04 September 2022 / Team News

Cobras start with a bang, as King Keagan shines!

Cobras start with a bang, as King Keagan shines!

Some parents have back to school, but we all wait with anticipation for back to rugby, so with much excitement the team heads to the first game of the season, a trip up the A470 to our friends in Merthyr.  The Iron kids gave us a very difficult game last year, with the Cobras edging them 3 tries to 2, so there was no doubt this was going to be a tough opening fixture.

First half Merthyr 0-14 Cobras

The ref whistles, the large crowd roars and the season begins!
The opening 10 minutes were all Merthyr, they have a strong pack and utilise them effectively as we give away a few breakdown penalties allowing them to march down the pitch. The team look a bit nervous, we need to settle down quickly.
Eventually they are camped on our line, surely it’s going to be a home try any second…but..wait..we hold them up on the line, Oliver wins a penalty, the ball goes to Charlie who passes it on to Jack G. Jack is on our own line, let’s hope he can gain a few yards before being tackled…hmmm, he’s beaten a couple of defenders and is up to our 22…he’s up to our half way line…he’s sidestepped the full back….he’s going in under the posts..What a try to start the season with! Sensational! A try that Ryan Williams would have acknowledged as akin to his own best if he’d been watching. Harry Jo converts.

Merthyr are still playing well and attack again, they march up the field once more, but our own forwards are starting to become more effective now and win a penalty at ruck time.  The forwards take the ball up, sucking in Merthyr defenders before releasing our devastating backs, the ball goes through the hands to Keagan, the mercurial maestro, uses a combination of pace and trickery to dance through for our second try.Harry Jo converts.

Second Half: Merthyr 0-47 Cobras

The coaches half time talk must have been pretty good, the Cobras were simply sensational this half, with the forwards grafting their socks off and ensuring a constant stream of good ball was available.  Shane is very similar to Barry John when he runs, he ghosts through opposition defences for fun time after time, picking up the ball on the half way line he smoothly goes through the gears to score with nonchalant  elegance, leaving confused defenders in his wake. Oliver converts.
We are playing some excellent rugby now, the hard work in training over the last month is really showing, another good move sees Keagan grab his second try.
Some parents may have heard of a decent try scored by the Baa Baas on 27th Jan 1973.. well, anyone watching today won’t forget our next try in a hurry.. firstly the forwards win a turnover in our own half, the ball goes through hands to Shane, who makes good ground, the forwards are there in numbers to secure possession again, the backs move it to Jack G and there is more chance of Everton winning the champions league than anyone catching him. I think every player in green touched the ball in that try.  Harry Jo converts.
Full credit to Merthyr, they are tired but keep battling, however they are up against  a team on fire now and the game closes with two more tries as Jack G gets his hat trick and Shane beats a succession of players to score again. Harry J converted both.

This was an excellent team performance, keep working hard and enjoying your rugby Cobras. 🏉 🐍 💚 

Man of the Match

Was Keagan for a brilliant all round display consisting of some incredible running, determined tacking and good passing. Well played 👏

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