Abercynon RFC | Under 15s 14 - 33 Chepstow RFC | Under 15s

Match Report
26 September 2017 / Team News

Match Report u15s v Abercynon

Excellent performance against a very well drilled Abercynon team.


Everyone was there bright and early which was excellent given the logistical nightmare we were presented with. The coaches warmed up the team and worked on some key aspects. The forwards were instructed to hit every ruck in the first 15 minutes with sheer aggression and commitment and the backs were to concentrate on keeping their shape and anticipating their team mates breaks.


With only 13 players we provided the opposition with 2 wingers in the form of Owain and Ieuan, although every single player was happy to play for the opposition if needed which is testament to their rugby first attitude.


The boys were lined up ready to go and from the off we exerted unbelievable pressure on the opposition at the set piece and breakdown through Jayden, Lloyd, Briden and Sam Alway-Dean, we turned over ball after ball in the scrum until it was decided that for safety reasons we would have to go passive, this really disrupted us as our scrum looked very strong, the set piece coaching clearly paying dividends. We put phase after phase together unfortunately poor ball handling and decision making meant that we turned over the ball very close to their line allowing them to clear. Going on the attack again through Nathan, Will and Taylor and with Will Morgan punching some excellent lines off Ben with Steven excellently supporting on his shoulder we went close several times. Unfortunately we were held up over the line twice due to being too high in the contact. Through very poor discipline we found ourselves deep inside our own half after being penalised time and time again. This territorial advantage was put to excellent use allowing the opposition to score out wide with an excellent touch line kick converted to make it (7-0) completely against the run of play. The coaches clearly communicated that repeated offenders would be substituted for silly penalties and from  that point onwards we gave very few away.


Continuing with our attack through the very sharp Owen and Josh with Bobby also making some very good runs we pressurised the oppositions line time and time again, Lloyd provided some very strong runs and with Nathan working really well with his team mates he crashed over for a well-deserved try which Josh converted (7-7).


From the kick off we went through phase after phase however we turned the ball over a lot by being held up in the tackle something we need to work on. We regained possession and some strong running from Will Supple and with the half backs of Travis and Ben going very well we threatened the line time and time again and Briden with his trademark pick and go scored our second try of the game with Josh converting to make it (7-14).


However from the kick off we were held up again and from the resulting scrum and a complete lapse in defensive concentration their very good scrum half sniped around the blind side and scored from 40 metres and also kicked another touchline conversion(14-14)


Half Time 14 - 14.


Ieuan and Owain swapped back on to Chepstows side and Ewan and Haydn slotted into the pack. We talked at half time about ensuring we concentrated more on controlling the ball in contact as Abercynon were only still in the game due to turnovers. The team looked up for it and with a constant source of possession at the lineout both attacking and defending through Taylor and Sam, we were able to hit them with wave after wave of attack and with some excellent running from the 2 centres, Owain and Ieuan, Josh was able to crash over for a much deserved try, unfortunately he couldn’t convert it (14-19). I must add that the Chepstow RFC kicking tee girl Lottie was very well supported by the trainee Harriet this week.  Straight from the kick with more excellent strong running we went straight back up the field with the backs and forwards combining with some brilliant off loading and support play, we scored the best try of the game with Briden finishing off an excellent flowing passage of play. Josh converted to make it (14-26). The fitness was clearly evident now although Abercynon showed some  very impressive defence knocking down our big men, however the difference this week was our off-loading and support play was exceptional and the opposition had no answer to it. Continuing with some very good attacking rugby through Haydn and Ewan and with some superb handling out wide from Taylor Owain was set free, when tackled he had a number of players in support which allowed Jaydn to crash over from short showing much improved fitness to finish the game strongly, Josh converted to make (14 – 33). With no let up from the away team the quality of rugby late on in the game was some of the best the coaches have seen, with Josh countering from 50 yards and off load after off load allowed Steven to show great strength and score a very well deserved try under the posts.


With Josh injured in the attack Ben took over the kicking the duties, unfortunately he missed the kick but was able to smile it off even with his team mates laughing! Maybe we should let those donkey forwards have a go Ben?


Great Win, big game next week.


Things to be pleased about:


·         Support play was massively improved

·         Set piece

·         Attacking play



Things to work on:


·         Carrying the ball into contact

·         Defending from a scrum


Man of the match: Will wait for teamer result but my man of the match was Morgan Voaden.


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