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10 April 2017 / Club News

Penybanc 26 Llangadog 42

Banc welcomed Llangadog for their penultimate game of the season on Saturday. Things didn’t start well for the home side with the visitors taking a 13-0 lead in the first ten minutes with their scrum half finding gap after gap around the fringes. Banc finally built up some pressure and after some big carries from prop Shaun James and hooker Steffan Charles, fly half Mathew Lloyd was able to squeeze over to open the Tigers account which he also converted. The only other highlight of the half for the home side was a scintillating break from Wing Will Griffiths which would have gone down as the try of the season. The referee had other ideas and play was called back for crossing. Llangadog stretched their lead further with another try before the referee brought the first half to a close.

Despite missing some key personnel, Banc continued to battle hard and even though the away side secured the bonus point try early on, they kept going. In the blistering heat, centre Mikey Rees picked a superb angle to outstrip the home defence for a fine try. Lloyd was on target with the extras. Shortly after, wing Andy McCall who has been very impressive whenever he’s played this year, took the ball on half way and used his strength and power to get through half of the home defence for a superb try under the posts. Lloyd doing the business with the boot again. Banc supporters started to get excited again when McCall galloped over for his second with 10 minutes to go but any hopes of a sneaky win were taken away as the visitors scored 2 late tries. In fairness, Llangadog stuck to their game plan and were good value for their win. For Banc, a big thank you must go to veteran Christian Hughes and Steffan Charles for stepping up and playing out of position for the cause. The boys did their best but didn’t have much left in the tank and we look forward to a break after our final game against Nantgaredig before we start planning for next season. Lastly, everyone at the club would like to wish Mark Tench well in his retirement after giving the club many years of loyal service. Mark’s commitment and work ethic in the Tigers pack will be sorely missed.

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