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Gareth Smith
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Gregg Anthony Jones
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Matthew Williams
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Callum Anderson
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Match Report
03 May 2015 / Team News

Match report - BEN FRANCIS CUP semi final.

Report by Mike Allen

Risca 18 - Oakdale 6.


Risca survived a big scare with a fired up Oakdale team that took them all the way .

It was all Oakdale for the first half of the game and within six minutes Oakdale took a good penalty. Eight minutes later they doubled their score with another penalty. Risca's scrum and line-out was not working at all which kept them on the back foot, but Todd James, Gareth Smith and Matt Williams put alot of graft in to keep their line safe, and with two minutes to go to half-time a quick penalty by Owain Biddiscombe put Gareth Smith in for a shock try to put the half-time score Risca 5 points Oakdale 6 points.

Risca made a few changes bringing on Callum Anderson, Greg Jones, Geraint Rowlands and Ben Farley.

Risca's scrum started to work and a big improvement in the line-out.

Biddy made an excellent line-kick to put Oakdale under pressure, Rhys Meridith sniped away on the blindside to put Anderson in on the corner flag again the kick failed.

With ten minutes left on the clock some good possession by Matt Williams saw Greg Jones kick a great drop goal.

With just eight minutes to full time the Risca forwards took inroads towards Oakdale's line with some excellent short passing Jordon Hughes, Tom Crandon and Gareth Smith were in charge to put Matt Williams in for an excellent try again the conversion failed.

Risca had to pull out all the stops to get this result, Oakdale took them all the way.

Some outstanding performances up front for Risca Callaum Anderson and Matt Williams being MEN OF THE MATCH took the honours.

Next Saturday Risca are at home to Penalta Champions of Division one East.



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