Warriors scrum holds up to pressure - fat lot of good that will do with Gwil at scrum half!
Duke score 1sts try
Gwil desperatley looks for reinforcements
Josh gets a good view of the Warriors disco dancing
1/2 time chit chat
Big Lee leaping like a salmon much to the joy of his team mates
"did you fall over or something" Rich Hapus deleighted that his birthday has been recognised
Bk row: Gary James, Jason 'Bloc' Bennet, Roger 'Murphy' Thomas, Richard 'Hapus' Evans, Gwilym 'Lulu' Lewis, David Carpenter, 'Jumping' John Horwood, 'Big Alun Stephens, Lee Rowlands, James 'Tew' Howells, Dean Gilasbey, Martin Smith, Joshua Crowther, Lewis Jones.
Frt row: Chris 'Claw' Spriggs, Dai 'Posh' Edwards, Jonathan 'Killer' Kerr, Tians Gilasbey, Tony Whittaker (Cpt), Dion Mitchell-Lewis, Jason Jenkins, Colin Talcon.
Shed the ref: off the pace again
Lewis duo falling behind in Father/Son race Josh & Dion
The Warriors welcomed back prop Dai Edwards, wing David Carpenter and No 8 Simon Jenkins whilst the Duke XV featured a range of ability from ex Llanelli players to veteran bar flies.
It was the Duke XV who made the early running though and they exploited some powder puff defence to score two early tries, much to the delight of the crowd.
With Andrew Rees running strongly in the centre and his son doing well on the wing the Warriors were struggling to get into the game.
Eventually bustling centre Martin Smith took matters into his own hands with a blockbusting run to the line. This injected new life into the Warriors side and prop Jason Bennett continued his recent run with another side stepping try near the posts.
If the Warriors thought they had calmed the storm they were mistaken as the Wellington hit back to ensure they were ahead at the break.
The game was highly competitive with Justin Hughes and Jon ‘Killer’ Kerr putting in some big hits for their respective sides. Richard Evans had an effective game at prop for the Wellington while Ashley did well for them in mid field. For the Warriors Chris Spriggs showed up well with some outrageous dummies and Alun Stephens ran with purpose throughout.
Smith again got the Warriors going when he made a try for Kerr but again the Wellington XV got ahead with their 4th try of the match. The Warriors haven’t lost at Stradey park for over 12 months and they redoubled efforts to secure the win. Live wire flanker Alan Taylor and flying wing James Howells did well to set up the position for Simon Jenkins to mark his come back with a try. With both sides having managed two conversions apiece the scores were deadlocked as the team entered the final quarter and there was no telling which way the result would go. In the end the Warriors needed a bit of luck, with a debate going on about how to take a penalty on the 22, Warriors fly half Jon Jones tapped and went – winding his way to the line and taking the Warriors to victory. Jenkins kicked the conversion and having finally got in front the Warriors managed to hold on a secure the win and keep their home record intact.
Warriors XV: Tony Whittaker (Cpt), Joshua Crowther (Alun Stephens), Martin Smith, Dean Gilasbey, James Howells (David Carpenter, Darren Petticot), Jon Jones, Gwilym Lewis, Richard Evans (Colin Talcon), Jason Jenkins, Jason Bennett, John Horwood, Roger Thomas (Alan Taylor), Jon Kerr, Simon Jenkins, Chris Spriggs.