After the great performance against the girls of Pencoed, we were wondering could our girls do any better. Answer, oh yes. The Gilfach Goch girls stepped onto the pitch of Nantyfyllon and gave a superb game of rugby from stat to finish. New girls to the team Jessica Neck,Bonnie Rees and Katie Acerman showed how they can be a very big part of the driving force for the future of this team.
Bonnie Rees and Katie Acerman both scoring they're first try for the team on they re debut match, Taylor Scurlock seeing an oppurtunity to kick and chase the ball through an unorganised defence and score her 4th try this season, and an unbeleivable run from deep in the Gilfachs own 22 from Talia Smallman not stopping for anyone or anything to score her second for the season.
But scoring try's could not have been possible if it was nt for the set pieces played by the rest of the team. A strong organised scrum involving Lucy Evans, Bonnie Rees, chelsea summers , Amy Jones and Kaisha Jurkiewicz made sure that every scrum was won and brought back for our scrum half beth moyle, who once again showed how well she can captain the team and keep the team pushing forward.
Back line also performed brilliantly , being realigned into position by vice captain Nicole Havey and awaiting for the off load from rucks and allowing the ball to constantly move and get out Jessica to allow her run and gain much appreciated ground and to keep Nantyfyllon on the back foot for most of the game. Constant work with rucking in training showed how much these girls listen and learn, as the rucking from our girls was superb. Little Kasey Crump showed that size does not matter. Coming on as sub to replace hooker Chelsea (who was flattened on the pitch by a much larger girl), Kasey threw her self into every ruck and maul along with a more confident Lucy Evans to win us the ball every time.
Lineouts was another benefit for our team, as great communication from Amy Jones to the line out team and fantastic, high accurate lifting made sure that we won the ball every time.
But it was not all sunshine and roses as many of our girls were coming off with injuries, but having versatile subs payed off. Chloe Rees showed that she not just willing to play as the back line , but also fitted into the second row and many times dug deep into rucks and run the field. Even though the final score was 20-20, we felt that it could have been 30-20 to Gilfach or if not more.But there again the score card could have gone in favour to Nantyfyllon. The second half saw Nantyfyllon breaking through our forwards only to be stopped metres before the try line by a determined back line. The Gilfach girls kept on pushing back and clearing the ball down pitch. near misses for try's were Kasey Crump falling a matter of a few feet before the try line and Taylor Scurlock diving over the try line only to be dissallowed the try..???...
A prolonged length of extra time allowed Nantyfyllon to sneak in a try to bring the score even.
Gilfach Goch 20- Nantyfyllon 20.
beth moyle (c)