Bonymaen 0 Trebanos 33

Saturday 27th May 2017

West Wales Rugby Union Cup Final

West Wales Cup Win Rounds Off Great Season For Trebanos

Nigel PreeceBefore unveiling the 2016/17 season's final match report, I'd like to thank our scribe for the season, Nigel Preece, for his dedication in preparing the weekly match reports that have appeared on this site this year. Nige took over the reporting duties from Roy this season and, dressed in his "lucky" blue coat, he has been a familiar, and almost ever-present, sight at 'Banos games during a remarkable and historic season. Nigel, we at Trebanos RFC are grateful for your invaluable contribution to the club's website and for keeping us informed and entertained over the season. Diolch yn fawr i ti.

Thanks are also due to our posse of paparazzi, Martin Dew, Ian Griffiths and Steffan Walters for using their photographic skills to create a visual record of the season. All have contributed fantastic photographs to the site during the season and we're grateful to you all for sharing the results of your camera work with us on the Trebanos RFC website.

(Match Report by Nigel Preece)

Trebanos were coming into this game less than 48 hours after gaining promotion to the Championship following their victory over Div 1 West champions Kidwelly RFC.  The coaches decided to give some players a well deserved break and made some bold selections, in bringing in younger players, not only to give them first team experience, but also to use their effusive and ebullient characters to influence the afternoon's proceedings.  This team which has already written its name into the proud history of the club, was now attempting to write another page, and secure the West Wales Rugby Union Cup for the first time in the club's history.

Trebanos made a late change to their starting lineup when flanker Iwan Davies, outstanding in Thursday's playoff game at Kidwelly, was forced to withdraw just prior to kick off, having aggravated a niggling ankle injury in the warmup. Experienced campaigner Rhys Jones, stepped up from the bench in place of Iwan for his first start for the 'Banos this season and it was great to see Rhys fit and back in 'Banos colours after a couple of long term injuries.

Llyr TryAfter a wet morning the weather cleared and Bonymaen kicked off with a stiff breeze blowing across the ground from the west. Trebanos, through captain "Twm" Thomas, took the ball straight back at the Bony pack and his pack quickly supported him, providing debutant scrum half Iwan Temblett with good ball, and his partner Kris Jones, cleared with a good kick to touch. Bonymaen were looking for their first win of the season against 'Banos and showed their attacking intent, with both backs and forwards, interpassing to make ground, but although the 'Banos showed several changes, were still very well organised, with the newer players demonstrating that they were fully up to speed with the defensive plan; and several attacks came to nothing. The Trebanos pack, showing three changes from Thursday was taking the game to the opposition and there were some thunderous collisions as both packs tried to get the upper hand. It was Bonymaen Llyr Trywho created the early chances and looked likely to score when they worked a two man overlap deep in Trebanos' 22. However, the pass to one of the spare Bony men was intercepted by Iwan Temblett and he was off in a flash, racing upfield with the opposition back row in pursuit. Iwan reached the Bonymaen 10 mtr line and passed to right wing Trystan Edwards, who drew the full-back before passing to centre Llyr Davies, for Llyr to round the cover and score a really good try which Kris Jones converted with a fine kick; 0-7 after seven min play.

Three minutes later the young guns were at it again; showing no sign of nerves on his first team debut, full-back Tiaan Wheeler showed that he has inherited the speed gene from his dad, former lock Ant Wheeler; Tiaan made a scintillating break from his 22mtr line, during which he left a trail of defenders in his wake, Tiaan was aware of support either side and he passed to the left for centre Lloyd Phillips to outpace the despairing defence to cross at the posts, Kris Jones adding the conversion; 0-14.

The game settled into a pattern with both sides seeking to impose themselves and some of the tackles were shuddering collisions, with Trebanos showing no signs of tiredness, in fact more often than not, it was the Bony physio who spent most time on the field, such was the uncompromising commitment of the valley club.  It was perhaps fitting that inspirational captain Rhys "Twm" Thomas, was to register the next try, much to the delight of his team mates and supporters; Trebanos won ruck ball on the halfway line and quick passing saw the ball through several pairs of hands, getting to "Twm" (sorry Twm), just outside the 22mtr line; Twm showed a remarkable turn of pace to touch down at the posts, for Kris Jones to add the extra two points; 0-21 after thirty six minutes.

