Fixture

Penallta RFC | 1st Team 21 - 13 Risca RFC | 1st Team
Joseph Scrivens
Try 1
Corey John Tucker
Try 1
Daniel Mosley
Try 1
Bleddyn James Corns
Conversion 3
Ben Pesci
1 Try
Owen Biddiscombe
1 Conversion
2 Penalty

Match Report
27 April 2017 / Team News

Penallta 21 - Risca 13

Match report by Clive James:

Risca travelled to Penallta for the re-arranged league fixture with confidence high after the previous three games. James Meredith came in at full back for the unavailable Wayne Whitehead while James Sully came back into the side partnering Geraint Roberts in the 2nd.row.

This game had everything and the large crowd were given value for their entry money witnessing an absorbing contest. The visitors took the game to Penallta and for the first quarter were in control not allowing the home team time with ball in hand and causing problems at the set scrums.On the fifteen minute mark Risca took the lead with a penalty goal from Biddy.Then against the run of play Penallta moved the ball quickly to the right wing who ran from halfway to touch down for a converted try.Four minutes later a similar move ended with another converted try extending the lead to 14pts-3.Undaunted Risca came back and from broken play the ball came to wing Ben Pesci on halfway who ran strongly taking defenders over the line with him for a superb try which was converted by Biddy.Five minutes later Risca reduced the lead to one point when Penallta infringed after being shunted back at the set scrum,Biddy slotting the penalty.

  Half time 13pts.-14.

The second half was only seven minutes old when the homeside got their third converted try when from a quick tap penalty on the ten yard line the no.8 fended off defenders to go over.From the kick off with both Anderson brothers in the pack, immense pressure was put on Penallta at consecutive scrums.After the third set piece the ball moved across the 22metre line into mid field where the move broke down resulting in a 99 call type melee from both sets of players.When order resumed Penallta were reduced to fourteen men when the centre was shown the red card while Risca had Corey Nicholls yellow carded.The resultant penalty awarded to Risca was pushed wide by Biddy.The remainder of the half was a war of attrition with big hits going in  from both teams and no backward steps being taken and while scoring opportunities were given to both sides no further points were scored and Penallta ran out winners 21pts.-13.

Another tremendous display from the Cuckoo's but Man of the Match was flanker Joe Carlin who was immense with his all round play.A successful end to the season finishing 6th.in the league.A big thankyou to the coaches,physio's and playing staff enjoy the summer break.

Presentation night is 19th.May.

 

Photograph courtesy of Mr. John Hayes

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