NEWCASTLE EMLYN kicked off the new WRU Cup competition with a big 47-10 win over Carmarthen Athletic.

It was one of the first competitive games to be played since the covid pandemic forced rugby to be suspended in March 2020.

Emlyn were unable to play any pre-season games because of injuries or players being unavailable but they still dominated possession for much of the first half.

Despite that, they still found themselves 3-0 behind as Harri Law scored a penalty.

The visitors hit back though and were 21-3 ahead at the break and they pushed on in the second half.

With Carmarthen having defended for much of the first half they grew more tired in the second allowing Emlyn to take control of the game.

There was a try for Gethin Phillips and a conversion for Law but that was as good as it got for the Athletic.

For Emlyn, Dean James got a hat trick and there were other tries for Mike Jones, Llyr Jones and Emrys Davies.

Mike Jones converted five tries while Elliot Rees converted another to seal the win.