Monday, 7 March 2011

Penclawdd vs Mumbles Pirates

Another Sunday and another tale of a game of two halves. On a bright sunny morning on the North Gower coast the Pirates started slowly and let their hosts race away to an early lead.  On too many occasions good recycling was wasted when possession was squandered and poor tackling led to break away tries for Penclawdd.  At the half it was 35-7 to the home team with only a long distance try, a classic outside break, from Jon Davies to show for all the effort; converted, as ever by Liam.

The second half saw the Pirates raise their heads and their game.  In a bruising encounter the 10 man Pirates had to play through a number of bumps and lumps with no substitutes to call on.  Taking on Penclawdd and some of the peculiar local versions of the laws, well it was North Gower, the Pirates came roaring back into the game.  A feature of this was agressive team defence, good recycling throughout the half, Tal and Jon ripping the ball off a number of their players, yes ripping (see the comment above about local laws) and some good finishing.  Penclawdd scored two further tries sandwiched by fine team tries, finished by Jon and Harley, with more conversions by Liam.

So the score in the second half was 14-14; all in a very good half of rugby against a good team.  The score for the match was 49 - 21, not so good.  Player of the Match was Tomos for good work throughout, including a good bull dog to help set up Jon's second try.


Front row: Cian, Freddie, Connor
Second row: Tal, Tomos
Scrum Half: Liam
Fly Half: Harley
Centre: Jake C
Wings: Owen, Jon

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