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As we get closer to Christmas and the New Year, rugby standings across the UK are beginning to take shape with plenty of runaway leaders to boot!

Let’s take a look at the results over the weekend for Scimitar rugby clubs, starting in the Indigo Group Welsh Premiership. It was a fine afternoon at Church Bank as Llandovery reached 10 league victories from 11 games with a comfortable 27-10 victory over Aberavon.

Tries from Taylor Davies, Aaron Warren & Craig Thomas were enough for the reigning champs, as Aberavon made a difficult task nigh on impossible with three yellow cards within the first 11 minutes.

Llandovery’s lead at the top of the Indigo Premiership now stretches to 5 points over Ebbw Vale, although the Drovers have a game in hand to stretch that lead out once more.

Talking about Ebbw Vale, the Steelmen are leading the hunting pack after another fine result; thrashing Carmarthen Quins 54-24 at the Ciner Glass Community Stadium.

Leading 26-0 at half time and coming away with a haul of eight tries, Ebbw Vale are doing everything they can to hunt down league leaders Llandovery, who succumbed to the Steelmen for their only league loss of the season just a few weeks ago.

21 miles away, Pontypridd continued their impressive resurgence with a 29-17 victory over RGC at Sardis Road. Their fourth victory in a row, Pontypridd rushed to a 19-7 lead at half time, with both teams adding ten points each in the second half. Joel Raikes came away with two tries, while Ryan Wilkins & Aled Ward each came away with one.

All Scimitar teams winning in the Indigo Premiership this week? We’ll take it!

Moving from Wales to Yorkshire now and to our good friends at Rotherham, who comprehensively beat struggling Billingham 52-24 in National Two North to keep up the pressure on top side Leeds Tykes, who are now thirteen games unbeaten in the league.

Moving down the leagues a bit and down the country to the midlands, Barkers Butts edged a thrilling game 40-35 against Coalville (who ironically are the only side to have beaten league leaders’ Barkers Butts this season back in September).

The league is looking healthy for the blue and yellows, opening a 14 point advantage over third place with a game in hand. Elsewhere in Counties 2 Midlands West (East), Woodrush were edged out 15-29 by a clinical Birmingham & Solihull side, which leaves Rush with just two wins from twelve game so far this season.

Worcester RFC, our hometown club, continue to struggle in the Regional 2 Midlands West division. In what would have been seen as a hugely important game prior to kick-off, they travelled to bottom side Berkswell & Balsall, who sit bottom of the league.

Worcester, just one place above Berkswell & Balsall in the standings after a woeful year, would have closed the gap to 10th placed Malvern with a victory, but struggled to put anything together. They came away with a 20-5 loss, putting them in serious risk of relegation. Results are needed quick and fast from Jonny Arr’s men.

To finish off our round up, Swansea University continued to struggle with a 17-59 loss at home to Hartpury in the final game before the New Year. They sit second from bottom in the BUCS Super Rugby standings, just three points ahead of Nottingham (who have a game in hand).

That’s our final round-up of the year. See you in 2024 for more rugby fun! 🏉

Thanks, as always, to Cwm Calon Photography for the great shots at Pontypridd! 🔥


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