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21 September 2018 / Team News

Tylorstown V Cardiff Medicals Match Report


Tylorstown 32 Cardiff Medicals 17.

Tylorstown progressed comfortably to the next round of the swalec bowl with a fine home win against Cardiff Medicals. From the kick off, a mistake by the home team allowed the medics to gain possession in the Tylorstown 22, the away team’s youthful backline looked dangerous with ball in hand and only great work by home flanker Adam Phillips stopped the attack when he gained a penalty for an opposing player not realising the ball whilst on the ground. Centre Aaron Clement showed some great touches early on and looked confident and assured under the high ball, his welcome return, after playing a few seasons in the higher leagues, will undoubtably prove an asset to the club.

The away team were awarded a penalty which was kicked deep into Tylorstown territory, from the resultant line out the ball was moved into mid field by the Medics and a well-deserved converted try was scored under the posts.

The Tylorstown forwards were totally dominating the scrums with the front row trio of Marcus Chapman, Daniel Wilcox and Aiden o’ Donoghue on fine form. It was from one of these scrums the home team scored their first try of the day. The city side eight were unable to stop the juggernaut home pack from advancing and newly recruited scrum half Luke Evans scored his first try for the club, fullback Chris Harris converted from out wide.

From the restart the tigers found themselves on the defensive again, only great tackling by young outside half Nathan Williams and the centre pairing of Clement and Jordan Williams stopped the away team from crossing the whitewash again. However, with all this pressure something was bound to give and Tylostown were penalised on their own 22-meter line where upon the Medics outside half slotted the ball effortlessly between the posts to restore the Cardiff side’s lead.

 The final 20 minutes of the first half saw the home team going up a gear and managed to get on top of the game but were unable to increase their points tally, due to some resolute tackling from the away team. With time ticking down to the end of the half, home fullback Harris deftly dropped a goal to bring the scores back level at 10-10.

The second half saw the welcome return of talismanic hooker and captain Chris Lloyd. Lloyd had missed the first two league games of the season through injury but his impact on the second half was major. From the first line out of the restart Lloyd found second row Mathew Paul with ease and the resultant maul saw Lloyd go over in the corner for an unconverted try. With Lloyd on the field the Tylorstown players seemed to raise their game with flanker Liam Derrick and second row Robert Hemmings making some big tackles and several storming runs.

To their credit the Cardiff side never gave up but were no match for their more experienced and bulkier valley opponents. From a scrum 5 meters from the away team’s try line the Tylorstown eight once again flexed its muscle and pushed a now flagging set of opposition forwards over their own line for Phillips to come up with the ball and claim Tylorstown’s third try of the day, Harris converted to make the score 22-10.

Again, to their credit the Medics made inroads into Tylorstown territory but once again some great tackling by centre Williams and wing Kieron Richards kept the city side from breeching the home team’s whitewash. However, in the end the home team’s defence was stretched to breaking point and the away team crossed the line for a converted try bringing them back into the game at 22-17.

With the game going into the final quarter Harris’ converted penalty put the home team into a two score lead 25-17 and with minutes left remaining, Lloyd scored the final converted try of the day, with a driving maul from a line out on the away team’s 22-meter line, making the final score 32-17.

Next week Tylorstown are back in league action with an away trip to Penarth

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