Cardiff Met 10 Trebanos 34

Saturday 7th October 2017

WRU National Championship

Set-Piece Dominance The Key To Bonus Point Win

The faithful had travelled to the Capital City in their usual numbers and appeared to outnumber the home support once again, as the weather had improved to leave a dry afternoon with a strong breeze blowing down the pitch, which, as to be expected, was in first-class condition.

Trebanos kicked off into the wind, with Lewis Humphries judging the wind perfectly, his kick falling two mtrs passed the 10mtr line, which allowed his forwards to compete for the ball, against a very physical Mets team.  Trebanos were given an early warning of the ability of home outside half Andrew Nurse, who fielded a loose clearance kick on his 10 mtr line and a couple of side steps later he was tackled on the Trebanos 22.  In the third minute of the game, he wrong footed the 'Banos defence and touched down under the posts for the game's opening try, without a hand being laid on him; he then calmly converted it for a 7-0 lead.

The home side tried to run at Trebanos whenever the opportunity arose and it was only the tried and trusted 'Banos defence that prevented the students increasing their lead on several occasions.  The "Archers", running at full pelt (haven't heard this expression for years), when taking the ball, resulting in some bone shaking collisions as they were met by the tacklers in blue, sometimes half breaking the tackle, but fortunately not getting too far across the advantage line.  Outside half Nurse used the conditions and put in a couple of huge clearance kicks when Trebanos moved the ball through their backs and forwards to make ground, the scrum proving to be a reliable source of possession and on the students' ball, the source of a couple of penalties, as the visiting pack had the upper hand.

Trebanos' clearest chance of scoring in the first half came when left wing, Sam Davies fielded a high ball just outside his 22 and, for once, the kick chase gave him a little room to move, Sam accepted the opportunity and set off diagonally, stepped inside the first would be tackler and then accelerated up-field and outside another defender, with Luke Griffiths in support on his outside and Lewis Humphries on his inside; with the cover coming across Sam was tackled as he tried to offload to Lewis, unfortunately the pass went to ground and the students were able to scramble the ball clear.  With the game being played at a frenetic pace, the home team lost influential flanker Jack Ferguson through injury just before the break, and he was replaced by Owain Keane. Trebanos had recovered well from conceding the early score and the game was well into injury time when Mr Thomas penalised them for not rolling away, about thirty five mtrs out; Andrew Nurse made no mistake with his kick and the half ended 10-0 to the home side.

Half Time: Cardiff Met 10 Trebanos 0

Trebanos had the wind at their backs the second half, and had replaced Richard Davies with Rhys Morgan, but chose not to kick possession away to the dangerous runners in the Cardiff backline and kept the ball close, making progress, whilst playing a tighter game.  The scrum was where the visitors held a clear advantage and on the 45 minute mark, "Twm" opted for a scrum in a kickable position and were driving the Cardiff eight back when Mr Thomas again penalised the students, there then followed a couple of re-set scrums, before Mr Thomas lost patience with the Cardiff pack, who were in the process of being driven back over their try line when the scrum collapsed, with Mr Thomas running under the posts to award a penalty try; as both packs got on with getting to know each other a little better. When order was restored the score was 10-7 after some 49min.

The Trebanos set piece was now working really well and when Mr Thomas again penalised the students, the ball was kicked to touch about 20mtrs out, Ben Williams took the ball at the lineout with the rest of his pack forming a secure maul the students were again walked back over their line for Ben, who had rejoined the maul to claim the try on 55 min, the conversion attempt failed as 'Banos took the lead 10-12.

Trebanos appeared to be putting themselves under pressure when choosing to move the ball through the hand at the restarts, instead of using the wind and kicking for position, as the students were determined and hard tacklers, who snapped up any loose possession to press their opponents danger area.  The next score was a mirror of the previous one, with the ball being kicked deep into the home 22 and 'Banos mauling over from 10mtrs, this time loose head Tyler Murvai claiming the try for a score line of 10-17 after 62 min play.

Trebanos continued to dominate the set pieces and were starting to control more of the loose forward exchanges and were rewarded when Mr Thomas penalised the Cardiff backs for encroaching offside under their posts to allow Matthew Edwards to slot over a straightforward penalty on 69min to stretch the lead to 10-20.

Trebanos brought on Tom Lucas at scrum half to give Nathan Jones a well earned break but found themselves a man down four minutes later when flanker Jack Perkins blocked the Mets scrum half from taking a tap penalty and received 10min in the bin for his trouble.  This seemed to galvanise the students who tried to press home their numerical advantage and again looked dangerous running the ball; left wing Sam Davies was faced with a two to one situation as the Mets attacked and read the pass superbly to intercept the final pass and race 50mtrs for the bonus point touchdown under the Cardiff posts for Matthew Edwards to increase the lead to 10-27 on 75min.

Iwan Davies and Elliott Greenaway replaced Declan Bale and Tyler Murvai respectively.  In the 82min Trebanos again had a lineout penalty some 10mtrs out and with the lineout working like clockwork, secured the ball and rolled the maul over the try line for Elliott Greenaway to come up with a huge smile and the ball, Matthew Edwards converting from the touchline with a superb effort to take the score to 10-34.  Mr Thomas then blew for fulltime.

Full Time: Cardiff Met 10 Trebanos 34

  Trebanos RFC
Matthew Edwards
Luke Griffiths
Lloyd Phillips
Steffan Lewis
Sam Davies
Lewis Humphries
Nathan Jones
Tyler Murvai
Rhys Thomas (Capt.)
Alun Dew
Declan Bale
Richard Davies
Ben Williams
Rhodri Williams
Jack Perkins
Elliott Greenaway (repl. Tyler Murvai, 75 mins)
Rhys Morgan (repl. Richard Davies, 42 mins)
Iwan Davies (repl. Declan Bale, 75 mins)
Tom Lucas (repl. Nathan Jones, 69 mins)
Tom Dew
Referee: Mr. Matthew J Thomas

Today's other WRU National Championship Results:

Bedlinog 17 Narberth 17
Newcastle Emlyn 13 Rhydyfelin 12
Pontypool 66 Beddau 17
Skewen 39 Newbridge 21
Tata Steel 42 Glynneath 5