Tylorstown work hard to win big derby match
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.