Fixture

Aberystwyth RFC | 1st Team 12 - 16 Penclawdd RFC | 1st Team
Rhys Miller
1 Try
Daniel Guarneri
1 Conversion
3 Penalty

Match Report
03 September 2017 / Team News

Disappointing Start to the Season

Aberystwyth 12 – 16 Penclawdd

In ideal conditions on a pristine pitch Aber started their league programme with a repeat of last season’s opening fixture against Penclawdd. Before kick-off both teams and supporters observed a minutes silence in memory of Rhydian “Bish” Hughes a player, coach and generally good man who sadly passed away recently. Aber started the game strongly and dominated the early exchanges but were met with some strong defence by Penclawdd. Centre Steff Rees opened the scoring after full-back Mathew Hughes fielded a speculative kick and made a fine break before linking with Steff Rees who outstripped the defence down the left wing to score a fine try in the corner. A few minutes later Steff Rees was heavily involved again this time in a defensive capacity when he tracked back and intercepted an inside pass from the Penclawdd left wing to thwart a very promising attack and save a certain try. Penclawdd continued to attack but some resolute defence by Aber held out a series of close drives. There followed a couple of yellow cards, one for each side with Penclawdd having slightly better of the play and they converted a penalty by centre Dan Guaneri to make the score 5-3. Aber then unfortunately lost full-back Mathew Hughes to a rather dubious tackle but they finished the half strongly and were unlucky not to score after a very promising attack down the right flank. That was quite an evenly contested half of rugby with some notable individual contributions but an inability to look after the ball in contact meant that Aber could not maintain pressure and some promising attacks came to naught. Penclawdd opened the second half full of intent and took full advantage of another yellow card for Aber with centre Guaneri kicking a penalty to take the lead at 5-6. They increased the lead a few minutes later when right winger Jack Porter burst through to score a try converted by Guaneri to make the score 5-13.Aber then came back into the game with backs and forwards linking well in attack and scored a lovely try by centre Carwyn Evans. From a scrum on the Penclawdd 22 he cut back on the angle and ran through untouched to score near the posts. The try was converted by outside half Steff Rees to make the score 12-13. One facet of the game which the referee had been keen to punish offenders was killing the ball and Aber transgressed quite late on for Guaneri to kick another penalty and seal the win for Penclawdd 12-16. This was a disappointing performance from Aber which lacked urgency and accuracy. Their scrummage dominated periodically but not consistently whilst their line out work was shoddy. Penclawdd meantime through man-of-the-match second row Will Guaneri secured their line out ball comfortably throughout the game and fully deserved the victory.

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