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18 September 2017 / Club News

Penybanc 61 Pantyfynnon 0

After playing some great rugby in the first 2 league games but without a W to show for their efforts, the Tigers switched their attention to the SWALEC Bowl on Saturday and welcomed old rivals Panty in the first round. As always, the first ten minutes was a tense affair with both sides trying to get the upper hand and it remained scoreless until Banc full back Wayne Williams went over. This was followed up with a score from powerful No 8 Ian Cooper. Fly half Mathew Lloyd added the extras. With the nerves now settled, Banc could start to play. Centres Tom Gale and Mikey Rees were proving a handful for the Panty defence while evergreen wing Christian Hughes also looked dangerous. It was Hughes that orchestrated the next try with a burst down the left wing. Quick ball allowed Williams to scoot in for his second. Again, Lloyd dissecting the posts for a half time lead of 21-0.

The second half continued to be all Banc with them dominating all facets of the game. Scrum half Owen Williams scored a pearler to end the game as a contest with Lloyd on the money again with the extras. With Panty visibly tiring, Williams and Lloyd became more influential and with the pack providing regular clean and quick ball, it allowed the backs to show off their silky skills. Good work from former Panty wing Will Griffiths and some nifty footwork from Mikey Rees saw the latter go over to increase the lead. The pack however were not to be outdone and a huge shove on the Panty line saw Cooper grab a second. Some great handling from the backs saw Hughes break and scrum half Williams was rewarded for his support play with another try.  With ten minutes left, Banc continued to attack and with returning wing Nathan Tucker the architect, wing Griffiths was set free from 60 metres and was able to wrong foot the covering defence to go over under the posts. Mikey Rees ended proceedings with another try from long range to complete a superb team performance. Prop Shaun James scrummaged and carried well in his 50th game for the club while lock Owain Pritchard put himself about also. Panty played their despite missing some key players and we wish them well for the season. Its back to league matters for the tigers this week with a trip to Llandeilo.

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