23 October 2015 / Team News

Emlyn win away in Furnace




The young Emlyn Youth squad made the trip to Llanelli to face their Furnace counterparts in this West Carmarthenshire Youth league fixture. Furnace RFC are an established club with a traditional welcoming clubhouse, described by assistant coach Owen Thomas as being one of his favourite clubs to visit.

Emlyn settled early into their stride and played with tempo with their backs and forwards uniting in a combined effort producing a fine early score. The forwards set up a number of drives producing quick ball for the backs to attack down the right hand touchline. The ball was passed by Gareth Stevenson out to Captain Crwys Rees who sped into the twenty two. With the move appearing to be covered, Rees cut inside before passing to his supporting number 8 Osian Davies who ghosted over the line to score.

This early score spelt disaster for Furnace as they permanently lost two of their players with serious head injuries when they collided in their efforts to stop the Emlyn attack.

The next score was credited to Mathew Rollins at centre enjoying the open ground and dry conditions more than anyone when he sauntered over untouched to cross the whitewash.

The third try was another fine team effort with some inter passing between forwards and backs resulting in Centre Crwys Rees sprinting over for a score.

The fourth try of the half was scored by Full Back Tom Griffiths who produced a number of fine counter attacks from fielded clearance kicks.


Emlyn started the second half playing in the same vein with some fine inter passing between the forwards and backs producing further scores. Centre Matthew Rollins added to his tally by scoring two further tries running strongly before scoring two fine efforts, which completed his hat-trick.

A further score was added by Sam Forrester EVANS who determinedly forced his way over for a well-deserved score.

The score of the half started near the half way line. With their forwards in the ascendancy a number of well supported drives produced quick ball near the left hand touchline. With Emlyn sensing they had an overlap, each of the backs drew their opponents as the ball was transferred to right winger Dafydd Morgan who sprinted down the right touchline to score a fine team try.

A number of scores were credited to the backs who must thank the forwards for providing them with the platform from which they could spring into action.

CN EMLYN – Tries: Mathew Rollins 3, Osian Davies , Crwys Rees, Sam Forrester-Evans,  Tom Griffiths and Dafydd Morgan  Cons:  Crwys Rees 4.

Forwards coach Andy Cushley will have been pleased by the return from injury of hooker Hefin Powell. There were first starts of the season for lock Rhys Thomas and scrum half Carwyn Jones and they both settled well into the Emlyn way of playing.

Head coach Gethin Vobe will have been satisfied with this sought after away bonus point league win.

The pack functioned well as a unit and the backs showed some slick handling in preparation for next week’s home WRU Youth cup encounter v Bangor.

The Furnace outfit never gave up and defended with real effort but on the day were beaten by the better side.  The hosts looked after the Emlyn team allowing them to have first class seats in their clubhouse where both squads watched the  Wales v South Africa World Cup Quarter final.










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