Cynon Valley - - SPORT -

TONYREFAIL .............. 20 CAN­TON ...................... 19

TONYREFAIL made a win­ning start to their sea­son with a one-point win against Can­ton in a game which was only de­cided in the fi­nal minute when the vis­i­tors failed with a touch­line penalty goal at­tempt.

It was, how­ever, no less than they de­served for a de­ter­mined dis­play against a side who were much big­ger in most po­si­tions and par­tic­u­larly in the for­wards where they out­weighed Ton by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin.

From the whis­tle the vis­i­tors took the game to Ton and for 10 min­utes they held the up­per hand but the home side be­gan to get their game to­gether. They sig­nalled their in­tent to run the ball wide when­ever pos­si­ble and they made de­fence dif­fi­cult for Can­ton with some lovely han­dling and sup­port play. Dur­ing this pe­riod winger Chris Rand crossed for two tries, and a con­ver­sion and penalty goal gave Ton a 15-0 lead. With the for­wards hav­ing the up­per hand at scrum time things were look­ing good for the home side but in the dy­ing min­utes of the half Can­ton hit back with a try of their own to make it 15-5 at half-time.

The sec­ond half be­gan like the first with Can­ton on the front foot and al­though the home for­wards were cre­at­ing havoc in the set scrums Can­ton were still able to add to their tally with two con­verted tries to take them four points clear. The game con­tin­ued and it was be­gin­ning to look like things were drift­ing away from Ton but with 10 min­utes to go, as they were de­fend­ing on their own 10-me­tre line, they in­ter­cepted a pass and ran the ball back, in a fran­tic race, to touch down out wide. This set up a nail­bit­ing 10 min­utes for Ton sup­port­ers cul­mi­nat­ing in the missed penalty goal in the last minute.

Ton can feel happy with this re­sult in spite of the fact it was only a one-point win. They punched above their weight through­out and the for­wards par­tic­u­larly went well. At half back young How­ell Thomas shone and out­side half Geraint Shal­ton tack­led like a back row for­ward but most of all it was a good team dis­play.

Next week they are at home to newly pro­moted Tre­herbert where, hope­fully, they can carry on with an­other win.

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