06 October 2018 / Club News

Merthyr 38 Bridgend 16


MERTHYR 38 BRIDGEND 16(Friday 5th October 18 at the Wern Complex).

Both sides started at a frantic pace to this Live Principality Premiership league game at the Wern complex. The visitors looked very dangerous with ball in hand and visiting outside half Jamie Murphy kept the ironmen’s defence on their toes most of the night, with his snipping runs. However it was Merthyr that took the lead after refusing a kick at goal from 30 meters out opting for the catch and drive from the line out which was rewarded as the home side drove the Bridgend 8 back over their line with young number 8 Hemi Barnes claiming the try, full back Matthew Jarvis converted to give Merthyr a 7-0 early lead. Bridgend looked very dangerous in attack with Murphy linking well with his threequarters as they moved the ball wide and captain Nathan Edwards crashing through the mid field, but good home tackling from centres Josh Martin and Adam Thomas keeping him out. Merthyr were once again guilty of getting into good attacking positions but loosing the lineout ball which must be a concern for coach Dale Mcintosh. Bridgend got on the board when Murphy slotted over a penalty from 35 meters, he then had a chance to double the score soon after but elected for the lineout and catch and drive but was denied by good home defence from the Merthyr pack.  With the game evenly balanced 7-3 at half time it was important that both sides got off to a good start, but for the second week running it was the ironmen who took the game to Bridgend, with a rolling maul close to the Bridgend line saw the home pack drive Bridgend over their own line with hooker Rhys Williams crashing over to claim the try, Jarvis converted to extend the ironmen’s lead 14-3. Merthyr then extended the lead further when a great break up filed from back Rowman Osian whose pass to scrum half Justin James was knocked backwards from a Bridgend defender, but James managed to race after the ball to claim the try, Jarvis converted to give the ironmen a 21-3 lead. It was now all Merthyr as they took the game to Bridgend and a fine break up field from centre Josh Martin brought play deep inside the Bridgend 25, but a chip ahead from outside half Richard Powell was charged down by second row Shaun O’Rourke who galloped up field to fined scrum half Connor Tantun in support to dive in for the try, Murphy converted to bring the Ravens back into the game 21-10. This seemed to give the Ravens confidence as they took the game to Merthyr and a penalty from Murphy close the gap further 21-13. Merthyr were then reduced to 14 men as Osian Davies was adjudged to have prevented Bridgend form gaining possession from a ruck 10 meters out, Murphy made no mistake from the penalty and it was game on 21-16. Back came Merthyr with their 14 men and some good drives up field from Nick White, and captain Locke was rewarded when Bridgend handled on the ground and Jarvis made no mistake with the three points to give the ironmen an 8-point lead. Merthyr then made several changes and were back up to 15 which soon paid off when once again the forwards drove a lineout close to the Bridgend line and replacement prop Sam Hobbs crashed over from close range, Jarvis converted to give Merthyr a bonus point and a 31-16 lead. As Bridgend began to tire Merthyr finished with the best move of the game, when Phil Rees picked up from the base of the scrum 35 meters out and quick hands from the Merthyr backs found wing man Lewis Williams in space who beat his man to put fellow wing man Kyle Evans in space to race clear for the 5th try, Jarvis converted and Merthyr had ran out winners 38-16. Credit to the Ravens although well beaten at the end played their part in and exciting game and at times stretched the ironmen. This was once again a fine second half performance from the ironmen scoring 4 tries and at one time down to 14 men. The side was once again well lead by captain Locke and well supported by Davies, Barnes and White in the back row. Behind the scrum Justin James was awarded the BBC man of the match for his all-round performance but mention to Matthew Jarvis who had a 100% record with his kicking and finished the game with 13 points. The win moves the ironmen into second placed in the table 2 points behind Ebbw Vale who they meet in 3 weeks’ time. This week the ironmen travel to the All blacks of Neath for a 2:30 pm kick at the Gnoll.

MERTHYR: 15 M JARVIS,14 L WILLIAMS,13 A THOMAS,12 J MARTIN,11 K EVANS,10 R POWELL, 9 J JAMES, 1 J HOWE, 2 R WILLIAMS, 3 L JONES, 4 P MCBRIDE,5 C LOCKE©, 6 N WHITE, 7 O DAVIES, 8 H BARNES, 16 M DWYER, 17 S HOBBS, 18 B WARREN, 19 P REES, 20 J THOMAS, 21 A HOSKINS, 22 J BAKER, 23 T GEE, Scorers, H Barnes 1t, R Williams 1t, J James 1t, S Hobbs 1t, K Evans 1t, M Jarvis, 5 Cons, 1pen.

Referee, Gareth Newman(Abergavenny).         


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