13 January 2019 / Club News

Nantgaredig 36 - Blaina 10

WRU National Bowl Competition
Round 5

There is no finer sight at Cae'r Ystrad than seeing 16+ stone second row forward Gwyn Pierce charging down the centre of the pitch like a loose Fresian steer and collecting a pass from Nantgaredig centre Bleddyn Lewis to run in the final 20 metres to score beneath the posts. This was Nantgaredig's second try which followed within minutes of centre Rhys Edwards barging his way through tacklers to open the score with a try within 10 minutes of kick off.

The Blaina team from Gwent had a powerful set of forwards and for the first time this season the home pack were put under a great deal of pressure in the scrums. The away team had much of the possession and territory but were unable to convert this into points until centre Adam Griffiths crossed for their opening try. The contest was effectively finished before half time when Nantgaredig full back Dafydd Lewis crossed for a try followed by a penalty kicked by Meirion Davies to give the half time score of 22-5.

The second half continued with Blaina controlling much of the forward exchanges and Nantgaredig back row forwards Tom Smythe and Gavin Orson working tirelessly to stop the opposition. Perhaps the try of the match came in the 55th minute when the Nantgaredig backs worked the ball on the narrow side out to wing Iwan Thomas. Just as he was about to be tackled Thomas passed the ball inside where supporting centre Rhys Edwards was on hand to cross for his second try of the afternoon.

Blaina never gave up and managed a try through full back Darren Miles before Nantgaredig scored the final try by Rhys Schiavone who had come on the field for injured Bleddyn Lewis.

Nantgaredig have made it through to the last eight of the Bowl Competition and look forward to the next challenge when the draw for the next round is made in the coming week.



Tries: Rhys Edwards (2) Gwyn Pierce, Dafydd Lewis, Rhys Schiavone

Penalty: Meirion Davies

Conversions: Meirion Davies (4)


Tries: Adam Griffiths, Daren Miles.


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