Blues Youth - Report
|Mold Youth||9||vs||27||Merthyr Youth|
WRU Youth Champion of Champions quarter final play off Merthyr 27 Mold 9
Merthyr travelled to Llanidloes in Mid Wales to face North Wales league champions Mold in the first round of the champion of champions play offs and came away convincing winners scoring four tries to nil.
The game opened with a series of penalties, most of which were against the Blues region champions. However, as Merthyr settled into the game they started to dominate territory and possessions. Strong running by the back row duo of Matthew Llewellyn and Robson Blake provided excellent field position for the backs to run at Mold with Josh Flye putting Rhys Walker in for the opening try after 12 minutes. Liam Jones added the 2 points with a touch line conversion.
Walker scored his 18th try of the season with a superb solo effort just 3 minutes later as he re-gathered his chip to round the Mold fullback. With Jones adding the conversion Merthyr had a comfortable 14-0 lead with 15 minutes on the clock.
The middle period of the first half saw Mold gain more possession but the legendary Merthyr defence held firm. Second row Gavin Llewellyn was having his best game of the season, putting in some big hits and stealing Mold lineout ball at will.
Mold opened their account after 30 minutes when a penalty was awarded for offside at a ruck on the Merthyr 22 bringing the score to 14-3.
As half time approached Gavin Llewellyn took another excellent lineout and set up a driving maul that saw No 8 Robson Blake go over for Merthyr’s third try. At half time Merthyr led 19-3.
Mold started the second half strongly doubling their points tally with a penalty following an off side decision in the second minute. Merthyr hit back immediately with a Liam Jones penalty following excellent forward drives from prop Andy Nicol and flanker Rhys Thorp.
Mold’s final points came 10 minutes into the second half with their third penalty before excellent defensive work by both sides meant that opportunities in the middle part of the second half were rare.
Merthyr underlined their dominance on the scoreboard after 25 minutes following an interception by Captain Owain Rees that led to quick ball for Robson Blake to put Josh Flye in for the fourth Merthyr try.
Merthyr now move on the a semi final against the Ospreys league champions Pontardawe on 19th May with a place in the final on 26th May up for grabs.