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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

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