Caerphilly RFC

Caerphilly RFC

Signing off with a flourish

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The under 15's completed their domestic programme for the season with an excellent win over a very competitive Cwmbran 15 , running in four tries in the process

The away side opened the scoring after only 2 minutes play with an unconverted try , this spurred the home forwards into action after a sluggish start with the front five of Dan Hewer , SAM Davies , Lewis Williams , Lewis Pryce-Jones and Conor Skym gradually evening things out up front . Fiery scrum half Tom Candy got the back line moving at every opportunity but wings Callum Barry and Ben Candy saw very little ball as the game swung from one end to the other mainly through driving forward play and defensive kicking .
Full back Lloyd Hughes was called upon several times to clear his lines and the back row of Dafydd Williams , Tom Williams and Craig Hudd were prominent equally in defence and attack .
As both packs fought for the ascendancy , outside half Tom Edmunds took advantage of a dropped pass in mid field to kick ahead for centre Alex Stickler to chase , outstrip the defence and touch down to bring the scores level at 5 – 5
As the half time whistle went the home supporters anticipated a close fought second half but were not prepared for the onslaught from the away side in the first 10 minutes
The home side were unable to get out of their 22 and only some resolute defence by all 15 players stopped the away side from turning this pressure into points .
Gradually the game started to open up for the home side , Bradley Nute and Dan Hewer were starting to find gaps in their opponents defensive line and the backs were becoming more prominent . A more open game suited the home side , flanker Dafydd Williams had chances to show his pace in open play , on one occasion breaking through several tackles only for the ball to go to ground just outside the opponents 22
The pressure was now all on the away side and driving forward play by Bradley Nute , Craig Hudd and Conor Skym took the attack to within 5 metres of the opponents line setting the ball up nicely for the backs to steal the limelight with some slick handling , finished off by Conor Davies who crossed unopposed for the first try of the second half which was converted by Alex Stickler to take the score to 12 – 5
The home sides confidence was now growing , with the game shifting from a tight forward battle to a more open aspect which suited their mobile back row and more adventurous back line which was becoming more prominent . Ben Pesci slotted in at outside half and Darius Mannings entered the fray on the wing and further good link play by flanker Craig Hudd allowed the backs to put the ball through hand once again resulting in Tom Edmunds crossing for the third try which Alex Stickler converted to take the score to 19-5
At this time the away side were a bit shell shocked after such a close first half and their dominance at the start of the second half . Pressure was being exerted on the away pack and indiscipline from a quick tap penalty by Tom Candy resulted in them being marched back ten metres where another quick tap allowed Ben Pesci to put in an intelligent cross field kick that Conor Davies gathered and touched down for his second and the home sides fourth try . Alex Stickler converted to take the final score to 26 – 5

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