THE LLANELLI college take our award after a season that brought just two defeats – at Millfield when understrength and by a last-gasp drop-goal to Coleg Gwent when missing inspirational skipper Sion Bennett, who was away with the senior Wales Sevens squad.
Coleg Sir Gâr finished way top of the Welsh Elite League table and won the Rosslyn Park Open Sevens for the first time.
Coached by Euros Evans and Lee Tregoning, they played a free-flowing game where backs and forwards were able to identify and attack space. They had real gas in Jake Randall and top try-scorer Josh Adams, and a back row of Will Boyde, No 8 Bennett and Torin Myhill that dented the firmest of defences.
Wales U18 fly-half and top point-scorer Jack Maynard was astute and reliable, and hooker Tom Ball a livewire in the loose. Bennett, Randall and Ball all played a number of games in the Principality Premiership for Carmarthen Quins, Llandovery and Llanelli respectively.
The highlights were wins over Coleg Gwent and Llandovery College, and the triumph at Rosslyn Park, where they became only the fifth Welsh side to win the Open in 73 years, knocking out holders Filton College, Millfield and Whitgift along the way.
This article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.
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