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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Rugby

Cowbridge first XV entertained Tylorstown last Saturday and in an absorbing match lost 15-22.

Tylorstown are fifth in the league with a game in hand so would probably lie third. The early pressure came from the visitors with a strong scrum, their tight head being close to 20 stone.

Despite some superb defending the prop finished a series of drives by crashing over for an unconverted try.

At the midpoint a lineout followed by their hooker moving the ball infield resulted in Tylorstown’s scrum half darting over for a converted try.

Minutes later only a great last ditch tackle by wing Freddie Harries prevented a certain try. Then Cowbridge’s problem increased with a yellow card for lively scrum half Hywel Williams.

Taking advantage Tylorstown scored their third try through a pickup at the scrum from their no 8 and things looked ominous.

But Cowbridge got their first points from a penalty kick by outside half Alex Guard. Although down to 14 Cowbridge were on the attack and Guard brought a Scott Williams like rip of the ball and set off 40 metres out to cross for try that he converted. The half-time score was a very respectable 10-17.

Only moments into the second half, hard-working second row Kieran David hurt his back being tackled in the air and had to leave the field. Connor Wyatt replaced him and went on to have a storming game.

After five minutes Tylorstown’s big prop went off only to be replaced by a marginally smaller version, and then 12 minutes in and started by a beautifully judged interception by prop Sam Richards and the ball moved to the right led to centre Will Williams running in a try from 30 metres.

At 15-17 Tylorstown were getting nervy, but they did have a savvy second row and very quick full back.

With 15 minutes to go Tylorstown got their fourth try with another one from a forward, their hooker.

The last 15 minutes were nip and tuck and wing James Phillips showed he could easily beat a man but another try was just too much.

This was a superb team effort with Cowbridge probably fielding nine players aged 20 or under. These early games have been a steep learning curve against strong forwards and good defences but the team is getting stronger.

They have a great commitment and a never say die attitude that will win games ahead. Some of their tackling was ferocious and there are skills aplenty.

The youth had a fine win against Aberdare several positions above them in the league.

Showing their attacking skills initially they to defend manfully in the later stages and they ran out winners by 28-0.

Both teams now have a break with first XV in action next on November 12 away to Old Pens.

Please note the Bonfire Night at the club will be November 4 with the fireworks due to start at 7pm – no sparklers please.

Good luck to Wales this autumn. The tests will provide different challenges with none of them easy.

The club is looking to provide a club coach for the first game against Australia but only if there is enough interest, probably leaving at 12.15pm for 2.30pm kick-off, so members are asked to put names on the board as soon as possible to gauge viability.

RV/RK

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