Abercwmboi Youth 5 v Llanharan Youth 58 - Sat 27/10/18
Llanharan made the trip up to Abercwmboi with a match day squad of sixteen and without some key players due to injury or work commitments. This however gave other players the opportunity to start, some trying different positions. Ben Ward playing on permit, started with his brother Tom.
The game started positively with some strong running and ball retention from the breakdown resulting in Marcus Chard, playing flanker for the day, scoring in the corner. This was very much the order of the day with some great rugby being played from 1 to 15 throughout the first half. A strong performance up front notably by Louis Stansbury scoring a brace. With the forwards winning clean line out and ruck ball the platform was set for the backs to show some spark. Liam Bradford on the wing playing with confidence ran through the Abercwmboi defence to score under the posts. Callum Evans starting at ten for the first time this season, influenced open play and he too was rewarded with a first half try. The only negative from Llanharan's point of view was allowing Abercwmboi in for a try just before half time.
Half time Abercwmboi Youth 5 v Llanharan Youth 27
The second half was one way traffic and Llanharan were able to cut loose with both forwards and backs linking to create gaps in the Abercwmboi defence. This enabled more tries for Liam Bradford, Elliot Jenkins and Jack Jeffreys in open play.
Mid way through the second half Liam Bradford made a break from his own half beating a number of defenders to cross for his hat trick. The game was killed off when the points difference went over the 50 mark as Chris Osborne broke free down the left and crossed for his first try of the season.
A very good team performance with some outstanding performances across the park.
Tries - Marcus Chard, Louis Stansbury (2), Liam Bradford (3), Callum Evans, Elliot Jenkins, Jack Jeffreys & Chris Osborne
Cons – Ryan Parsons, Louis Stansbury, Ben Ward and Jack Jeffreys.
Report supplied by Barry Mitchell