National League West
West round up- Wins for Cardigan and Aberaeron but no joy for Tregaron.
Division 3 west
Pembroke Dock Quins 7 Cardigan 46
Cardigan secured their second league win of the season when they overran a struggling Quins side at Bierspool and crossed for eight tries.
Matches against the Dock have always been very tough affairs down the years and largely very forward orientated but these are difficult times for the Pembrokeshire side who were defeated by St Davids the previous weekend and apart from an early try they were largely second best and Colin Davies and his men were far better on the day.
Number eight Davies who has enjoyed many a battle with the Quins is well aware of the difficulties currently being faced by the black and whites but any win away from home is always welcome and he said:” As coaches we were really happy with the performance especially as we were missing a few players and although we could have done a lot better, it is still not the easiest place to go.
“We are slowly getting a good squad together with some strength in depth and with training numbers up there is no reason we can’t push on from here but we must improve on our discipline.”
Experienced winger Rhydian Jenkins stormed over for the opening try for the Cardi’s but the hosts replied soon afterwards when Jake Griffiths touched down and Rhys Bradney added the extras.
Cardigan though gradually got on top through their forwards with the likes of player coach Davies leading by example at number eight and fly half Iwan John getting his backs moving with some quick ball and further tries followed through impressive scrum half Gwern Phillips, full back Llyr Jones and winger Jenkins.
It was very much one way traffic after the break and Cardigan registered further tries through front rower Will Brice, winger William Delve and mobile forward Dafydd Rotie before Jones bagged his second of the game to cap a fine all round performance. Fly half John who enjoyed his best game of the season added the extras.
Some excellent tries from the Cardi’s with some stand out performances in young centre Dan Purnell, full back Llyr Jones and fly half John whilst up front hooker Will Brice was very impressive as was blind side Tom Taylor.
Haverfordwest 12 Aberaeron 29
Aberaeron also enjoyed a successful cross border trip into Pembrokeshire after they registered a well deserved 29-12 win over the Blues.
The opening half was a bit scrappy but it was the Ceredigion side that struck first when Seagulls fly half Rhodri Jenkins slotted over a penalty and they pulled further ahead after twenty minutes when in form full back Morgan Llewellyn came through on the burst to touchdown under the posts and Jenkins converted to put his team 10-0 in front.
Blues centre Gareth Owens sneaked over the whitewash to reduce the deficit following good work from stand off Mike Jones and Barnett upgraded to put the hosts back into the game.
Thomas added a second try after the break when powerful scrum half Dylan Morgan put him away and Jenkins once again provided the extras.
The Blues though had the final word when Ben Llewellyn powered his way over but the result was in the bag by this time.
Milford Haven 27 Tregaron 10
There was no joy for Tregaron at The Observatory but the blacks gave an excellent account of themselves against one of the top teams in the division.
The Mariners who are currently unbeaten opened the scoring when Joe Kiff fired over a penalty but the North Ceredigion men struck back with a try from Steve Evans.
However Milford gradually got on top and they were rewarded when Dan Birch crossed to put Milford into the lead following the conversion from Kiff. Tregaron though re grouped and finished the half strongly and front rower Dorian Pugh crashed over to make it 10-10 at the break.
The visiting challenge faded as the second half wore on and tries from hooker Luke Ryan, Craig Thomas and centre Dan Jenkins killed the game off.