Glais 15 Trebanos 36

Saturday 15th May 2010

'At trick Andrew shows the way

The game kicked off 15 minutes early, and some of the 'banos faithful were caught out by the rearranged time and missed the first score.  Right wing Andrew Penhale, who has been in sparkling try scoring form all season, showed that even at this late stage of the extended season that he still has the hunger to put the ball down over the opposition line.  The ball was worked quickly to the right, and Andrew with some 50 yards to go rounded his opposite number and outpaced the cover to go over for an early try, converted by outside half, Nic Damjanovic, 0-7.

Glais had barely time to recover when things went from bad to worse for the home side with Nic Damjanovic, picking up a loose ball just inside the home 10 metre line and setting off on one of his typical runs, with ball in both hands, he out flanked the defence for a score in the left hand corner, which he again converted, 0-14.  Trebanos were in complete control during this time and their young mobile pack, were too fast for their heavier opponents, with slick offloads and fast tempo rugby.  The next score came from such play with Chris Balfe, playing at loose head, finding his usual time to link and then the energy to be in the right place to take the scoring pass to go around behind the posts for Nic Damjanovic to add the extra points, 0-21. 

Trebanos were threatening to run away with the game, but Glais had other ideas, and reverted to their forwards, and it was they who showed that they too could play an offloading game, working their way well into the Trebanos 22.  Trebanos made hard work of clearing the ball and were punished for not doing so, when Dai Rees forced his way over to reduce Trebanos’ lead, 5-21.  The second Glais try was a copy of the first, with Trebanos unable to clear the ball properly and the Glais backs profiting from some poor tackling to allow centre Darren Ebenezer to cross for a try, which again went unconverted, 10-21.

This score got Trebanos back on track and from a scrum on the Glais 10 metre line No8 Luke Davies picked up, and the ball was moved on swiftly to Andrew Penhale, who again used his pace to leave the defence grasping thin air as he scorched over for his second try and 'Banos' fourth and bonus point try, Nic Damjanovic hitting the post with the difficult conversion attempt, 10-26, which was the score at half time.

The Trebanos side started the second half, putting pressure on the home team, with young flankers, Rhodri Williams and Richard Gilchrist making real nuisances of themselves and chasing every fifty fifty ball to gain 'Banos an advantage.  The home defence just about holding out on several occasions showed the resilience and pride that is expected of any team that Glais put out, but could not stop Nic Damjanovic selling a huge dummy some ten metres out and going over under the posts; the ball fell over as he was about to take the conversion and was charged down, 10-31.

The game then entered something of a flat period, which was to see the Trebanos defence tested by the home forwards, who having seen their threequarters fail to make an impression on the well organised defenders, decided to maul their way forward.  One such maul was held just a metre from the Trebanos line and the ball was adjudged to have been knocked on; from the ensuing scrum the line was cleared and that man Andrew Penhale was given the chance to show his pace, complete his hatrick and bag Trebanos' sixth try, 10-36. 

The home pack again kept the ball tight  and were rewarded with a consolation try by Liam Davies, who forced his way over close to the posts for the final score, 15-36.

This was Trebanos' fourth game in eight days, which seems excessive by any standards. It seems that the players are being penalised for reaching the Swalec Bowl Final and the club are having to cram games in to a ridiculously small period of time; the players and coaches are after all amateurs and whilst they have not complained about their current workload; cannot the "brains" in the Union see that this situation is far from acceptable.  Well done again to all those involved in preparing, and playing for Trebanos, you all keep getting the results that your work deserves.

Trebanos Team:
R Jones; A Penhale (J Hopkins), A Hussain, S Williams, M Morris; N Damjanovic, J Davies; C Balfe, R Thomas, D Davies; L Danton, B Owens; R Gilchrist, L Davies (R Collom), R Williams.