LAST Sunday saw the Old Penarthians U13s make their first ever visit to Machen RFC.

With the unavailability of eight boys, a few last minute phone calls ensured that the visitors turned up with fifteen players. As a result, a number of players were asked to play in positions that that they were unaccustomed to.

It took the young Penarthians sometime to settle with this new line up, resulting in four tries to the opposition with no reply. However, the resolve and determination shown by the U13s began to shine through towards the middle of the first half as they began to dominate the rucks and scrums.

The second half saw a more determined Old Pens side take the field as they began to believe in themselves. Pressure from a series of flowing backs moves, and excellent continuity play from both forwards and backs saw Zac Fillau cross the line twice, with the ever elusive Rhys James scoring the Old Pens third try.

Although outscored by five tries to three, the U13s showed great character and skill. The boys deserved the applause given by all the watching parents as they walked off the field for not only the way in which they played the game as a team, but also with their commitment.

The next game for the U13s will be on May 11 where they will compete for the John Radcliffe Cup at the first Old Pens juniors tournament. Not only will there be a festival of rugby to enjoy but also a number of family orientated activities. All are welcome to come and support their local team.