14 October 2018 / Club News

Rumney V Glamorgan Wanderers Away Match Report

Rumney travelled the short distance across the city to local rivals, Glamorgan Wanderers. With the Wanderers riding high at the top of the table and Rumney coming off the back of four wins, it was a fixture both teams were looking forward to.

Despite Storm Callum's lashing wind and rain prior to the game, the match went ahead at the memorial ground which was surprisingly firm despite the amount of rain we had seen in the capital. 

The conditions for the game were dry but very windy. The game started at a high tempo with both teams looking to run the ball in the narrow and wide channels. Eventually, Rumney were awarded a penalty in their own half and with the wind behind him Regan Mahoney stepped up and fancied his chances. The kick had enough length but just drifted wide.

Rumney started to work their way into the Wanderers 22 with the good ball carrying from Lewis Mills, Rob Rowley, Joe Brown, Harry Jarret and captain Micheal Young all making yardage. The away side were awarded a scrum 5 yards out from the Wanderers try line. The Rumney pack shoved the larger Wanderers back, continuing their impressive early season form. The scrum had to be reset a few times before the referee had enough of the constant infringements and awarded a penalty try. 0-7 to Rumney.

Rumney attacked straight from the resulting kickoff. The ball eventually landed to Lewis Mills who terrorised the Wanderers defence with a blistering run. After evading several defenders he offloaded and good quick hands by the Rumney's backs saw the ball delivered to Tyler Mahoney who scored a great team try in the corner. Regan Mahoney stepped up for the conversion from the touchline and it sailed straight through the uprights in difficult conditions. 0-14 to Rumney.

The home side started to get back into the game and after a period of possession were awarded a penalty which they kicked deep into the Rumney 22. After a good take by the home side and a driving maul they scored but were unsuccessful with the conversion. 5-14.

Owen Jones, Leigh Jones and Tom Rogers were instrumental in turning over possession at key moments and worked tirelessly in defence as did centres Tom Maton and Luke Fear. Morgan Williams and Regan Mahoney controlled the game. The back three of Callum MacDonald, Tyler Mahoney and Joe Morgan worked hard and all looked to get involved.

The score at halftime 5-14.

After the break, both teams started as the did in the first half with possession back and forth between the two teams. A loose kick by the Wanderers landed to Tom Maton who sliced open the Wanderers defence straight down the middle and after a powerful run with the fullback to beat a perfectly timed pass to the Storms namesake Callum resulted in a try under the sticks which was converted by young Regan Mahoney. 5-21

The Wanderers were done yet though. After a period of pressure, the Wanderers wing scored near the posts and was converted. 21-12

Subs Marley Lovell, Ryan Fenton and Josh Dean and Sol Matthews were introduced to the field and quickly got involved in the high tempo of the game. Rumney were awarded a penalty and opted for the posts but the high wind just made the ball drift wide.

The Wanderers kicked deep into the Rumney 22 and after a few drives scored a try but the conversion was wide. With the score at 21-17 and five minutes left this setup a tense finale to an already entertaining game.

With the Wanderers in the own half, they were intent on running the ball and getting the decisive try for the win but a loose pass was pounced upon by Sol Matthews on the stroke of full time to gain Rumney an all-important bonus point. The resulting conversion was successful and the full-time score was 17-28

Pictures of the game courtesy of Glamorgan Wanderers available here:

Next week we welcome Treorchy Zebras to Riverside Park.

Matthew Williams: " We knew going to the Wanderers was going to be a tough encounter so we had to play a high tempo game. The whole squad performed excellently. It is still early days but the team is on the right track. There were a lot of stand out performers today and special mentions for Lewis Mills and Tyler Mahoney who constantly threatened but man of the match for his impressive work at the scrum and in the loose is Rob Rowley."







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