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All Blacks see off Quins with three late tries

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Neyland 45-17 Pembroke Dock Harlequins

NEYLAND earned their second win of the season on Saturday (Sept 11) as they beat Pembroke Dock Quins45-17.

Having beat St Davids last week, the Quins came unstuck against the Pembrokeshire All Blacks, although the score line does not reflect how close the game was.

In the last 10 minutes they conceded three tries, which were particularly cruel to the Quins, with Patrick Bellerby back from the round ball game in outstanding form, and with his able lieutenant George Williams, the Quins had no answer as they contributed 5 of the 7 tries between them.

The Quins, playing down the slope, were on top early with the home side conceding a number of penalties, as the Quins put the pressure on.

The Quins were then a dealt a major blow when they lost their Captain Liam Scourfied.

But on 15 Minutes Neyland were on the scoresheet when a break from Full Back Patrick Bellerby enabled the supporting Centre George Williams to touch down near the posts. Outside Half George Evans converted to put his side 7-0 in front.

Ten minutes later the Quins hit back, after sustained pressure, as Quins Flanker Harold Owen smashed his way over the line. Outside Half Euan McDonald converted to bring the score level.

It looked like the two sides would turn round all square, but with the last move of the half George Williams grabbed his and Neyland’s second try. George Evans missed the conversion.

The Quins, trailing 12-7 at the break, needed a good start to the half, but unfortunately they did not get it.

Within two minutes Patrick Bellerby was at it again outstripping the Quins defence to score his sides’ third try, George Evans missed the conversion.

Conversion: George Evans lands a late conversion

The Quins however soon responded with Euan McDonald slotting over a penalty to pull the score back to 17-10.

Within minutes Lock Forward Paul Busby crossed from close range for Neyland’s fourth try and George Evans added the extras to put his side 24-10 in front.

The Quins now were looking down the barrel, but to their credit they hit back straight from the Kick off. A thundering tackle from the restart set them up, and after a horrendous mix up in the Neyland defence Right Wing Jamie Topp took his chance brilliantly as the Neyland defence did all they could stop him but the youngster managed to get over the line.

Euan McDonald converted from the touch line with the best kick of the afternoon, to pull the score back to 24-17.

The Quins were now back in it with just under half an hour to go. They were soon back in the All Blacks 25 putting the pressure on but to no avail.

Neyland ended in devastating fashion, with three tries from Patrick Bellerby, George Williams and Prop Luke Davies, all were converted by George Evans.

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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