03 October 2017 / Team News

Betws Away

Baa Baas triumphant against Betws Socials.

In week four of the Llanelli District league calendar, Ammanford Baa Baas (2nd XV) finally got their season underway against Betws Socials (2nd XV). 

The Baa Baas have had their first three fixtures postponed by their opponents unable to field a side, thus leaving the players frustrated yet relieved to have a game last Saturday. 

With both sides low on playing numbers, both captains made the decision, rather than to call the game off, to take advantage of the Welsh Rugby Unions new 2nd team initiative, 'Game On' and played 9-a-side, 20 minutes each-way. 

Agreeing to kick off at 2:45, Betws started brightly and played a lot of the rugby in The Baa Baas half. Before a turnover at the ruck by youthful prop Mandip Dale, saw the Baa Baas quickly spread the ball wide to send Sion Allen in for a try from 40 yards. Allen added the extras.

From the restart, the Ball was gathered by new signing Stuart Mander from Tycroes who took contact, the Baa Baas recycled efficiently, in similar fashion to Allens first try, play maker Dan Evans had the vision to set Allen trotting in for another 40 yard touchdown.

With more pressure coming from Betws and great defensive work from Steff James and Carl Morris, Betws we're forced to knock-on and a scrum awarded to Ammanford in their own half. Visionary Evans once again controlled matters in the back-line and sent Allen over for his third try in 10 minutes. Allen converted. 0-19 at the break!

The Baa Baas introduced Steff 'Rocky' Howells at the break for Allen, who was in much need of a rest. 

Betws continued to apply the same pressure in the second half with half backs Anthony O'Neill and Cellan Davies causing the Baa Baas difficulties. From a scrum on the half way, O'Neill snipped, feed to Davies to run in for the hosts first points of the afternoon. O'Neill converted.

At this point, fatigue set in and many handling errors occurred, The Baa Baas decided to make some pivotal changes introducing elusive scrum half Dewi Phillips and the experience ruck destructor Lyn James. The Baa Baas again on the back foot trying to contain the strong ball carrying from the Betws forwards, to no avail O'Neill powered over to score the home sides second try of the afternoon, O'Neill slotted the conversion, 14-19. 

With no fresh legs to introduce for the home side the second half was always going to be tough. The Baa Baas turned on the gas with a quick turnover from James and some silky skills from Mander with a pass out of the back of the hand to Captain Jason Rosser who ran in from 30 yards. With the bonus point in the bag, Ammanford didn't stop there. Some scrappy open play saw Dewi Phillips tidy up proceedings and feed the back line who fed Rosser that was in support once more to run in from another 30 yards. Rosser added the extras. 14-31.

In the final play of the game, a powerful surging run by prop Gareth Phillips fed supporting runner Rich Knight, who side stepped two Betws defenders to feed Carl Morris who finished off under the sticks, Morris converted. The game ended 14-38.

Next week the Baa Baas host unbeaten Lampeter Town at The Rec, 2:30 KO.

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