Division Two West: Pembroke 26-10 Carmarthen Athletic

Pembroke coach Geraint Lewis hailed a ‘great squad performance’ as his side continued their promotion push with a bonus point win over Carmarthen Athletic.

The Scarlets led 13-10 after a tight first half but went up a gear in the second period, and Lewis said “We took control after half time. Our defence was outstanding and we were clinical in attack.”

Pembroke led 3-0 early on through a Toby Smith penalty but Athletic responded through a try from winger Josh Watson, while No 10 Tom Gravell added the conversion and then a penalty.

But centre Fraser James, outstanding for the home side, crossed over following an outside break and then Sean Dalling added a second try after a powerful run from No 8 Sam Smith – although both conversions went astray.

It was Pembroke who then struck first in the second half with a terrific team try, Toby Smith rounding off a prolonged period of possession by cutting an angle off scrum half Tom Lewis and making it to the line.

Again it went unconverted but the bonus point was secured by centre Dan Colley, who sneakily joined in at a rolling maul as the home side surged over the line - and reaped the benefits of his pack by emerging from a sea of bodies with the ball!

Toby Smith then nailed a late penalty to make the result safe, completing a good day for Pembroke in which hooker Rhys Mainwaring excelled after stepping in as a late replacement for Seamus Wiseman, and young flanker Jack Smythe also impressed after coming off the bench.

The win was tempered though by an injury to prop Jamie Kaijaks, who suffered a compound fracture in his finger just moments after coming on in the second half. Telegraph Sport wishes him a quick recovery.