Ty­lorstown work hard to win big derby match

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TY­LORSTOWN ............ 12 TREHERBERT ................ 8

THIS keenly an­tic­i­pated derby be­tween the Rhondda Fach and Rhondda Fawr teams was won by Ty­lorstown but they had to work hard to over­come their Val­ley neigh­bours.

The win also meant that the val­ley team had not lost a home fix­ture for over a year, a feat that the play­ers and coach­ing staff should rightly be proud of. The game was played in front of a large vo­cal crowd, the re­sult in the bal­ance un­til the last kick of the game.

The game started well for the Tigers with a penalty won in the first scrum due to the vis­it­ing team hooker pop­ping out of the front row, full­back Luke Thomas, re­turn­ing to the first team af­ter a cou­ple of sea­sons out with in­jury and work com­mit­ments kicked well to gain ter­ri­tory deep into the away team’s half.

From the re­sult­ing line out, the home for­wards made good yardage through strong runs by sec­ond row Luke Rees and Cap­tain Chris Lloyd the ball was even­tu­ally re­leased to the backs who han­dled well and when the break­down did fi­nally oc­cur, deep in the Tre- her­bert 22, the ball was re­cy­cled quickly and tremen­dous work by num­ber 8 David Hef­ford who shrugged off a cou­ple of tack­les to cross the white­wash for a great team try, the con­ver­sion was un­suc­cess­ful.

From the restart it was the away team’s turn to go on the at­tack, but great de­fence, es­pe­cially by flanker Adam Phillips, stopped the Treherbert ad­vance.

There was then a sus­tained pe­riod of pres­sure for the Treherbert team, with only res­o­lute tack­ling by the Ty­lorstown de­fence stop­ping the visi­tors cross­ing the line.

Treherbert again man­aged to work their way up into the home team’s 22. How­ever, this time even with some great de­fend­ing the visi­tors man­aged to work the ball out wide and scored in the cor­ner to level the game, with the dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion be­ing missed.

A huge re­turn kick from the restart, by the Treherbert out­side half again put pres­sure back on the Ty­lorstown team who once again found them­selves de­fend­ing in their own half. Great work again by Adam Phil- lips who won a penalty be­cause of a Treherbert player not re­leas­ing the ball on the floor en­abled Luke Thomas to put a great kick in down field to put the pres­sure back on the away team.

From the re­sult­ing line out the home team for­wards worked well and drove into the heart of the Treherbert de­fence, the ball was then worked wide and a sub­urb one handed take by ver­sa­tile sec­ond row Rob Hem­mings who was then tack­led but with a piece of magic that Paul Daniels would have been proud of, man­aged to slip the ball to cen­tre Keiron Richards who went over un­op­posed for the home team’s sec­ond try with Dy­lan Lewis adding the ex­tra points with the con­ver­sion.

The sec­ond half started with the away team on the of­fen­sive, Ty­lorstown de­fended their try line bravely with some great tack­ling from wingers Chris Grif­fiths and Jamie Davies but the ref­eree awarded Treherbert a penalty in front of the posts which was kicked and brought the scores to 12 – 8 in the home teams favour.

On re­sump­tion of play great work by David Hef- ford earned the home team an­other penalty for not re­leas­ing. As the game wore on the away team were get­ting the up­per hand and only a try sav­ing tackle by cen­tre Jor­dan Wil­liams stopped the visi­tors from tak­ing the lead. The home de­fence was again un­der a lot of pres­sure but great work, this time by Chris Lloyd gained an­other penalty for not re­leas­ing the ball on the floor. When Ty­lorstown did run the ball through the backs, full­back Luke Thomas al­ways looked a threat with ball in hand.

Go­ing into the last quar­ter of the game the home team again found them­selves on the de­fen­sive which even­tu­ally lead to a yel­low card be­ing awarded to the Ty­lorstown prop. Treherbert elected to go for ter­ri­tory which put them only a cou­ple of me­tres from the home team’s line how­ever, a great steal by Hef­ford, at the line out snuffed out the Treherbert at­tack. With the game go­ing into the fi­nal min­utes ten­sions rose and boiled over when a skir­mish broke out be­tween both sets of for­wards and as a re­sult a player was red carded from both teams.

The pres­sure was start- ing to mount on the home side and it looked like it would be only a mat­ter of time be­fore the visi­tors would breach the Ty­lorstown line and go in front for the first time.

But the home team play­ers raised their game with some heroic de­fend­ing, the Ty­lorstown for­wards again won a penalty in the scrum, 5 me­ters from their own line, which in re­al­ity was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two evenly matched teams.

Treherbert again at­tacked the Ty­lorstown line go­ing into the clos­ing stages of an en­thralling con­test, Mathew Paul did su­perbly well to win a penalty, again for the op­po­si­tion player not re­leas­ing the ball. With sec­onds re­main­ing the away team were again pres­sur­iz­ing the Ty­lorstown line but great work by the for­wards man­aged to hold a Treherbert player up in the maul and the ref­eree awarded the home team a put in at the scrum, the scrum was won by the for­wards and kicked to touch to end the game.

All play­ers in­volved put in a fan­tas­tic ef­fort in prob­a­bly Ty­lorstown’s hard­est game of the sea­son so far, spe­cial men­tion must go to man of the match, prop Ai­den O’Don­aghue

All in­volved with the club would like to wish pop­u­lar flanker James Grooves a speedy re­cov­ery from a nasty knee in­jury sus­tained the pre­vi­ous week with the game against Can­ton.

The first team’s next home game is next Satur­day against Caerau Ely.

CIL­FYNYDD ................ 15 TY­LORSTOWN 2NDS .. 36

Ty­lorstown 2nds trav­elled away to Cil­fynydd to play in the Keith jones cup quar­ter fi­nal and league game dou­ble header.

Ty­lorstown started strong with early pres­sure on from the Ty­lorstown pack re­sult­ing in quick ball al­low­ing sec­ond row Ryan Shewell to break down the blind side and score un­der the posts, con­ver­sion added by Ricky Price. Ty­lorstown sus­tained pres­sure re­sulted in a 5-me­tre scrum for no8 Liam Der­rick to pick up off the back and score again un­der the posts, Price adding the ex­tra’s again.

14-0 up, Ty­lorstown where then down to 14 men when no8 Der­rick was binned for in­fringe­ment at the ruck. This gave Cil­fynydd the in­cen­tive with the ex­tra man to score a try to take the score to 14-5.

Ty­lorstown re­grouped and re­freshed af­ter his 10 min­utes in the bin Der­rick popped up again to score his 2nd of the game. HT score 19-5. From the kick off Cil­fynydd caught Ty­lorstown cold and scored their 2nd try of the game.

Un­der sus­tained pres­sure in the 2nd half Ty­lorstown again went down to 14 men with Mike Ward be­ing awarded a yel­low card at the break­down. Cil­fynydd scored again to make the score 19-15.

Ty­lorstown re­grouped when back up to 15 men for their 4th try with a sub­lime grub­ber kick from Dean Gau­vain for flanker Matthew Davies to gather and score un­der the post. 26-15

With 5 min­utes re­main­ing Ty­lorstown cap­tain Rhys Ed­wards opted for a penalty to put the pres­sure on Cil­fynydd to score twice and kick off back to Ty­lorstown 29-15.

From that with the last play of the game 2nd row Craig Miles can­tered in for Ty­lorstown’s 5th try of the day and to put the game well and truly to bed with Price slot­ting his fi­nal kick of the game.

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