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BARGOED kept their slim chances of a Division One East title alive with an emphatic 70-22 home triumph over Merthyr.

The hosts dominated proceedings from the outset, helping themselves to 10 tries in all through Andrew McLoughlan, Gareth Dare, Luke Smalley, Josh Prosser, John Lavender, and Matthew Hurley, as well as the impressive Lewis Protheroe, who ran in four. Hurley also had a fine day with the boot adding two penalties and seven conversions.

The Ironmen's solitary try came through Darryl Jenkins, while Stephen Lang amassed 17 points with the boot.

The win puts Bargoed three points behind Ebbw Vale at the top with the Steelmen having two games in hand over their rivals.

Elsewhere, Glamorgan Wanderers dished out an 85-24 thrashing to Tredegar, and Gilfach Goch ensured themselves fourth spot with a try bonus 26-14 win over Blackwood at Welfare Park.

Garndiffaith are one win away from the Three East title thanks to a 25-12 victory at Abertillery B G. Garn ran in four tries through a Matthew Billings double, with Chris Jones and Matthew Davies also going over.

Meanwhile, Caerphilly heaped more woe on Tredegar Ironsides with a 27-12 home victory.

The Cheesemen crossed five times through Will Worthington, Oliver Griffiths, James Rowles, Alex Lawrence and Michael Lynch.

Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd remain in pole position to secure the Five South East title thanks to a 65-0 home success over Abertysswg.

The hosts helped themselves to 10 tries through Elgan Jones, Sian Horan, Oliver Jenkins, John Gardner, James Shaw, Hywel Jones and braces from Ed Burrell and Owain Tudor.

Bryncethin also look certain to clinch the Five South Central crown thanks to a try bonus 38-10 win over Tonna.

Tata Steel clinched the One West crown with a clinical bonus point 36-26 victory at Waunarlwydd.

The visitors ran in five tries with prop Gareth Edwards having an impressive day in the loose, crossing twice, while back row Rory Gallagher, centre Scott Robinson and wing Jordan Skidmore ensured they won in style. Full back Cameron Clement fired home a penalty and four conversions to complete the scoreline. Narberth, who looked odds-on to wrap up the league a few weeks back, did all they could to take the title to the wire, but at the end of the day, their bonus point 26-20 win at Llanharan wasn't enough.

Elsewhere, Llangennech finished their league programme with a 21-8 victory at Whitland.

Glynneath remain in hot pursuit of Kenfig Hill at the top of Two West thanks to a try bonus 31-17 home win over Kidwelly. The highfliers ran in five touchdowns through Anthony Lee, Jack O'Reily and a hat-trick from Kyle Roberts.

Pacemakers Kenfig Hill were made to work for their 31-28 triumph at Maesteg.

The Mules crossed four times through Chris Tossell, Derwyn Rees, Owen Davies, and Tom Davies, while outside half Rhodri Clarke fired home a penalty and all four conversions.

Haverfordwest clinched the Three West crown with a 27-17 success at Tumble. The Blues ran in four tries through Craig Barnet, Luke Harvatt, Dave Williams and Neil Phillips.

Penybanc kept their Six West title hopes alive with a 32-20 win over Pantyffynnon. Banc touched down five times through Geraint Davies, Geraint Evans, Matthew Lloyd, Daniel Roberts and Vinny Bartell.


Kenfig Hill's Chris Tossell, centre, grabbed one of their touchdowns in the Division Two West victory at Maesteg
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 15, 2012
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