RHAYADER ended a six year wait for the taste of glory in a cup with a thumping 40-7 victory at Gwernyfed IIs in the first round of the Cambrian Training Mid Wales Cup.

The Rams never looked back after lock Danny Davies powered over inside the opening few minutes with Dillon O’Leary converting.

It was not long before slick passing led to captain Steve Boore releasing Davies for his second try with O’Leary once again converting.

Boore was the provider as centre Doody Williams crossed for a third try before Andre Potgieter added a fourth try with both converted by O’Leary.

Just before the break another fine move linking Greg Morgan, Boore and Williams set-up wing Bon Williams to add a fifth try with O’Leary adding the extras.

Gwernyfed rang the changes at the break and reduced the arrears with the first attack of the second-half through John Davies, converted by Dale Jones.

Gwernyfed enjoyed their best spell of the game but a solid Rams defensive display was led by Kyle Stevens, Lewis Pryne and Greg Morgan.

Rhayader weathered the storm and managed the tie with the able boot of O’Leary who earned man of the match plaudits.

With five minutes remaining O’Leary spread play with a 20 metre pass for wing Harry Summers to gather and cross for the final try of the game.

Coach Danny Davies was delighted after the club’s six year cup hoodoo finally came to an end.

“The whole squad deserves praise for their efforts to end that unwanted record,” said Davies. “We are also looking forward to the next round with a derby at Llandrindod Wells.”

“With Llandrindod Wells being a former club of mine as well as our captain Steve Boore we expect the second round tie to be a real humdinger.”