CENTENARY SEASON 1974/75
INVITATION XV v WELSH PRESIDENTS XV
As previously mentioned the WRU President was H.M. Bowcott while the Secretary was Llanelli born and former International Mr Bill Clement and both were kind enough to send an Invitation XV to Carmarthen Park. Although he did not play, I seem to recollect the presence of a Mr Fran Cotton, the outstanding and fearsome England prop forward.
WELSH PRESIDENT’S XV
Standing: ALAN DAVIES (South Wales Police), GLYN SHAW (Neath), BRIAN ANTHONY Cross Keys), LYN BAXTER (Penarth), BOB PENBERTHY (Pontypridd), TREVOR CHEESMAN (Newport), COLIN JAMES (Tredegar), Mr. M. JOSEPH (Referee).
Seated: ALAN MEREDITH (Neath), GWYN ASHBY (Neath), ALAN MAGES (Swansea), BRIAN DAVIES (Pentyrch), WILSON LAUDER (Neath – Captain), Mr. H. BOWCOTT, (WRU President), RAY GRAVELL (Llanelli), DAVID JENKINS (Swansea), BRYNMOR WILLIAMS (Cardiff), GARETH DAVIES (Cardiff).
Supplied by Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
Back Row: PHIL MORGAN (First Aid), MIKE KIRBY, JOHN LYNCH, CLIVE JOHN, DELME THOMAS, PETER BROWN, PETER MORGAN, JOHN GLANVILLE, STEWART LEWIS, Mr. MEIRION JOSEPH (Referee)
Front Row: ROGER EVANS, KEITH PEARCE, PERCY JONES, Mr. CALVERT JONES (President), RAYMOND LEWIS (Captain), Mr. BILL ORMAN (Chairman), GARY BAKER, ALAN WILLIAMS, ROBERT MORGAN.
Carmarthen Quins Invitation XV 10 W.R.U. President’s XV 68
Roger Phillips – Carmarthen Times
As expected, Quins’ makeshift Invitation XV were outpaced, outclassed and outplayed by an all-star President’s XV in this centenary celebration extravaganza at the Park. Penetrating running by a host of first-class threequarters and rugged forward play produced ten goals and two tries for the visitors. They led 28 – nil at the interval and piled on another 40 points in a spectacular second period.
Quins, who were forced to field a scratch side because of Wednesday’s West Wales Cup final, tried hard throughout but just could not match the visitors in any department. Even British Lion Delme Thomas and former Llanelli team-mate Clive John had extreme difficulty in making any impression on their illustrious counterparts.
The President’s XV never really extended themselves in the first half and cantered to an unassailable lead with tries from hooker Alan Mages (2), Brynmor Williams, Brian Anthony and Brian Davies. Gareth Davies converted four. They completed the annihilation with a glut of second-half tries from Anthony, Wilson Lauder, Brian Davies, David Jenkins, Brynmor Williams, Colin James and Bob Penberthy. Gareth Davies converted five and Ashby one.
Carmarthen’s tries came from guest players Peter Morgan (Carmarthen Athletic) and Alan Williams (Kidwelly). Gary Baker kicked a conversion
By kind permission of the Carmarthen Journal