Tondu beaten by impressive Ystalfera | News

Thursday, 10 January 2019

– Rugby

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Tondu stunned visitors Ystalfera with a sensational opening try created by full back Aled Jones and finished off by back row man Rhys Samuel.

Jones initially avoided numerous tackles to set up a splendid start to the game for the home side.

With Tondu on the front foot, though, they again made a fatal mistake when a loose pass in midfield allowed centre Jonathan Bayliss to run in under the posts; the conversion was successful from Steffan Castle.

Further fine handling from the backs put the visitors into the lead when Ryan James finished off a move, and again Castle added the conversion.

A Tatchell penalty kept the home side in touch, but a sublime kick ahead by wing Browdy Davies saw him cross in the corner, with Castle again adding the extra points.

Another penalty from Tatchell kept the scoreboard ticking over for the home side, followed by a wonderful finish from second row Adam Harris to bring Tondu within a point after Tatchell’s conversion, the half-time score 21-20.

A Tatchell penalty put Tondu in front early in the second period before the visitors finally showed their class.

A memorable Luc Caines try set them on their way, which Castle converted, before Bowdy Davies added another, and finally top try scorer Luc Caines completed the second half rout with a sensational solo effort, with Castle adding the extra points to to give Ystalyfera a convincing final result, winning 40-23.

Tondu can take credit for their first half performance and look forward to improved performances, but Ystalyfera certainly look capable of winning this league, and it will take a good side to stop them.

Mike Sully


After a lot of possession and territory, it was Cael Chamberlain who crossed the line for the Waterwheelers’ youth side in this game against Nantymoel which was converted by outside half Dan Thomas.

Nantymoel fought back and kept Tondu on their toes, and an excellent individual try was scored by their fullback making it 7-7.

Nantymoel began to dominate territory but it was Tom Painter who scored for Tondu just before the break making it 12-7 at half-time.

The second half began and Tondu came on stronger than ever. Tom Boobyer, who has just returned from a long injury, crossed over to make it 19-7 when converted by Dan Thomas.

A build up of penalties saw Jacob Thomas receive a yellow for offside. This didn’t let Tondu’s momentum slip, however, and scrum half Morgan Williams scored and converted his own try to make it 26-7 to Tondu. 

Tondu began to play with a lot of confidence, and a box kick straight into winger Bobby Bromley’s hands saw him sidestep a defender, beat another two with pace and score with a smile under the posts to make it 31-7.

The Waterwheelers’ continuity was flowing and the forwards were playing like backs.

Great skills and offloads saw winger Alix Davies score in the corner after a burst of pace down the wing to make it 36-7 to Tondu.

Nantymoel were determined not to let Tondu score again and came back to score the last try of the game, which also saw Tom Boobyer receive a yellow card.

The final score was 36-14 to Tondu.

Joe Allen


Exciting times are ahead for the Tondu Titan Ladies as their first home game is on January 20 where they welcome Blaina.

Training and recruitment is in full swing, Tuesdays 7pm-8pm at the CCYD Astro and 6.45pm-8.30pm Pandy Park.

Join us on January 25 at 7.30pm at Tondu RFC for a quiz night,£5 each per ticket, maximum of five people per team. Teams can be made up on the night. All proceeds go to the under-13s, tickets are available from Cerys on 07929468632.

The Titans are also looking for a photographer – the successful applicant would need to be able to travel with the team to away games. Anyone interested should contact Mike Sully, Tondu RFC press officer, on 07789 793172.

Mike Sully

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