AT all age groups, this time of the season produces good rugby matches and no more so than from the Old Penarthians’ U7s - the Titans.
Most teams have been together for seven months and standards and the quality of rugby are good.
At the beginning of March, Titans were on the road to Cardiff High School Old Boys to play CRICC. Despite a drizzly day, there was a very warm welcome from the home side.
The games were well contested, with great passing and tag tackles. CRICC matched Titans try for try, but a great bit of support play by Connor Kennedy, from a pass by Oliver Long, broke the deadlock for Titans' winning score in the first game.
All the games were tightly contested, with Titans winning three, drawing one and losing two. There were fine efforts, tries and tag tackles by Neirin Gilani, Macesan Callaghan, Morgan Pendleton-Jones and Steffan (birthday boy) Davies.
Last weekend the Titans hosted Cowbridge, with the visitors, like their hosts, supplying three teams to play a total of nine games. The sun was out and certainly shined on Old Pens who won eight of the games. Although the score looked one-sided, the games were not, with just one try between the sides at the end of some of the games.
The Titans squad had been swelled by players turning six years old and moving up from their training squad to join the U7s and also new players joining.
Coach Stuart Barter said how good it was to see the new boys fitting in and playing so well.
Theo Simmonds and Alfie Gore, up from the U6s, contributed with tries and tackles, while recently blooded Titans - Louis Lawrence, Casper Morley, Luke Summerfield and Harry Edwards - also added to the scoreboard and tackle count.
The day belonged to the Titans’ regulars, some of whom have already been training with the Old Pens for nearly three years. Their experience showed, with the boys scoring tries from all areas of the pitch. Evan Friis started the try count on one pitch, while Dylan Davies, James Bennett, William Davis and Josh King were running them in on the other pitches. Wil Seely, Ethan Galsworthy and Jericho Perkins showed turns of pace leading to tries, while Haydn Craven’s interception, sidesteps and pass to put the ever-supporting Twm Ryan-Davies in to score and win a tight game, and all contributed to extending the unbeaten record.
All the Titans contributed to this great day and more tries and defensive tag tackles were produced by Gethin Dobbs-Evans, Freddie Evans, Joe Francis-Oaten, Caleb Isherwood, Gabriel Chandler and Lewys Tollerfield.
Looking for a similar result, the Titans take to the road this week to play Llanishen.