Pontarddulais RFC | Under 15s 31 - 24 Taibach RFC | Under 15s
Jamie East
2 Try
Rhys Thomas
1 Try
Jozeph Humphreys
2 Conversion

Match Report
10 April 2016 / Team News

U15s Pontarddulais Away 10/04/16

At 10pm on Saturday night we had 17 players, by 10am Sunday morning we had 13, with illness the main culprit for the decline.  Nevertheless, the lads who came for a game WANTED to play and made that clear before we left the club for the little trip to play Pontarddulais on The Elba.  Loud and clear ...... they wanted to play despite the numbers.

Those who know The Elba, know it's quite exposed and to say that it was blowing a little is a bit of an understatement!!  However, we started off fantastically and showed that, despite having low numbers, we were the team to lay the foundations for what was an excellent game.  Five minutes into the game after some good work by the forwards, Scott sneaked over for the first try of the morning with the extras dutifully added by Joe.  Next came the turn of Rhys T who broke through unopposed from about 5 metres out to tap down for a 0-12 lead away from home, low on numbers and blowing a gale!!  Things were looking OK.  But Ponty are in a final and made some tactical substitutions mid way through the half to bring on a stronger set of forwards to contend with our obvious strength.  This worked to some extent when they scored their first try of the game shortly before the break for a score of 5-12. Now every coach tells you that it's critical to hit back straight away and, no sooner had we kicked off after the home side's score, we benefited from a penalty about 15 yards out.  Some really quick thinking by Jason (I know it's unusual!!), who took a quick penalty, and quick hands from Lloyd to Jamie, allowed Jamie to run in un-opposed out on the left - the wind got the better of the kick, but we ended the first half with a nice score to us of 5-17.

Another coaching staple is to score first after half time and fair play to Taibach, that is exactly what we did with Jamie's second of the game (and 24th of the season), despite playing against the wind, we quickly found ourselves in the opposition 22 and we stormed over for a sneaky tap down by Jamie after Ponty failed to clear their lines after some scrambling in defence.  Joe added the conversion for a seemingly comfortable score of 5-24.  Then the tide turned!

With 13 playing against a full squad of 20, rolling subs being allowed and some loss of luck in the tight areas with decisions going against us, then we knew it was going to be difficult to contend with tired legs and gaps opening up.  We held out for the first 10 minutes of the second period and looked OK, but after the home side scored their first try of the second half, we began to show the effects of low numbers.  However, at 12-24 there was still a game to play.  The next try was the killer and was the difference between the win and the loss.  We'd given a penalty away about 25 metres from our line and our tired bodies turned our backs and allowed them a quick tap, 3 or 4 phases and a score that turned the game.  Still leading 19-24 though!!

The last 10 minutes was frantic.  The home side kept the momentum they had built up and pushed to score two more tries, with one converted for a score of 31-24.  With time left, we pushed for a score to tie and raised our game to push into their 5 metre line and win a lineout.  The wind again took its toll and, despite winning the line out, it was tapped scrappily back to Raj who got bundled into touch by the Ponty defence for the final whistle and a final score of 31-24.

The coaches are very proud of the lads and, with a full squad, we are very confident that this would have been another W on our records.  Well done to the lads who turned up and stuck at it against all odds.  Just a shame that we couldn't quite close the game out lads!!

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