A round-up of action and news from Pembroke Rugby Club...
The First XV travelled over the Cleddau to take on Neyland, who were hoping to claim a double over the Scarlets; conditions were cool, dry and breezy and the ground still very heavy.
The home side struck first after ten minutes, but the visitors failed to capitalise on their early chances.
It wasn’t until late in the second quarter after an excellent build up that they scored to draw level.
In the dying seconds of the first half the visitors conceded a penalty allowing the home side to deservedly lead 10-7 at the break.
Neyland missed a kickable penalty in the opening minutes of the second half, then poor defence by Pembroke allowed them to score an opportunist try.
Pembroke began to play some better rugby as the half progressed, but again failed to take advantage of opportunities due to some inaccurate handling and errors at the lineout.
The home side ran strongly in attack and penetrated some poor defence, which allowed them to increase their lead early in the final quarter.
Pembroke however rallied and really began to string together more coherent attacks, No 10 Alderwick scoring two very good counter attack tries to narrow the gap to three points, only to concede another try late on, which gave the home side their bonus point victory by 27-17 in what had been a very entertaining match.
The Youth entertained Aberystwyth in a highly anticipated encounter, with the home side hoping to claim a win to stay top of the District H League table.
Aber had only played four games all season prior to today, whilst the Scarlets lads had played nine, but the Pembroke lads knew they would be well tested.
The home side played exceptionally well throughout the first half, keeping Aber under constant pressure, whilst building a 27-7 lead at the break. To their credit the visitors then mounted a robust comeback, keeping the home side under severe pressure and scoring some very good tries.
Their onslaught brought the best out of the home side in defence and their tenacity and determination eventually saw them claim a narrow victory to maintain their League position.
The First XV are due to play St Davids away on February 17 to decide the Willington Slate where they presently hold a 12-17 lead from the first match, then they play Aberaeron home on Friday, February 23 in the Pembs KO Cup semi-final, KO 7 pm.
The Youth are due to play Tenby on February 10, home KO at 1.30 pm and Haverfordwest at home on February 17, KO 2.30pm.
The Panthers are in action next Sunday at home to Morriston, KO 2.30 pm, in the quarter final of the WRU National Bowl.
Everyone at the club is very proud of both Bowyn Clark and Megan Cole as they have performed with great credit for the Scarlets U18s in recent Regional matches.
Members and guests, and visitors are very welcome to come along to the clubhouse to watch the opening Six Nations matches this weekend, which starts with France and Ireland on Friday night.