Brynmawr RFC | 1st Team 26 - 16 Risca RFC | 1st Team
Louis Tovey
1 Try
James Dowle
1 Conversion
3 Penalty

Match Report
09 October 2016 / Team News

Brynmawr 26 - Risca 16

Match report by Clive James:

Any pre-match thoughts of progressing into the 2nd.round of the Plate competition after consecutive league wins were snuffed out at Brynmawr who ran out 26pts.-16 winners in  extra time after the game being tied 16pts.each at fulltime.

Risca brought in Tim Barnes to the 2nd.row,while positional changes saw Whitehead to full back,Dowie to centre,Pesci to scrum half and Liam Thomas to wing. Rhys Howells came in to right wing.

Brynmawr started the game with more intent and the visitors were defending for the first five minutes. An infringement gave the home no.10 a shot at goal but he pushed the attempt just wide.Whitehead gathered the ball swapped passes with wing Howells and went the length of the field before being hauled down just short of the line. More good play saw Brynmawr concede a penaltywhich Dowle slotted. Minutes later Whitehead crossed only for his effort to be ruled out for an infringement. No.10 Butler then put over two more penalties before Risca after a good passage of play, went into half time 10pts.-6 ahead after hooker Tovey touched down for Dowle to add the extras.

Within minutes of the restart Brynmawr got back in front with a converted try after basic errors of consecutive kicks direct into touch and then missed tackles. For the remainder of the half penalties were swapped giving the home side a 16pts.-13 lead going into the final minutes. With the last attack of the game Risca got into the home sides half and were awarded a penalty which Dowle put over from 40metres to level things up right on time.

Full Time 16pts.-16pts.

As at Blaenavon last week straight from the extra time kick off the ball was not secured and for long periods Brynmawr denied Risca any quality ball and they saw the game out with another penalty from Butler and a converted try right on time.

This was a game that Risca could have won if they had played in the right areas and made the correct decisions. Hopefully some of the backs (who are exciting to watch) will realise in the months ahead that you can't play Barbarian type rugbyfrom inside your own 22metre line.

A very good debut was made by young James Wadelin who came onto the wing in the 2nd.half but it was ex-1st team captain and veteran Tim Barnes who was my Man of the Match.

Next week Brecon are the visitors.



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