All Blacks grab first win
3:02pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
Division five west: Neyland 46-19 Llangwm
STEVE Martin made a welcome return to local rugby with a hat-trick of tries for Neyland in their local derby against Llangwm, who played their part in an entertaining tussle where they were only 19-22 adrift at half time.
The Narberth skipper was testing out his long-term ligament injury with his home club and the All Blacks must have been delighted by their first league win of the campaign – but their joy was marred somewhat as full back Gregg Miller sustained a nasty leg injury and the popular sporting all-rounder was stretchered off and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
The All Blacks were 12-0 ahead almost before Llangwm got going as Richard Smith scored from an interception near half way, converted by Mark Riley, and then Martin put Delme Bateman in for a good try where Riley was unlucky to hit the post with his conversion.
Andrew Brock kicked his first penalty for the Wasps before Neyland captain Mark James ploughed over for a try, and Brock was again on target twice before converting an interception try by centre Will Beresford that took Llangwm back to within a point.
But there was still time for a powerful surge by Adam Collins that allowed Martin to score his first try and a fourth Brock penalty that saw the All Blacks 22-19 ahead at half time but with second use of the breeze and slope.
The second half was no less competitive but it was Neyland who claimed 24 points without reply as Martin cut through twice to show his class whilst Bateman added his second, created by Miller, who then scored a try of his own. Riley notched two more conversions to round off a good Neyland win, which was enjoyed by large crowds of spectators from both camps.
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