Launceston pip Gwernyfed in high quality touring game at Polson
By Andy Crighton
Ollie Tomkies claims two tries and Freddie Ward has huge game as team effort really dominates
Launceston hosted touring team Gwernyfed from mid Wales and Penzance for an evening three-way match under floodlights on Good Friday.
Launceston started with great tempo and really imposed their game plan on the visitors. The forwards worked as units going forwards recycling well and creating good momentum. Freddie Ward was at his best moving about the pitch like a silent ninja. His tackle count was incredible and his ability to create impossible turnovers put Gwernyfed under serious pressure.
Sam Jago, playing at the back, also went looking for work and attacked at every opportunity. A counter attack on the right saw him break several tackles before off-loading to Leon Jones who used his pace to draw the defence before delivering a wonderful inside pass to Ollie Tomkies who streaked away for the first score. 7-0
That score was quickly followed by a second as Sam Sharman made good ground and offloaded to Freddie Ward who burst through to shred the defence. 14-0
Kane Clements was working hard with some big carries and Billy Martin was dominating the breakdown again. The Launceston backs had to be alert though as the visiting team tried to attack the wide channels at every opportunity. Linespeed and communication had to be effective. The Gwernyfed boys gave it everything and carried with real in intent.
The scrum half was a real attacking threat and he claimed a well-deserved score after finding a gap on the right and accelerated through to pull one back. 14-5
However, Alex Maciver-Redwood controlled the show by putting the forwards through phase after phase which created some space out wide. The backs were really starting to motor and Tage Jenkins and Ollie Tomkies combined well to claim the final score. 21-5 FT
Great rugby from both teams with a fantastic atmosphere at the club