Glynneath 36 Newcastle Emlyn 10

Newcastle Emlyn travelled to Glynneath with a number of key players missing and unsurprisingly they were overwhelmed by a home outfit that capitalised on some costly defensive lapses especially in the first half.

Glynneath playing down the slope, started positively and were soon on the scoreboard when, after a series of attacks, their outside half Corey Jenkins spotted a gap in the Emlyn defence five metres from their line and just ghosted through for the opening score. They increased their lead after 20 minutes when winger Aled Evans kicked ahead and he was first to the touchdown and this was converted by Jenkins.

Emlyn briefly came back at the home side and had a period of pressure in the Glynneath twenty two but they were unable to make it count and the hosts increased their lead when the reds lost possession at a scrum on their ten metre line and scrum half Jones picked up the loose ball and fed outstanding number eight Stuart Leach and he waltzed his way over the line.

The visitors finally got on the scoreboard just before half time when Glynneath were penalised at a ruck and winger Dan Davies kicked the penalty goal.

The red and whites started off the second half positively but like the first half a number of attacks came to an abrupt end out when the ball was knocked on in the tackle, or the player was unable to hold on to a pass. Glynneath on the other hand were more accurate in attack and their young three-quarter line passed and supported each other excellently. Their bonus point try came when centre Jordan Griffiths rounded off a fine bout of inter passing by the backs to score wide out.

Further tries followed for the home team when replacement prop Dai Jones crashed over from a peel around the back of the line which was converted by Jenkins and a few minutes later Ben Jones crossed for an unconverted try.

Emlyn managed to breach the home line late on when from a series of rucks flanker Joel James pounced for a try converted by Dan Davies to bring an end to a disappointing afternoon for the West Wales club . Outstanding for the red and whites was Crymych skipper and openside Tom Powell a player who has been in superb form for his club this term, whilst another to impress was second row Dan Havard.



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