Scrivens to fol­low his fa­ther’s foot­steps at Cardiff

The Rugby Paper - - British Rugby - ■ By ALEX BYWATER

PE­NALLTA hope Joseph Scrivens can top his fa­ther’s record when they take on Ystalyfera in the Na­tional Plate fi­nal.

Richard Scrivens scored 26 points for Pe­nallta when they beat Beau­fort 36-19 in the 2001 Brew­ers Cup fi­nal at the then Mil­len­nium Sta­dium.

And head coach Matthew Tucker is set to utilise Scrivens Jr, the Brid­gend Ravens fly-half, as they seek re­venge for last sea­son’s heart-break­ing 12-10 Plate fi­nal loss to Bedlinog.

He said: “He is a Pe­nallta boy through and through. For­tu­nately he is avail­able for us and he loves play­ing here with his mates and for the club. He will cer­tainly play with heart and will be key for us.”

Ystalyfera cap­tain St­ef­fan Jones wants to avenge his two losses at the home of Welsh rugby.

The No.8 played in Neath’s Cup fi­nal loss to Pon­typridd in 2013 and rep­re­sented his school at U14 level on the hal­lowed turf of Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

“Hope­fully this will be third time lucky,” Jones said. “It will be ex­tra spe­cial lead­ing my home vil­lage out in the best sta­dium in the world.

“Prepa­ra­tions have gone very well. There will be no one left in the vil­lage on Sun­day.”

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