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Dafydd Llewelyn
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Rhodri Jenkins
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Bleddyn Thomas
Try 1

Match Report
28 September 2019 / Team News

Too close

Aberaeron 12 St Clears 7

A win is a win but Aberaeron will rue the missed opportunity to claim the additional bonus point after a fractured display against a determined Saints contingent, eager to regroup after last year's relegation. Both sides have had similar success to date this term so bragging rights were very much to the fore on a blustery Parc Drefach. The hosts' shorn of a few first teamers had a young second row partnership of Llyr Davies and Bleddyn Thomas but the absence of the injured giant Gethin Hughes was hardly missed as the former gave a man of the match performance whilst his partner showed a clean pair of heels to outpace and embarrass the visitors backline to score the winning try. Early stages were evenly matched with home forays repelled by scrambling defence but also coupled with more than a little assistance from the referee. And it took a flash of brilliance to open the scoring with Rhodri Jenkins creating the break for speedy centre Dafydd Llewelyn to cross for his fourth try of the campaign. Jenkins duly added the conversion but the visitors struck back minutes from half time capitalising on some indifferent play from the hosts to create the opportunity for the referee to allow centre Shane Morgan to take a disputed quick penalty and cross the whitewash. Dan Griffiths added the conversion to level the scores at the break. Facing the strong wind in the second period, as invariably happens Aberaeron improved on their handling error count but alas several openings went astray failing to capitalise on breaks by Jenkins and centre Tom Slinger as a lack of vision at crucial openings allowed the Saints defence to scramble to thwart try scoring opportunities. And it took another flash this time from scrum half Morgan Llewelyn to create the opening for Thomas to canter from half way against a flailing defence to cross for the decisive score. Despite the relief of finally breaking the stubborn rearguard, further attempts went astray with refereeing decisions taking more than a little attention, leaving a somewhat deflated coaching contingent recognising a missed opportunity. On the negative side there was an injury to influential No 8 Lewis Tomlins and the extended absence of Morgan Llewelyn and flanker Dan Lewis will test the squad strength starting with another derby with Cardigan next on the agenda.


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