With Trebanos again running the ball, it was intercepted by the Bonymaen centre who had fifty mtrs to the try line with no one in front of him, Tiaan Wheeler turned and chased him down, made the tackle within metres of the try line, was helped by Iwan Temblett and when the Bony player held onto the ball, were awarded a penalty, which Kris Jones put safely into touch.  Tiaan Wheeler was the architect of the next try, with another blistering break, where he and Llyr Davies were faced by four defenders, Llyr signalled for a chip ahead and Tiaan did it to perfection, with a perfectly weighted little kick, that Llyr re-gathered at full speed to dive over in the right hand corner on thirty nine minutes, Kris's conversion narrowly failed 0-26. Referee Mr Davies blew for half-time shortly after with no further score. 

Half Time: Bonymaen 0 Trebanos 26

The second half was again a physical confrontation with Bonymaen trying to build some momentum, but being knocked back by Trebanos tacklers, who were obviously relishing the physical side of the game and were hardly missing a tackle, as has been the case the whole season.  The next score again looked likely to come from the side in blue, but despite Lloyd Phillips making two line breaks, Trebanos were unable to capitalise and extend their lead, which was looking more comfortable as the game went on.  Fifteen minutes into the half, Trebanos withdrew flankers Rhodri Williams and Rhys Jones, playing his first game after injury, and gave young flankers Josh Man of the Match, Tiaan WheelerMorgan (younger brother of stalwart lock Rhys), and Harry Bevan their first team debuts.  There was a little exuberance amongst the players after twenty five minutes play, with Mr Davies handing out ten minute breaks to lock Richard Davies and his Bony oppo.  Dave Skone gave way to Sam Davies to get a well earned rest. Trebanos were awarded a scrum on the Bonymaen 22 mtr line and the ball was moved swiftly along the back line with Llyr Davies taking an excellent line to straighten and score close to the posts, Kris Jones slotting the conversion to make the game secure at 0-33 in the seventy third minute.

No8 Will Ponty and loose head Aled Humphries gave way to Connor Walters and Elliott Greenaway, with "Twm" Thomas moving to the back row.  Play continued but with no further scores and Mr Davies blew up with Trebanos in complete control.  Not only had Trebanos secured the cup, but young full-back Tiaan Wheeler was named Man of the Match by cup sponsors Peter Lynn & Partners.

Well this group of young men, has once again rewritten the history of Trebanos Rugby Football Club, and have shown what can be done with hard work, commitment, ambition and no little skill, allied to a shared dream and common goal.  A very big thank you all from all of your supporters for a successful season.  Diolch yn fawr iawn oddiwrth eich cefnogwyr, am dymor llwyddiannus.

Trophy celebrations

Trophy celebrations

Full Time: Bonymaen 0 Trebanos 33

  Trebanos RFC
Tiaan Wheeler
Trystan Edwards
Llyr Davies
Lloyd Phillips
Dave Skone
Kristian Jones
Iwan Temblett
Aled Humphries
Rhys Thomas (Capt.)
Luke Turton
Rhys Morgan
Richard Davies
Rhys Jones
Will Ponty
Rhodri Williams
Elliott Greenaway (repl. Aled Humphries,73min)
Connor Walters (repl. Will Ponty, 73 mins)
Alun Dew
Josh Morgan (repl. Rhys Jones, 55 mins)
Harry Bevan (repl. Rhodri Williams, 55 mins)
Cameron Jones (repl. Iwan Temblett, 70 mins)
Sam Davies (repl. Dave Skone, 66 mins)
Michael Morris (repl. Lloyd Phillips, 70 mins)
Referee: Mr. Wayne Davies (WRU)