Cynon Valley - - RUGBY UNION -

TONYRE­FAIL .............. 22 HIR­WAUN .................... 12

AF­TER a pe­riod of two sea­sons away, Hir­waun were back at Tylcha Fawr to play this Divi­sion 3 East Cen­tral B game against Tonyre­fail but al­though the home side took a bonus-point win from it, the game was gen­er­ally a scrappy and un­re­mark­able af­fair with only one in­ci­dent of any note.

The match started with Ton tak­ing the game to Hir­waun and two early try-scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties were missed, along with two penalty goal at­tempts, be­fore Hir­waun were able to re­lieve the pres­sure.

Ton con­tin­ued to have the bet­ter of things but in the 12th minute there was an in­ci­dent that ended in an almighty brawl in­volv­ing most of the play­ers in some way or other.

This re­sulted in the ref­eree red card­ing two play­ers from Ton and three play­ers from Hir­waun.

Spec­ta­tors were amazed as this was the first in­ci­dent of its na­ture in the game and un­doubt­edly had an ef­fect on how both sides were able to play from then on.

As the game con­tin­ued it was the home side mak­ing all the run­ning but some stern de­fence kept them from the try line un­til the half-hour mark when out­side half Geraint Shal­ton was able to make some space for him­self to touch down un­der the posts.

Alex Pugs­ley con­verted and Ton were on the score­board.

They were back on the at­tack from the restart and fur­ther tries from Sam Christo­pher and Geraint Shal­ton gave them a 17-0 lead at the half-time whis­tle.

In the sec­ond half Ton had the slope in their favour but Hir­waun scored their first points on 43 min­utes with a try from a se­ries of drives from a five-me­tre lineout but both sides were guilty of poor han­dling and the game be­came a scrappy stop-start af­fair.

On the hour the home side se­cured the try bonus point when cen­tre Sam Christo­pher made a lovely out­side break from deep in his own half to take play to the Hir­waun line be­fore be­ing tack­led but Geraint Shal­ton was on hand to take the pass and touch down.

With play­ers tir­ing and sub­sti­tu­tions be­ing made the game con­tin­ued in its stop-start fash­ion but Hir­waun were fin­ish­ing the stronger and on the 80-minute mark they again crossed the try line af­ter a se­ries of for­ward drives to make the fi­nal score 22-12.

While Ton can be happy with the bonus-point win which con­sol­i­dates their mid-ta­ble po­si­tion they now have the prob­lem of the reper­cus­sions of any ban on the red carded play­ers in view of their small player pool.

A few new play­ers have turned up over the last few weeks so hope­fully they will be­come long-term gains to the squad.

Next week Ton are away to Caerau Ely with an early kick off due to the in­ter­na­tional game on the same day.

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