Rhigos RFC | 1st Team 8 - 38 Bryncethin RFC | 1st Team
Ryan James
2 Try
Lloyd Bradley
2 Conversion
Liam Morgan
1 Conversion
Dan Howells
3 Try
Gruffydd Davies
1 Conversion
1 Try

Match Report
25 February 2019 / Team News

Keep On Winning

 The top of National League Division 3 West Central is becoming a tight affair with all of the top 6 sides still in contention for promotion. Bryncethin last weekend, extended their unbeaten run to 8 matches by overturning a dogged Rhigos on their own patch, keeping them in second place.

This being the first match in the league this season between the two, Rhigos set off at a fair pace, trying to avenge their loss to the Cherry & Whites in September. This rocked Bryncethin and put them off their stride somewhat.

 The early pressure from Rhigos set them up for a penalty to open the scoring, and from the kick off they exerted pressure again. Bryncethin's defence this season has won games for them and it was this dogged defence that allowed a turn over three minutes later and some deft handling and exceptional footwoork from outside half Gruff Davies, saw him dance across the try line. He converted his own score and Bryncethin looked to be on their way.


 Rhigos had other ideas and they continued to press, harry and kick for territory. This paid dividends when the normally stern Bryncethin defence could not do enough to stop the Rhigos wave and they scored a try from the back of a training pitch lineout. This went unconverted and the half time score was 8-7 in Rhigos' favour.

Some choice words of encouragement from coaches Pete Bradley and 'Malo' Jenkins seemed to prompt the visitors into life and they scored just two minutes after the restart. Bryncethin took the ball in their own 22 and decided to run out of defence. The ball reached Ryan James on the left flank, who hit the afterburners, cantering 60 metres into the left corner, for a scintillating effort.

 With renewed energy, Bryncethin ran the ball at every opportunity, the ploy paying dividends with a further 4 tries being scored. Dan Howells, back at Bryncethin after a few years away, scored a hat-trick, the pick of the bunch being an 80 metre weaving run that left defenders dumbfounded at his ability to change direction at such pace. Two were converted, one by Liam Morgan, the other by replacement fly half, Lloyd Bradley.

In amongst these, James secured his brace on the 68th minute after some more superb back play gave him the chance to cut back inside and beat two defenders to the line. This was also converted by Bradley.

 Bryncethin take on leaders Baglan next at home on March the 2nd, in a match that has huge significance for both sides. It is the first time they've faced each other this term, and it could go a long way to deciding whether either will be in the same position come the close of proceedings at the end of April.