Impressive Cowbridge RFC warm up with win | News | The Bridgend …

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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A strong Cowbridge RFC squad travelled to the seaside for a pre-season warm up game against a Porthcawl XV.

The first quarter of an hour was a physical affair with both sides sizing each other up and it was Cowbridge who struck first, with scrum half Hywel Williams going over after eight minutes, following some good forward pressure.

Porthcawl responded well and eventually wore down some good defence for a try after 20 minutes.

Cowbridge, however, got two more tries for a 15-5 half-time lead, the first from some good support play following a Freddie Harries break to see Chris Brace weave through, while the second followed some good play and support again by the backs to see Ashford Thomas put Freddie Harries clear to race 35 yards for his first try.

The second half saw Cowbridge dominate proceedings with the backs taking full advantage of a solid platform and regular ball by the forwards.

Harries bagged his second following a good break by Will Williams on 43 minutes, with Hywel Williams adding the extras.

Williams took his second with a fine solo effort from 30yds and again slotting the conversion himself.

The next try on 55 minutes followed a good period of play from the hosts but solid defence caused them to turnover the ball which was fed quickly to Joe Davies who raced under posts.

Gaining in confidence the Cowbridge backs were now running it from everywhere and the support play and execution was, at times, sublime.

Tom James finished one such move which started well inside their own half on 63 minutes. He followed it up with a short range effort on 73 minutes after some great play by the forwards, who continued to win good quality possession.

Following this, Porthcawl did not touch the ball again other than to kick off.

Craig Boxall led the charge which saw some neat foot work by Hywel Williams set the outside backs away for James to score again and then it was captain Richie Howson’s turn to show a clean pair of heels to start a move that saw Ben Jones go over, with Williams converting for a final score of 58-8.

This was a good run out for the boys who, despite the scoreline, were made to work hard for long periods by the home side.

Impressively, Cowbridge stuck to their task well and played with intensity for the full 80 minutes.

The coaches will be pleased with the accuracy the whole squad showed and impressively, even with frequent changes to players and their positions, that such a trail games brings, they took almost every chance and half chance that they created. Well done boys.

Now on to the serious business of the league after this good workout. The club face Wattstown away on September 2, kick off 2.30pm. All support would be very welcome and appreciated.

The youth will not be in action until the September 9, away to St Peters.


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