14th. December 2019 Ynysowen -v- Llandaff North Score :- 15 — 31
Another cold day in Merthyr but the loyal supporters of ” The North ” turned up to follow the exploits of their heroes.
WHAT A START !!!! In the first 5 minutes we put them under pressure with our Pack fighting ” Tooth and Nail ”
and pummelling away at their line with several players striving to cross the line but it was left to SHAPPS to finally
bulldoze his way through their defence 0 – 5
Ynysowen came back at us and for a time we were pinned down in our 22 with our defence holding out until one of
our lads tackled their player who, slipped and slid through our arms resulting in a ” High Tackle ” ??XX!! ? 3 — 5
Ynysowen continued their attacks and our defence finally cracked and they scored wide out. 8 – 5
Then came our ” Worst moment of the match ” !!!!! From our “Drop-out” they gathered the ball and merely kicked
ahead but we were unable to collect the loose ball with Ynysowen again kicking along the ground to score under
the posts With an easy conversion they were ” Cock-a-hoop ” at being ahead 15 – 5
BUT this was ” As good as it got ” for Ynysowen. !!!!!
Within 10 minutes THE NORTH struck back —- Sterling work by the PACK saw the ball move quickly along the
BACKS with LEWIS diving over. JORDAN made sure of the conversion and we were ” Back in it” at Half-Time 15 – 12
As soon as the whistle went to start the second-half we seized the initiative and our pressure resulted in a Line-out
15 metres from their line. The Pack took clean ball and, as a unit, they pushed ahead with LEWIS scoring. 15 – 17
This was followed ( I think 10 mins. later but, in all the excitement I lost track of time !!XX! ) by a 5 metre scrum
and, again, the UNIT forced the Ynysowen Pack backwards with SHAPPS diving over Jordan converted 15 – 24
The Pack remained in the ascendancy ( they really were superior to their opposite numbers !! ) and, again from
a Scrum the Backs received good service with the ball swiftly passing along the line for SHAPPS to dive over
wide- out ( ??? Shapps ??? What was he doing on ” The Wing ” ??? Excellent conversion by JORDAN 15 – 31
For the last 10 mins, or so, we had ” uncontested scrums ” which denied us the superiority that we had, had, all through
the match and Yynysowen ” threw everything at us ” ( including the kitchen sink !! ) but our defence repelled them.
Once again this was an excellent TEAM PERFORMANCE !!! The PACK were outstanding in the scrum pushing
their opponents backwards, but they also had parity with Ynysowen ” ( who were great at foraging ) ” in the loose ”
The Line-out was a decided improvement on last week, with ” good ball ” being won.
The BACKS played well with ” Ball in Hand ” and battered their opponents, but were also extremely good in Defence.
WELL PLAYED LADS ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
ps. A special mention for our Young ?? ” Ball Boy “, Clive Sheppard who did some sterling work collecting the ball
from a ” Blue Enclosure ” ( Occupants unknown ??!!! )