Trebanos 54 Seven Sisters 3

Saturday 8th October 2016

WRU National Plate Round 1

'Banos Deliver Feast For Plate

The weather was just about perfect for the visit of league rivals Seven Sisters to the Park for this WRU National Plate fixture; following a closely fought league encounter just a few weeks earlier, where 'Banos narrowly took the points, everything pointed to another close game between these two teams.

Trebanos v Seven Sisters, National PlateTrebanos, playing down the valley, showed their intent within two minutes when, moving the ball left from fully fifty mtrs out, they completely outpaced their opponents and only failed to open the scoring with a scintillating try because of a poor pass, which was behind left wing Tristan Edwards, with the visitors' try line undefended a mere twenty mtrs away. Undaunted, the home side continued to play a game that was high paced and, on five minutes, right wing Llyr Davies burst inside off his wing, easily side-stepped the first defender, swerved past the next and outpaced the cover for a fine individual try, which Luke Griffiths converted.

Trebanos v Seven Sisters, National PlateThe visitors' pack tried to slow the game down into a strong-arm wrestle and were having some, if limited, success; on one of the occasions that the Seven side ran the ball inside the 'Banos half, the referee, Mr Harris, adjudged that a Trebanos forward stopped the movement, by shoulder charging the ball carrier, with no use of his arms and awarded a penalty kick thirty mtrs out, straight in front of the home posts, which was gratefully accepted by the visitors for their first points of the afternoon.

The home "faithful" were asking each other who was playing in which position as three key backs continually switched positions, I don't know if the coaches were trying to confuse the opposition, but the plan was working on the supporters until we worked out what was happening, with Luke, Kris and Tom switching back and forth. The next score came after seventeen minutes, starting some forty mtrs out; following several passes the ball was taken by Jack Perkins, who went as far as the 22mtr line to be faced by the full-back and with support either side, Jack sold an outrageous dummy that left his opponent grasping at thin air and raced to the try line for Luke Griffiths to add the extra points.

Trebanos v Seven Sisters, National PlateThe visiting forwards contested the restart and were using their bulk to try and get a foothold in the game, but with little effect and back came 'Banos again. The ball was won by the lighter home pack, which was having to battle hard in the set pieces against their bigger visitors, and moved quickly by the backs to Tom Dew, coming in to the line at pace, who went as far as the visitors 22mtr line to be faced by the covering full-back; Tom drew him and sent out a perfectly timed pass to Tristan Edwards who gratefully accepted the ball and sped over in the corner, Luke Griffiths again adding the extra points.Trebanos v Seven Sisters, National Plate

The teams were playing two different types of game with Seven Sisters' bigger and bulkier trying to "moel" the 'Banos, but the home side adding another dimension to their usual fast paced approach, with reasonable kickable penalties being turned down in order to maintain an extremely high tempo game which was to eventually wear down the visitors.  There was no further score in the first half and it finished Trebanos 21 pts Seven Sisters 3.

Half Time: Trebanos 21 Seven Sisters 3

Trebanos' first score of the second period mirrored their last of the first period with Tom Dew making the extra man, going outside the centre, cutting inside the covering wing and back out to score in the right hand corner, the conversion attempt failed.

Trebanos v Seven Sisters, National PlateTrebanos were then put under a period of pressure, where they showed that their defensive prowess was as good as their attacking skills. Trebanos took the ball upfield and play was deep into the visitors half when the ball was lost and Seven attempted to clear their line, but the kick, although long, went infield and was caught by Luke Griffiths in the full-back position some 60mtrs from the Seven Sisters try line. There seemed to be no danger but Luke had other ideas; he immediately put on the afterburners and sidestepped and swerved his way through would-be defenders, who could not lay a hand on him, to touch down halfway between the corner flag and the left hand post for a tremendous individual try, Kris Jones adding the conversion.

Trebanos v Seven SistersTen minutes later Tom Dew touched down for his second of the game, with a curving run that took him past three defenders to score in the right hand corner, with Luke Griffiths converting this score.  The pace at which 'Banos were playing the game was resulting in several visitors having to receive "treatment" in the form of quick breaks in play as they tried to slow the game down a little, but didn't seem to halt the momentum that Trebanos had managed to build, and even with all the substitutes being used by the coaching team, the dynamism of the performance was uninterrupted.  Tom Dew completed his hat-trick with the help of Luke Griffiths, again fielding an attempted clearance, making ground before passing to Tom who again outpaced the defence to score in the corner, Kris Jones converting the score.

In the third minute of injury time 'Banos scored their eighth try of the game through hard working centre Steffan Lewis who featured in the movement twice; Kris Jones added the extra points with a superb touchline conversion and Mr Harris blew his whistle for fulltime with the score Trebanos 54pts Seven Sisters 3.

Whilst seven of the eight tries were scored by the three quarters, the foundations for this wonderful exhibition of running rugby was the work of the pack who started this game under considerable pressure in the set scrums, but were more than holding their own after the first twenty minutes and from there appeared to be comfortable in the forward exchanges for the remainder of the game.  The work of the coaching team must also take credit for the way that the squad has been prepared.

Full Time: Trebanos 54 Seven Sisters 3

  Trebanos RFC
Tom Dew
Llyr Davies
Kristian Jones
Steffan Lewis
Tristan Edwards
Luke Griffiths
Cameron Jones
Will Davies
Chris Foreshaw
Alun Dew
Rhys Morgan
Declan Bale
Ben Williams
Rhys Thomas (Capt.)
Jack Perkins
Connor Walters (repl. Will Davies, 66 mins)
Elliott Greenaway (repl. Alun Dew, 70 mins)
Rhodri Williams (repl. Chris Foreshaw, 61 mins)
Shaun Lewis (repl. Cameron Jone, 58 mins)
Dave Scone (repl. Llyr Davies, 55 mins)
Referee: Mr. Daniel Harris (Carmarthen)