Nar­row loss sends Em­lyn down to di­vi­sion one

Llanelli Star - - LOCAL RUGBY -

TREBANOS will be play­ing WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship rugby again next sea­son.

The Crows se­cured their safety with a tense 17-15 vic­tory over New­cas­tle Em­lyn — and the re­sult also rel­e­gates Em­lyn to di­vi­sion one.

Com­ing into the game, Trebanos needed just two points to be sure of safety.

Em­lyn, mean­while, had given them­selves a stay of ex­e­cu­tion the pre­vi­ous week­end when they beat Tata Steel with a bonus point.

They were de­ter­mined not to go down with­out a fight and led twice in the match, 7-6 and then 15-14, with Shaun Leonard scor­ing both tries. Dan Davies added a con­ver­sion and a penalty.

But it would ul­ti­mately prove too lit­tle too late as a Josh Fer­ry­man try, along with three penal­ties from Tom Dew and one from Luke Grif­fiths, snatched vic­tory for Trebanos.

Em­lyn join Bedlinog, New­bridge and Rhy­dyfe­lin in be­ing con­firmed in the bottom four.

Mean­while at the other end, cham­pi­ons Pon­ty­pool are now just two games away from a se­cond suc­ces­sive in­vin­ci­ble cam­paign.

Pooler made it 20 wins out of 20 with a 39-26 win at Tata Steel at the week­end as they also bid to repli­cate last sea­son’s clean sweep.

De­spite Pooler shad­ing it early on, it was hosts Tata on the score­board first with an un­con­verted try from out­side-half Lloyd Rogers.

Kieran Meek slot­ted a drop-goal for Pooler be­fore scrum-half Aaron Quick barged his way over for the vis­i­tors’ first try af­ter their for­wards had mauled their way to the line from a line-out.

Pooler were over again on the stroke of half-time through flanker Rob Nash af­ter an­other for­wards drive. Again the try went un­con­verted as they took a 13-5 lead in at half-time.

Skip­per Nash scored his se­cond try once the match re­sumed as Pooler again made their for­ward power count and it was im­proved by Meek to make it 20-5.

Nash went on to com­plete his hat-trick, while Mar­cus Jones and Harry Se­ward also scored. Matthew Lewis added two con­ver­sions.

Geraint Llewellyn, Jack Brooks and Dai Griggs also scored for Tata, with Lloyd Rogers adding the ex­tras.

Else­where, Maesteg Quins beat Nar­berth 28-22.

There are just three fix­tures left out­stand­ing in the Cham­pi­onship. The first of those will be played this evening (Wednesday) be­tween Pon­ty­pool and rel­e­gated Rhy­dyfe­lin.

Then on Satur­day it is Trebanos’s turn to travel to Pon­ty­pool Park, while Tata Steel also wrap up their cam­paign away at Maesteg Quins.

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