Cowbridge under-14s entertained a touring young Munster side on Saturday in good conditions suited to running rugby.
Munster were on a mini-tour, primarily to watch the double-header at the Principality Stadium (Judgment Day), and also to play Whitland under-14s on the way back to the ferry at Fishguard on the Sunday.
Cowbridge had to field an under-strength team due to injury and holiday commitments, but in fairness they acquitted themselves well, including several players being in positions unfamiliar to them.
Munster, as expected, were a strong, accomplished outfit, and, without response, scored four good tries in the first half, with a strong wind behind them.
At half-time, coach Martyn Bennett gave words of encouragement and made a few alterations to positioning which seemed to galvanise the Cowbridge players into action, with three good tries following in quick succession for Luke Gregory and a brace for Cai Ellerton (who unfortunately had to leave the field with a nasty knock while scoring his second).
The second half went favourably for Cowbridge, with good work by Lloyd Bennett and Will Clarke in the forwards, Kofi Jones (playing out of position), with Tom O’Connor and Jack Reilly linking well at half back also.
All in all, a really good match, played competitively and in good spirit. After a quick reception back at the club, the Munster lads were off to Cardiff.
There is talk of a tour to the south of the Emerald Isle to be organised by Don Whit next season – where no doubt a warm welcome will be had by all, and perhaps a more balanced outcome if Cowbridge field a full strength side.