Waun maintain their winning form in Plate
WAUNARLWYDD, sitting second in division one west, eased to a 43-15 win at home to Brynaman of three south west.
At half-time Brynaman were only adrift by a converted try, but the slick open play and accurate offloading game of the hosts was too much for the visitors in the second half, although Waun crossed for two of their six tries late on when Bryn were down to 13 due to injuries and previous substitutions.
Waun's tries went to centres Dan Fox and Tom Evans, the latter on his first-team debut, wing Ben James and flankers Guy Jones (2) and Luke Dickerson.
Lee Evans, who started the game on the wing but ended up as scrum-half, landed five conversions and a penalty.
Centre Tomos Powell and fly-half Craig Jones crossed for Brynaman, Jones's try a spectacular solo effort which he also converted. He also added a penalty.
A Pontarddulais side who were team missing eight first-team regulars produced a valiant display in going down 42-20 at Dunvant.
The hosts are currently fourth in division two west while Bont are in the same position a division below.
Dunvant, who led 20-13 at the interval, scored six tries in all. Flanker Rhys Tucker, wing Lloyd Waller, on his first-team debut, centres Craig Lewis and Owen Price, full-back Aled Lewis and replacement flanker Jordan Jackson got the touchdowns, with Aled Lewis landing three conversions and two penalties.
The try-scorers for Pontarddulais were wing Dean Courtney and replacement wing Craig Davies, with fly-half Ben Davies landing two penalties. Davies and centre Jonathan Lloyd landed one conversion each.
Commitment at the breakdown, stubborn defence and the presence of a stand-out centre ensured that a youthful Ammanford side beat local rivals Tycroes 18-13.
Tycroes, just above halfway in division three west, featured several former Ammanford players in their ranks and gave their hosts, who are bottom of one west, plenty to think about.
In front of their largest crowd of the season, Ammanford had to play with only 14 players for a quarter of the game as they had men sin-binned in each half.
Ammanford head coach Gareth Potter said: "It was always going to be tight against a good-quality Tycroes side.
"But we didn't get bullied, stood up to them and our boys held their ground. We had some very young players in our pack and they were superb.
"As regards our centre Tom Rees, he's worth his weight in gold to us with his extensive experience and carrying power."
With a stiff breeze at their backs Ammanford dominated the opening half hour, with fly-half Rhydian Morris landing two penalties before Tycroes full-back Carwyn Richards replied with one of his own.
The first try went to Tom Rees, who handed off several defenders on his way to the tryline.
Richards replied with his second penalty, but Ammanford had the last word in the half when wing Johnny Evans stepped off his left foot and cut through from 20 metres out. Morris converted, providing Ammanford with a 18-6 half-time advantage.
With the help of the elements in the second half Tycroes turned the screw. Immediately after having a man yellow-carded Ammanford conceded a penalty try, converted by Richards.
However, this turned out to be the last score of the game as twice Plate winners Ammanford defended well to hold on.
Gorseinon were pipped 24-23 by visitors Mumbles — and would have snatched a win had a try in the last couple of minutes not been disallowed for a forward pass.
They would also have won had they not had a player sin-binned — Mumbles scored 14 points during the 10 minutes when the hosts were down to 14 men.
Full-back Josh Simmons (2) and Mathew Stonham crossed for Gorseinon and fly-half Andrew Colwell landed one conversion and two penalties.
Seven Sisters, experiencing a miserable season so far in division two west with just one win in seven games, beat the only side in the division below them, Aberavon Quins, who have lost all seven of their matches.
Seven won 44-8, running in six tries via wing Anthony Llewellyn and his brother Leighton (2) on the flank, wing Daniel Challenger, full-back Carwyn Jones and No. 8 Jonathan Hapgood with a pushover score. Fly-half Daniel Short kicked four conversions and two penalties.
Mark Davies scored the Quins' only try and Mark Sheppard put over a penalty.
Kidwelly recorded the biggest win of the day, thrashing Gwendraeth Valley rivals Pontyberem 84-0.
The visitors scored 12 tries, full-back Dafydd Lewis grabbing a hat-trick and Jason Smith and Richard Rees getting two each.
Liam Thomas, Andrew Kirkbride, Andy Francis and Stuart Morris had his kicking boots on, converting all 12 conversions.
Penlan, two places above opponents Neath Athletic in division three south west — third compared with fifth — won 17-10 in Neath. It was 5-5 at half-time.
Penlan outscored their hosts by three tries to two, No. 8 Robert Di'lulio (2) and flanker Ian Scrine crossing the whitewash. Fly-half Scott Davies converted one of them.
Ystalyfera, who top three south west with a 100 per cent record, beat mid-table Resolven 47-13 in the Neath Valley.
The Swansea Valley side crossed for seven tries, full-back Daniel Sullivan leading the way with a brace.
The others to touch down were wings Graham Jones and Emyr Myers, flanker Rhys Humphreys, replacement No. 8 Alan Llewellyn plus a penalty try.
Fly-half Gareth James converted six of them. Young flanker Owain Morgan was named Ystalyfera's man of the match.
For Resolven, flanker Adam Gubb scored the only try and fly-half Steffan Williams converted it and also dropped two goals.
Loughor, bottom but one of division one west, took their chances at Llandeilo of three west to win 21-8.
Llandeilo led 8-6 at the interval but two tries by full-back Jamie George and flanker Joel Thompson were enough to earn victory for the visitors, who were down to 13 men for the final 10 minutes after having lock Leighton Daniels and centre Rhys Thomas sin-binned for technical offences.
Loughor fly-half Andrew Williams added three penalties and a conversion.
Llandeilo No. 8 Dan Thomas took advantage of an error by Peter Smiriglia to score the home side's only try, and captain and full-back Celfyn Davies landed a penalty.
There was no cup surprise at Bryncoch where the hosts, bottom of division three south west, lost heavily to Glynneath, who are top of division one west.
Glynneath won 53-0, running in nine tries in the process.
Prop David Jones and flanker James Parry got two each, the others to cross being flanker Lloyd Richards, scrum-half Ben Jones, full-back Josh Jones, wing Rhodri Cole and centre Greg Roberts. Jack O'Reilly landed four conversions.
An under-strength Llanelli Wanderers were outplayed at Cardigan, losing 49-12 to the team who are a point below them in division three west.
Cardigan made good use of the strong wind and their skilful backs took their chances well.
Fly-half Rhydian Morgan got one of the Wanderers tries and kicked a conversion, and openside flanker Tom Samuel got the other.
Carmarthen Athletic were pipped 25-23 at home by Newcastle Emlyn, Glyncorrwg also lost narrowly, 14-10 at Cilfynydd, as did Skewen at Kenfig Hill, 15-11.