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Seven Sisters RFC | 1st Team 10 - 16 Pencoed RFC | 1st Team
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Match Report
09 December 2015 / Team News

Seven Sisters Match Report

The Dulais Valley can be the most foreboding of venues, but on this occasion the Pencoed side rose to the challenge against the odds to record a fine victory against a Seven Sisters side occupying fourth place in Division 1 West Central.

Pencoed won a couple of early turnovers through the efforts of back row forward Rhys Watkins and scrum half Kyle Barrett, with second row Dano Howells particularly prominent with a couple of determined charges. The home game plan soon became quite clear, their pack aiming to bludgeon their way through the Pencoed ranks, often doubling and tripling up numbers in their efforts to force their way through. This was the pattern for the opening twenty minutes before another close up assault saw home hooker Jordan Roderick cross close to the posts, wing threequarter Andrew Thomas adding the extras. Despite the driving play of the home pack the Pencoed front row of Skipper Kieron Moore, hooker Tom Drew, and loose head Christian Powell were getting the better of the close quarter exchanges at the scrummage and this ascendancy gave them the platform for outside half Adam Williams to open his sides account with a well judged 30 metre penalty goal in the blustery conditions. Pencoed left wing David Young then did well to clear a dangerous situation in his own 22 to clear to touch and despite a few problems at the lineout Pencoed returned to the attack, Williams probing with a short kick into the home 22 where chasing centre Gareth Dyer caught home full back Daniel Norton in possession and from the resultant penalty Williams made matters 7-6. Pencoed were now starting to put some phases together to enjoy their best moments of the half and keep the home side under pressure. A series of scrums in the home 22 saw Pencoed cement their authority at the set scrummage and only desperate home defence kept their line intact.

Pencoed having lost hard working second row Ricky Somers relatively early in the match were forced into positional changes, Aaron Halse moving to the " boilerhouse " with Rhys Vowles taking his place in the back row, the centre doing well in his emergency role. Pencoeds pack problems were compounded at the interval with the loss of Halse through injury, Powell moving into the second row with young Brandon Nelson on at prop forward. A strong 30 metre run from Lloyd Bargery early in the half saw the centre break several tackles before feeding Williams whose short kick to the home line almost brought a score. Pencoeds revamped pack then destroyed a home scrummage and as a result Williams kicked the penalty goal to go into the lead at 7-9. The home side attacked from the restart and Rhys Clarke playing at right wing did well to chase back and check the home raid before Pencoed regrouped to clear to touch. Pencoed were now starting to play with confidence into the elements and driving play from Howells took play into the home half and following another dominant scrummage Pencoed increased their lead, No 8 Gareth Prentice releasing Barrett who broke cleanly before timing his pass to supporting full back Rhys Thomas who raced in at the posts from 22 metres, Williams adding the conversion for a 7-16 lead. A huge hit in midfield from Moore stopped a Seven Sisters attack, however the home side kept themselves in the match with a penalty goal from Thomas and at 10-16 it was still anyones match in the fading valley light. The ardent Pencoed support were to endure a tense final couple of minutes but despite several late scares their team held out for a well deserved victory full of character.

The coaching team of Alan Cattle, Gary Reffell, and former Welsh International scrum half Gerald Williams could not have asked for a more committed performance from their charges in adversity.

On Saturday a supporters coach will travel to Skewen for a 2.30pm k.o.

 

Match Report: T.R.

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