Trebanos 34 Glais 17

Saturday 19th September 2009

Trebanos welcomed local rivals Glais to the Park, seeking to put behind them the midweek's narrow loss to Vardre in the Swansea Valley Cup.

Trebanos started well but were let down by poor finishing as two early try scoring chances were spurned before fly half Nic Damjanovic opened the scoring for Trebanos after 20 minutes with a well struck penalty.

Trebanos extended their lead two minutes later as Damjanovic landed another penalty to make the score 6-0. Shortly after, Trebanos scored the first try of the game and it was a cracker. A scrum on half-way allowed promising young scrum half Christian Jones to feed Damjanovic who brought blind side wing Penhale into the line at pace. Penhale made significant ground before feeding centre Scott Barrett, who galloped under the posts for a deserved try. Nic Damjanovic added the simple conversion.

The score seemed to stir the visitors into action, and they made continued good use of the rolling maul to gain ground. As the half drew to a close, Trebanos struggled to contain the bigger Glais 8 and the pressure eventually told. After securing possession from a lineout 5 metres out, Glais rolled their way over for a try right on half time, making the score at the interval, Trebanos 13 Glais 5.

When the second half kicked off, Trebanos wasted little time in extending their lead. A kick to the corner, following a penalty awarded to the home side, set up a lineout 10 metres from the Glais line. A catch and drive showed that Trebanos' pack could also make good use of the rolling maul and when the ball was finally spun to the backs, centre Scott Barrett crashed over near the posts for his, and Trebanos', second try of the match. Damjanovic converted again to increase the lead to 20-5.

Glais continued their policy of using the rolling maul to gain ground and another catch and drive almost brought them another try, the referee deciding that the ball had been held up over the line. Good defence prevented Glais from scoring from the resulting scrum. However, Glais were not to be denied and, after a lineout close to the 'Banos try line, they used their, seemingly, sole attacking option, the rolling maul, to cross for their second try.

Trebanos rang the changes, sending young Rhodri Williams on instead of old head Rhodri Davies, and replacement Docherty instead of wing Edwards. Jordan Hopkins then took to the field, to make his first team debut, replacing full back P. Nut. Hopkins made an immediate impact. After chasing a kick ahead, he was able to gather the ball and show some real pace to round two Glais defenders and score in the corner with the very first touch of his first team career. Quite a debut! Fly half Damjanovic added a fine conversion from the touchline, making the score 27-10.

Trebanos went in search of a further try to secure a bonus point and brought on replacement prop Richard Walker instead of the hard-working Jon Harding. The change had an immediate effect with Trebanos taking the very next scrum against the head. Scrum half Kristian Jones picked up and made ground down the blind side and, when he was finally stopped twenty metres from the Glais try line, excellent support work by back row forwards Mal Whiteman, Rhys Carney and Luke Davies meant possession was retained. Rhodri Williams was on hand to gather and he showed good strength to crash over for the bonus point try, dragging two Glais defenders with him in the process. Nic Damjanovic again added the conversion.

Glais never gave up on the rolling maul and it brought them a late consolation try. The final score, Trebanos 34 Glais 17.

Scrum half Kristian Jones was chosen as man of the match by this week's adjudicator, Keith Williams (Big Wil).

Trebanos Team:
C Edwards (J Hopkins); A Penhale, S Barrett, G Hopkins, M Edwards (D Docherty) ; N Damjanovic, K Jones; C Harris, D Davies, J Harding (R Walker); R Davies (R Williams), J Erasmus (capt); L Davies, R Carney, M Whiteman.