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Llanharan RFC 20 Canton RFC 12

Despite the rain which has devastated S.Wales recently, it is to the credit of Llanharan committee that they managed to make the pitch playable. Llanharan kicked off down the slope but facing a gale forced wind, against table toppers Canton. Llanharan opened the scoring early on when some good work by Lloyd Gregory and Lloyd Thomas ended with a scrum near the Canton line. From the scrum Louis Stansbury was able to stroll over and score. Canton were next to score after their outside half left several players in his wake to score a good individual try, which was converted. There followed an intense period of pressure from Canton, which to their credit Llanharan managed to hold out.The penalty count at this point was heavily in favour of the away side. It got worse for Llanharan as first Sam Llewellyn and then Louis Stansbury were both shown yellow cards. Now playing with 13 men Llanharan showed their determination by holding out against anything Canton threw at them, to make the Half Time score 7-5 to Canton.

Llanharan now had the elements behind them and led by Scott Jones, they started to use them to their advantage. Llanharan's scrum was starting to dominate with the front row made up of the three Sam's, Pick, Llewellyn and Grant leading the way in the scrum and around the field. At one point Sam Grant showed a beautiful piece of skill by delaying his pass to put Owain Howe through a gaping hole in the Canton defence. The pressure told on Canton when Llanharan scored 2 further tries through a dribble and chase by Scott Jones and an Owain Howe charge for the line, with Scott Jones kicking brilliantly to add a difficult wide out conversion and a penalty. In fairness to Canton, they showed why they are top of the table by coming back with a try of their own but by the end of the game Llanharan threw everything at Canton to get the bonus point but to their credit Canton held out.

Full Time Score Llanharan 20 Canton 12

This was a performance based on guts and tenacity with no little skill thrown in. The forwards hunted as a pack and never gave Canton any leeway. Youngsters Lloyd Gregory and Louis Stansbury worked tirelessly in the back row as did Owain Howe. The front five gave these boys the platform to work off and as the game went on

they started to wear the Canton 8 down. Behind the scrum Scott Jones led the way as usual with help from his young scrum half Leon Burton. This was a superb display from Llanharan, which showed how much potential there is in this team going forward.

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