Pontypridd RFC | Under 8s 25 - 32 Oakdale RFC | Under 8s

Match Report
12 November 2017 / Team News

Albie There, Just Call His Name, Albie There

The problem with the structuring of the WRU cup competitions is that today’s game would never happen at a senior level with both teams in different echelons of the leagues but in the world of the under 8s league status doesn’t come into it and the Dale travelled to the ‘House of Pain’ at the world-famous Sardis Road for the first ever meeting between the two clubs.

With the Dale’s treatment room filling up with coughs. colds and regular trips to the loo they were depleted down a bare twelve but those on the (very nice) 3G playing field were raring to go and rack up the tries.

With Apples and Bananas playing at the same time it was a try fest with both sides doing their very best against a talented Pontypridd squad. Even when they conceded they were straight back up the other end to get points of their own and in the early moments of the game it was Brody Baker, Olly Morris and Kingsley Parry-Lewis who were getting themselves on the score sheet.

Some excellent tagging by Max Baldwin, Albie Wynn and Josh Johnson kept pegging the home side back and no matter how hard they tried they could exert any sort of dominance over the Dale.

When the Referee blew for the end of the first games it was all square with the Apples at 12-12 with the Bananas just shading it at 12-11.

Both teams then swapped pitches to take on their next opponents and went straight for points, points and more points. Kian Davies showed some strong running to get himself his first try in an Oakdale shirt but the Referee immediately disallowed it for diving over the line. This didn’t deter Davies who, on his next possession, weaved his way through the defenders, touched down appropriately and celebrated with his team-mates.

Hannah Benger over on the other pitch was also writing her name onto the score sheet with a try in both halves but the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the Shay-man, Shay Edwards who ran through numerous defenders, sidestepping all the way to dance over the line for his first try in a competitive match. The smile on his face was one sight we will keep with us all year.

Alfie Short was doing his upmost to get himself a try and he was nearly there but was tagged just before the line, although we all know his time will come soon.

No-one gave up (Max?), no-one gave in and everyone player was a credit to the club this morning. When the final whistle of the day rang through the drizzle it was the Dale that came out on top with a combined total score of 32-25, a remarkable achievement for a small village side.

With so much rugby to play tries were in abundance with Noah Young and Harri Williams both getting into double figures. There were some great running improvements shown by Kian and Kingsley and maintained by Brody and Olly. All in all we couldn’t have asked for anything more from our players today and we were a very proud and pleased bunch of parents.

The Player of the Match award was definitely a difficult one today with all of the players putting their hand up to grab the Shusher. After much discussions the decision was made to present the award to ALBIE WYNN. His strong running, solid tagging and great teamwork made him today’s winner. Well done Albie we are all proud of you.

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