Sports show that success is possible in new division
8:01pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
SULLY SPORTS 29pts
NEW PANTEG 17
WELCOMING New Panteg on a glorious September Saturday, Sully Sports Rugby Club Firsts were determined to prove to themselves, as much as anyone, that they are, indeed, worthy of their promotion to WRU Div 5SE.
Sully worked hard from the start and the first quarter saw excellent rugby from both sides.
Slowly Sully’s forwards began controlling the game, with Alex Szuchnik displaying great dexterity with high line out balls and linking with Ben Such whose powerful run saw his side open the scoring with a well-worked try.
However, the lead was wiped out 10 minutes later when, against the run of play, Panteg intercepted and ran the ball in underneath the posts. Panteg, with their heads up, attacked from the restart through solid work by their forwards but some big tackles stopped the advance and forced the breakdown. It was disappointing that Panteg secured the ball and fed their backs who had reformed quickly on the other side of the ruck. Almost before the Sully spectators had completed their analysis of what had just gone wrong, the home side returned the compliment by intercepting a pass and nobody was going to catch Nathan Taylor as he jogged from his own 22 to score beneath the posts, leaving the half-time score at 14-7.
In the second half, Sully’s pack dominance was rewarded by disrupting Panteg, with several balls won against the head. This provided a superb platform for Sully’s backs to put coaching drills into practice, forcing some desperate defence from Panteg which forced the inevitable penalty which the home team converted.
Although Sully showed improved ball handling skills, they also showed that there is still room for improvement as a handling error turned an attack on the Panteg 22 into desperate defending inside their own 22. Sully conceded a penalty and the visitors stayed in contention with a successful conversion.
Shortly after the restart, Sully regained possession and progressed to Panteg’s 22 where a fine tackle interrupted the advance. Choosing to attack the blindside from the maul, Sully were in a two against one with the line just metres away. The final pass was of such poor quality it left Sully’s wing fumbling around his ankles and knocking on. All was not lost when Sully won the ensuing scrummage and scrum half John Dimond seized his opportunity to snipe in and score a well deserved try.
To Panteg’s credit they did not give up and scored a very good try which they converted to bring them to within five points of Sully with seven minutes remaining.
However, on the day Sully were the better and fitter of the two teams and had sufficient in reserve to finally put the game to bed when a fine team effort ended with Taylor scoring his second try.
Sports showed remarkable improvement in most aspects of the game from the previous week but self discipline continues to let them down as they gifted 30 metres to the opposition and played with 14 men for 20 minutes. Now Sully are contesting at a higher level, it is a learning curve and they either need to learn how to win with 14 men or develop greater self control.
Next week is a local derby as Sully travel to Old Penarthians RFC.