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Friday, 8 March 2019

– Rugby

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The under-13s welcomed Blackwood to Newbridge Fields on Sunday morning.

The weather meant it was a game for the forwards and most of the first half was a real battle up front with good hard running and both packs trading turnovers for fun. 

There was space out wide though and with good hands along the back line it was the Ath who scored the first try. The ball went along the line to Harvey Tooze, who had the pace to run down the touch line, outpacing the Blackwood defence before cutting inside the full back and scoring a great try under the posts which Charlie Rees converted. 

It was Blackwood who finished the half stronger scoring two quick tries getting outside the Ath defence on both occasions and crossing the line, with one try converted to leave the Athletic trailing 7-12 at half-time.

The second half started as per the first with both sets of forwards enjoying the old-fashioned conditions and turning the game into a real arm wrestle.

It was Blackwood who got on the scoresheet first to extend their advantage to 7-17.  It was through the forwards that the Ath responded with some good pick and goes, which resulted in a couple of quick penalties that put the team in the corner.

From the resulting line out a well drilled planned move allowed Rhydian Greenhall to show good strength and crash over in the corner. The conversion was missed from out wide. 

From the restart Blackwood came back hard with some added intensity and pace and following some quick recycling they scored a converted try under the posts.

The game ended slightly prematurely with an injury to one of the Blackwood team; we wish him well with his recovery.  The final score was 12-24 to Blackwood.

Next up for the under-13s is the proposed final away fixture of the season against Aberdare before three home games to complete the season.

The under-14s travelled to play Porthcawl on a day when the weather proved to be as tricky as any opponent. It was credit to Porthcawl that they managed to get the game on at all.

It was the home team scoring first, opting to take three points after a high tackle. However, the Ath hit back with some impressive forward work before Fynn Bull picked up and chipped over for Josh Stephens to win the touch down. A touchline conversion from Jack Whitten saw the Ath lead 3-7. That lead was soon extended when the ball was moved to the left and McKenzie Grey beat his marker, kicked ahead and won the race to the line 3-12

Back came Porthcawl just before half-time and they claimed a try when a clearance kick fell short to allow a run in under the posts to make the interval score 10-12.

In the second half conditions were deteriorating, but both teams kept up the tempo set in the first 30. The Ath got their third try from strong forward play which resulted in a scrum and bringing Jack Whitten onto the ball at pace to score and make the scoreline 10 -19

The Seasiders set up a last wide attack only to see Mc Kenzie Grey intercept and score to end the game with a well-earned victory for the Ath, 10-24.

Everyone contributed today and in Ryan Goodfellow, on his birthday, the Ath had a forward who led by example and showed a lot of power in the tight phases. Well done Ath

The under-15s played their Ospreys Cup semi-final against Trebanos at Newbridge fields.

The players’ optimism was good despite our hooker breaking his shoulder in a District game two weeks earlier and two of our centres missing, one through injury and the other away.

Losing the toss of the Ath played with the wind first half and from the first lineout Trebanos showed their intent with a big driving maul resulting in a try.

Trebanos sneaked another try out wide with poor tackling from the Ath. The Ath responded with a try from Evan Beach after numerous infringements by Trebanos for killing the ball, the half-time score 5-10.

The second half got under way and, with the half a game rule, six player changes were made. It was proving difficult for the Ath to get any momentum to their game, however the Ath did put a number of phases together after repeat infringements at the breakdown by Trebanos, with a well-worked try from a lineout by Luke Griffiths.

It wasn’t long before Trebanos hit back with a horrible bounce of the ball beating the Ath winger for Trebanos to pull away. The Ath forwards were getting more frustrated at the breakdown as Trebanos were slowing the ball down at every opportunity and the Ath started giving away a few silly penalties allowing Trebanos easy points with the wind at their back and sealing the win for them, the final score 28-10 – the club wish Trebanos all the best for the final.


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