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Skewen RFC | 1st Team 31 - 3 Pencoed RFC | 1st Team
Adam Williams
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Match Report
09 December 2015 / Team News

Skewen Match Report

The final scoreline in this match did not reflect the efforts of a depleted Pencoed side in somewhat extraordinary circumstances against league leaders Skewen at Tennant Park.

The home side with the elements in their favour enjoyed the best of the early match territory and pressed deep in the Pencoed 22, however good defence from the Red, White,& Blues kept Skewen at bay, young back row forward Rhys Bargery prominent in the Pencoed effort. The Pencoed scrum which has looked particularly strong in recent weeks provided the platform for Pencoed to clear their lines to halfway, before the home side returned to the attack and unfortunately a misunderstanding in the Pencoed defensive alignment presented home outside half Anthony Buselli with the space to go over at the posts before adding the extras. Pencoed then threatened with good combined play down the right hand touchline from wing Rhys Clarke and full back Tom Cross which swept play to the home line, however Pencoed were unable to gain a foothold in the home 22. Skewen then took play to the Pencoed 22 and going through multiple phases could not break down the Pencoed defence, Buselli eventually deciding to take the three points on offer with a short range drop goal. A well judged 30 metre penalty across the breeze from Pencoed outside half Adam Williams opened his sides account and this signalled a period of Pencoed pressure, a 20 metre rolling maul taking play into the home 22, Pencoed unable to turn this into points however. Approaching the interval and with the match evenly poised, to the bewilderment of the Pencoed support their team suffered the loss of three players in as many minutes for technical offences. The opening minute of the second half saw a fourth Pencoed player sent to the sideline,  the game now effectively over as a contest. Skewen capitalized immediately on their numerical advantage with a pushover try and conversion. To their great credit a depleted Pencoed side then proceeded to do remarkably well, especially at the scrummage with their reduced pack number taking a home put in against the head ! Pencoed however were now left with no recognized line out jumpers, and their problems were compounded with the loss of flanker Bargery following a fine cover tackle which aggravated a previous problem. Pencoed were defending heroically against the odds, number eight Gareth Prentice putting in two crunching tackles in succession metres out to save his side. For Pencoed in the circumstances the second half could only be one of containment and this they did admirably until eventually conceding two late converted tries, Gareth Prentice chosen as Pencoed supporters Man of the Match.

Despite the match scoreline Pencoed can take a certain confidence from this performance, holding their own with the table toppers until reduced in number. The manner of defeat for the players, coaches, and supporters not easy to digest with the rather insensitive appointment of a local match official. One wonders what world renowned International referee Mr Clive Norling who was present at the match made of it all ?

On Saturday Pencoed host North Wales visitors Caernarfon in the Swalec Plate competition at the Recreation Ground, 2pm k.o.

 

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