Mixed fortunes for clubs in Swalec Bowl
12:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
All Blacks out but Scarlets through
Neyland 0-52 Nantgaredig
NEYLAND bowed out of the Swalec Bowl as they encountered a Nantgaredig side in top form as the visitors ran in eight tries, six of them converted, and prevented the All Blacks from getting on the scoresheet.
The All Blacks were without several players but had useful performances from Craig Brice up front and Gregg Miller in defence, whilst Brian Warlow and Adam Pullen came in to show their willingness to be involved.
Scrum half Rhydian Evans led the Nantgaredig attacks as he scored three tries alongside a brace apiece for winger Edward Rees and Johnno Owen, and another by outside half Rhodri Jones, who also notched six conversions.
Pembroke 19-18 Aber University
PEMBROKE secured entry to the second round of the Swalec Bowl as a penalty try in the closing seconds was converted by Lewis Davies to snatch the game out of the fire by the smallest of margins.
The Scarlet trailed 18-12 as they secured a series of close-range scrums from which the students transgressed and the referee finally lost patience and ran between the posts to signify the penalty try – and No 10 Davies maintained his nerve to notch the simple conversion.
Second row Will Edwards had put Pembroke ahead in the first half with a try converted by Davies but Aber University fought back to lead 13-7 at half time through unconverted tries by Chris Dennehy and Josh Delph alongside a Patrick James’ penalty.
Jordan Gwilliam claimed the Scarlets’ second try after good work by Sean Willington and Edwards but the students were six points clear after Matthew Spear had claimed their third try.
It seemed as if Pembroke might miss out but then came that late penalty try and conversion to delight the hardy band of supporters at Crickmarren, leaving the students to make the long journey home up the Cardigan coastline reflecting on what might have been.