After the first minute of play on a glorius sunny, Sunday morning at Bridgend Recreational Ground, I felt like packing up and going home!
To say the boys were rusty after a two week lay off was an understatement. Over crowding at the breakdown, poor handling, running straight at the opposition, whatever could go wrong, did go wrong.
However, whatever this side may or not be, they are passionate. Passionate on the border of brutal in defence. Boy oh boy can these boys tackle. It was because of this quality that the team, lead by Riley today, were still in the game at half time. There were many strong runs by each and every player which threatened the Bridgend try line, however it was the mazey run of Jake, to out fox the last line of defence and leave the scoreboard at 1-1 at the interval.
The half time talk was direct from both myself and Leon, and the boys started the second half with a steely look in their eye.
turned up the heat with a powerhouse run, which saw him race three quarters of the field to score a remarkable try. Jake then chased up a clever kick off from Dominic, made a tackle and was rewarded with a try for his endeavour.
Big Liam now started to get his legs pumping, as did the three Dylans and Cameron. With only two minutes left of play, Ben, whom we welcomed back from a two game injury, got hold of a clever pass from Riley and showed good strength to squeeze his way into the corner for what looked like the final try of the game.
However, this was not to be, as yet another Gilfach onslaught, saw Jake dance in for his well-deserved hat-rick.
The final whistle blew and the game came to a close.
It must be mentionned that for 8 of the 10 final minutes of the second half, Gilfach kept possession of the ball and were averaging 10 or 11 phases of play before either scoring or losing the ball. This was also commented to me by not only the referee, but by Adrian Neck, the long serving and well respected Gilfach first and second team coach.
Well done boys. See you on Thursday.