Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten


28-20 win for Ironmen
By Chris
July 30 2017

Life at Llanelli for professional rugby league got off a surprisingly strong start, as the soon-to-be-rebadged South Wales Ironmen claimed a 28-20 victory over Gloucestershire All Golds.

The game marked the latest move for the Ironmen, who depart Merthyr after less than one season at the Wern.

Ironmen will soon be renamed the West Wales Raiders, with the club's current identity only retained until the end of the season due to RFL rules.

However, the brief retention of the Ironmen moniker means the name has now witnessed a second win - some six weeks on from a narrow 24-22 win over Coventry Bears in League One.

The game marked the opening contest for the Ironmen of the League One Shield. As the third tier of rugby league splits, this sees the bottom eight clubs from the league campaign to date going head-to-head.

Weekly competition against the league's weaker sides gives the Ironmen an opportunity to notch up some rare wins - and it'll be hoped a similar result can be obtained against Hemel Stags next time out. This follows the All Golds being put to the sword by South Wales for the first time in four years.

Ironmen took the game by five tries to four, with Curtis Ford, Andrew Gay, Morgan Evans, Ben Jones and Shaun Tennant all crossing the whitewash.

Ford and Tennant were making their debuts, which is testimony to the speed in which Phil Carleton has drawn together a heavily-changed XIII, following a raft of comings-and-goings at the club since the Llanelli switch was rubber stamped.

These are uncertain times for many followers of rugby league in South Wales - with the club moving to a sixth permanent home, and the South Walian identity of the team thrown into question following the Llanelli switch, and the adoption of the West Wales mantle.

However, with wins so hard to come by since the move away from Neath, this was an important moment to savour for the club in a region where, despite a continual but nomadic professional existence since 2005, the sport remains sadly very much on the fringes.

Full Time - South Wales Ironmen 28-20 Gloucestershire All Golds

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Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten
Posted by: South Wales RL (IP Logged)
Date: 30/07/2017 12:35

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Re: Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten
Posted by: 40:20 (IP Logged)
Date: 31/07/2017 06:11

Well said Chris.

Re: Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten
Posted by: 40:20 (IP Logged)
Date: 01/08/2017 17:22

Tumble weed?

Re: Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten
Posted by: Rogero (IP Logged)
Date: 04/08/2017 08:11

The crowd at Stebonheath was 212 which is par for the South Wales Ironmen in recent times, in fact better than many matches in the last few years BUT it highlights the problem the game has in both South and West Wales.

Hopefully it is a springboard to build on but often the first game at a new venue does generate some additional interest.

We shall see.

Interesting that the mass signing of West Wales Raiders players (for all the right reasons) has meant their 2017 first team results have been expunged....

What does that mean for people who secured points and tries in these matches, are they cancelled?

RL - never a dull moment.

Re: Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten
Posted by: cast-Iron13 (IP Logged)
Date: 04/08/2017 13:55

I thought a 200+ attendance for a Saturday afternoon game,when a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final was on the television at the same time,was a very promising start.

Attendances seem to have an impact on other clubs - as does supporter engagement.

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Re: Winning start at Llanelli as rivals impressively beaten
Posted by: Rogero (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2017 18:21

Good points Cast Iron.

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