Cardigan are expected to again challenge for the Division Three West A title this season – and got their campaign off to the perfect start with a bonus point win over St Davids.
The Teifisiders crossed twice in the opening five minutes, as scrum half Luke Rogers rounded off a flowing blindside move, before following up a kick ahead for his second try and No 10 Llyr Jones converted.
But the depleted Saints, who travelled with just 16 men, responded when centre Fraser Watson sniped over from 15 metres out, and winger John Miles converted.
The home side reassumed control though, as flanker Kieran Hurley, centre Marcus Castle, and full back Alun Jenkins all grabbed tries – and Jones added the extras on each occasion to secure a 33-7 half time lead.
St Davids got a second try straight after the break as centre Anton Matthews sped over after good work from full back Rhys Evans.
But the strong running Castle sealed his hat trick with two quick-fire tries for Cardigan , with Jones converting the latter score – as he did when No 8 Colin Davies powered over from close range.
Jenkins then cut through for his second try from halfway, this time converted by Rogers, before second row Dean Harris rounded off the scoring from close range, with Rogers again doing the honours.
It meant a solid opening to the season for The Teifisiders, while St Davids can take heart for a committed display in which new flanker Curt Buchanan stood out.
The two sides meet again, for the third time already this season at the same venue, in September 17 in the National Bowl.
1. Will Davies
2. Dan Murphy
3. Hywel Davies
4. Gethin Bateman
5. Rhys Tudor Price (Capt)
6. Curt Buchanan
7. Carl Evans
8. Andrew Groves
9. Rhys Owen Price
10. Bryan Phillips
11. John Miles
12. Anton Mathews
13. Frazer Watson
14. Lewis Rees
15. Rhys Evans
There doesn't appear to be any tagged photos.
Please wait as the server processes your request. Do not attempt to refresh the page.