19 October 2016 / Club News

Llandeilo 7 Burry Port 27

We anticipated a tough day on Saturday and so it proved. But, although a bright morning gave way to a miserable afternoon and Geraint and Dan had to make another raft of changes to our starting line-up, the mood was reasonably positive.

Burry Port had something to prove having failed to beat us last season and they started the stronger but the boys soaked up the pressure comfortably until Oliver Dunleavy finally went over wide out on the left for a try nicely converted by Ben Williams. Williams almost went over himself but, remarkably, was awarded a penalty in front of the posts after knocking the ball on. I think we were still shaking our heads when Burry centre Duane Evans burst through the middle to score again, converted by Williams.

That burst of scoring proved crucial as we never really got back into it afterwards. Very few decisions went our way apart from a string of penalties in the visitors’ 22 during our best spell of pressure. Rutter was held up just short but Burry’s defence held out.

The second half was more even although, in truth, we didn’t really look like changing the outcome. It was a little disappointing to concede further tries and a bonus point but we had the last word when youth team full-back Cai, playing out of position at 10 - and not looking at all out of place against more experienced opposition - went through under the posts for a try he converted himself with the final kick.

Burry Port are a strong, well organised unit and undoubtedly deserved the points but I think we contributed more to the game than the final score suggested. Hey ho. On to another toughie next Saturday against the other likely front-runners up at the Amman.

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