Caerphilly RFC entertained Croesyceiliog RFC at Virginia Park last weekend, and although the home side outscored their opponents 3 tries to 2 they still managed to finish on the losing side, gaining a solitary losing bonus point in the process.
It was the green and whites that opened the scoring courtesy of outside half Hywel Jones
’s penalty on 3 minutes as the visitors drifted offside during early Caerphilly pressure.
Indiscretion cost Caerphilly dear minutes later. A series of penalties helped the visitors gain vital ground before finally being awarded a simple kick in front of the posts, which was duly converted by centre MATTHEW
Further pressure was mounted on the home side from the kick off. Some quickly taken penalties were eventually rewarded as hooker Zack Hedley crossed the line, Entwitle adding the spoils to give the visitors a 10-3 lead with 10 minutes on the clock.
Caerphilly lost a player to the sin bin on 31 minutes. A late tackle on the visitors outside half clearance kick, deep into the Croesyceiliog 22, gifted the visitors with a penalty in front of the posts on 31 minutes, and reduced the home side to 10 men for the half. Entitle converting to increase the lead.
It took the home side until the first minute of injury time scrum half Grant Pritchard crossing for the first of their tries. Clean lineout ball on the 22 from a penalty on the half way line, set up the backs, and as the driving maul moved the home team closer to the line Pritchard collected from the rear of the maul to cross for an unconverted try resurrecting the side for the second half.
A strong start to the second period saw the home close the gap on 47 minutes. The Caerphilly pack dominating the visitors with drive after drive for the line. A scrum set up out right field produced a powerful drive for the line, crossing the whitewash No.8 Alwyn Thomas
touched down to the delight of the Caerphilly Faithfull.
Although enjoying pressure, the home side were to be reduced to 14 men permanently as they lost hooker Peter Harrison
for a speculative red card on 53 minutes, as the referee deemed a high tackle from 5ft6 Harrison was dangerous during a Ceiliog attack, the player appearing to duck into the tackle and a yellow at best.
Caerphilly as couldn’t quite back themselves and eventually gave away another try to Hedley on 69 minutes, before mounting a strong comeback in the final 10 minutes.
Their only consolation was locally nurtured prop Ben Sparey
crossing for a well worked try on 79 minutes, Jones just failing with the conversion, and with the referee not adding any injury time, Caerphilly again suffered defeat, despite dominating for much of the game.
The side travel to Abertillery next weekend aiming to put the records straight. Kick off 2.30pm