Monday, June 14, 2010

Llanelli Ambulance Service 24 Llanelli Warriors 41 (Match 165)

Another good day back at New Dock as the Warriors notch a 40 point win

Despite the long season the Llanelli Warriors proved they still had plenty of running in them as they beat Llanelli Ambulance in a high paced encounter at New Dock Stars.

As ever the firm ground helped the Warriors cause although the heat played a big part especially in the latter stages. In the rather cautious early stages both sides looked a bit reluctant to show their hand but the game did slowly come to life. The ambulance edged the early encounters and demonstrated some good skills whilst launching several attacks.

They looked odds on to score when Richard Evans broke clear only to be denied by an excellent Ryan Morgan tackle. The Ambulance side continued to press and eventually took the lead with a well taken try through Jones. The Warriors began to come more into the game after this, Rhydian Williams providing a big presence and Jason Jenkins going well. As in several recent matches the Warriors’ Achilles heel was their rucking with forwards not getting over the ball effectively. The Warriors where helped enormously when Robert Davies was forced to leave the field as he had benefited from their poor rucking the most.

If that was their weakness then their strength was full tilt attack. Quick offloads, fast hands and pace out wide meant that if they did win ball they were inevitably dangerous. Wing Curtis Ramcke again showed he needed only half a chance as he crossed to get the Warriors of the mark and flanker Nathan Lawson ensured they led going into the break with a strong run.

The second half saw the teams start off going try for try, scores for the Warriors through Pollitt and Randall quickly being cancelled out. Randall scored again to re-establish a 10 point lead at 29-19 but as the heat took it’s toll the Warriors finally pulled away. Effective centre Jamie Evans won a long race before replacement centre Neil parker stormed through the middle. Simon Jenkins 3rd conversion saw the Warriors past 40 points but the Ambulance team had the last word. Father and son duo Luke and Cam Messaggiero ran hard throughout whilst scrum half Scipee was often a handful. They saw some reward for their hard work as the Ambulance team crossed at the death for a well deserved consolation score.

Warriors full back Andrew John was later named Man of the Match ahead of several candidates to round off a very enjoyable day of rugby.

Llanelli Warriors: Andrew John, Curtis Ramcke (Darren Pollitt), Jamie Evans (Neil Parker), Alun Stephens, Ryan Morgan (Tony Whittaker), Anthony Randall, Chris Edmunds (Lee Barber), Colin Talcon (Richard Evans), Jason Jenkins, Jason Bennett (Ben Phillips), John Horwood, Rhydian Williams (Jon Kerr), Luke Messaggiero (Nathan Lawson), Gwilym Lewis.

MORE hot sunshine. MORE debuts and another win. A good day at New Dock again for the Warriors.

Despite some almost non existent running the Warriors managed to pull off a win here, helped by a strong local turn out and the Ambulance needing a couple of loans. This almost back fired on the Warriors when Rich Hapus broke clear in the 22 but young Ryan Morgan, playing only his 2nd ever game of rugby managed to pull off the cover tackle. More comic moments were to be had, especially in the 2nd half with father and som Message-aeros Cam and Luke back chatting and falling into each other, Cam also geting a Simon special from behind just when he thought he was in the clear. Big Rhyd added to jis 1st cap with his 1st injury (baddy finger) Apart from that he spent half the game going the wrong way and the other half apologising to Gwilym for going the wrong way.

Neil Parker was able to move away from ref and in his 2nd game and with his 1st touch he split the defence for a crucial try. Good to see Gary Shed back as ref - keeping an eye on young nephew Jamie.

There was the disapointing spectacle of Wales v South Africa in New Dock Clubhouse afterwards although some Warriorettes did finally arrive (Hi Haley, Leslie, Carol Bach & Tracey). Thanks to New Dock for (just in time) getting the field ready.

Tumble 34 Llanelli Warriors 43 (Match 164)

No weddings to worry about this week and the re scheduled Tumble match was a big success for the Warriors.

A fine day and (eventually) a good turn out was topped off with a good win. There were some impressive debuts with Ryan Morgan and the 2 for 1 Ashleys: HellYeah and Hughes.

The Warriors managed an impressive victory at Tumble with a great display of positive rugby.

Excellent conditions at Parc Mawr were conducive to running rugby and both sides were happy to oblige.

It was high tempo rugby from start to finish and the scores came thick and fast. The inital score looked unlikely when the Warriors chipped ahead but a series of handling errors allowed Jonathan Kerr to pounce for a poachers try. The score gave the Warriors confidence though and the dominated most of the opening quarter. Nathan Lawson got the 1st of a brace of tries as the Warriors support running and offloading began to find some gaps. Chris Edmunds crossed for his 1st Warriors try but Tumble proved they could be dangerous and hit back from long range and shortly added a second. This set the pattern for the game with tit for tat scoring, but Tumble couldn’t quite pull back that early Warriors lead.

The Warriors ended the half strongly and should have scored again but drastic Tumble defence held firm.

This seemed to inspire the Magpies who came out strongly after the break and probably had the best of the second half. They couldn't catch the Warriors though. Ryan Morgan capped a fine debut with a try and joining him on the score sheet were Curtis Ramcke and Simon Jenkins.

Adam Benikaritis led the way for the home side with two tries and a conversion with Shaun farmer, James Owen and Emyr Davies all crossing. The latter was a sweeping length of field movement which emphasised the high skill level that had been on shoe. It was difficult to single out individuals from such consummate team performances and the Warriors much have been please with how all three of their debutants went. Jamie Evans was the most dangerous back on the field but Warriors No8 Rob Hughes was eventually chosen as Man of the Match.

Warriors : Joshua Crowther (Anthony Randall), Darren Pollitt (Tony Whittaker), Jamie Evans (Ashley Hellyr), Alun Stephens, Ryan Morgan (Curtis Ramcke), Dean Gilasbey, Chris Edmunds, Colin Talcon (Richard Evans), Nathan Lawson (Ashley Hughes), Mike Seigont, Jon Kerr, John Horwood, Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Rob Hughes, Gwilym Lewis

Read an edited version of the report HERE on the Evening Post/Llanelli Star website and of course ALL the ffotos are on the Warriors main site

It wasn't all good mind, how Killer scored from Tarw's awful kick and chase is anyones guess...

Back at the clubhouse Tumble donated a very useful £50 to the Warriors and Simon gave 'that' speech again.