Whitland 67 – Tenby United 12
Whitland totally outclassed FBM sponsored Tenby United as the hosts crossed for 11 tries to claim a comfortable bonus-point win at Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn. The Borderers looked dangerous every time they had the ball in hand and grabbed some fantastic tries in the process. The home side led 33-7 at half time and followed up with a further 34 points in the second with Tenby scoring one try in each half the second half try coming late in the game in a contest they never gave up in
Impressive form continued
This was the Borderers impressive fourth win on the trot, and it was second row Raff Williams who crashed over for the opening try, it stemmed from good lineout possession and followed by good hands from Nico Setaro, Josh Thomas and Gino Setaro. No 8 Jack Mason added the second score, Jonny Thomas and James Stephenson counter attacked from deep before Mason pounced from close range. Both tries converted by Nico Setaro. The Seasiders’ cause wasn’t helped as scrum half DanThomas left the field after 10 minutes to be replaced by Harry Owen, who slotted in on the wing with Jordon Asparassa switching to centre to replace Ben Pugh who went to the vacated scrum half position. They also had second row Tom Barrass sent to the sin-bin. The Borderers took advantage as Courtney Bowman cantered 50 metres for a cracking solo unconverted effort to make it 19-0. Centre Gino Setaro and full back James Stephenson both dived over for two well-worked tries and outside half Nico Setaro added the extras. The Seasiders worked their way up field and was rewarded when Luke Dedman crashed over for Lloyd Thomas to convert as the hosts led 33-7 at half time.
Good Borderers’ start to second half
The second half started well for the Borderers, centre Josh Thomas breaking the gain line on the visitors’ 22 and crossing for try number six before Setaro added the extras.Mason grabbed his second try of the match, the No 8 driving hard to score in the left hand corner for an unconverted score. Ryan Morgan scored the Borderers’ eighth try, the replacement back row man throwing an audacious dummy and cantering over from the Seasiders’ 22 Skipper Marc Jones set-up try number nine for Nico Setaro, and the visitors struck back with a close range five-pointer from replacement Harry Owen. However the hosts had the final say as winger Scott Lloyd and centre Gino Setaro crossed for two more tries to complete the rout while Tenby suffered injuries to Charlie Patching and Jack Broadhurst and played the last 15 minutes with 14 players. Whitland coaches Gareth Bennett and Dan Mason were extremely happy and spoke to PembrokeshireSport.co.uk shortly afterwards – .Mason: “The boys did the job that we came to do really. It was scrappy at times but we really put Tenby to the sword today. ”Bennett: “It was a great team effort. The boys stuck to the task but it was a good resounding win in the end with the sun on our backs the boys showed what they can do.” Tenby coach Gareth Thomas: “It’s been a tough season, and today was also hard against a good Whitland side. This side is not good enough playing at this level and they’ve learned some hard lessons in Division One this season.”
Whitland: James Stephenson, Scott Lloyd, Gino Setaro, Josh Thomas, Jonathan Thomas, Nico Setaro, Adam Davies, Aaron Mayne, Marc Jones, Jimmy Buirds, Raff Williams, Courtney Bowman, Ryan Morgan, Jack Mason. Replacements: Josh Thomas, Tomos Evans, Gethin Lewis, Simon Meakins, Danny Evans.
Tenby: – Jack Tucker, Ryan Hill (Mark Hamilton), Moritz Neumann, Ben Pugh, Jordan Asparassa, Lloyd Thomas, Dan Thomas (Harry Owen), Ethan Morgan, Dan Allen, Rob Luly, Huw Evans Tom Barrass, Luke Dedman, Jack Broadhurst, Charlie Patching (Ashley Murdoch)