27 March 2017 / Club News

Penybanc 24 Burry Port 41

For the second game running, Banc faced second placed Burry Port. With several players returning and with the sun shining, a good performance was expected. Port set their stall out from the start, attacking at every opportunity and picked up a try early on which went unconverted. Banc hit back immediately though when centre Tom Gale charged up the field, quick thinking scrum half Owen Williams went blind for full back Wayne Williams to go over. Fly half Mathew Lloyd slotted a superb conversion. Banc felt they had a slight edge at scrum time and attacked that area looking for a second try but good defence from BP meant the score stayed the same. Port persevered with their wide approach, utilising their dangerous back 3 at every opportunity and it wasn’t long before they scored their second try.  With half time rapidly approaching, Gale again used his strength to go close while a couple of errors out wide saw chances go begging. Both teams picked up a yellow card a piece which were harsh and that interrupted the flow of the game slightly but BP were not to be outdone and scored a further try before half time.

 BP started the second half the better and it wasn’t long before they had sewn up the bonus point thanks to their flying wing. With BP ringing the changes and bringing on some experience from the bench, things were looking ominous for the Tigers but the home side threw everything at them and were soon rewarded with a second try from Williams. This gave the boys confidence to have a go at the away side and soon scored a fantastic try off first phase ball. Lloyd threw a delightful pass and after further involvement from Williams and the excellent Cellan Harris, wing Will Griffiths was able to outstrip the defence for a superb try. In tropical conditions, Banc continued to attack. Prop Shaun James made several excellent charges in tandem with No 8 Aled Danter and quick ball from Williams saw the ball spread once again for Centre Mikey Rees, who was excellent, to offload to Wing Lee Rees, who went over. Lloyd added a superb conversion from the touchline. With 8 minutes to go and the score at 29-24, it seemed an upset could be on the cards but BP showed their quality in the dying minutes to go over for a further 2 tries which gave a final score of 41-24. Banc will feel the score didn’t quite reflect the game but all 19 players put in a great shift and can be proud of their performances. The Tigers look forward to welcoming Nantgaredig on Saturday which is also the clubs Sponsors Day as we welcome former Wales and British Lion Robert Jones to the club in the evening. Lastly, everyone at the club would like to congratulate Mathew Brayley and his Amman Utd team mates on a cracking win in the SWALEC Bowl on Saturday and we look forward to the final.

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