We travelled over two valleys to play Treorchy from the Rhondda Valley. We had not played Treorchy before, but we had heard a lot of good things about them at this age group, from other clubs we have played. We did know they were in last years Blues cup final. We also knew they have a lot of Rhondda Valley District players in the team. We also knew that they have four players who play up a year for the Rhondda Valley District side. In fact these four players and Andrew the Treorchy coach had just come back from a Rhondda Valley District, dream trip to New Zealand. The weather was dry and bright. Conditions were perfect and we played Treorchy on their main pitch, the Treorchy Oval.
Penallta kicked off and the match started at a frantic pace. Both sets of forwards were hitting the rucks fast and hard. From An early ruck Tyler Porter
picked the ball up and broke through the Treorchy defence. Tyler then weaved his way to the try line to score. The game then settled down a bit, with both sides having good passages of play. Then Chopper carried out a little chip forward, which he chased. Chopper then managed to toe poke the ball forward again and the ball fell kindly over the try line for Chopper to dive on it and score. From another Chopper kick forward with a good chase a Treorchy player carried the ball over his own try line and touched down. From the resulting scrum 5 and passage of play, the ball went all hands to Pat Lewis
who scored under the posts. Treorchy then had a good passage of play, putting the ball through the hands to good effect. Chopper then made another good break, this time down the right wing. Chopper committed his tackler and then off loaded to Tyler Porter
, who scored in the corner. Penallta then scored their fifth try when Lanky picked up the ball centre field from a ruck and burst through to score. The Treorchy number 10 then showed his class and went on a strong run, riding a few tackles, before being stopped 5 yards out. Treorchy then had their best passage of play camped on the Penallta try line, but the Penallta defence held out and the ball was eventually cleared for half time. Penallta converted 3 of their first half try’s making the Half Time Score Treorchy 0 Penallta 31.
Penallta put their subs on and the half time talk was more of the same. Treorchy kicked off and Chopper, who was on fire today caught the ball. Then came the try of the match. Cheeky Chopper just walked casually forward as if the whistle had been blown. Then as the Treorchy left wing come to tackle Chopper, Chopper burst into life and skinned his tackler. Chopper then sprinted, dummied and sidestepped from the Penallta half to the try line and scored a quality try, without an opposition player getting near him. The game was beginning to really open up at this stage of the match and the Penallta backline were in free flow, showing their pace and handling skills. From one such move Kieran showed his pace to break clear, committed the full back before off loading to Pat, who scored. From another backs move the ball was passed out to “Luke
The Gas”, on the right wing. Luke
done his marker on the inside and then stepped on the gas to score under the posts, this boy is a real flier. Penallta converted their three second half try’s making the Final Score Treorchy 0 Penallta 52.
We would like to thank Treorchy RFC for playing us today. We would also like to thank Andrew and the other Treorchy coaches, parents and supporters for making us feel so welcome and wish them the best for the forthcoming season. Treorchy is a traditional valleys rugby club, with a traditional valleys welcome. For Treorchy, from a Penallta perspective their man of the match was their number 10. The Treorchy number 8 caught your eye with his strong running, but the number 10 shaded it with his clever runs and strong tackling. I don’t normally pass comment on the Ref, but today’s Ref was like a professional Ref. As a spectator from start to finish, you knew exactly what was going on because of the high standard of the Refereeing. We look forward to the return fixture later in the season where we can return the complimentary Valley welcome.
The scoreline did not reflect the game. Penallta took all their chances today and Treorchy never took theirs. On another day things might have been different. At Penallta we are also aware that this was Treorchy’s first game of the season with all their District players back from New Zealand, where as this was Penallta’s fourth game of the season and our team have gelled.
Penallta’s Man of the Match as selected by the Treorchy coach was Chopper. The Penallta pack played well today and had a slight upper hand in the scrum, the lineout and the ruck area with Tyler Porter
instrumental in everything. However Chopper was the main man today, every time the ball came to Chopper, it looked like, try time. Choppers vision today was spot on and Chopper made all the right decisions all game. Well done Chopper, your rugby skills are improving rapidly at present.
Dragon’s rugby is going back to Districts this year with trials starting very soon. On today’s performance, in my opinion, the whole team should be playing District rugby. With this Penallta team going to school in the Rhymney Valley and Islwyn, perhaps there is room for you all. Good Luck.
Don’t forget training with Tom James on Thursday, 5:30pm at Penallta RFC.