Llandybie welcomed their friends from Grangemouth, Scotland for this annual fixture now in its 67th year. It is always a special occasion when our Scottish cousins pay us a visit in what is always a keenly contested game for the Alban Jenkins Shield.

Llandybie gave away two early penalties, with Grangemouth finding a good touch and from the throw formed a driving maul which gave a try to centre David Harvey after only two minutes converted by Adam Worthington.

Llandybie then spent twenty minutes in the Scots 22 but the defence was good and kept the hosts at bay. Llandybie lost a player to the bin for coming into the ruck from the side killing the ball. Grangemouth’s 62 years young scrum half sliced a clearing kick and the bounce fell kindly for winger Cody Jones who managed to score in the corner with Chris Powell adding the extras from the touchline. The visitors advanced into the hosts 22 and from another lineout set up another maul to score a good try by number 8 Daniel White. Llandybie missed two shots at goal and half time came with the hosts five points adrift.

In the second half Llandybie were more expansive with a good break from evergreen Wayne Williams almost making the line. Another kick ahead from Powell gave winger Rhydian Jones a chance but his kick ahead just went dead. Grangemouth lost a player to the bin for laying on in the ruck and Llandybie kept up the pressure with some good back play with Jordan Tommason picking up to force his way over under the posts to level the scores. The rushed conversion which could have won them the shield was sliced wide.

With the game drawn at 12-12, Grangemouth retained the Shield, but everyone enjoyed the match in poor wet conditions, and both sides tried to entertain with running rugby. Thanks to young referee Dafydd Jones who had a sound match.