​​​Abertillery Blaenau Gwent RFC


A first half performance which might best be described as "rabbits caught in the headlights" saw Abertillery BG suffer a heavy 12-36 defeat at League leaders, Rhydyfelin on a Hawthorne LC pitch which had puddles of water standing in some areas-After a "feeling out" period of eight or nine minutes the visitors had a nightmare 16 minute spell in which four tries and a bonus point were conceded, largely down to some inept kicking and failure to control possession, on the few occasions it was gained!

Injuries saw the Green & Whites take the field with a reshuffled and under strength (as supporters might view the situation) team, but there was effort to take the game to Rhydyfelin_Unfortunately, once the home team gained the ball it was all hands to the pump to keep out the dynamic attackers----and there were just eight minutes gone when the defence was breached for the first time, the home centre, Lucas crossing from a short burst close to the line, conversion added so 7-nil

Sadly, the restart kick was short and low, the second row Briggs took it full tilt and broke away, and moments later the Black and red shirted hosts were over in the corner for 12-nil and it was only two more minutes before the defence was caught out of position and a third touchdown ensued-17-0

A good kick by Mike Williams achieved a foothold in the 22 but he left the field a few moments later to be replaced by the ageless Darren Miles, but to little avail; a series of under pressure kicks resulted in a charge down and a fourth and bonus point try in the 24th minute! 22-nil and it got worse in the 33rd when another charge down brought try#5  29-nil at half time and the sole consolation was a combative effort in the scrummages, although Mike Thomas and Dan Crandon occasionally carried with some purpose

Jack Summers replaced Iestyn James at half time and with Miles at least provided a more battle hardened edge for the second period, with Aled Penn's first try of the season coming in the first minute following a close in scrum and quick transference- However, the inability to hold on to the ball and some aimless kicks just teed up more possession for the eager to run home XV

Rhys Pendrie replaced Crandon on the hour but Dafydd Cripps was harshly yellow carded after he emerged from a maul with the ball and the pressure cranked up even more so; and a penalty try was awarded when the visitors pulled down a driving maul, the shortage of manpower ultimately telling-

Abertillery BG put the final points on the scoreboard in the 66th minute when Darren Miles picked off a midfield pass and raced away to the posts for a try goaled by Liam Crandon, just before Cripps returned (after what seemed to be six minutes yn y Cell Cosb) and the defence held firm in the face of further assaults , but Conor Miles received a second yellow when he kicked the ball away at a ruck and Tillery finished the game with fourteen, but conceded no more scores against the probable favourites for the Division East title

Final score 36-12

Man of the Match; a battling display from young prop Scott Hoskins who carried with determination and stood up to a rigorous examination at scrum time

Next week Talywaun are visitors to The Park in a WRU Plate Round One match

Abertillery BG; Mike Williams (Darren Miles); Ryan Price, Luke Morgan, Kurtis Haile, Aled Penn; Liam Crandon; Dafydd Cripps,captain, Jordan Legge (Anthony Isgrove),Scott Hoskins; Mike Thomas, Matthew Catlin; Lewis Prosser,Dan Crandon (Rhys Pendrie), Iestyn James (Jack Summers)