Aberystwyth RFC | 1st Team 20 - 10 Llanelli Wanderers RFC | 1st Team
Lewis Jones
1 Conversion
1 Penalty
Stefan Taffetsauffer
1 Try

Match Report
25 November 2019 / Team News

Great Home Win

Aberystwyth 20 – 10 Llanelli Wanderers

This was a thoroughly deserved win for Aberystwyth in a game that they dominated for long periods with a very workmanlike and committed performance. Their only regret perhaps being that they failed to score a fourth bonus point try which their overall domination of possession and position suggested that they should. Maybe this could be partly excused by the deteriorating conditions with the recent rain giving a heavy pitch which cut up slightly during the course of the game. Referee Steffan Edwards officiated with empathy and consistency and was much appreciated by both players  and supporters alike.

Aber took advantage of a knock-on from the kick-off and established a foot-hold in the Wanderers half and such was their domination of proceedings that the Wanderers were penned back in their own half and only managed to venture out on only two or three occasions during the first half. Steff Rees opened the scoring for Aber with a penalty making amends for an earlier miss when his standing foot slipped on the wet surface and was unable to make solid contact with the ball. Despite underfoot conditions Aber scored a fine try next after a series of drives down the right flank the ball was moved across the backs for left winger Adam Carvell to speed over in the corner. Shortly after Aber were unlucky not to score again when after a beautifully judged cross-field kick-pass by Steff Rees which Ian Ellis gathered without breaking stride he moved infield but was tackled by the covering defence. There was no further scoring in the first half and the Aber supporters were wondering  whether with Aber failing to convert all their possession and position into points this would come back to bite them in the second half.

The Wanderers upped their game after the break and opened their account with a penalty from full-back Jones to make the score 8 – 3. Aber could consider themselves to be slightly fortunate to score next when Ian Ellis intercepted a long Wanderers pass and raced in from the 10m line to score. However there was nothing fortunate about the next score for Aber as Llyr Thomas marked a speculative kick in his 22, he looked up and saw the attacking opportunity before him. He took the tap quickly and passed to Mathew Hughes who made good ground up the left before inter-passing with Adam Carvell and take the scoring pass  to score wide-out on the left. This was a classic piece of heads-up rugby and much credit must go to all three players involved. The Wanderers scrum, which was one of their strengths, enabled them to score their only try of the game with No 8 Taffetsaufer credited with the touch-down after they drove Aber back over their line. The try was converted by full-back Jones to make the final score 20 – 10. He unfortunately missed an opportunity to secure a losing bonus point for the Wanderers with an unsuccessful long range penalty attempt right at the end of the game. Despite getting back to winning ways Aber will feel disappointed that they weren’t able to turn all their domination of possession and field position into points. Nevertheless they should take great heart from their positive attitude and whole-hearted commitment.      

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