08 January 2018 / Club News

Penybanc 31 Llandeilo 43

The frustrating times continue for the tigers despite playing some great rugby at times on Saturday. Another late pull out saw the pack rejigged just before kick-off which didn’t help but a good team took to the pitch.  The visitors arrived with a young squad and set their stall out from the start, counter attacking at every opportunity. The Banc defence seemed up for the challenge with some big hits going in early doors. The defence was soon unlocked though with the visitors scoring two quick tries. Banc hit back though with a try from Cellan Harris after great work from hooker Rhodri Jones. Unfortunately, this was Jones’ last involvement in the game after retiring with a bang on the head. This meant a further rejig and despite some impressive play from returning full back Wayne Williams and fly half Mathew Lloyd, Llandeilo were able to extend their lead to go into the half 28-7 up.

The riot act was read at half time and Banc upped their game in the first 10 minutes. Cellan Harris was driven over for a second try before Williams showed his class with a fine finish. It was all Banc now but a lapse in concentration saw Llandeilo score another try. Back came the Tigers though with skipper Aled Danter leading the way and getting a fourth try. Spurred on in front of a good crowd, including former Wales coach Allan Lewis, Banc added a fifth try from the evergreen Christian Hughes to get the score back to 36-31 with 5 minutes to go. The crowd were sensing an unlikely victory given the score at half time but as the Tigers pushed for that all important score, an error saw the visiting wing cross to take the spoils for his team. Despite this being another loss, there were plenty of positives to take from the game for Banc Head Coach Owen Williams. Full credit to Llandeilo, who played some great rugby and were good for their win.  Another tough one for Penybanc Saturday as they travel to Burry Port.

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