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Ryan Dallimore
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Rhys Meredith
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Liam Thomas
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Match Report
18 February 2018 / Team News

Risca 25 - Caerleon 15

Match report by Clive James.

Risca returned to league action with the visit of Caerleon to the Stores Field.

With a number of players unavailable through injury and suspension a re-shuffle saw Rhys James moving to the left wing,captain Rhys Meredith,back after his hand injury,filling the centre position and Callum Anderson partnering Geraint Roberts in the 2nd.row.

From the kick off Caerleon conceded two infringements in the first five minutes.The first attempt at goal was missed while the second saw a kick to the corner not finding touch and Caerleon cleared upfield.

Risca then found themselves inside their 22 defending at the scrum.No.8 Todd James picked up from the back and made ground.Scrum half Thomas moved the ball quickly to Biddy and after a sweeping move the length of the field wing Ryan Dallimore passed to Liam Thomas who touched down for an outstanding try.Full back Dowle put over the conversion.

On twenty minutes Caerleon reduced the lead when right wing Laing got over in the corner after several scrums on the Risca goalline. Two more penalties converted by Dowle extended the homesides lead and the visitors no.10 slotted one of his own to again reduce the lead.  Risca then ended the first half with another quality try.From a lineout on the right the ball was moved quickly into midfield and when the movement continued hooker Louis Tovey ran a superb line at pace cutting through the Caerleon defence. He was held up just short but Rhys Meredith was in support to take the pass to touchdown for a converted try.

   Half Time 20pts.- 8.

A third score from Risca extended the lead still further within ten minutes of the re-start. Again from a lineout inside the visitors 22 the ball was moved right and when centre Tetley had possession he committed defenders before finding Ryan Dallimore who touched down for an unconverted try. The remainder of the half was controlled by the homeside but stubborn defense from Caerleon thwarted Risca from getting the bonus point score they wanted.

Caerleon had the final say of the game when Laing touched down under the posts for his second score which was converted. Then a penalty attempt which would have given them a losing bonus point failed.

 Full Time 25pts.- 15.

This was a superb alround display from the Risca side with prop Adam Jones scrummaging himself to a standstill, Tovey and Rowlands excelling in the loose and open play, Callum Anderson causing mayhem with his barnstorming charges ably supported by Geraint Roberts and the back row of Coughlin,Carlin and Todd James immense allowing the back line to show their quality.

My Man of the Match though was Joe Carlin who seemed to be everywhere all afternoon.

Our Youth team were the toast of the club this weekend as they went through to the semi-final of the Welsh Youth Plate with a 12pts.- 8 victory over Newcastle Emlyn.

Well done lads the training session with the seniors paid off.


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