08 January 2018 / Club News

Mini and Junior Round Up 08/01/2018

Bridgend Sports Mini and Junior Rugby Weekly Round Up.

The first mini and Junior rugby games of 2018 were a very welcome sight, following an enforced lay off, of four weeks for some teams due to weather and the traditional Christmas break. Sunday may have been accompanied by bitter cold weather, but nothing could put a chill on the enthusiasm and will to play the game, for the young players taking to the playing field this week.

Mini Rugby.

The Under Sevens and Eights enjoyed their first outing on the new 4G surface at Coety school in a Welsh Rugby Union organised festival. The Under Nines, Tens and Elevens all played on the Bandstand at Newbridge Fields against Pencoed.

Under Nines.

The Under nines played four ten -minute periods games and delivered their best performance of the season to date. They produced some excellent handling when in possession and the speed of their defence kept Pencoed at bay. It was a faultless team performance from all players and sets the team up nicely going forward into the rest of the 2018 fixtures. Sports try scorers were; Osian Stephens (2), Leo Giraud (3), Liam Sales (2), Gethin Evans, Oscar Amerein and Isaac Bowness. Pencoed responded with two tries.

Under Tens.

The Under Tens teams were joined by Bryncethin who made up a round robin set of games. Considering the month’s break, the squad competed well and worked hard in both games. The team worked together to tackle and hit some good counter rucks.

Pencoed triumphed 15 – 30 in the first game and the Sports defeated Bryncethin 25 – 15 in the second. All sides deserved great credit for producing close and entertaining matches in the icy conditions. Alfie Lewis was nominated as the Sports player of the week for his tackling, rucking and very good running, rounding off the display with two tries.

Under Elevens.

The Under Elevens continued 2018 as they finished off 2018. Having defeated Pontypridd at the House of Pain, Sardis Road, in their final game of 2017, they started 2018 with a fine victory to defeat Pencoed 38 – 7.

The first half was a scrappy affair, typical of a derby game, as both sides failed to gain any momentum. The Sports gradually grew into the game and played some good flowing rugby with the ball going through the hands. Confidence grew, and they soon took the lead as the forwards crashed over from close range. Jack Sperduty converted. Pencoed hit back to level the scores at half time.

The Sports were more physical in the second half, especially in the contact area. Their defence was excellent at times with their line speed forcing Pencoed into errors. With possession secured they then worked the ball through the backs to keep the ball in live play as much as possible.  The Sports scored five unanswered tries through Eli Davies, Ben Evans (3) and Sam Gardiner with three of the tries converted by Jack Sperduty.



Junior Rugby.

Under Twelves.

The Under Twelves hosted Llantwit Major who turned up with a large playing squad at Newbridge Fields.  The home team set out their intent straight from the kick off when they received the ball in their own Twenty-two, they opted to run straight back at their opponents. Some skilful handling and retention of possession at rucks and mauls then allowed the Sports to dominate both the lion’s share of possession and territory with Callum Lewis, Harri Williams and Megan Lewis impressive with their efforts in the early exchanges.

 It was very evident however that all the Sports players were determined to sustain the improvements they have made through their continued efforts at training and on the field of play.  The side oozed confidence and their reward soon followed as good decision making from the players varied the play when required.  Some fine handling skills, good use of the pass to deceive defenders and good support play soon put Mackenzie Dent in with an opportunity for a score. He received the ball in the Llantwit Twenty-Two and with plenty to do he cleverly evaded the defenders to score under the posts. He was almost in for a second, following a similar attack with Will Ellis and Chloe Gant doing some great work before he was held up short of the line. From the scrum Llantwit tried to run out from deep but unfortunately spilled a pass. From the scrum Sports outside half Cian John and Callum Lewis worked a move on a miss one to create space. From the maul that followed Tyler Burton emerged with ball to set off on a determined run knocking over defenders to score a deserved try. He is a player who turns up to every training session and game week in week out. Callum Jones added the conversion. Callum Lewis and Cian John were next on the scoresheet, both were very skilful in creating space after forwards, Thomas Coles, Mackenzie Dent, Megan Lewis and Harri Williams did the hard work up front.   Llantwit battled back but could not find their way out of their half as the Sports kept them pinned down. Chloe Gant scored right on half time, for the Sports, after she received a pass from Theo Clarke, she powered her way through the Llantwit defence to score near the posts.

To their great credit Llantwit Major rallied in the second half to contain the Sports for periods. Llantwit also threatened the Sports line on several occasions but unfortunately, they just could not find the elusive final pass for the score.

Some individual brilliance from Sports players created further tries, with Cian John, Dylan Morgan, Harri Williams Ieuan Pilliner and Chloe Gant all adding to the scoresheet. It was however, a fine team performance from the Sports with all squad members contributing. The contributions of young stalwarts Jodie Keane, Abi Davies Jones, Dylan Morgan, Iestyn John, Theo Clarke, Thomas Chick, and Morgan Edwards played and equally valued part in sustaining the team’s development.

Under Thirteens

The Under Thirteens competed well against a strong Valley Ravens team and were right in the game at half time, but they could not match a strong second half performance from the Ravens.

Under Fourteens  

The Under fourteens turned in a fine performance to defeat Caerphilly by Twenty Seven points to Twelve with Joe Ezard awarded Man of the Match.



 Under Fifteens

The Under Fifteens did not have a game this week but chose to concentrate on a Sunday morning training session.  New players are welcome to join the squad who train every Thursday at the Bandstand Field on Newbridge Fields 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Under Sixteens

The Under Sixteens were looking forward to their trip to Treorchy. Unfortunately, the low overnight temperatures contrived to produce a frozen pitch and the fixture was cancelled. They mixed in with the Under Fifteens for the Sunday morning training session.

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