03 April 2022 / Team News

Badgers sett the pace against Cae!

Pontyclun 36-24 Caerphilly 

Our first trip to Pontyclun since under 12s, always good to have an away trip that can be tied in with a trip to Leekes..

The Badgers, as they are known, have no connection to the youth arm of St John Ambulance, but there is a rugby tie in with there being 15 species of Badger 🦡, so it’s probably that rather than the black and white shirts…

First Half: Pontyclun 26-12 Caerphilly

Caerphilly under 16s got confused over the clocks springing forward, all the lads seemed to think it was this week, which explains why they started playing rugby a good fifteen minutes after Pontyclun actually kicked off.

This delayed start meant that Pontyclun raced into a 19-0 lead as we dropped off tackles, treated rucks like a contaminated area to be avoided at all costs and dropped the ball if it somehow came near us….

Eventually, a moment of genius sparked us into action, as that Nijinsky of the valleys, TItanium Tom Lewis, intercepted a pass as Pontyclun looked to score again and raced away like an Evertonian leaving the latest home defeat at half time, nobody catches him when he pins his ears back.

Pontyclun scored again, before we decided to play some rugby, a great move by the backs saw us camped on the Pontyclun line, the home side defended resolutely until the ball reached the Bonnie Prince and then they wisely stood aside as Charlie crashed over like one of those trains that pass the ground every five minutes. Ross converted well.

Second Half: Pontyclun 36-24 Caerphilly 

We started this half much like the first as Pontyclun got on top, they had a couple of forwards who combined Geoff Capes (80s strongman) strength and power with Alan Wells (80s sprinter) lightning speed, a pretty devastating combination. 

But, that was to be the end of Pontyclun as an attacking force, as the boys, suddenly wide awake, dominated the rest of the game.

We had wave after wave of attack, with the ball held up over the line a couple of times before ending the game with two tries from Big Lew, who came to the party big time. Ross converted.

Given another ten minutes, the result would have been in the balance, but a loud blast from the refs whistle brought things to a close with Pontyclun still ten points to the good.

Set your alarms next week boys!

Man of the match

Went to Jack Llewelyn, who sparked the turnaround with some great tackling in the second half and had a cracking all round game. 👏

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