24 March 2019 / Club News

Bridgend Sports Mini and Junior Rugby Action Sunday 24th March

Under Sevens

The Under Sevens  travelled to Kenfig Hill where they enjoyed a great morning of rugby. Kenfig Hill were well organised side but the Sports were undaunted and ran in some great tries with  Isaac Davies, Dion Williams, Riley Lewis & Cian Elward all scoring. The Sports defence also held strong and kept a great defence line all game. The Under Sevens efforts paid off as they won the game with Dom Williams shining to earn  Man of the match.

Under Eights

It was a full morning of rugby for the Under Eights as they hosted Nantyffyllon and Baglan for a round robin. The Sports were on top in defence to secure plenty of turnover ball. In two very fast paced games a total of sixty eight tags were gained from their opponents’ belts. The Sports put in a great performance in both games to bring a big smile to the faces of the players, coaches and supporters. The top try scorer was Oscar ‘OJ’ Clapham with 3 tries. Top taggers were Bailey Williams and Leo D’adamo with 9 tags each. Try Scorers OJ Clapham 3. Leo D’Adamo 2. Ollie Balmer 1. Archie Hall 2. Alex Bright 1 Ellis Kendall 1. Rhydian Cronin 1. Bailey Williams 1. Ethan James 1. The overall game scores were  Bridgend Sports 7 – Baglan 8,  Bridgend Sports 6 – Nantyfyllon 7

Under Nines

The Under Nines hosted a very committed Nantyffyllon side. All credit must be paid to a Nanty side who moved the ball well and pressured in the tackle area. The Sports also had some moments of good rugby once in possession scoring a total of nine tries over two games. A lovely well thought blindside pass and run from the scrum put Star Player of the week Max Hearing in at the corner, whilst Rhiwbyn David defended until  the last, never missing a one on one tackle. The Sports tried to involve their forwards in drives before spreading the ball for the backs to find the breakthrough. The final score was a fair reflection on how the sides performed, with Nantyffyllon outscoring the Sports 55 -  45. Sports try scorers were:
Dan Perriman (4), Marley James(1); Max Hearing (2), Thomas Roberts (2)

Under Tens

The Under Tens defeated Pontrhydyfen 35-15. Sports try scorers were Noah Roberts(4), Osian Stephens (2) and Gruff Lewis (1)

Under Elevens

The Under Elevens are playing mid week at Kenfig Hill this week and enjoyed a rare Sunday morning off.

Under Twelves

Pride of place went to the Under Twelves this week for securing a place in the first of the Ospreys Cup Finals. They defeated tough opponents Kenfig Hill by 22 points to 7. Once the early nerves settled the Sports started brightly with some good rucking and tackling which forced an early penalty. The Sports took a quick penalty for Rhys Anthony  to ghost through for an early try. Sam Gardner converted to extend the lead to  7-0 lead. The remainder of the first half was evenly contested with neither team unable to break down each other’s defence. The Mules had the edge at the break-down, but the Sports secured  possession and territory.

The second half was evenly contested but the Sports defence was causing Kenfill Hill problems and forced a few errors. With the game opening out, Ben Evans received the ball and attacked the space, backing his pace to score a good try in the corner. The Sports led 12-0. With momentum firmly on the Sports side another penalty was well earned with the mules holding on. With the game still close the Sports took the option for 3 points which was converted by Sam Gardner which extended the lead to  15 – 0. Kenfig Hill heads dropped a little and from the restart Ben Evans was able to gather and use his strength and pace to run unopposed and score his second try under the posts which was converted by Sam Gardner for a 22-0 lead.

Credit to Kenfig Hill they battled back to finally put some pressure on the Sports  line and after a couple of penalties crashed over for a deserved try which was converted.


Under Thirteens

The Under Thirteens  made the short trip across Newbridge Fields to play neighbours Bridgend Athletic. The Athletic have held the upper hand in this fixture for the last few years but  the Sports have invested time in developing players of all abilities to improve. The strategy has paid dividends and the team are a much different outfit these days. It was always going to be a tough encounter and so it proved to be.

The Athletic scored first with a try from deep , aided by the odd missed tackle. Undeterred the Sports hit back with  an initial break by Cian John and good driving from Megan Lewis and Thomas Coles, the athletic infringed at the ruck and from the penalty the Sports set up a powerful driving maul for Mackenzie Dent to power his way over the line.

The Sports continued to work hard to mount several attacks, but they could not make the final pass stick as the Athletic defence used line speed to apply early pressure to force the Sports into errors. The Athletic had pace behind and looked to move the ball wide as quickly as possible, there is no substitute for pace  and the Athletic ran in a further three first half tries and two conversions to take a 26-5 lead into the second half.

In previous games, the young Sports side would have crumbled but they are a different team these days. Investment in development for all is key and with their growing squad , the Sports hit back.

They hit back with a fine try from Connor Jones, he was put into space down the right hand touch line , he powered his way through his opposite number and then accelerated away to score the try   to close the gap to 26-10. The Athletic hit back with another try and conversion and then both teams fought out a competitive last twenty minutes. The Sports gave their all and were justly rewarded with a  fine try as they mounted several close range attacks for the line with Callum Lewis almost making the line, the ball was recycled quickly to Cian John who moved it quickly to wing Abi Davies Jones on the wing. She raced in for an excellent try that says so much about the Sports ethos. The conversion was  added. The Sports left themselves too much to do in the second half , they outscored their opponents two tries to one  and promised so much. It was however not to be, but  the game showed that the side are on a continuous path of improvement, the future is looking extremely promising.

Under Fifteens

Bridgend Sports 12-32 Waunarlwydd

The Sports were left disappointed after missing a good opportunity to progress to the Ospreys Final. Unfortunately, the cup run came to an end against a stubborn and determined Waunarlwydd defence. Despite having much of the first half possession and territory, it was the visiting side who went into a 10-0 half time lead. Handling errors, particularly in the final third, proved costly with the opposition ruthlessly breaking away to put the visiting side in a commanding position.

It wasn't until the it was too late that the Sports scored their own breakaway try through Jack Thomas. 5-32.

The quick thinking of Morgan Rees, who picked up on a loose ball, allowed the Sports to break through the defence for a second time, with Jared Philip crossing the line for a late consolation try, converted by Owain Peters.

Luke Yates was awarded the Sports Man of the Match.



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