After the poor performance last week, the 13's had a point to prove to themselves and each other in this fixture. They managed to field a team of 12 to take on the 18 badgers who turned up for pontyclun. With the wind and rain hammering into them , conditions were not the best for free flowing rugby and the ball was a slippery lump of mud. However, both teams got on with it and it turned out a very entertaining, well contested game of rugby. Pontyclun opened the scoring early in the match and the 13's had to dig deep and defend manfully for the 1st 15 minutes but pontyclun struggled to contain the 13's for the last 10 of the 1st half with Dec scoring off a powerful run. The 2nd half saw the 13's start strong and full of confidence only for pontyclun's no 8 to pinch a poorly supported ruck ball and break away for a try. Gilfach defended their try line again for 6 or 7 set pieces but struggled to clear their lines as any kicks were blown back in the gale that was blowing and pontyclun managed another try, frustratingly it was a real weak one.Full credit to the 13's they kept at it and smashed continuously into pontyclun defenders and the cracks soon appeared. Dodgy decisions saw 2 disallowed Gilfach tries but the 13's kept on going and Ethan put in a sweet cross field kick for Jack to score his 1st try in a Gilfach shirt (identical to the one 3 minutes earlier that the ref disallowed stoping Shane geting his name on the score sheet). Much better performance off the 13's , bodies were put on the line, much more aggressive in the contact area, tackling was vicious. The ruck area was a cause for concern as was the support play.
Liam K - Definetely best game of the season for our Kinsey. Aggressive and confident. He took a cracking take from restart and run back at pontyclun alll guns blazing. Shane - Brilliant game off Shane today, tackling was awesome, chased everything. Robbed of a try, judged to have knocked on over the line off a well weighted cross field kick. Liam P - Filled in as prop, played well, defended strongly. Carried good ball, had a good strong run and made ground. Stayed on his feet. Tom - Without a doubt the best rucker and counter rucker for the 13's. Really aggressive in defence. Very good quality game off Tom, put his body on the line time and time again. Dan - Strong performance off Dan. Put in a cracking bone crunching tackle, safe hands in the lineouts, rucked well and made a nuisance of himself to pontyclun's forwards. Dec - Brilliant game off captain fantastic. Strong ball carrying and direct running is what i expect off Dec and he didnt let himself nor the team down. Ethan - Undoubtedly the best performance off Ethan this season, his passing out of hand and off the floor was textbook and kicking out of hand was pinpoint accurate, really impressed. Aaron - Disallowed try, chased everything, defended extremely well. Kicked restarts and out of hand accurately, worked well with Ethan ( good half back partnership forming here). Pidge - What a tackler !!!!! Awesome. Craig - Good overall performance off Craig, defended well outside Pidge, held up Pontyclun attacking backs. Had a solid game. Jack - First try in Gilfach shirt for Chez and he deserved it big time. Unlucky not to score in 1st half. The boy was on fire, tackled fearlessly. Brilliant celebrations when he scored his 1st try - class ! Josh - Strong solid game off Josh. His defence was exemplary. Hit the attacking line direct every time. Never out of position. Good performance.