Fantastic turn out today, almost a full house, 16 players for training and to welcome Nelson to Virginia park. What a thrilling match with a total of 21 tries scored. Congratulations to both teams for some great entertainment and great spirit.
Sterling work in Tom's excellent training session, bags of enthusiasm and energy shown by all. Huw Anderson lulled us all into a false sense of security when he turned up for training, however he isn't quite match fit. He is off to Spala in Poland for a week with the Welsh senior squad for some intensive rehabilitation on his broken arm. I think Warren Gtaland is going to fit him with a bionic one to match his bionic legs. Lets hope he is match fit soon.
The format of today's test was to divide the squad and have two separate teams playing a half each.
Iestyn Harding, Brandon Stefanovic, Thomas Amps, Sean O'Gorman, Ben Hoyland, Noah Evans, Rhys Jones and Williams Laing.
Nelson arrived with a mixed squad from their under 7's and under 8's and set the tone for the game with in try in the first two seconds, this was countered by a superb solo effort from Thomas Amps who immediately held the line together with some awesome defence. This couldn't stop Nelson from scoring their second for us to draw level with a great run and try from Rhys Jones who was assisted by an excellent break by Williams Laing. This was followed by a fantastic display of illusive running by (Jack) Nelson who scored in the corner. Not to be out done Thomas Amps made another scintillating solo run and try from Thomas Amps who levelled the scores at three all. Nelson breached our line once more despite a solid defence and some great tagging by Sean O'Gorman, Noah Evans, Iestyn Harding and Brandon Stefanovic who were like Tasmanian Devils. Noah Evans levelled the scores at four all following a break from Thomas Amps, Noah showed some excellent awareness and support by making sure he was on side and also in space to call for the pass and burst through the Nelson defence for a well earned try. Nelson crept ahead once more with a well worked try only for Ben Hoyland to make a dazzling break which was neatly finished in the corner by Thomas Amps for his hat trick bringing the scores level for the half time whistle at five all.
HARRI Davies, Mabon Melbourne, Evan Wells, Gruffudd Williams, DYLAN Jones, Ryan Combes, Cian McGregor, Thomas Amps.
Thomas Amps opened the second half with a nice try assisted by a lovely break by Mabon Melbourne. Nelson drew level despite some excellent try line defence by Thomas Amps and Ryan Combes and soon crossed for another great solo effort from (Tom) with some silky smooth running. HARRI Davies Smashed through the Nelson defence like a juggernaut to claw one back for the Castle Men. Nelson kept their noses ahead with another well constructed try which was closely followed by a mercurial break by Ryan Combes who kept it nice and cool when he was tagged and gave a great pass to Mr Dependable Noah Evans who once again put himself in the right place at the right time to cross for his second try. Nelson scored another two tries with some good offloads and support play and would have had another if it weren't for a try saving tag by Thomas Amps who then crossed for another try securing his quintet for the game. Nelson (Jack) scored another with the final try of the game going to a tenacious HARRI Davies provided by a great break and off load from Ryan Combes.
Caerphilly 10 - 11 Nelson.
Man of the Match today was Ryan Combes for some really hard work and a coach's special mention goes to Thomas Amps and Ben Hoyland.