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03 September 2017 / Club News

Cardiff 24 Merthyr 17

BELOW PAR PERFORMANCE FROM THE IRONMEN

CARDIFF 24 MERTHYR 17

This was a disappointed performance from last season’s premier champions as they were defeated by the Blue and Blacks of Cardiff. Merthyr started the brighter side and soon put Cardiff under pressure at the set piece with Merthyr driving the Cardiff 8 back 10 meters. Merthyr had several opportunities to kick for goal put turn the chances down opting for the line out and catch and drive which Cardiff managed to spoil on several occasions. A fine break from scrum half Justin James 30 meters out looked to have set up a try for wing man Steffan Andrews but he failed to hold the final pass. Cardiff then took the lead following a period of intense pressure which was rewarded when outside half Gareth Thompson kick a penalty 35 meters out. Cardiff were then reduced to 14 men when centre Rees Hole was yellow card for a tip tackle. Merthyr took advantage of the extra man when on the stroke of half time the lively James darted over from 5 meters out, Jarvis going wide with the conversion but Merthyr had taken a 3-5 half time lead. A half time tongue lashing from head coach Dale McIntosh seemed to work for a while as Merthyr extended their lead when a kickable penalty was once again turned down opting for the line out and catch and drive this time it resulted in young second row Ben Murphy crashing over for his second try of the season and gave Merthyr a 3-10 lead. Cardiff then reverted to the Merthyr catch and drive from a line out when number 8 Luke Crocker was driven over 10 meters out to close the gap 8-10. This seemed to give Cardiff confidence and after making several replacements one of which saw Blues regional player Dan Fish coming on and making an immediate impact when he joined the Cardiff attack just over the half way line which saw Merthyr penalised for a high tackle, Thompson kicking the 3 points to give Cardiff the lead for the first time 11-10. Replacement half back Ben Thomas extended Cardiff’s lead when Merthyr were penalised for hands at the ruck. Leading 14-10 Cardiff then began to throw the ball around with danger man Fish linking up with centre William-Rees Hole who bust up the touch line to send fellow wing man Pat Lewis away to score under the posts, Thomas converted to give Cardiff a 21-10 lead. Merthyr then made several changes which brought rewards when they closed the gap when a drive from a line out 15 meters out was deliberately pull down by the Cardiff defence with the South African referee Mr Jadezweni awarding a penalty try which closed the gap 21-17. From the restart back Rowman Tom Daley picked up the loose ball and ran back at Cardiff and when the ball was recycled centre Teri Gee made an outside break and fed wing man Andrews who darted away and looked to have scored under the posts but was adjudged to have lost the ball from a last gasp tackle from Cardiff. With time running out Merthyr began to put several good phases together and were rewarded with a penalty, but when the touch judge intervened the referee reversed his decision which saw Thomas slot over the three points to give Cardiff a 7-point lead. Back came Merthyr with little time left, and a fine break from full back Jarvis found space on the left-hand touch line but his final pass was intercepted by a Cardiff player and the chance had gone. In this defeat Merthyr must learn that sometimes you should kick your penalties when on offer, with Merthyr turning down several kicks which could have changed the outcome of the game.  Coaches McIntosh and Jarvis will be very disappointed by the below par performance from the ironmen but must lift the side for the visit this Saturday of unbeaten Bedwas.  

MERTHYR: 15 M JARVIS, 14 K EVANS, 13 T RILEY, 12 T GEE, 11 S ANDREWS, 10 R POWELL, 9 J JAMES, 1 N TRAVETT, 2 M DWYER, 3 J REES, 4 B MURPHY, 5 C LOCKE(C) 6 E SIGGERY, 7 O DAVIES, 8 P REES. 16 L JONES, 17 R WILKES, 18 P EDWARDS, 19 T DALEY, 20 N WHITE, 21 R DOWNES, 22 G DAVIES, 23 H MILLARD.

SCORERS, B MURPHY1T, J JAMES 1T, PENALTY TRY.

REFEREE: Mr Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)        


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