Aberystwyth RFC | 1st Team 34 - 21 Yr Hendy RFC | 1st Team

Match Report
13 January 2020 / Team News

Great Win in Poor Conditions

Aberystwyth 36 – 21 Hendy

Due to their lowly league position this was considered to be a must-win game for Aber and they duly obliged with a bonus point victory against Hendy who were forced into a number of changes during the game because of various injuries. The convincing scoreline did not reflect the passage of the game but Aber will gladly pocket the win and move on with confidence.

Aber started with a bang when after 2 minutes Carwyn Evans intercepted a Hendy pass in midfield and did well to free his arms to feed Adam Carvell who romped in from halfway to open the scoring.  second try which Steff Rees again converted. Aber were unlucky not to increase their lead when the referee deemed that they failed to ground the ball over the line after a series of forward drives. Nevertheless they were not to be denied when they opted for a scrum from the resulting penalty and following a couple of forward drives Bryn Shepherd forced his way over the line to score wide out. Aber were now playing well and were denied another try when they were penalised for crossing. This seemed to inspire Hendy who went on to dominate the next phase of the game and quickly scored two converted tries to get them right back in the game. The first was a penalty try awarded after a sweeping backs move their left winger was denied a try illegally and the second was scored after Aber failed to deal with a speculative chip ahead full back Newman pounced on the ball to score by the posts for Morris to convert easily.

Aber started the second half full of purpose and quickly got on to the scoreboard with their bonus point try when following an excellent forward drive Paul Stubbs emerged to score. Steff Rees A next for Aber when under pressure Hendy dropped the ball and Rees was alert enough to hack the ball through and win a thrilling race from halfway to score. Hendy to their credit kept plugging away and subjected Aber to a lot of pressure close to their line. They reaped the reward for this pressure when following an Aber yellow card flanker Gareth Thomas burst over to score a try which was converted by Morris. Hendy sensed that they could get more out of this game but Aber stepped up recognised the danger and imposed their own authority on proceedings. Hitherto their line-out work had been a bit flaky but Dan Binks had a purple patch of line-out takes which turned the game for Aber. Following an excellent catch and drive from the Hendy 22 right up to the try-line Aber were denied a score illegally. They opted for a scrum and when in the act of wheeling the Hendy scrum back over their own line Hendy transgressed yet again the referee awarded another penalty try to make the final score 36 – 21.

Despite the difficult playing conditions this was an entertaining high-scoring contest from which Aber will be well pleased to emerge victorious.

On a sad note we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Terry Pullman who passed away recently in America. Terry along with Walter Craig represented the club for a period during the late 1970’s during what was described as a cultural visit to Wales.  

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