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Senghenydd shine too bright for the Stars; Local Rugby.

Byline: Howard Evans

IN the Swalec Bowl, Senghenydd, Rhiwbina, Cardiff Medicals and Monmouth are all in the last 16, with Bedwas coach Steve Law being among the spectators at Senghenydd's 29-24 win at Blackwood Stars.

Matthew Lintern and Chris Marchant scored the Rhiwbina tries that helped defeat Abercwmboi 19-13.

Monmouth edged through 22-21 after extra time at Caerleon with a Tom Baker try and 17 points from Rhys Roberts.

The Medicals won 19-18 against Nelson as skipper Sean Crabtree scored a try and three penalties and Richard Knight grabbed a try against Nelson tries from Iestyn Hearn and Paul Flanagan.

Swalec Plate winners included Risca, Newport HSOB and Aberdare, all after away games.

Risca produced a giant-killing act as they edged out a high-flying league outfit, Penarth.

After beating Gwernyfed in the last round, the Gwent side had a tougher nut to crack as they travelled to Penarth who play in a league above them.

Centre Leighton Burrows ran in two tries and fellow centre David Price also crossed for Risca.

Hooker Owen Cooper touched down and Rhys Carpenter added the extra points.

Rhys Morgan, Steve Roberts and Elliot Smith were Penarth's try scorers with Gareth Davies being successful with two conversions.

Newport HSOB beat Pill Harriers 10-3 in a derby as Edward Fox Smith went over for the only try of the afternoon and Will Edwards slotted over a penalty and conversion.

Callum Rowlands kicked a consolation penalty for Pill Harriers.

Aberdare raced away with it by 32-13 at Taffs Well.

For Aberdare, Keiron Griffiths crossed for a brace of tries with Anthony Watts, Gavin Hek and Gareth Jablonski each going over. Matthew Rafferty landed two conversions and a penalty.

Sam Coomber ran in Taffs Well sole try and Rhys Gosling making his debut on his return to Wales from Rosslyn Park added to the score card with a conversion and two penalties.

In Division Four South-East, Nantymoel managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in what proved to be a game of two halves when they entertained Cardiff HSOB.

They trailed by 26-6 at half time before clawing back the score to 38-28 with less than five minutes to go.

They then staged a grand finale to cross for two converted tries and win 42-38.

Nantymoel's hero was scrum-half Gareth Powell who converted tries by Richard Whitcombe, Steve Collins, Guy Morgan and Mark Richards and added five penalty goals to amass a total of 23 points.

The Old Boys' try scorers were Dafydd Franklin (2), Alex Lewis, Steff Ellis, Gareth Jones and Mike Stephens with Stephens adding four conversions as they gained two losing bonus points.

There were splendid league wins for Old Penarthians, Pontyclun, Cardiff Saracens and Llandaff North, with the latter defeating Pentyrch 20-12 at Hailey Park.

THE recent death of Roger Lugg, the fixture secretary of Taffs Well has meant that Roger Watkins has taken over the duties and he can be contacted by clubs on 01443 844265.

Crawshay's clash with Barbarians LOVERS of rugby should look out for the match between Crawshay's under-19s against the Independent Schools Barbarians at Corus (Port Talbot) on Saturday (1pm).

The Barbarians players are all from leading English Schools and there is free entry to children and senior citizens for what should be an enthralling game. Crawshay's: Sam Batty, Panash Rushesha, Jack Thorburn, Richard Bloomfield (all Llandovery College), Dean Howells, Lloyd Thomas, Dylan Crisp (Ospreys), Steff Morgan, Matthew Bevington, Garin Vivian, Gareth Kemp (Dragons), Jonny Morgan (Northampton Colts), Scott Gibson (Coleg Sir Gar), Jake Isles, Nathan Bowen, Jake Simm (Scarlets), Ben Chan, George Vance, Ross Moriarty (Hartpury College), Tom Dewland, Ben Scott-Thomas, George Lee (Monmouth School), Chris Lacey, Eithen Lewis (Blues), Will Burton, Joe James (Christ College, Brecon), Graham Hale (Neath/Pt Talbot College), Ollie Roberts (Kennett School).

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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