Old Pens U13s start season with a bang
10:47am Friday 4th October 2013 in Penarth sport
LAST Sunday (September 29) the Old Pens U13s (sponsored by Shepherd and Sharpe) took on their Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd counterparts in an entertaining game at Cwrt y Vil playing fields.
First blood went to the visitors who scored in the corner after the ball reached their lively centre. A quick reply by the Old Pens involved a sequence of inter passing between the backs and forward. From a resultant last gasp tackle that prevented Jonathan Jaynes from crossing the whitewash, quick ruck ball led to the lively Ellis Smith touching down for the home team.
Further pressure from the Old Pens led to a second try scored by the sheer power and direct running of Dan Hicks. Not wishing to be outdone by the forwards, the backs from a ruck in front of Clwb Rygbi's posts, moved the ball wide to centre Jay Morse who bulldozed his way through the opposition defence for the last try of the half.
The second half saw the Old Pens continue where they left off, great interpassing between backs and forwards. Of note was the direct running of Rhys James, Thomas Ralphs, Ethan Barry, and Matthew Hocking, excellent tackling from Callum Russell, Jake Finch, and Captain Ben Hanson and the dogged determination of Mitchell Pearce and Henry Kynaston. Special mention should be given to Tomos Harding Dutch who was seen to celebrate by dancing "disco style" after he felled his larger opposite number with a bone crunching tackle. In fact all the forwards deserve credit for the way they played, particularly Harrison Jalil who was a rock in both the scrum and in defence.
Further scores in the second half were by Ellis Smith and Rhys James.
However, the best was saved until last. A period of Old Pens domination within the Clwb Rygbi 22m line led to the ball being passed to Alex Brown in the centre. Running hard, he swerved and sidestepping his way through the Clwb Rygbi defence to score a well-deserved try. Although the Old Pens U13s outscored their opposition 34-10, it was the manner of the way they played that pleased the parents and supporters lining the touchline.
Congratulations to all the boys on a fantastic team performance.