Late penalty brings misery for Old Penarthians
12:03pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
CORNER TRY: Old Penarthians' Richie Moir scores a winger's try by the corner flag. Picture: Ken Langley.
TAFFS WELL 13pts
OLD PENARTHIANS 12
OLD Penarthians left for their away fixture with Taffs Well last Saturday with only 15 players after a series of injuries saw them without a recognised front row.
This is the first occasion at this level that the team has had to start a game with passive scrums and the only merit the club can take is that they did inform the opposition in advance, allowing Taffs Well to select a side accordingly.
The game was, therefore, played but disrupted by the lack of forward confrontation that forms an important part of any match. That said, there was never a lack of aggression and the home team prop was lucky to avoid dismissal for a punch clearly seen by the referee in the first five minutes.
Penarthians withstood the assault and the players can be proud of their efforts in achieving a losing bonus point in a 13-12 defeat. It was a result that the coaching team may have accepted before kick-off but it was lost with the last kick of the match, and there was huge disappointment amongst the players.
The game started well, with Penarthians' forwards Tom Sidford, Mark Smart and Noel Etxregaray responding to the promptings of scrum-half Gareth. However, with their first real attack Taffs Well scored in the corner despite a desperate cover tackle from Huw Morgan. The conversion was kicked.
The line out was functioning well and Nick Vagges, on loan from Dinas Powys, ensured that both Danny Godfrey and Damon Flynn delivered good possession. Attacking options were, however, hampered by the torrential rain and the forwards were the main point of attack which saw the rolling maul a most effective weapon.
The Taffs Well defence was, however, creaking and the referee dismissed three of the team for separate technical infringements. It was frustrating, however, that the numerical advantage could not be capitalised upon and Taffs Well led 7-0 at the interval.
The second half started in bright sunshine and brought the Penarthians' back line to life with strong midfield runs from James Williams, Tony Kemp, Morgan and the ever present Vagges, and the reward was a try for Richie Moir who slid in at the corner.
Taffs Well were very much in the game, however, and it was only good defensive tackling by Dean Dacruz and the tenacious foraging of flanker Alex Holder that limited the opposition chances. A defensive lapse by Old Penarthians led to a Taffs Well penalty and a 10-5 lead.
Penarthians did not, however, give up and the best move of the game from a scrum saw Crimp crossing the pitch and selling dummies to his centres before running through the gap that was created to score under the posts for a try that he converted for a 12-10 lead.
Then came the last-minute penalty award and the kick that saw Taffs Well home by a single point.
With the first team’s early exit from the SWALEC-sponsored WRU Bowl competition and with a rest weekend for the 2nd XV, the Veterans XV play their first game of the season at home to Sully with a 2.30pm kick off.