1st Team - Report
|Deri RFC||17||vs||42||Old Illtydians RFC|
Illts run in six tries in poor showing.
The Illts made hard work against the league's bottom team despite running in six tries. Plenty of work will be needed prior to Saturday's clash against league leaders Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd.
In near perfect conditions, the Illts started slowly allowing the opposition to exploit huge space on their blind side to charge 60 yards down the pitch to no avail.
This somewhat galvanized the visitors who shortly after scored their first try of the day through Carl Uren whop went over in the corner after some nice handling through the backline.
Deri were right back in it straight away after their outside centre picked off a wayward Dai Hughes pass to intercept and go clear under the posts.
The Illts then turned on the pressure following a succession of strong runs and nice offloading saw them camped in the Deri 22 before Adam Staniforth showed some deceiving strength to break out a few tackles before going in for the team's second try of which he converted.
Credit to the Broncos though, who didn't let their heads go down for a minute and they added to their points tally for the day with a penalty in the latter stages of the first half.
With the momentum switching to the hosts, they launched attack after attack and were unfortunate to concede another try just before the half time whistle.
Following a cross field kick intended for their winger, the always impressive Tom Wheeler showed great hands to pick it out of the air and galloped 50 yards down the field before offloading to Duncan Law who showed good pace to support his fellow back rower and went over for his team's third try.
With the half time whistle came a stern telling off to the boys from coaches Mike Jones and Staniforth. Alessandro Abet and James Harris made way for Josh Harris and Sam Perrett at the break with both really impressing in the second half.
The beginning of the second 40 was a complete opposite to the first as the Illts showed the form that has led them on a run in which they have not lost in the league since October.
Some great support play saw Josh Harris crash over for his first try of the season after more good work from Staniforth and sealed the bonus point win.
This was followed with the pick of the tries scored by Captain Phil Morse after some great running rugby.
Mikey Hiscocks then showed some more impressive pace to score his eighth try of the season before Deri scored a late consolation try to make the score line a bit more respectable.
James Evans made his debut in the second row and put in a great shift making some important tackles and always looked dangerous with the ball in hand.
The final score flattened the Illts somewhat and a big effort will be needed by all this week in training in the lead up to Saturday's match.