Sunday, February 25, 2007

Cefneithin 17 Llanelli Warriors 37 (match 129)

The Warriors had another fantastic day at Cefneithin. The match was one of the better ones in the series and the Warriors turned on the style to record a convincing win. Chris Bonar made a special apperance, coming out of retirment for his 65th apperance whilst his brother Jon made his comeback in the 2nd half. Mathew Jones scored two tries, was named Warriors man of the match and got invited to train with Llandovery. His luck didn't exstend to him being able to drink with Gwilym & Lee though, retiring early and leaving a trail of drinks in his wake.

(such as it is, it's very hard keeping track of details in Cefneithin on international/Warriors day)
The Warriors notched up their 4th successive win with an impressive performance at Cefneithin, hitting their peak just in time for their big international challenge. They hit form with a 6 try performance meaning confidence will be high when they take on the Saracens’ Brave Herts team this Friday night in a prelude to the Wales – England international.
Flying full back Matthew Jones lead the Warriors scoring, collecting an impressive brace of tries including a length of the field interception, wing David Edwards scored after a mazy run, all three front row; James Dew, Captain Jason Jenkins and Chris Bonar scored while second row Roger Thomas collected the final touch down. Thomas and Simon Jenkins snatched a conversion each whilst Jenkins also kicked an early penalty.
Others to impress where Jason Bennett, pirouetting beautifully on the wing, and flanker Jon Bonar making a welcome return to the fray.
The Cefn side were happy to throw the ball about but simple errors cost them dear. They deserved more than the 3 tries they got with Daniel Bonar and Dai Junior the pick off the team.

Warriors XV: Mathew Jones, Dai Edwards, Andrew John, Jon Jones, Lee Rowlands (Jason Bennett), Dean Gilasbey, Anthony Bonar, Colin Talcon (Alan Taylor), Jason Jenkins (Cpt.), James Dew (Chris Bonar), John Horwood, Roger Thomas, Chris Spriggs, Simon Jenkins, Gwilym Lewis (Jon Bonar)

Tries: Mathew Jones (2), Jason Jenkins, David Edwards, James Dew, Chris Bonar
Penalty: Simon Jenkins
Conversions: Simon Jenkins, Roger Thomas

Warriors Man of the Match: Mathew Jones
Cefneithin Man of the Match: Colin Talcon

Monday, February 12, 2007

Betws 22 Llanelli Warriors 27 (Match 128)

The Warriors won an exciting game at Betws for the start of a rugby marathon which took in Italy - Scotland, Ireland - e**land and France - Wales, as well as a fancy dress disco.
A match report follows the photos but as ever there wasn't enough room to mention everything: Simon bouncing both Juice and then Bloc but spoiling a fine performance with a yellow card and a match winning pwdi (hard luck Louie, nice try though). juice show and go missing an open line, Gareth Lewis (Betws) just falling over once Billo ran into the same 22 as him, Tony actually making a tackle, Rich Griff managing to appear for both sides and ref part of the game and Lewis with a try saving intervention. Congratulations to Killer and Tarw for being selected as Captains for both sides


(L>R) Chrisp, Juice, Murphy & Bloc build themselves up for the big challenge

The toss(ers) Jon Kerr (Warriors), Simon Tarw (Betws) and Richie Griff

Louie blocking Colin leading the team out for his 100th game

Colin Talcon leading the team out on his 100th apperance

Chris Spriggs and Gareth Davy enter the fray

Roger Thomas: typical pose

The only time Gareth Lewis (far left) will ever feature at full back for Betws

Billo with a clear run to the line helpfully cuts in so Owen can tackle him

Warriors enthusiastically chase the kick off

set scrum

scrum set

Roger takes a photo of Juice on the floor whilst the Warriors score out wide

Louie 'Himmler' Jones marches back to his line

Gareth on his knees (again) as the ball goes out of play

Mark Bolan about to fire out another pass

Louie showing he can indeed see the nose on the end of his face!

