, play­ing in a side who beat the likes of Tot­ten­ham, Liverpool and New­cas­tle among oth­ers on their way to win­ning the tournament.

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