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09 February 2019 / Club News

Bridgend 17 Merthyr 24 Tee Gee(Hat-rick ) seals victory

WINGMAN GEE SEALS VICTORY FOR THE IRONMEN

BRIDGEND 17 MERTHYR 24(Friday 8th February 19 at the Brewery Field Bridgend).

Merthyr must thank wingman Teri Gee for this hard-fought victory over Bridgend on Friday night at a wet and windy Brewery field where Gee who has just returned from injury showed his speed and pace as he raced in for three tries. However, it was the home side that took the game to the current Premiership leaders and where on the scoreboard after 1 minute when the Ironmen were guilty of failing to take the kick off cleanly allowing Bridgend to gain possession and when the ball was moved wide full back Caine Woolerton raced in for the opening score, outside half Jamie Murphy converted to give Bridgend a 7-0 lead. Merthyr struggled to adapt to the conditions and soon fell further behind when they gave away a penalty for offside and Murphy extended the lead 10-0. As Merthyr began to settle the forwards began to come more into the game with good drives from second rows MacBride and Locke, and a lineout inside the Bridgend 25 was driven forward and after several drives, for the line number 8 Phil Rees crashed over for Merthyr’s opening try, Powell going wide with the kick. This seemed to settle the Ironmen as they began to put several good phases together with both forwards and backs linking well together and when the ball was moved wide inside the Bridgend half wingman Teri Gee raced over for the first of his three tries, Powell just going wide, but Merthyr had drawn level 10-10. A kick up field was not fielded by the Bridgend defense which allowed Gee to collect the ball just over the halfway line and race away 50 meters for his second try, Powell converted, and the Ironmen had gone into a 10-17 lead. The remainder of the first half was scrappy with both sides guilty of handling errors. However, on the stroke of half-time good lineout ball on the halfway line was spread wide and a mix up from the Merthyr threequarters allowed home captain Nathan Edwards to gather the ball and kick and chase upfield and win the race for the touch down, replacement outside half Ryan Davies converted to bring the halftime score 17-17. Merthyr began the second half by putting the home scrum under pressure as they looked to re-take the lead. Constant forward pressure was soon rewarded following several drives with the ball being moved out wide to Gee who raced in for his third try, Powell converted to give the Ironmen a 17-24 lead. Merthyr piled on the pressure but could not break the stubborn home defense. Several scrums near the Bridgend line were shunted back by the Merthyr pack but somehow Bridgend managed to clear the danger. Although this was a bonus point win for the Ironmen, they will be disappointed that they did not score more points in the second half which the forwards dominated, but credit to the Ravens who defend well to keep the champions out and gain a valuable losing bonus point. For Merthyr, the star on the night was wingman Teri Gee, but it was also good to see Scrum Half James Soanes come through his first game of the season. Merthyr now turns to the All Blacks of Neath this weekend for a top versus bottom of the league clash.     

MERTHYR:15 J MARTIN,14 L WILLIAMS,13 H DAVIES,12 A THOMAS,11 T GEE, 10 R POWELL, 9 J SOANES,1 J HOWE,2 S EVANS,3 L JONES,4 P MACBRIDE,5 C LOCK©, 6 J DAVIES,7 O DAVIES,8 P REES, 16 R WILLIAMS,17 S HOBBS, 18 J REES, 19 H BARNES,20 A MURPHY, 21 A HOSKINS,22 G DAVIES,23 M JARVIS.

Scorers, T Gee 3t, P Rees 1t, R Powell 2c. Referee Aled Liddington(Abertillery).

 

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