Division Three West A:

Aberaeron 22-40 Pembroke

IT is Pembroke who will top Division Three West A heading into the second Six Nations break after four tries from Sam Smith helped them to an entertaining win in Aberaeron.

The Scarlets overcame a difficult start, which saw them fall behind twice to tries from Dyfrig Davies and Rhodri Thomas, to eventually run out convincing winners - moving them a point ahead of Milford Haven but with two games in hand.

Despite hevay pitch conditions, Aberaeron led through a corner try from winger Davies, but Pembroke hit back straight away with a try for prop Lloyd Davies that Toby Smith converted.

The pendulum swung again when another Aberaeron winger in Thomas scored an interception try that No 10 Rhodri Davies converted, but it was then that Smith took centre stage.

He got his first try from a neat inside pass from winger Barry Alderman-John, and then powered over for his second straight after.

Frustratingly for The Scarlets, the home side were then granted uncontested scrums after just 30 minutes, but after Rhodri Davies landed a penalty Smith sealed his try hat trick just before the break following a good break from young centre Fraser James.

That put the visitors 22-15 up at half time, and it was Smith who extended the lead with another try early in the second half, after a great passage of Pembroke play kick-started by a break from No 9 Tom Lewis.

Back came Aberaeron again through a try from full back Morgan Llewellin, but the final stages belonged to the visitors as Toby Smith landed a penalty, before Alderman-John went over for a deserved try and replacement flanker Dom Colman sealed matters by powering over late on.

“We were rusty to start after a few weeks not playing but after that we played well,” said Lewis afterwards.

“The pack was awesome and we were scrummaging them off the park before having to go uncontested."

Lewis' side will face another tough test when they return to action on Saturday, March 3rd at Haverfordwest.

They have already beaten The Blues twice in National Bowl and league action this season, but needed a last minute try to overcome them in the last meting at Crickmarren.