DIVISION 3 WEST CENTRAL B
CEFN CRIBWR ............ 20 BAGLAN ....................... 15 HISTORY was made as Cefn Junior section put their first teams on the field as a curtain raiser to this top of the table encounter for the first time in 30 years, and the display was a great appetizer for what was going to come from two of the league’s top sides.
Sure enough, no one was disappointed in the calibre of what was always going to be a tough encounter for both sides, and that is exactly the way it turned out. Up front it was totally bruising, with the robust Baglan pack gaining the upper hand in the first twenty minutes; the visitors scoring two quick tries as a result to catapult them into a comfortable lead early doors.
The first was scored for the visitors out wide following a lapse of concentration from the home side, and the second from a collapsed scrum, again Cefn not reacting quickly enough.
Cefn, to their credit got over the early shock of shipping 15 points to the marauding Baglan side. The ‘Riders’ gradually clawing their way back into the game, scored an excellent try by flyer Dai Matthews on the wing following a surging run and superb offload by impressive number eight Simon Tame. Joe Galifant converted to leave the score 15-7 to the visitors at half time.
Cefn then asserted themselves from the restart bolstering the front row of Ashley Hickey, Jamie Fry and Chris Bruno who all did a super job in weathering the storm with Hickey always in support of runners, to put the replacements in a solid position to gain the upper hand. Dynamic hooker Karl Davies created all sorts of problems for the visitors when he entered the fray, whilst Gavin Reffel really exerted pressure in the scrum and around the field. Scott Davies continued his good form in the lineout.
The second half saw Cefn sore a second try through man of the match, Cefn’s Scott Kelly, who always led from the front with some powerful running and great handling skills. This time his try came from Cefn’s pressure in the scrum, when some clever work by replacement scrum half Adam Lloyd created an opportunity for quick thinking Kelly to pounce. Both tries were converted by fly half Joe Galifant, and it was Galifant’s second penalty that finally saw off the powerful opposition. This was an excellent hard fought victory for the Riders, with both sides emerging with credit in a bruising, but fair tussle.
For Cefn scrum half Rhys Jones was always a threat, whilst the versatile Laney Brockwell had another fine game in the back row, and one superb turnover from Brockwell was a certainly a turning point in this tough encounter.
Cefn Junior Section