Louie stabbed with flag pole

Louie ruins half decent action shot

Lee Rowlands helpfully ducks down so Sooty can pass the ball out

Block: Athlete

Deano: dirty boy

Warriors attack pile up

Louie and apprentice: Tom Dew

Doddering unfit fool and Louie

Pancho and Ice run a sisscors for Betws

The handsome, slim, red shirted athlete watched carefully as Tony Whittaker stood about on the wing

Lee 'hands on hips' Rowlands feels pace of playing a man's position

Another kick off for the Warriors

Deano chases around for the ball

Murphy self portrait

Another kick off and Rowlands still feeling it

Simon Jenkins stops another Billo run

Tony: 1st there, for water at half time

Jumpin' marches over... give a poor child a row

Billo showws off his tackling technique

1st scrum of 2nd half

Warriors on the attack

Warriors set to recive kick off

Chris & Gwil helping Roger to celebrate his 32nd birthday

Well there nothing wrong with ambition

Count Colin Dracula about to swoop in on an unsuspecting Magic

Thumbs up for Billo as he pulls

Colin celebrates his 100th apperance with a (full fat) pepsi (rock n roll baby)

Pop & crisps

Killer and Scooby Doo watch the rugby

Louie about to double his body weight

Louie: now wheres Billo got to?

Tony Whittaker about 2 burgers off a decent Duncan Jones impression

Col gets all fuzzy

All ready for the short journey home (which took Louie 3 hours)

Match Report

The Llanelli Warriors managed to triumph in an exciting match at Betws on the weekend, the result only decided with the last move of the game.
Led out by prop Colin Talcon, on the occasion of his 100th appearance, the Warriors were obviously up for the encounter, while Betws looked just as determined throughout.
Betws were led by sometimes Warrior No8 Simon Jenkins and featured extremes of youth (Nathan Jones) and experience (scrum half Mark Bolan) in an experimental squad. Jon Kerr stood in as Warriors skipper while half backs Dean Gilasbey and Jon Jones resumed their successful partnership.
Both sides looked to keep the ball alive and there wasn’t a line out until late in the second half. The Warriors looked dangerous early on with full back Mathew Jones bamboozling the Betws defence with some weaving runs. They missed some early opportunities before prop James Dew crossed wide out. The packs were getting fully involved and the new look Betws front row was a revelation, showing Italian graft and French flair they provided some magic moments while new Warriors no8 Rowlands roamed the field menacingly.
Betws hit back soon after though. Simon Jenkins helped relive the pressure with some strong running and eventually second row Mathew Rees crashed over. Jenkins converted and Betws continued to dominate. Centres Alan and Gavin Thomas gave them plenty of forward momentum but it was their other lock, Owen Williams who extended their lead with a neat try. Betws scored again before the break but Jason Bennett got over for the Warriors with a typical charge.
The game then was evenly poised at the break. The Warriors introduced Roger Thomas at lock while Betws moved Gareth Lewis to scrum half. The Warriors seemed to benefit more and spent long periods deep in Betws territory. Andrew John and Gareth Davy began to cause problems in midfield but Betws scored again through Nathan Jones, marking a fine debut alongside his father Paul. The game was very open even at this late stage and play moved quickly from end to end. The Warriors moved the length of the field only for Jon Kerr to be brought down inches short from the line. Tony Whittaker went close on one wing before Richard Griffiths finally got the Warriors a score on the other side. Betws almost hit back immediately with a sweeping move which saw Mathew Rees just forced into touch.
Back on the attack Whittaker crossed for the Warriors to leave the game on a knife edge, the winning score came only after the referee had called last play and fell to flanker Gwilym Lewis, crashing to take the spoils.

Llanelli Warriors: Mathew Jones, Richard Evans (Richard Griffiths), Gareth Davy, Andrew John, Tony Whittaker, Jon Jones, Dean Gilasbey, Colin Talcon, James Dew, Jason Bennett, John Horwood (Roger Thomas), Jon Kerr (Cpt), Chris Spriggs, Lee Rowlands, Gwilym Lewis

Man of the Match: Lee Rowlands
Tries: Jason Bennett, James Dew, Richard Griffiths, Tony Whittaker, Gwilym Lewis
Conversion: Tony Whittaker
Pwdi: Simon Jenkins