Porthcawl RFC round-up

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Rugby

Tondu under-11s 15,

Porthcawl RFC under-11s 15

Although Tondu may only be a few miles up the road this would be the first time we have played them in over a year.

The first half was a game of two halves within itself, Tondu dominating the first 10 minutes with Porthcawl making all the right noises to finish stronger of the two teams before the break.

A very high standard of control from both teams in possession and some great defensive play when both under pressure. All enjoyable to watch, both sets of supporters being treated to a display of skill, bravery and superb Rugby awareness.

Not surprising really that the score at half-time was all square, 10-10. Tondu were pegged back from an early 10-0 lead to draw the half with two top drawer tries from our back line.

In the second half the game as it went on to became a rather cagey affair as there were a lot of necessary stops for injuries which just added to the tension as the game couldn’t naturally ebb and flow.

Porthcawl went in front for the first time and looked like they could push on to win. Tondu on the other hand were not quite ready to roll over and capitalised at the death with a great running try against some very tired legs to level the game at 15-15.

From a coaching perspective we picked up from where we left off the previous weekend and the improvement in our approach was obvious. The forwards were top class as they got through so much work.

King of the pack was Evan Carless who added winning scrums against the head to his arsenal while Sam Taylor-King put in a solid overall performance rewarded with a brace of tries for all his efforts. Tries came from Sam (2) and Rhydian Phillips.

Jason Parker

Tondu under-10s 15, Porthcawl under-10s 35/Valley Ravens under-10s 7 Porthcawl 0

Two completely different games today, the first against a very strong Tondu team where our blitz defence and our speed of moving ball left to right was too much for them.

From the start we moved the ball from left to right and back with Piers smashing up the left and crossing in the corner.

From next play our defence moved up in unison pushing them back and not allowing their big ball players to take ball forward nor give their fleet footed backs the ball in space.

We forced a knock on and from the resulting scrum dewi switched play with Oscar from the scrum and crossing in the right corner.

We defended well again and were starting to dominate when Dexter used his strength to cross in corner after we had pulled their defence from left to right. Dexter not only scored a try but was excellent in defence, getting the highest tackle count and was awarded top tackler.

One man who also stepped up in defence was Ben, making six tackles. Lex and Oscar continue their strong defensive game and moved ball well when scrum half and with ball in hand looked dangerous along with Samuel who also just missed out on another award, taking a well-worked try and continued to push up his tackle count.

Dylan, despite a cold, continued to smash the opposition backwards but saw less of the ball in hand where Piers had more runs and scored two well-worked tries.

Another player to have a strong all round game was Mac – defensively strong and quick in attack to score in the corner and he was awarded clubman making a difference for his strong all-round game.

Scott also continues to improve with his strong running to cross in the corner and he is improving his tackling week after week, earning a well-deserved individual effort award.

Last but not least, Sonny, making his first appearance, not only made some strong tackles but also showed immense determination to cross in the corner for his debut try – well done, he was awarded the top try scorer award.

The second game we were all tired but we forgot all the good things from first game such as blitz defence and we started bunching rather than moving the team from left to right.

Under-8s

Valley Ravens 11, Porthcawl 13; Tondu 8, Porthcawl 12.

Under-9s

Tondu 30, Porthcawl 20.

Under-12s

Porthcawl 0, Llantrisant 12.

Under-13s

Porthcawl 54, Tondu 17.

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