Banwen RFC | 1st Team 12 - 22 Bryncethin RFC | 1st Team
Sean Antony Llewellyn
Penalty 1
Thomas Adams-Norton
Penalty 3
Lloyd Bradley
4 Penalty
Dan Howells
1 Try
Ryan James
1 Try

Match Report
25 March 2019 / Team News

March on

 Bryncethin RFC visited Banwen on Saturday, knowing that they had lost to them earlier in the season and that they had to play to their full potential in order to stay in the promotion battle. For Banwen, the stakes were higher, a loss would almost certainly mean they were out of the race. And so, first took on fourth in the league.

From the outset, Banwen showed that they were going to play a forward orientated game and were happy to scrummage the afternoon away. After nine minutes, they were rewarded with a penalty after Bryncethin were judged to have stood up in the front row at one such scrum, with they duly converted.

 Almost straight from the restart, Banwen transgressed and allowed Bryncethin centre Lloyd Bradley to level the scores.

Banwen, playing up the slight slope, continued to pile on the pressure, but the Cherry and Whites defensive line stood firm in a display that would have made Shaun Edwards proud. Banwen made ground from every scrum for the first 60 minutes, but were unable to capitalise on this effort.
Bryncethin on the other hand, played away from the contact area and moved their heavier opposition around the park. The defensive pressure that was being applied meant that Banwen were forced into errors and this allowed Bradley to kick Bryncethin to a 9-3 lead going in to half time.

 The second half took up, where the first half had ended, with the Banwen pack causing some difficulties at scrum time and gaining momentum. Such were the difficulties that Bryncethin were getting, Banwen levelled the scores with two penalties with 12 minutes and were then gifted a further 3 points from a transgression at a ruck, deep into the Bryncethin half. 

With their tails up, Banwen took the opportunity to bring on two fresh props. This should have been a problem, one would think, but the younger and fitter Bryncethin side, took advantage and started to turn the screw on their opposite numbers after also replacing one of their front row.

 With scrums more even and the Bryncethin side in ascendancy, the Cherry and Whites started to put some great handling together and pressed hard at the Black Dragon's line. Young prop Ieuan Davies got over the whitewash, to be called back as the lineout throw in was not deemed to have travelled 5m.

A fantastic it of approach work got the ball into the Banwen 22m and with both sides of the field available cunning scrum half Liam Morgan feed left and Dan Howells hit the gas to dive over for an unconverted try with 10 minutes to go.

 Bryn regatherd the restart and used some great forward interplay and driving to gain 50 metres and after a kick through was knocked on by Banwen, Bryncethin's superiority was confirmed when they received a penalty of their own in front of the posts. With only 2 points in the game, Bradley slotted the kick, meaning Banwen would need to go all out for a try if they were to win the game.

Bryncethin were not about to let that happen, so they played the ball behind the home side, making them run from deep. Five points ahead, Bryncethin gained a penalty in mid field and kicked to corner. Perfect ball was taken by Jimmy Smith and from it Bryncethin punched for the try line with the impressive back row all involved. Quick ball was then sped to the wing, where Ryan James forced his way over the line despite the despairing tackle of the Banwen fullback, with the last move of the game.

 There were very good performances by all of the Bryncy players on the field, notably Captain Sam Jervis, Will Thomas, and Mark Thomas working hard for the cause. Behind the ball was moved well and the defence outstanding, Shane Howells at full back working hard to turn defence into attack. But the display of the day came from hard working flanker Steve James for an absolutely tireless performance whether in support of runner or putting his body on the line in defence.

Bryncethin welcome Alltwen next Saturday in their first meeting of the season. Win that and it's a step closer to promotion. Losing is NOT an option.