23 January 2023 / Team News

Sutton Cup defeat at Neyland.

Neyland 25 - Llangwm 5

Referee: Anthony Jones (Drefach, near Tumble) who had an excellent match

 Neyland and Llangwm play annually for The Sutton Cup, donated by the family in memory of a former Neyland player who sadly died early – and this first of two games was a credit to both clubs in what proved to be an absorbing local derby which was played at a terrific pace, with some huge tackles, but always within the spirit of a game as a tribute to Paul Sutton.
It was also a special event because the match marked the opening of the splendid new scoreboard at The Athletic Ground in memory of Martin ‘Ceefax’ Rees, another special person in the All Blacks’ history and rightly revered for his huge contribution to the club – and will have a commemorative article about this special commemoration later in the week.

Wasps start well but Neyland’s quality backs soon involved

The Llangwm pack looked really ready for the challenge as skipper Ieuan Power, James Lewis, Jason Mock, Phil Llewellyn and Co were strong in the set-pieces and ever-ready to rumble down the slope in search of an early advantage.
Neyland were looking to spread the ball wide at every opportunity with Patrick Bellerby, George Williams and Ollie Rothero eager to show their paces – and it was a Bellerby break that set up the opening score when Iestyn and Owain Evans, Craig Power and Luke Griffiths-Dawes established the platform and No 8 Ben Williams ploughed over on the left flank.
The All Blacks might have had a second score when Alex Codd, Owen Hamer and George Evans sliced through but the final pass to Ollie Rothero went astray.
Luke Dyer, who featured with some powerful runs, missed the first real chance of Llangwm points but he missed the penalty chance and The All Blacks responded with a superb score that stemmed from ball won by Alex Swales, Sean Geoghegan and Dan Hart amongst others, with play swept upfield until a long pass released Rothero on the right wing and he beat his marker to touch down in the corner.
Ben Williams’ support play saw him add his second try from a rolling maul where there was no stopping him and Rothero added his second try shortly afterwards and again Bellerby and George Williams before George Evans’ long pass gave him the space – and The All Blacks were 20-0 to the good at half time.

Equally competitive second half

The second half was equally competitive and it was Llangwm who scored a close-range try set up by their pack and deservedly finished off by skipper Power, ably assisted by James Lewis, Llewellyn, Matthew Rees, Dave Reynolds,  and Alex Swales.
Neyland had the final word, scoring-wise as classy centre George Williams was released by Adam Peel and Evans and dobbed the ball down over the line but there was still much more to savour like Dan Ridge, James Brock and especially Jack Roberts’ tackling in defence for The Wasps and the quality running of The All Blacks backs.
And finally, a word about referee Anthony Jones, who travelled down from Drefach, near Tumble and maintained a quiet control that saw the two teams focus on quality rugby, which was certainly appreciated by the large crowd in attendance.
Neyland: Patrick Bellerby: Adam Peel; George Williams; Alex Codd; Ollie Rothero: George Evans; Owen Hamer: Luke Griffiths-Dawes; Alex Swales; Craig Power: Iestyn Evans; Sean Geoghegan; Dan Hart; Owain Evans; George Williams. Replacements: Declan Harewood; Jasper Endean; Henry McBeth; Stu Phillips; Ben Milward.
Llangwm: Luke Dyer: Dan Ridge; James Brock; Yale Grice; Jack Roberts: Kieron Lewis Owen; Ian Griffiths:  Ieuan Power (Capt); Phil Llewellyn; Matthew Rees: Dave Reynolds; Josh Young: Dan Woodward; James Lewis; Jamie Mock. Replacements:  Callum Jenkins; Owain Jones; Steve Rees; Mikey Phillips; Ollie Gerson; Ollie Kersey.

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