Division Two West: Pembroke 69-7 Loughor

Pembroke will take a welcome rest this weekend ahead of a potential do or die clash with Pontyberem on April 13th.

That's after the Scarlets notched a comfortable win in their last home game of the season last Saturday, hammering fifth placed Loughor.

The home side went in missing skipper Scott Powell capitalising on a poor clearance kick to run in from 25 metres out.

Just minutes later young full back Tom Harding Jones sprinted through a disorganised defence to score a try converted by Toby Smith.

The home side continued to apply pressure, with forwards and backs combining well, and after winning a scrum against the head on the Loughor 22 No 8 Sam Smith picked up and burst through to the posts - with brother Toby converting.

Pembroke continued to maintain the intensity as centre Dan Colley pierced the defensive line to score, Toby Smith converting again, to make it 24-0 inside 20 minutes.

With five minutes of the half remaining it was Harding-Jones who made a break and fed Toby Smith on an acute angle, and he made the line before again adding the extras - although the visitors did hit back straight after with a try for No 8 Jonathan Bowen that scrum half Liam Hedges converted.

In the second half Pembroke put on 36 unanswered points - starting when centre Fraser James picked up loose ball 25 metres out and weaved his way over.

The a length of the field move culminated in Smith's cross-field kick setting up Stanford to score again, the former converting.

Pembroke made a host of changes as Dom Colman, Cyle Weatherall, Alex Thomas, Rhys Mainwaring and James Davies added impetus and it was Colman who soon crashed over.

The home side continued a high tempo and scrum half Tom Lewis intercepted a pass and raced 50 metres to score - before winger Stanford scored his hat trick try and Smith converted.

And it was Toby and brother Sam who combined for the final try, the No 8 breaking the line and possing a pass to the outside half for another seven pointer - and a personal tally of 27 points (three tries and six conversions).

And the day got better for Pembroke with the news at Fishguard had won at Pontyberem. That leaves the Scarlets second and seven points ahead of the latter, but they have two games left and Pontyberem three. Therefore a result in Llanelli on April 13th is crucial for the Scarlets.

The title is not yet beyond them either - they trail Penclawdd (also two games left) by three points and will hope for another favour from Fishguard this Saturday when they host the leaders.

Pembroke: Tom Harding Jones, Simon Stanford, Fraser James, Dan Colley, Shaun Dalling, Toby Smith, Tom Lewis, Jonny Palmer, Seamus Wiseman, Lloyd Davies, Will Edwards, Jordan Gwilliam, Sam Smith, Jack Smyth, Rhodri Walters. Replacements: Alex Thomas, Dom Coleman, Cyle Weatherall, James Davies, Rhys Mainwaring.

  • The 2nd XV (Pembroke Tigers) took on Crymych 2nds for the fourth time this season.  They went down 35-22 in an entertaining game, with tries for Tommy John, Nathan Rowlands, and Lewis Davies. The latter added two conversions and a penalty. It means Crymych take the 'series' 2-1, with one of the games drawn!