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Harrison Allen semi-final previews

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THE Harrison Allen semi-finals take place this week with four teams all hoping to book their place in the final.

Holders Neyland have already been knocked out and there are three Division 1 teams in the last four while the other plays in Division 2.

The first semi-final takes place on Tuesday, July 26, as Llangwm take on Lawrenny at Kilgetty Cricket Club.

On Thursday, July 28, Haverfordwest take on Herbrandston at St Ishmaels Cricket Club in the other semi-final.

The final is then scheduled for Saturday, August 27, in Cresselly.

Llangwm v Lawrenny

Llangwm are making their first semi-final appearance since 2018, where they played Lawrenny, and they will be looking for a better result this time around.

They come up against a Lawrenny side who, although they are in the semis, have stuttered in the league this year and find themselves third from bottom in the table.

Lawrenny also put out holders Neyland in the first round before beating Burton and then Division 1 leaders Cresselly in the quarter finals.

Llangwm had a bye in the first round and they saw off fellow Division 1 side St Ishmaels in the second round.

They then beat Carew in the quarter finals by five wickets to seal their spot in the last four.

Haverfordwest v Herbrandston

Haverfordwest are once again in the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen, and having won the title in 2019 they will be keen to get back to the final.

Herbie are making their first semi-final appearance for a number of years and they will also hold hopes of reaching the final.

Town have struggled for league form this season, finding themselves in the bottom two, but they have earned wins over Narberth and Kilgetty to reach the last four.

Herbie had a bye in the first round before they beat Llanrhian in the second. They were due to play Llechryd in the quarter finals but they had to withdraw.

Although they have only played one game in the competition they will want to show that their appearance isnt’t a fluke and will look to give Town a good game.

Herbie have been in great form in Division 2, sitting top of the table with ten wins from their 14 games so far.

With a place in the final within reach, neither of these four sides will want to lose.

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Narberth Athletic seal big win over Emlyn

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THIS was a game of two halves, with Narberth playing at home on a very cold Saturday (Sept 24).

The visitors caused Narberth all sorts of problems at the breakdown in a frustrating first half of 40 minutes, the home team conceded 14 penalties but scored one try through Ryan Scourfield. Half time score 7-3.

After a good half time team talk from coaches Matt Davies and James Merriman, Narberth came out in the second half with a bit more enthusiasm and started to play at their renowned fast-running tempo creating some quick ball for the backs to work off, soon the tries started to come, scoring five tries in a purple ten-minute patch through players Ryan Scourfield, Shane Rossiter, Jordie James and Will (Pop) Davies.

During the second half, with Ryan Scourfield going over for his hat trick, two more tries followed from outside centre Llew Jones and Owain Hughes finishing off a superb display of running rugby.

Llew Jones moves the ball on

Shane Rossiter added four conversions to take the tally over 50 points. The running and linking play of the Narberth backs outclassed the visitors who never managed to breakdown the Narberth defence so they were unable to score any tries throughout the game.

Man of the match was awarded to flanker No 6 Jack Tucker on his first game back after a spell in Tenby.

A large crowd turned out to watch the squad and were well entertained. They enjoyed a social gathering in the clubhouse afterwards to finish the day off.

Sadly, one of the substitutes of the Newcastle Emlyn team, No. 6 Flanker Shaun Hawkins, suffered a leg and groin injury five minutes into the second half so he was taken to Withybush Hospital for a review. Narberth RFC wish him a speedy recovery.

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Narberth hold on for thrilling win over Bedwas

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NARBERTH travelled to Bedwas on Saturday (Sept 24) and came away with an excellent win at a ground where they hadn’t won for many years.

The young Otters team started well and within minutes a break from the base of a Narberth scrum led to centre Ilan Phillips sprinting in near the posts for a try which was converted by fly half Ianto Griffiths (0-7).

Shortly afterwards swift passing of the ball along the Narberth back line resulted in wing Josh Davies scoring in the corner. The try went unconverted (0-12).

Bedwas got themselves back into the game when the Bedwas scrum half took a quick penalty five metres from the Narberth line and scored under the posts. The Bedwas fly half converted to make the score 7-12.

Both teams attempted to run the ball at every opportunity but defences held firm until the ball unexpectedly popped out of the back of the Bedwas scrum and flanker Tom Powell was on hand to receive a pass and charge downfield. He raced a full 50 yards with no-one able to catch him until he reached the Bedwas try line and scored under the posts. Griffiths converted (7-19).

Then just before the break Bedwas were guilty of holding onto the ball on the ground and Griffiths kicked the penalty to make the half time score 7-22.

In the second half Bedwas came out far more determined and the Otters were forced to defend for long periods close to their try line. Eventually the Bedwas openside flanker raced over to score in the corner. The conversion attempt failed (12-22).

Within minutes Bedwas had scored again when from a lineout on the Narberth 5 metre line a rolling maul enabled the Bedwas hooker to score a try wide out and the conversion attempt was successful (19-22).

The Otters were now under constant pressure and the home crowd were jubilant when a further try was scored in the corner by the Bedwas right wing which was again converted to put the home team in the lead for the first time in the match by 26 points to 22.

However Narberth refused to give up and with ten minutes remaining they managed to score their fourth try when Josh Davies beat his man along the left touchline and passed inside to his supporting scrum half Lewys Gibby who scored the winning try wide out. The conversion attempt failed but the Otters held out for the remaining minutes to win an exciting and enthralling match 26-27.

After the match coach Sean Gale said: “I’m very pleased to come away with a win. We had 7 players in the squad today who were under 23 years of age and as a coaching team we feel we are doing our best to develop the young players in the area which augurs well for the future of the Club.”

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St Clears earn bonus-point win over Neyland

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ST CLEARS kept up their winning start to the season with a 38-19 win away at Neyland on Saturday (Sept 24).

The Saints were ahead after just two minutes as Ifan Davies touched the ball down. The conversion was missed.

Neyland hit back though and Ollie Rothero scored the try before adding the extras to put the home side ahead.

St Clears scored next though as Jac Howells went over and Dan Griffiths added the extras.

Shortly before the break the Saints had their thirdy try as Ifan Davies went over for his second and Griffiths added the extras once more to make it 19-7 at the break.

They soon had their bonus point in the second half as Tom Williams scored the try and Griffiths added the conversion to stretch the lead to 26-7.

Gareth Jones then scored again for the Saints to make it 31-7. The conversion was missed.

Straigt from kick off, Neyland hit back with a try from Andrew Slark but the conversion was missed.

Jones then scored his second try for the Saints and Griffiths added the extras again to take the score to 38-12.

Neyland had the final say though as Mark Jones touched down and Ollie Rothero added the extras to make it 38-19.

On Saturday, October 1, Neyland travel to Lampeter Town while St Clears host table toppers Pembroke Dock Quins.

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