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Saturday, 19 November 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Rugby

Remembrance Sunday arrived with perfect conditions for running rugby for this match between Bridgend Sports under-11s and Porthcawl.

The rugby stayed on hold whilst all the rugby family took time to pay respect to those that gave their lives to allow us the privilege of living our lives in peace, in a free and democratic society. Both teams impeccably observed two minutes’ silence ahead of the kick-off.

Bridgend Sports looked to have scored early in the game, having received the ball from the kick off deep in their half, Harri Williams set off on a run up to his own 22 before passing to Dylan Morgan and then Tom Chick.

He used his pace outside before stepping inside to change the angle of attack. From the ruck won by Ieuan Pilliner, the ball was moved along the line by Cian John and Dylan Morgan before Bailey Llewellyn Hopkins went on the loop to support and then run wide but was adjudged to have stepped in touch before grounding the ball.

Porthcawl threw in at the line out and looked to move the ball but succumbed to pressure form the home team’s defence to concede a knock-on.

The Sports infringed to concede a couple of early penalties to allow Porthcawl possession but not territory as they kept the away side pinned in their own half.

The pressure soon secured ball and Sports players Cadan Hayes, Cian John, Dylan Morgan. Harri Williams Chloe Gant and Tom Chick used it to good effect to attack their opponents by putting width into the play before Dewi Worrall gave one such attack a bit more impetus with a more direct run.

Megan Lewis was on hand to maintain the momentum then brush aside a couple of defenders to score the first try.

Sports kicked the ball deep from the next kick off, followed it up quickly to win a ruck and pass to Joel Rogers.

He saw the space down the blind side to race into score from close range.

The Sports with such a large squad made sure all players entered the field of play by introducing several changes, Iestyn John swapped outside half role with his namesake Cian John and it wasn’t long before he made his mark, from a scrum he opted to switch play from left to right, he passed to supporting players and received the ball back to score the try.

Porthcawl tried to hit back from the next restart, they retained the ball but chose to kick deep to Joel Rogers, he looked up to see acres of space in front of him.

He could not resist the opportunity to use his pace to race from his own line to the other to score the Sports’ fourth try.

Confidence is everything and it showed as Bridgend Sports moved the ball at every opportunity.

Porthcawl tried hard but could not find any momentum. Sports had the final say of the half when Chloe Gant tackled a Porthcawl attacker, retrieved possession and passed the ball to Joel Rogers who found himself in space again to race away for the try for the home team to lead 25-0 at half-time.

The free-flowing rugby continued in the second half. Sports kicked long to start the second half but soon retrieved possession, this time it was Cian John from outside half who called a switch with Harri Williams who passed to Dylan Morgan.

He saw a gap and ran through it to score the opening try of the half. Megan Lewis, Tyron Davies and Harri Williams ensured Porthcawl did not get an opportunity to break out of their half with some good tackling to gain possession.

This set Ieuan Pilliner on a charge, he passed to Callum Lewis who passed to Iestyn John in space on the wing for him to score his second try of the game.

Porthcawl kept battling but would not break a strong home team defence. The Sports’ next score came from a scrum; Jodie Keane passed to Callum Lewis who beat the defender with a pass to Harri Williams who scored the third try of the half.

Porthcawl to their credit would not give up and were rewarded for their efforts when Max Williams ran from deep in his half, initially running across field before straightening to outsprint the covering defenders.

It was Joel Rogers who was to have the last say when he scored his fourth try; he gathered a clearance kit looked up to find space in front of him again to run in the final try of the game for Bridgend Sport to run out 45-5 winners.

The game was a delight to watch for the spectators and both teams gained enormous benefit from the skilful refereeing of Tony Williams. The Sports would like to extend their sincere thanks for his assistance.

Squad: Bailey Llewellyn Hopkins; Cadan Hayes; Callum Lewis; Chloe Gant; Cian John; Dewi Worrall; Dylan Morgan; Efan Dyer; Harri Williams; Iestyn John; Ieuan Pilliner; Jodie Keane; Joel Rogers; Mackenzie Dent; Mason Balmer; Megan Lewis; Thomas Chick; Thomas Coles; Tyler Burton; and Tyron Davies.


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