Tonmawr RFC | Under 15s 17 - 20 Gowerton RFC | Under 15s
Cameron Jones
1 Try
Louis Davies
1 Conversion
1 Penalty
Tomas Davies
1 Try
Ieuan Sleeman
1 Try

Match Report
25 September 2017 / Team News

Two from two in Ospreys Cup!

We travelled up the long and winding road to Tonmawr to face the other unbeaten team in our group.  The weather was good, with a slight wind from one corner to the other.  We kicked off with the breeze at our backs and both teams looking to play rugby but also both teams having very good defences.  With no breaks or mis tackles the opening quarter was a stalemate as neither team was able to make headway.  We came close a couple of times only for the referee to state the ball was held up over the line.  Eventually on 25 minutes after being camped on the Tonmawr line for several minutes, we managed to push our way over for a try by hooker Tom Davies which was also converted by No. 10 Louis Davies. 0-7.  On the stroke of half time another good move by our backs saw us near Tonmawr's 22yd line and the referee awarded us with a penalty.  With little time left on the clock we opted for the 3 points from Louis Davies' boot and led 0-10 at half time.

With the wind in our faces we knew Tonmawr would look to kick deep and peg us back, but surprisingly they didn't and started the second half with some good running rugby which saw them race up into our 22  and set up a ruck close to our line which saw one of their forwards crash over for a score after just 5 minutes.  The conversion was missed.  5-10. It was all Tonmawr in the possession stakes and we managed to hold them at bay until the 17th minute when a lovely move saw the ball fly across the back line and with an overlap on the wing it was only a matter of catching the ball and the winger would be in.  However scrum half Brandon Jones was excellent to get across and push the winger into touch on the corner flag.  However the referee felt that there were no arms in the tackle and had no option but to award a penalty try and a yellow card to Brandon.  12-10 to the home team.  Things would be tough with 14 men but we showed true character and charged up the pitch looking for that score.  And it came on 20 minutes when No.8 turned prop Cameron Jones crashed over for a try, sadly the conversion was missed but we led 15-12 with 10 minutes to go.  Tonmmawr never gave up attacking and came straight back at us.  The pressure was starting to mount and with a scrum close to our line, their livewire No. 8 picked up from the base of the scrum and crashed over for the score.  The conversion was missed so Tonmawr now led 17-15 with 6 minutes left.  Our heads didn't drop and a quickly taken lineout caught Tonmawr napping and centre Gregor Devine made a fantastic midfield break and popped a pass to winger Theo Evans who ran for the corner only to be hauled down a metre short of the line.  Tonmawr managed to regain the ball and cleared their lines...for now.  Further pressure and attacks came as we pushed for the winning score.  We were deep into their 22 when the ball was passed out at pace through the hands of our back line, the ball arrived at fullback Steff Richards who then straightened the line and made 10 yds before drawing in the opposition winger and passing to our winger Ieuan Sleeman who took it 3 yds from the line to dive over in the corner for an outstanding try.  A try that would have pleased the coaching staff!  The conversion was missed but we led 17-20.  With only seconds left of the game Tonmawr restarted looking to get possession, however we managed to keep hold of it long enough for us to kick it into touch and the referee blew for full time. Final score Tonmawr 17 Gowerton 20.  A really good game of rugby played by two very good teams.  With 2 wins from 2 we are now guaranteed qualification into the quarter finals and now face Tondu away in the final pool match in 2 weeks.

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