ABERYSTWYTH served up a feast of direct attacking rugby and fully deserved their 46-14 bonus point win over Kidwelly on a lovely spring day at Plascrug.
The Cambrian News reported “The home side had started the game strongly, full of attacking intent, with strong carries from Steff Rees and Arwel Lloyd, which Kidwelly did well to repel.
Mathew Hughes also showed his intent, with the first of many mazy runs, but he was denied a try by the referee, who ruled a double movement before grounding.
Aber did open the scoring when Carwyn Evans won a break-down penalty, which was kicked by Steffan Rees.
The first of their seven tries came when, after another direct attack by the pack, including a strong carry by James Plumbridge, the ball was recycled and moved quickly across the backs for Steff Rees to pierce the defence and score.
This was a purple patch for Aber as they scored again directly from the kick-off.
They secured the ball, chased and recovered an up-and-under, and moved the ball to Mathew Hughes, who danced over for a lovely try, which Rees converted.
They were then awarded a penalty in midfield, which Steffan Rees kicked deep into the Kidwelly 22. Winning the ball at the line-out, and after a couple of strong probes, Paul Stubbs burst through a couple of tackles, followed by a lovely off-load to put Owain Bonsall away to score.
Kidwelly were next to score when, following a strong run by Arwel Lloyd, he uncharacteristically ran out of support and the ball was turned over for Kidwelly to free centre Jamie Evans to score in the left corner. Gareth Rees, with an excellent kick, converted from the touchline.
Aber came back strongly and following another lovely movement from the backs Mathew Hughes, with a fine one-handed pass, found winger Ian Ellis in support, and he did really well with very little room to scamper over for another very good try. Steffan Rees converted for 27-7.
Aber continued the second half in the same vein and from the kick-off Arwel Lloyd and then James Plumbridge carried the ball up strongly at the heart of the defence, quick ball was moved to Paul Stubbs, who broke a couple of tackles and with a timely off-load fed Ian Ellis to race clear for his second try. Steffan Rees converted to take the home lead to 34-7.
The pack, not to be outdone, showed that they could play a bit as well when, following another fine kick by Steffan Rees deep into the Kidwelly 22, Robbie Parry secured good lineout ball, and with a fine cohesive drive the pack drove James Plumbridge over the line to score.
Not for the first time, the opposition opted for uncontested scrums and Kidwelly secured some possession and started to work their way back into the game by running the ball at every opportunity.
From one of these attacks a long midfield pass put winger Andrew Kirkbride clear to score in the far left hand corner. With another excellent kick, Gareth Rees converted to make the score 39 -14.
Aber were quickly back on track and were unlucky not to score following a lovely bout of inter-passing between Ifan Thomas and Ben Jones as they managed to knock on with the line at their mercy.
Aberystwyth, however, were not deterred and they finished the game off with a fine try when, following a clean line-out take by Dorian Jones, the ball was moved quickly across the backs.
Ben Jones made a fine break and with a well-timed pass he found Mathew Hughes in support, and he tore through to score his second try of the game. Steffan Rees successfully converted to make the final score 46-14″ here.