Haverfordwest RFC | 1st Team 12 - 16 Aberaeron RFC | 1st Team
Matthew Phillips
Try 1
Gethin Jenkins
1 Try
Rhodri Jenkins
1 Try
3 Penalty

Match Report
05 October 2022 / Team News

Haverfordwest 12 - 16 Aberaeron

It was the Seagulls that came out on top, in what turned out to be a titanic tussle
in Pembrokeshire Both sides, smarting from recent losses, were keen to set
things straight, with what followed a great advert for local rugby.
It was a case of two contrasting styles, as Haverfordwest made good use of their
bulky pack to pressurise through their powerful scrum, whilst the visitors looked
to utilise their strong running game and pacy backline.
The opening section of the match saw an early opportunity for outside half,
Rhodri Jenkins - a penalty from the kick off, which unluckily cannoned off the post
in an otherwise faultless kicking display during the afternoon. The home side
soon got their forward game going and it was through these scrum power plays,
that they took the lead. Initially, some good carrying by the forwards led to a five
pointer, before this was further supplemented by a penalty try, following a long
series of re-sets.
Sandwiched in the middle of these scores, came Aberaeron's reply via the silky
skills of promising youngster, Gethin Jenkins. After a series of attacking phases,
the centre found himself in possession on the home 22, where he carried hard,
busting a tackle, before rounding the full back and touching down. Rhodri Jenkins
added the extras, before converting a penalty to keep Aberaeron in touch, 12-10
at half time.
Some probing from the Aberaeron back line eventually bore fruit, as great link up
play between the Llewelyn brothers and Gethin Jenkins, presented Rhodri
Jenkins with a penalty, which he duly knocked over, giving the visitors the lead
for the first time during the afternoon.
This one point lead provided the motivation for Haverfordwest to begin chasing
the game, and with Aberaeron reduced to 13 men for a period, the feeling was
that it would be a matter of time before a score was registered. Gallant defence
though by the likes of chop-tackling Richard Francis; and scrum half Steffan
Bwtch Jones ensured that the Pembrokeshire side were limited to three missed
penalty chances only.
It was left to Rhodri Jenkins then, as the clock ticked down, to land a monster
penalty to extend the lead with minutes to go. Aberaeron continued their strong
defence as they worked towards that final whistle.Back on track then for the
Seagulls, who now can look forward to a first home game of the season next
weekend and a local derby against Cardigan.


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