Two on the bounce for the Tigers | News

Friday, 15 March 2019

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With heavy rain putting pay to many games this Sunday, Llantwit Major RFC under-13 Tigers were fortunate to find a playable surface at the picturesque Rest Bay pitch of Porthcawl RFC for this weeks game.

This third head-to-head of the season for the teams provided Porthcawl with the chance to avenge their previous two losses, but also gave the Tigers a chance to extend their winning run following last week’s victory away to Bedwas. 

With only two points separating the teams when they last met in January, this fixture was expected to be another evenly matched encounter and this proved to be the case.

With the wind at their backs in the first half, the Tigers struck quickly with a classic burst from captain and number 8, Dan Bartlett, who dotted down under the posts to provide an easy conversion for kicker Thomas George. 

Porthcawl quickly replied with their own try, but failed with the conversion with the ball almost blown back behind the kicker due to the wind.

Keeping the ball in hand, back rower, and eventual man of the match, Kelyn Joseph, was next on the score sheet with a barrelling run from close range. This time the conversion was from a more difficult angle, but kicker Ethan Harding was able to curl the ball between the posts.

Porthcawl responded once again with an unconverted try before the Tigers counter punched, with a close range effort finished by Dan Bartlett who managed to power over after some great build-up play by both backs and forwards. 

Supporters were treated to yet another superb conversion, this time by Thomas George who from wide on the left used the wind to draw the ball between the uprights.  

Porthcawl flew out of the blocks in the second half and took the lead with two converted tries, taking advantage of some weak Tigers defence. With the conditions now in their favour, the home team seemed to be on course to avenge their previous defeats.

The Tigers however, had other plans. From their own half, and against all sound judgement, outside half Harvey Jones in his first game in the position, launched outside centre Fred O’Carroll, who was able to outstrip the home defence with a blistering run and dot the ball down under the posts to take back the lead. 

Even in front of goal the conversion was not a certainty as the wind had not abated one bit, but Thomas George took the responsibility and nailed this one as well to complete an incredible, 100 per cent kicking performance by the goalkickers.

With five minutes remaining, the Tigers smartly reverted to playing keep-ball to run out the clock close to the Porthcawl line. 

But one mistake provided the home team with the chance to clear their lines with a kick that was expertly dealt with by full back Tom Sheldon who positioned himself perfectly to deal with the threat.

The final whistle brought relief to both players and supporters, not only in holding out for the victory but as it coincided with a burst of heavy hail which sent everyone scattering for shelter.  

A great game and result for the Tigers, especially as they experimented with players in new positions and gave a debut to second rower Cameron Hegney who showed great promise and capped off a sterling performance with a storming second half run.

Commiserations to Porthcawl on this occasion, but Llantwit Major Tigers look forward to continuing the close rivalry next season.

Squad: Kian Barnett, Dan Bartlett (c), Robert Dixon, Thomas George, Ethan Harding, Cameron Hegney, Jakub Jeziorski, Harvey Jones, Tom Jones, Kelyn Joseph, Dexter Milburn, Fred O’Carroll, Ben Raymond, Tom Sheldon and Cameron Wheadon.

SJ

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