Cwmbran RFC U12s travelled to Cardiff to take part in the St Peter's RFC U11/12 Tournament and came away as champions.
The conditions were dry, sunny and ideal for fast flowing rugby.
Cwmbran’s first game was against Llandaff, Cwmbrân appeared rusty after not playing many games since November. Both teams tried to break through the other’s defence as play moved up and down the pitch. Cwmbrân started to put moves together in the second half and when they turned ball over at a ruck in the Llandaff half there was no stopping Morgan Spence claiming the only score of the game. Final score 5 – 0 to Cwmbran.
Cwmbran next played hosts St Peter’s. This was a finely balanced game with Cwmbran missed tackles and handling errors making the task in hand more difficult. Lewis Bates kicked long into the St Peter’s half for Morgan Spence to chase and hack through to score. Final score 5 – 0 to Cwmbrân.
Cwmbran’s next game was against Llanishen and Cwmbran started to put things together. Morgan Spence broke through to score from a Ruck in Llanishen 22. Lewis Bates made a great run through midfield from a scrum in Cwmbran 22 offloading to Morgan Spence who sped down the right wing to score. The Llanishen pack was very powerful, well drilled and won many penalties at the breakdown, but the Llanishen backs could not capitalise on the platform they provided. Morgan Spence made a fantastic run from a scrum in his own 22 to make the final score 15 – 0 to Cwmbran.
Cwmbran’s semi final game was against Penallta. Cwmbrân turned over ball in the Penallta 22 to send Morgan Spence through to score. Morgan had received several knocks during the day and received another in scoring which meant he had to go off. Lewis Bates took over at 15 and soon made a great run down the left wing to score. Lewis soon followed up with another great try from a tap and go penalty on halfway making it 15 – 0 to Cwmbran.
Cwmbran played the final against Penarth a team which had a tremendous pack that had mauled every other team into submission. However, Cwmbran forwards really upped their game and gave the backs a great platform to play off. Lewis Bates broke through to score from a Cwmbran attacking lineout in the Penarth 22. Lewis Bates chased the kick to start the second half and when Penarth fumbled the catch, picked upped and ran through to score. When Penarth knocked-on on halfway Joel Doughty picked up and made a fantastic run straight through midfield to score, which meant Cwmbran won the final 15 – 0 and the tournament without conceding a single try all day. Although he didn’t score a try Will Reed was rock solid all day in defence and his runs through midfield created space and opportunities for others, Will was named Player of the tournament an accolade that was well deserved.
Cwmbran players: Ieuan Walker, Jordan Walters, Tommy Maclean, Byron Mutlow, Connor Bollon, Lewis Hughes-Evans, Brennan Gait, Evan Skuse, Tomas Alcock, Joel Doughty, Will Reed, Lewis Bates, Morgan Spence, Will Jones, Mathias Davies, Jordan Maynard and Dylan Matthews.