Division Two West: Tumble 3-36 Pembroke

Pembroke were missing several key players for their trip to Tumble but still had way too much for the bottom placed side as the Scarlets maintained their promotion bid.

Despite a heavy pitch and freezing rain, the visitors took the lead when No 8 Sam Smith combined with brother Toby at No 10, who in turn put centre Dan Colley under the posts. Toby Smith converted.

Colley’s midfield partner Sean Dalling then scored a superb individual try, showing quick feet after an outside break, to make it 12-0 half time.

Tumble got on the board with a Steff Price penalty but as so often this season, Pembroke upped the ante in in the final half hour and it was Sam Smith who made a blindside break before powering over in the corner.

Then it was Toby’s turn to touch down after a prolonged period of Pembroke pressure and he also added the extras, before man of the match Luke Hartland cut over from full back to open up a 29-3 lead.

Toby Smith rounded off the win with his second try, and a conversion for a haul of 16 points, to leave coach Geraint Lewis more than satisfied.

“It was another big statement today from us today with a few boys missing,” he said.

“But our power and fitness showed in that last half hour.”

As another bonus for Lewis and Kyle Davies, Billy Wood returned to the squad for the first time this season after sustaining a hand injury in August.

This Saturday, the Scarlets host Tycroes in a huge game, with their opponent just a place below them in the table. A win could be pivotal with the top two of Penclawdd and Pontyberem facing each other.

Pembroke 2nds were also in action on the weekend, winning 29-0 at home to Nantgaredig 2nds.

Pembroke: Luke Hartland, Tom Harding-Jones, Sean Dalling, Dan Colley, Simon Stanford, Toby Smith, Tom Lewis, Lloyd Davies, Rhys Mainwaring, Jonny Palmer, Will Edwards, Scott Powell, Jordan Gwilliam, Alex Thomas, Sam Smith. Replacements: Rhodri Waters, Jack Smythe, Billy Wood, James Davies, Seamus Wiseman.