CARDIGAN completed a comfortable 60-0 win over Llangwm, and the score would have been much greater if the conditions underfoot had not been so heavy.
This was not the ideal preparation for their big top of the table clash this weekend at St Clears, but Cardigan coach Colin Horscroft will have been pleased with some of the handling of his back line, and the impressive running from deep of young full back Alun Jenkins, who is back in the side after his head injury.
Jenkins is a silky runner and his hat-trick of tries was a timely reminder of what he can do when he is presented with an opportunity to run at the opposition.
This game was all but over by the break, with the Cardis already 22-0 ahead, with tries from outside centre Sion Hughes, full back Alun Jenkins, outside half Llyr Jones and left wing Ben Rogers, and one conversion by centre Emyr Harries.
Cardigan kept up the pressure after the break and Jenkins completed his hat-trick, whilst there were further tries from Sion Hughes and replacement winger Carwyn Thomas, who was making a welcome return after a long break, with two tries in quick succession.
Replacement flanker Kieran Hurley rounded off the scoring late on, but it was against the run of play as Llangwm had been pushing hard for a try in the final 10 minutes and went close on two occasions, but for some sterling defensive work.
This was an easy ride for Cardigan, but full credit to the visitors for never giving up the fight and playing out until the final minute in pursuit of a try, with scrum half Lewis Jones, flankers Ben Llewellyn and Ashley James, prop Gavin Jones and second row Dai Reynolds each putting in a huge amount of effort for them.
TREGARON went over for four tries, but they still ended on the losing side in a entertaining and open game when going down 20-36 against Pembroke in Swalec Division Three West A.
Dilwyn Harries crossed the line twice, and Dorian Rees and Geraint Jones also went over for unconverted tries as Tregaron hit back.
Four tries from Pembroke’s powerful number eight Sam Smith, however, was the highlight for the visitors, who played most of the game with 14 men after Dom Colman had been controversially red-carded.
Even after the visitors had been reduced to 13 men for a yellow card, the Scarlets held out well, with some very good defensive play from young backs Luke Hartland, Tom Lewis and especially Tom Kinnear.
Pembroke made a powerful start against a team they had beaten 38-10 at home, grabbing 14 points in the first five minutes as hooker Max Hayward rounded off a 75 metre move from the kick-off and Smith scored a try from close range, both converted by Hartland.
Smith added his second after excellent play by Will Edwards, Scott Powell, Johnny Palmer and Lloyd Davies, with Hartland converting that score, along with Smith’s hat-trick try
Tregaron used their numerical advantage to claw their way back to 28-15 before Smith was on hand to grab the Scarlets’ fifth try.
Hartland missed that conversion, but he then made amends with a penalty, and although Tregaron managed another late score it was Pembroke who came away with a battling win.