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28 January 2018 / Club News

Cardiff 12 Merthyr 37

IRONMEN MOVE INTO QUATERFINALS OF WRU CUP:

CARDIFF 12 MERTHYR 37

Premiership leaders Merthyr moved into the quarter finals of this seasons WRU Cup after knocking out past winners Cardiff at the arms park. It took both sides a while to settle as they got to grips with the wind and rain. However, it was the home side that was first onto the score board when an attack deep inside the Cardiff half broke down which saw wingman James Beal gather the stray pass and race away 70 meters to score wide out. Merthyr hit straight back when a penalty  kick at goal was turned down and the ball kicked into touch deep inside the Cardiff half. From the attacking lineout, the Merthyr backs moved the ball swiftly and found full back Matthew Jarvis in the line to race over for the first of Merthyr’s 4 tries, with Jarvis adding the conversion the ironmen had taken a 5-7 lead. The Merthyr pack were gradually beginning to take control in the scrum and lineout with both second rows Ben Sier and Craig Locke winning a good share of possession. Merthyr had several chances to extend the lead but turned down several kicks at goal and opting for the lineout which was wasted. However, Jarvis did extend Merthyr’s lead with a well struck penalty from 35 meters out. Both sides were guilty of dropping ball due to the wet and slippery conditions. A fine break from scrum half Justin James looked to have extended the ironmen’s lead further has he race away from a maul near the Cardiff line but referee Ian Davies alleged he had grounded the ball short. There was doubt about the next score just before half time when the ball was spread wide to wingman Kyle Evans who showed his pace and speed and side step has he races in under the posts, Jarvis converted to give Merthyr a 5-17 lead. As the second half began it was the Merthyr pack that once again began to take control has they put the Cardiff scrum under pressure at the set piece which resulted in several penalty’s. Jarvis gave the ironmen a two-score lead with his second penalty after the Cardiff collapsed a scrum. Scrum half Justin James then made the game safe for the ironmen when he broke away from the base of the scrum to beat the Cardiff defence and race in, Jarvis once again added the extras and Merthyr had stretched the lead 5-27. Credit to Cardiff they kept going but found it hard to break the defence of the Merthyr side as the game reached the last quarter. Several breaks in mid- field from centre Arron Pinches was causing Cardiff problems in defence as they struggled to hold his strength and power.  Jarvis then extended the lead further with his third penalty as the ironmen reached 30 points. Cardiff did manage a consolation try just before full time when replacement prop James Dixson crashed over from close range, Thompson converting. However, it was the ironmen that were to have the last say in this cup tie has they drove back up field from the kick off and after several drives at the Cardiff line back row man Nick White crashed over from short range, Jarvis converted and Merthyr had run out convincing winners 12-37. For the ironmen, it was once again the pack that laid the foundations for the win, with front row of Nathan Trevett, Rhys Williams, and Joe Rees dominating the set piece. Young second row Ben Sier won good lineout ball all afternoon and the back row of Rees, Davies and Nick White carried ball well. Behind the scum live wire scrum Justin James showed his pace and speed from the base of the scrum. Full back Matthew Jarvis finished the game with 22 points, has he nears the 1000 points for the ironmen in three seasons. Merthyr now go back to the league this Saturday has they travel to Bedwas for an early kick off 11:00 before the Wales v Scotland game.          

MERTHYR: 15 M JARVIS, 14 K EVANS, 13 T RILEY, 12 A PINCHES, 11 K PHILLIPS, 10 R POWELL, 9 J JAMES, 1 N TREVETT, 2 R WILLIAMS, 3 J REES, 4 B SIER, 5 C LOCKE(C), 6 N WHITE, 7 O DAVIES, 8 P REES, 16 L JONES, 17 R WILKES, 18 S POCSKAI. 19 L EVANS, 20 E SIGGERY, 21 R DOWNES, 22 G DAVIES, 23 J MARTIN.

SCORERS, J JAMES 1T, M JARVIS 1T, N WHITE 1T, K EVANS 1T, M JARVIS, 3PENS, 4C

REFEREE: Ian Davies(Porthcawl)

 

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