The top of the Indigo Welsh Premiership is stacked with Scimitar! Rugby returned this week with Llandovery bouncing back from defeat against Ebbw Vale. Ebbw Vale however shows no sign of slowing down in the Indigo Welsh Premiership.
Llandovery bounced back to winning ways last weekend after their shock defeat to Ebbw Vale. It was a must-win as Llandovery faced an RGC side that has struggled to gain momentum so far this season. It was points all around with Llandovery scoring a total of 7 tries compared to RGC’ 3, Llandovery was ruthless when it came to converting, with the team only missing one of the possible 7. Llandovery went on to win the game 50 – 19 in reigning champion style. Llandovery has another opportunity this week to show their dominance as they face bottom of the table Neath on Saturday 28th October.
Ebbw Vale showed their intent yet again last weekend as they faced a struggling, newly promoted Neath side away at the Lexton Gnoll. Ebbw Vale came out strong as they forced Neath to concede multiple penalties, leading to the Steelmen opening their scoring account for the day. Neath however began to gain momentum toward the end of the first half, reducing the points deficit. As the second half was underway substitute and Co-Captain Rhys Francis came on with him having an instant impact by scoring his team’s third try. Despite the Steelmen going down to 14 men they held on to comfortably win the game 17-35.
Elsewhere in the Indigo Welsh Premiership Pontypridd faced Pontypool RFC away from home. Despite Pontypridd opening up the days scoring with an early penalty, Pontypool soon struck back with a converted penalty and try. Pontypridd responded well with a try of their own some minutes later to reduce the points gap at the break. The combination of a lively Pontypool and a Pontypridd error resulted in Pontypool extending their lead. Despite Ponty battling to get back into the game it just wasn’t enough as Pontypool went on to win the game 40-31. Ponty now sits in 8th position and will look to bounce back next week as they face Newport away on the 1st of November.
Over in the Regional 2 Midlands West last weekend Scimitar had both Hereford and Worcester in action. Hereford returned to winning ways as they traveled to face Stow-on-the-Wold away from home. A solid performance from Hereford resulted in them edging the win with the game ending 17-19. Hereford are back at home for their next fixture against Moseley Oak on the 4th of November. Elsewhere it was bad news however for Worcester as they were narrowly beaten by an unbeaten Ludlow side with the game ending 19-21. Worcester has the opportunity to bounce back at home on Saturday 4th November against Stow-on-the-Wold.
In the Counties 2 Midlands West (East) division Scimitar had Woodrush and Barkers Butts due to play last weekend. Barkers Butts recent win record was in no danger of being damaged as they were awarded an AWO as they were due to face Old Wheatleyans. Barkers Butts are now top of the Counties 2 Midlands West (East) with 32 points as they prepare to face Coventry Welsh on Saturday 4th November. Despite plenty of scoring from both sides, Woodrush split the difference as they faced Walsall II away from home with the game finishing 34-34. Woodrush will face Southam who currently sit even with Woodrush in 8th and 9th.
In the Counties 2 Surrey league, Chipstead faced Old Haileyburians away. Despite tallying a total of 17 points in the game, they were beaten 27-10 away from home. Chipstead currently sits in 7th position with a total of 15 points so far this season. They will hope for a strong performance as they prepare to take on the bottom of the league Law Society on Saturday 4th November.
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