By Keith Sexton
Early pressure by St Peters reminded Llandaf North that they were in for a tough game and sustained pressure by St Peters forced an early handling mistake as they forced Llandaf North to pass their way out of their half. A fantastic hooking effort by Big Ted resulted in quick ball for Alex who darted down the blind side but Alex was isolated and we lost control of the ball, ioan made a vital intervention which allowed the ‘blond assassin’ Joe Southgate to pick up the ball and score the first try which was converted by Sion.
St Peters continued to test our defence but the boys tackled in numbers and the forwards continued to apply pressure at the ruck. When we managed to have time with the ball the St Peters defence seemed impervious but an excellent run by Aneurin led to our second try which was converted by Alex.
St Peters responded and were rewarded with a converted try, I’m not sure what happened but our tackling or lack of tackling was becoming a worry and St Peters seemed to be thriving on our lack of commitment. Another try just before half time for St Peters but this was not converted; half time score 14-12.
St Peter’s started the second half as the finished the first half, bringing in their strongest runners with waves of attack but it was too much for Llandaf North as the conceded another try which was converted, score 14-19. The boys seemed to be shell shocked, again St Peters broke through our defence and scored another try not converted, score 14-24.
I’m not sure what happened but somebody flicked a switch, straight from the kick off, Alex caught the ball and embarked on one of his trademark runs which resulted in a try converted by Aneurin, score 21-24. Suddenly, we were back in the game and the boys applied pressure across the pitch, several try saving tackles in front of the away supporters by Finley definitely kept us in the game, the boys were rewarded with another try for Alex which was converted by Aneurin, score 28-24. With almost five long minutes remaining, the boys tackled with passion and were not going to give up this lead having worked so hard to get back into this game.
Final Score 28-24
Man of the match – F Calder