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02 September 2018 / Club News

Cardiff 18 Merthyr 24

LATE TRY SEALS VICTORY FOR THE IRONMEN

CARDIFF 18 MERTHYR 24(Saturday 1st September 18)

Last seasons top Principality Premiership try scorer wingman Kyle Evans sealed victory for the reigning league champions over Cardiff on the opening day of the new season. A large crowd turned up at the Arms park and were not disappointed in an entertaining and physical game. Merthyr started the brighter of the two sides in the opening exchanges and should have taken an early lead, but three kickable penalties on offer were down, with Merthyr opted for the catch and drive from the lineout, but credit to Cardiff defence keeping Merthyr out with some last-ditch tackling. After sustaining the early pressure Cardiff came more into the game and the first score of the game came from the blue and blacks with outside half Steffan Jones slotting over a penalty after Merthyr were penalised for a high tackle. Jones soon doubled his tally with a 50-meter penalty to give Cardiff a 6-0 lead. Merthyr captain Craig Locke then had to leave the field as he picked up an injury and his leadership was missed as Merthyr became disjointed in their play. Cardiff began to grow in confidence as they began to throw the ball around and this was rewarded when Jones kicked his third penalty of the afternoon. Merthyr full back Matthew Jarvis had a chance to narrow the gap, but his long-range penalty was off target. Things got worse just before half time for Merthyr as Jones converted two more penalties to give the Blue and Blacks a 15-0 half time lead. Dale Mcintosh’s half time talk seemed to wake the ironmen up as they came out the second half a different side and were soon onto the score sheet when a sweeping move on the left side brought summer signing  wingman Jay Baker into play and he showed quick feet and pace to go round his opposite number to score, Jarvis converted to close the gap 15-7. This gave the ironmen confidence and the pack began to dominate at the set piece Driving Cardiff off their own ball. Jarvis closed the gap 15-10 with a 35-meter penalty and it was game on. Merthyr drove up field and after several drives near the Cardiff line Merthyr was rewarded a 5-meter scrum. After three attempts and three collapsed scrums, Referee Ben Whitehouse awarded a penalty try, to put Merthyr ahead for the first time 15-17. However, the lead was short lived as from the re-start Merthyr gave away a silly penalty and Jones made no mistake, to take Cardiff back into the lead 18-17. With time almost up Merthyr threw everything at Cardiff and it was last season’s top try scorer Kyle Evans who had just came off the bench to grab the winner after he latched onto a long cross field kick from outside half Gareth Davies, Jarvis converted, and the ironmen had snatched victory from defeat 18-24. This was a great fight back from the reigning champions and credit to the side coming back form 15-0 down. For the Ironmen Young second row Paddy McBride had a fine debut, and wing man Jay Baker who showed his pace with ball in hand. Merthyr now look forward to their first home game of the season this Saturday when they play Bedwas at home, kick off 2:30pm.

MERTHYR: 15 M JARVIS,14 J BAKER, 13 A THOMAS,12 A PINCHES,11 T GEE, 10 R POWELL, 9 J JAMES, 1 N TREVETT,2 R WILLIAMS, 3 J REES, 4 P McBRIDE, 5 C LOCKE(C), 6 N WHITE, 7 O DAVIES, 8 P REES. 16 M DWYER,17 J HOWE, 18 L JONES, 19 K SMITH, 20 J THOMAS, 21 A HOSKINS, 22 G DAVIES, 23 K EVANS.

SCORERS, J BAKER1T, K EVANS 1T, PENALTY TRY, M JARVIS 2C, 1P.

REFEREE, BEN WHITEHOUSE.         

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