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LANHARAN RFC 22PTS V GLAMORGAN COUNTY RFC 28PTS
A large crowd of supporters greeted Llanharan and Glamorgan County at The Dairy Field on Sunday last. The weather was bright and sunny but extremely cold, but the rugby that was served up certainly warmed the hearts of this large crowd of keen supporters and made up for the disappointment of the Wales performance against Australia the day before.
Both sides were celebrating their 125th Anniversary and the rugby that both sides produced was of the highest order, playing fast open and attacking rugby, indeed it was truly Barbarian style rugby. Eight brilliant tries were scored, four tries each for the two clubs, the only difference in the final score was that the County converted all of their tries whilst Llanharan only converted one. The County tries were scored by right wing – Alex Griffiths (Maesteg Harlequins) , centre - Mike Hathaway (Bridgend Athletic), wing forward – Stuart Nation (Heol-y-Cyw), No.8 – Matthew Llewellyn (Capt)(Tata Steel), whilst outside half – Paul Smithson (Tondu) converted four tries. Llanharan tries were scored by centres – Liam Union and Gareth Dyer, left wing – Stuart Griffiths and No.8 – Richard Lawrence, with full back – Gavin Parsons converting one try.
The two captains Kieran Martin (Llanharan) and Matthew Llewellyn (County and Tata Steel) had powerful and outstanding games. It is difficult to single out any outstanding player when everyone in both sides all played extremely well and it was a match that could have gone either way, in fact it was only in the scrums that the County had the better, Llanharan had the equal in all other departments.
In the after match function Llanharan President Randal Martin presented County President and Secretary Howard Jones with a special 125th anniversary tie and presented ex-player George Latham who is now 98 years of age with a framed photograph of the 1946 team which he played in and also a head and shoulders of him from the photograph. The two captains also presented one another with their ties. Howard Jones the County President presented Randal Martin and Llanharan Secretary Simon Poole with a special 125th County tie, also a County cap and tie to be placed in the Llanharan display cabinet and an engraved cut glass bowl. Howard also presented Stuart Nation (Heol-y-Cyw) with his County cap having played 12 games.
Malcolm K Thomas
Glamorgan County RFC