It was a case of so near yet so far for the Old Firm at Beddau in the WRU Cup. After an exciting, hard fought game, in which Mount finished the stronger, a missed 15 metre penalty mid way out in injury time saw the home side cling on to their one point lead to progress into the next round. Beddau had the better of the opening 15 minutes and were looking to move the ball at every opportunity, looking sharp, but the Old Firm’s defence – as it did virtually throughout the game – tackled well, and was well organised and committed. Two penalties in the 3rd and 13th minutes put the home side 6-0 up. After 20 minutes, the Old Firm put their first real attack together, with the ball being moved wide for second row, Daniel Jones, to make a half break and link with wing Ian Morris who took play into the Beddau 22. From the resulting penalty, scrum half Marcus Clyne made no mistake from 25 metres. The Mount pack put in several driving mauls to gain ground and take play deep into the Beddau 22. After a 5 metre lineout and a collapsed scrum by the home side after 31 minutes, alert flanker Chris Edmunds
took a quick penalty to drive over in the corner for Mount’s first try of the afternoon, which saw the conversion just miss. The Old Firm’s 8-6 lead was increased four minutes later when a quick throw in near half way saw Number 8, Lewis Young, galloping away on a 45 metre sprint to score Mount’s second try, which Marcus Clyne converted to make it 15-6. The Old Firm defence came under pressure once again as Beddau tried to get back into the game. Some resolute defence by Mount kept the home side out but, with the last kick of the half, Beddau kicked a 10 metre penalty to reduce the Old Firm’s lead to 15-9. The second half opened with Mount centre Dale Keepin almost catching a chip through on half way with the Beddau defence caught flat footed. Mount second row Daniel Jones was yellow carded, but even though the Old Firm were reduced to fourteen men and had to defend against a number of five metre scrums, Beddau were never able to take advantage of their one man advantage as Mount gave as good as they got. On the hour, after the referee awarded Beddau a scrum on half way from an apparent straight throw at a lineout by Mount, the hosts moved the ball across the field twice to put their speedy winger on a 25 metre run down the touchline, and although a covering Mount defender almost put him into touch, the try was awarded in the corner, and the conversion kicked, to take Beddau 16-15 in front. The Old Firm, playing with great spirit, hit back and finished the stronger. Centre Scott Davies
, second row Luke Brennan, flanker Chris Edmunds
and full back Gavin Roberts
combined to take play into the Beddau 22 but the home side were awarded a debatable penalty on their 22 metre line even though a forward appeared to come round the side of a ruck. A 40 metre penalty wide out was missed by Mount after 74 minutes and as the game entered injury time, a 5 metre lineout and scrum was followed by a 15 metre penalty mid way out which, disappointingly for the Old Firm, was just missed, for Beddau to move into the next round of the WRU Cup. Mountain Ash Youth came out with a very creditable win over Dragons A League side RTB Ebbw Vale Youth at Caedrawnant, 14-11, with the visitors recently winning by 20 points over Pontypridd. Mount went 3-0 in front after 5 minutes when outside half, Leigh Gunter, kicked a penalty but the visitors responded with a penalty of their own ten minutes later to level the score at 3-3. RTB showed their capabilities when they took advantage of a turnover near half way for a breakaway 50 metre try to go 8-3 up, but there was plenty of spirit in the Young Firm and after some good driving play and pressure from the Mount forwards, scrum half Jordan Rees went over for an unconverted try, to make it 8-8. Just before half time, Leigh Gunter kicked a 30 metre penalty to take Mount into the break 11-8 up. RTB levelled matters early in the second half and the score was level until 15 minutes to go, when Man of the Match, Gunter, kicked a 30 metre penalty to add the not inconsiderable scalp of RTB Ebbw Vale to that of Pontypridd for the Young Firm. Mountain Ash Athletic gave a disappointing display and lost their Rhondda and East Glamorgan League match at Abercwmboi 17-11. This Saturday, 4 February, the Old Firm welcome Llantwit Fardre to Duffryn Pennar Park in the 2nd Round of the Worthington Mid District Cup. Mountain Ash Youth have been let down for the third week running and are looking for a friendly and Mountain Ash Athletic are not playing this week. All games kick off at 2:30pm.