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Quins power past Wasps in second half

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Llangwm 10-57 Pembroke Dock Quins

THE Quins maintained their position at the top of the League with a comprehensive victory at Pill Parks on Saturday (Sept 28), scoring no less than nine tries in the process.

It was the Wasps who were quicker out of the blocks, and the Quins were penalised at the first ruck, but fortunately for them Wasps Outside Half Luke Hayman pulled his effort wide.

The Quins however were soon on the scoresheet with two tries in the space of 5 minutes.

First, Centre Jordan Asparassa touched down in the Corner as he finished off a quick tapped penalty on the half way line, and then Right wing Rhys Bradney touched down in the corner after a determined run. Both went unconverted by Full Back Ben Hathaway.

If the Quins thought they were going to have things their own way they were mistaken, as the Wasps ball retention and commitment put the Quins under pressure and it was no surprise when second row Matty Lewis forced his way over under the Quins’ posts. Luke Hayman added the extras to narrow the scoreline to 7-10.

The Wasps were now throwing everything at the Quins as the visitors were on the wrong end of the penalty count, and with just two minutes left on the watch the Quins infringed once to often and Luke Hayman slotted over the penalty to tie the score at 10-10.

The Quins though are made of much sterner stuff these days, and with the last play of the half Centre Jack Price powered his way over, Ben Hathaway converted to send the Quins in 10-17 in front.

The Quins, with the slope in their favour, did not take long to impose themselves in the second half as Jordan Asparassa touched down wide out after after a mazy run and Ben Hathaway converted with a magnificent kick from wide out.

With the bonus point now secured and a substantial lead it looked ominous for the Wasps.

Young Left Wing Josh Brown scored his first try for the Quins after being put into space by Jack Price, again Ben Hathaway converted from wide out.

With the Quins now 10-31 in front and improving as the half went on, they started running the Ball from everywhere which resulted in another four tries, two more for Jordan Asparassa and a try each for Ben Hathaway, and, with the final move of the match. a try for Outside Half Keiron Machin.

Surprisingly Ben Hathaway converted them all except the try he scored himself.

On Saturday (Oct 5), the Quins host St Davids while Llangwm travel to Tregaron.

Team: Ben Hathaway, Rhys Bradney, Jordan Asparassa, Jack Price (Capt), Josh Brown, Keiron Machin, Gethin Bradney, Liam Smith, Carl Williams, Jack Davies, Mark Van Rhyn, Paul Busby, Alex Pierce, Ollie Parsons, Harold Owen. Replacements: Dai Moseley, Danny McCloud, Jordan Palmer, Ben Gibby, Connor Kolmel.

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Llangwm seal dramatic Harrison Allen win

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LLANGWM booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl as they beat Llechryd in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night (May 12).

In a low scoring game, Llechryd reached 104-9 in their 22 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Llangwm were steady in their reply but they needed five runs off the final two balls. The first of those saw Llangwm take three and they were able to run two on the last to win the game.

Llechryd started well with John Curran hitting a four and a six in a score of 19 before he was bowled by Chris Inward.

Johnny Lewis reached a score of 13 but that proved to be unlucky as he was caught by Phil Llewellyn off the bowling of Joe Phillips.

Phillips also had the wickets of David Dunfee and Adam Betts while Inward bowled both Graham Keen and John Lumb as all four batsmen returned with ducks to their name.

Joe Mansfield spared Llechryd’s blushes as he hit four boundaries in a knock of 38 as they set Llangwm 105 to win the game.

Llangwm were in trouble early on in their reply as David Dunfee bowled Phil Llewellyn for a second ball duck and Joe Kiff on a score of 4 to leave them reeling on 10-2.

However, a third-wicket stand of 84 between Steven Mills and Noah Davies set Llangwm on their way to victory.

Llechryd hit back though as Andrew Fletcher denied Mills his half century as he was caught by Jonny Lewis on a score of 49.

Fletcher then trapped Luke Brock leg before wicket with the next ball to reduce Llangwm to 94-4.

Davies had made a good score of 30 but he was bowled by Graham Keen as the visitors were left needing five runs to win with time running out.

On the penultimate ball Chris Inward ran three and on the last, Matthew Kiff ran the two runs needed to win Llangwm the game in a thrilling finish.

The result also represented another mini shock as Division 1 side Llechryd exited the competition at the hands of their Division 2 opponents.

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Johnston send Tish packing in Harrison Allen

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DIVISION 3 side Johnston produced one of the early shocks of this year’s Harrison Allen Bowl as they knocked out Division 1 side St Ishmaels.

Johnston won the toss and chose to field and they did well to restrict Tish to a score of 99-7 from their 22 overs.

They were in trouble early on as Peter Bradshaw was caught by Chris Goodridge off the bowling of Mark Hicks.

Keegan Codd then took over as he had Harry Nicholas stumped by Liam Boswell, also on a score of 8, before getting the wickets of Brennan Devonald and Ieuan Hawkins.

Tish were reduced to 27-4 and that soon became five as Codd claimed figures of 4-16 from his six overs.

Andrew Williams and Lewis Rhead then steadied the innings for the visitors as they shared over 60 runs for the sixth wicket.

Williams made 25 before he fell to Lewis Boswell and Rhead made 36 before being bowled by Gary James.

There was little time for Tish to add any further runs and it meant that Johnston would need 100 to win.

Johnston lost opener Goodridge early but a stand of 41 from Leigh Walters and Geno Cleal set them on their way to victory.

Walters made 26 before being bowled by Lewis Rhead and soon after, Brennan Devonald had Josh Hicks caught on a score of 2.

Devonald then picked up the wicket of Cleal, who made a score of 23, as Tish began to hit back.

Lewis Boswell made a score of 10 as Johnston edged closer but it was a score of 11 not out from Liam Boswell to see their side over the line.

The winning Johnston team

Johnston captain Josh Hicks said: “An amazing team performance, Tish may have been missing a couple but so were we.

“Two years ago we couldn’t field a team in this cup. We’ve come along way, tonight is a real positive and just the start!”

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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