26 September 2017 / Team News

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Ammanford 38 Seven Sisters 5

A much better day for Ammanford after a couple of hard weeks. A young Seven squad arrived at a sunny Rec on Saturday looking for their first win of the season but a positive performance from the start by the home side prevented that from happening. Much improved lineout and a very strong scrum set the platform for an attacking afternoon of rugby.

Ammanford opened in a positive manner moving the ball from all areas. From a line out on the visitors 10m line Ammanford moved the ball wide and from the second phase a break by centre Steffan Pryce Griffiths allowed him to provide an inside pass to supporting flanker Owen Davies to canter over. Outside half Owen Higgins added the extras, 7-0.

A home error from the kick off allowed Seven to gather and move the ball wide and it took a last ditch tackle from full back and man of the match Steffan Howells. Ammanford got back on the front foot and from an attacking scrum a series of pick and drives allowed Davies to power over for his second try, with Higgins added the conversion, 14-0.

Seven’s attack tried to put in a delicate chip in over the home centres, but the ball was gathered by part time winger come physio, Wayne Price, he quickly fed Howells on a switch that put the full back clear for a run down the touchline and he had the legs on the cover defence to go the 60m to the line and Higgins did his bit, 21-0.

With time running out in the first half Seven put together their first serious attack and this time the chip tactic worked with the ball being gathered by the galloping outside centre, he was just stopped short but they quickly moved the ball away and went over in the corner. The half finished 21-5.

Ammanford started the second half like they started the first with positive intent which gained them a penalty in front of the posts, Higgins stepped up to make it 24-5. Staying positive Ammanford were soon back on attack and moving the ball wide from a scrum, though they were stopped short after several phases the ball was quickly shifted to the blind for centre Andrew Owen too squeeze in and with a conversion inches from the touch line Higgins added two, 31-5.

Seven put together their best period of play keeping the home team penned in their own 22 for several minutes at a time but some resolute defence kept them out. With confidence high Ammanford moved the ball from a scrum on their own 5m line. Some fast hands put wing Owen Francis away and his inside pass put a youthful looking Iwan Mainwaring away on a 50m run to the line. Higgins completed his perfect day to slot the two points giving him a 100% record and the game finished 38-5. The boys will now in better heart and can look forward to next Saturdays away trip to Aberavon Quins.

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