Stephenson stars in Laugharne win
LAUGHARNE defeated Burry Port 27-13 in division four west.
Burry Port opened the scoring in the third minute, as fly-half Aneurin Evans kicked a penalty.
Laugharne were looking disorganised but gradually got their act together and took the lead in the 11th minute.
Full-back Ross Michael gathered a loose clearance kick and ran back at Burry Port.
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After several players made a contribution, James Stephenson found centre Jonathan Owen.
Owen put width on his pass to get the ball to wing Gareth Davies and he squeezed in at the corner for the opening try.
The game was quite an open affair with both sides trying to run the ball, but Laugharne always had the advantage of Stephenson's clearance kick when danger lurked.
In the 37th minute, Laugharne went further ahead. Following a scrum in the 22, the ball went to the blindside and prop Lowther crashed over in the corner from ten metres for an unconverted try.
From the restart, Laugharne worked their way into the Burry Port 22 and had the line at their mercy but the ball was dropped and the threat was nullified.
Laugharne led 10-3 at half-time.
Three minutes after the restart, flanker John crashed over the line to extend Laugharne's lead following a line-out.
Stephenson added the conversion and Laugharne went in search of a bonus point.
After what must have been a good talking to at half-time, Laugharne started to play with more urgency and belief.
But this new-found confidence was dented in the 50th minute when Burry Port full-back Luke Morris intercepted the ball and ran in to score from 50 metres.
Fly-half Evans added the conversion and Burry Port were still in touching distance.
Stephenson eased Laugharne worries with a penalty in the 51st minute.
But the bonus-point try continued to elude them despite dominating possession and territory.
Wing Davies was having one of his best games in a Laugharne shirt and apart from scoring a try, he also saved one in the first half.
He came close to adding to his tally on several occasions before the ball went through several pairs of hands and skipper Kevin Pearce burst through from five metres to score.
That try secured the bonus point and Stephenson converted to make the win more comfortable.
But Laugharne were not finished there.
No. 8 Tom Dinan went tantalisingly close to scoring before Stephenson and centre Owen combined with wing Davies to put full-back Michael over for the final try.
This went unconverted and the game came to a close.
Laugharne's next match is an away fixture at Neyland on March 23.