18 February 2018 / Club News

Nantymoel v Penlan 17th February 2018


It was an excellent day for rugby on Saturday as referee Mr. Richard Thomas from Carmarthen got Penlan’s away game against Nantymoel started.

Penlan took the kick off and immediately went on the attack and initially looked strong. At 10 minutes though they conceded a centre field penalty which gave Nantymoel a 3 point lead.  Less than 10 minutes later they scored a pushover try near the corner which they converted to make their lead to 10 points.  At 25 minutes they had a second penalty in front of the posts for a 13 – 0 lead.

Penlan had to dig deep to make a come back and thankfully the forwards proved to be up to the task with a 30 minute push over try landed by second-row Kurt Velardo, his fourth of the season, for a 13 – 5 score.  Less than 10 minutes later they scored a second try after Robbie Watkins won the ball from their lineout just outside the 5 metre.  A classic Penlan push propelled the defence back over their line until prop Ceri Adams safely grounded the ball for his second try of the season to narrow the home lead to 13 – 10, which was were the tally stood at half time.

The Penlan fight back continued in the second half when just before 10 minutes Kurt Velardo won ball from a Penlan lineout on the Nantymoel 5 metre which lead to a powerful Penlan push for the line.  The strong Penlan forwards pushed the defence back until scrum-half Bobby Scrine landed a fine try to put his side in front for the first time in the match by 13 – 15.

Penlan started to dream about a possible 4 try bonus point win but it was not to be.  The Penlan back machine was not firing on all cylinders for once and Nantymoel made the most of it in the final quarter.  The home side scored a second try from their 25 minute lineout near the Penlan 22 after some impressive fast passing.  The conversion in front of the posts gave them the lead back by 20 – 15.  Although Penlan struggled to get ahead again their hopes were dashed when 5 minutes before the final whistle they conceded a third penalty in front of their posts to make the final home win 23 – 15 and lose Penlan’s losing bonus point.

It was a game that Penlan could have won and during which they had scored three tries to Nantymoel’s two. The difference had come from conceding three penalties which was disappointing and the loss saw Penlan slip back to second from the bottom league position.  They have 5 home and 3 away games left to play so there is still time to recover and they will certainly have learnt some lessons from their latest game.  The next game though, on 3rd. March will be a challenge against fourth league placed Brynamman at home.

Other results in 2 West Central are presently reported as –

Brynamman 35  Maesteg Celtic 12

Builth Wells 27  Cwmavon 10

Cwmgors 16  Morriston 18

Nantyffyllon 15  Ystradgynlais 17

Pencoed 15  Taibach 10

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