Athletic seconds make it five wins on the bounce

By GEM Community Correspondent in Rugby

Bridgend Athletic second XV’s fifth consecutive 2017 victory moved them to second place in the Mid Glamorgan Premier League, scoring six tries in a 42-0 victory at the Welfare Ground, Llanharan.

Outside half Scott Jones converted all six tries – three from the touchline, and he weighed in with a try for a 17 point match haul.

Wing Andrew Tyler made his 100th second XV appearance for the club.

Hooker Lee Murphy who was prominent throughout set up field position for the opening try with a number of ball carries into the Llanharan 22.

The ball was won from a ruck with good work by props Lewis Dando and Wayne Fooks and moved along the line for scrum-half Aled Thomas to feed No 8 Rob Davies to bulldoze his way over.

A back movement involving centres Chris Price and Tom Jenkins saw full back Nick Jones enter the line and create space and an overlap for wing Liam Phillips to cross in the corner to give the Athletic a 14-0 half-time lead.

Llanharan dominated the opening period of the second half and made a huge effort at forward to cross the Athletic line. Determined defence, with back row forwards Aaron Mordecai and Jacob David, prominent kept them out.

Having weathered the storm, good tight work from locks Ben Cording and Harry Griffiths just inside their own half saw the ball moved along the line.

Once again Nick Jones entered the line and demonstrated to his fellow backs how to draw a man and create an overlap to again release Phillips to run in from halfway.

Substitutes Hywel Cosby, Simon Mustoe, Jamie Doherty in the pack and Ben Howe, on the wing, then joined the action.

The Athletic crossed for a further three tries in a five minute spell. First Scott Jones chipped over the defence to win the touchdown.

Scrum half Aled Thomas took a quick tap penalty on half way, broke clear and chipped the full back only to be illegally prevented from scoring resulting in a penalty try.

Wing Ben Howe then broke from 40 metres out to run in unopposed to complete the scoring.

Next up for the Athletic second XV is an Enoch Lewis cup semi-final away at league leaders Kenfig Hill on the February 18, while the first XV visit Trebanos on the same day.


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