Porthcawl RFC junior rugby round-up – Glamorgan Gem







Tuesday, 20 October 2015




By GEM Community Correspondent








Porthcawl under-10s 30, Bryncethin 10

After last week’s heavy loss, this game would be more of test of team character in the opening exchanges than that of skill and any personal performance.

The potential to fall apart was a very real risk as confidence could be our biggest enemy.

Bryncethin have produced great players and performances with a great understanding of the game and, like u,s punch well above their weight and play the game in the correct manner.

We started with players who didn’t get much game time last week who were more than keen to prove that they were worthy of their starting position. There really was nothing between these two sides and the half-time score at two tries apiece seemed to suggest just that.

The second half however looked entirely different from our perspective. We tackled better, we rucked better and we passed better. The individual skills of our players began to shine through after good ball was won.

With ball in hand we made good yards from our big boys, speedy delivery of the ball at the breakdowns from the half backs and some very clean heels from the back division.

A clean sheet in the second half was testament to the team’s defensive prowess and ever-increasing concentration; running in four more tries in the half gave us the game at 30-10.

We played with a lot of pride and a togetherness that can only reap more reward if continued. A great first win for the team but more pleasing the manner in which they got it.

As coaches all we ask is that they perform to the best of their ability as individuals and more over as a team. We ask them to implement the new skills and strategies acquired in training and make decisions for themselves as a team within the game whatever they maybe.

Try scorers: Jac Bevan (2), Rhys Hibbert (2), Osian Perkins, Will Thomas-Parker.

Under 9s – Porthcawl 14, Bryncethin 11

This was our first win of the season and a tough one with Bryncethin pushing us all the way.

Although Bryncethin only had six players they all played their hearts out with some very strong runners cutting our defence to pieces at times.

What was disappointing was the static defence and lack of desire to bring down the runners especially after some great training sessions but in one 10 minute slot we made no tackles at all, but luckily our ability in attack kept us in the game with both Ryan and Theo dancing in and out of tackles for fun and then putting on the afterburners, especially Ryan, scoring four tries in quick succession showing off his trademark sidesteps in tight spaces, and picking up individual effort for his attacking display.

If we ensure our defensive line works rushing up together and making tackles I’m sure we will win plenty more games this year.

In attack we showed all the skills with the best seen from Lewis, who took a pass into space sidestepping one spinning out of next tackle finishing with a side step and a sprint to the line to put us into the lead.

Prior to this we passed well all game with some powerful runs resulting in both Dexter and Dylan powering over the line.

Piers delivered a high tackle count and also powered over the line at the end to seal the win, showing the determination to win, but earlier in the game also showed how his skills are improving with a sidestep and angled run into the corner.

Dewi also got on the score sheet with two good tries in the last 10 minutes helping to build a lead, but it was two players in particular who kept us in the game.

Matty had to wait to get his turn to play and had watched Bryncethin’s players smash through our defence all day but he tackled Bryncethin’s strong runner with a text book chop tackle. The next play saw the same situation and same result, meaning Matty well deserved top tackler.

Last up, the award of clubman making a difference goes to Oscar, whose defence was superb, showing some great aggression in the tackle, showing the team how to drive forward and meet the attackers on gain line.

In this game, as every other week, Oscar ran the game, passing into space,and today with some good decisions passed ball wide for Dewi and Lewis to sprint over the line.

When Oscar had the chance to run with the ball he ran with determination – well done Oscar and well done team, lets keep this going for this week when we are away to Maesteg Celtic.

Porthcawl under-8s were defeated eight tries to six by Bryncethin, while the under-7s were 19-9 winners over Glynneath.

TW


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