Llandeilo enjoy stern cup test
1:25pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Swalec Plate Round One
Llandeilo 8 Loughor 21
The Plate is always a difficult proposition for Division Three teams who have to overcome the gulf in class shown by Division One opposition.
Such fixtures often simply offer the lower-ranked side the opportunity to test themselves against far better opposition.
Llandeilo certainly made the most of their chance to do that at Cae William on Saturday.
They took the game to Loughor from the start, played the more inventive, attractive rugby throughout.
The hosts led at half-time and were still within a score of their opponents going into the last ten minutes.
The difference between the teams was in the scrum.
Despite a huge effort, the home eight could not combat the Blues pack’s power at the set piece and were pushed back regularly. It was one such shove that led to Loughor’s second try and put the game out of Llandeilo’s reach late on.
Another push – impossible to stop within the rules of the game – earned prop James Hughes a spell in the sinbin.
But most of the running and creative play was produced by the hosts. While the scrum suffered, the lineout went well and possession was not a problem.
It was well used by half-backs Emyr Thomas and Osian Williams. The elusive running of centre Leighton Rees created several chances, but Loughor’s defence was solid and Llandeilo were restricted to a solitary try.
Celfyn Davies took a quick line out to Emyr Thomas and smart passing between them and Dan Thomas led to the number eight crossing for a neat try which put his team 8-6 up at the break.
In the second half, Loughor's power earned them their two tries but Llandeilo continued to play enterprising rugby, but the Blues held firm.
Llandeilo return to league action against Pontyberem at Cae William next week.
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