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Aberystwyth RFC | Youth Team 40 - 15 Crymych RFC | Youth Team
Ryan Gilmour
Try 2
Tomos Jenkins
Try 1
Mason Jones
Conversion 5
Charles Thomas
Try 1
William Lewis
Try 2
Osian Hill
1 Try
Gethin Greenhalgh
1 Try
Ned Bennett
1 Try

Match Report
03 December 2019 / Team News

Great Win

Aberystwyth Youth  40  v  15 Crymych Youth

After their fine win against previously unbeaten, top-of-the-table Pembroke two weeks ago, Aber continued their run of excellent performances by beating Crymych at Plascrug on Saturday. This victory lifts them to joint second in the Pembrokeshire League, within striking distance of topping the table after this impressive win.

On a bright, sunny, but bitterly cold afternoon Aber fielded a side that had a number of players playing out of position. They were further disadvantaged by having to play uncontested scrums as Crymych were unable to field a full front row.

Aber kicked off towards the clubhouse with a strong wind behind them but took time to settle down. Crymych on the other hand played skilful, confident rugby right from the outset. Their backs in particular, started with speed, fluency and determination. They moved the ball along the line at every opportunity, guessing that this would take play away from Aber’s strength up front. It was from such a move that they opened the scoring. After winning possession deep in their own half the ball was passed along the backs. Full-back Hill came into the line and put left wing Greenhalgh over for an unconverted try.

Aber’s reply came after they had been awarded a penalty in their own half. Fly half Mason Jones found touch ten metres from the Crymych line and the hosts won the ensuing lineout. The ball was fed out to Will Caron Lewis, lurking among the backs, and from fifteen metres out, he barged his way towards the line, breaking through tackles, to score near the posts. Mason Jones converted and Aber, after 15 minutes play, were 7 – 5 ahead.

A poor clearance kick by Aber led to Crymych’s second try by lively full-back, Hill. This again went unconverted but it put them back in the lead at 7 – 10. Aber’s forwards continued to win most of the possession but the backs seemed slower in thought and more uncertain than their opponents. But as they became more focused they also became more threatening, and it was entirely with the run of play that winger Ryan Gilmore scored Aber’s second try from a move that began 40 metres upfield. This went unconverted but the hosts were back in the lead at 12 – 10.

They extended this lead when Will Caron Lewis scored his second try wrestling his way over from a lineout. Jones converted and Aber moved 19 – 10 ahead. With ten minutes of the first half remaining, Crymych stepped up the pressure and were camped near Aber’s try line for most of that time before scrum-half Bennett crossed for a try. The conversion was again missed but the gap had closed to 19 – 15 at half-time.

With the wind behind them Crymych were expected to become an even bigger threat in the second half. But Aber’s coach Wayne Thomas, must have delivered a very stern team talk at half time because his boys were fired up from the restart and went on to score three unanswered, converted tries in the second half. They put in an aggressive, professional display of running rugby that was a credit to them and their coach.  Through their line breaking runs, their success at the breakdowns, their support play and their offloading they completely dominated the opposition.

Gilmore scored his second try of the game for Aber’s bonus point, Charles Thomas added the home side’s fifth try and Thomas Jenkins’ try closed the scoring. Mason Jones converted all three to round off a very good display of place kicking. The final score at 40 – 15 reflects Aber’s superiority throughout the team in every phase of play.

There were some very polished and mature individual performances on show from Aber’s ranks. Will Caron Lewis and Charles Thomas (both playing out of position) showed that they have benefitted hugely from their time in the first XV this season. But they were only two from a host of Aber players who shone. The Youth XV’s performances so far this season have given the club’s supporters every confidence in its continued success in the years to come.     

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