Report from Ammanford RFC

AMMANFORD RFC emerged victorious in very blustery conditions, after a hurricane of a start from the home team.

From the kick-off the ball was caught and moved wide where winger Liam Smith skinned his man and chipped ahead.

Scrum half and new club skipper Alex Davies hacked on, which gave centre Steffan Duggan the chance to win the race to the ball.

Outside half Ryan Williams added the extra points from the touchline and within a minute of the start Ammanford were up 7-0.

Both sides tried hard to keep the ball in hand so negate the very strong cross field wind that blew incessantly all game.

It was a testing game for all kickers and hookers. The Ammanford scrum at full strength was a constant supply of quality ball and helped ease any tricky situations all game.

This start did not put Tondu off and they gradually got back into the game, working the ball smoothly down the right wing to give their winger the opportunity to step back inside and register their first score.

Tondu maintained their pressure and once again split the home defence, but a superb goal line tackle by scrum half Davies saw his fellow players manage to hold the attacker up over the line.

Ammanford rallied to set up their own series of attacks and it was from one such attack that the inevitable Williams chip and chase was seen.

A line out on the left wing was once again cleanly taken by second row Callan Davies, through the fast hands of the scrum half to Williams. His deft chip saw Duggan grubber on the half volley he then gathered to get his second try and Williams converted.

Tondu finished the half strong and after a series of rucks close to the home line powered over to end the half just 14-10 down.

The visitors started the second half in a positive manner soon winning a penalty and reducing the Ammanford lead to a point.

From the restart Ammanford worked their way into the Tondu 22 and did not come out until they had scored.

A series of pick and drives by the forwards gave Davies a chance to put in a flat pass across the face of the defence for centre Steff Roberts to hit the gap and score, Williams added the extra two points.

Ammanford tails up were soon back on the attack and with sub fullback Ceri Rees splitting the home defence a try looked a certainty. He was, however, hauled down a metre out under the posts but on hand was the ever present Davies to pick up and score giving Williams an easy conversion. 28-13

Never-say-die Tondu replied when, from a flowing attack, a very delicate chip using the wind saw the winger score in the corner, but with time running out Ammanford had the final say.

From an attacking lineout and several phases of pick and go, No8 Harri McBribe, aided by prop Rhodri Jones, powered over, and Williams made it five kicks from five on a very windy day