Friendly rugby:

Haverfordwest RFC 2nds 19-44 Bluestone RFC 44

THERE was a successful return to action for Bluestone RFC last week as they won well at Haverfordwest – in a game that raised more than £100 for charity.

The visitors started well and led five minutes in when No 8 Dan Gosnold took a pop pass off outside half Llew Jones, and burst through the line before popping a pass to prop Luke Griffiths-Dawes to saunter over from 35 metres out.

With man of the match Rhys Williams instrumental at scrum half, Bluestone continued to press and winger Dafydd Wright gathered a cross-field kick to score, before half-backs Williams and Jones crossed for tries themselves.

Williams then got his second try in style, sniping through a gap in a ruck on half way and weaving his way to the line.

The home side then responded with a spell of heavy pressure, but some notable tackling from debutant Matt Washbourne, Zac France-Miller, Kial Keane and flankers Ryan Goldworthy and Jack Butler kept the Bluestone line intact – before the away side broke up-field and Ollie Lewis was the quickest to a chip through to score in the corner.

Haverfordwest did get the try there play deserved early in the second half, and then as the game began to open up in the final quarter, the home side crossed for a second try.

But then Bluestone found their second wind and centre Kial Keane combined with Jones, and the No 10 showed a great sidestep to go outside his marker and score his second try.

Haverfordwest responded again with their third try, but the game’s final score came with five minutes left when Keane gathered a loose ball and sped upfield, evading several tackles before offloading to Jones who sped over for a hat-trick on his Bluestone debut.

Afterwards, the Bluestone squad thanked the enthusiastic crowd at Merlins Bridge who helped raise more than £100 for the Bluestone Foundation.

The game was the latest fundraiser from the employees at Bluestone National Park Resort to raise funds for the resort’s charitable foundation. This month a team of Bluestone employees have raised over £20,000 by cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia. The Bluestone Foundation was established to help people through environmental, economic and social projects in Pembrokeshire.