22 January 2019 / Club News

First XV bag a brace of tries with 12-51 win at Glyncoch


Llantwit having suffered narrow losses to the top two sides in the league in their last two games travelled north to bottom placed Glyncoch and were eager to pick up the maximum points on offer and bolster their mid table position. And took no time in setting out their stall by picking up the four try bonus point well before half time.
The game though started off quietly as both packs sought the measure of each other but soon sprang into live as a solid scrum just inside their own half gave Llantwit a chance to spread the ball wide. With outside centre Jack Austin making good ground and when halted some quick recycling exposed some gaps in the home defence which outside half Laurence Howley took advantage as he scythed the defence with a lovely break and when running out of space up popped fullback Jack Austin to cross for the first try, converted by Howley.
The second try soon followed with the now familiar sight this season of a line out close to the home try line being secured and then the pack mauling the ball over the whitewash, again converted by Howley. Who then added a penalty to give the visitors a healthy twenty point lead with twenty minutes still left to the break.
The Llantwit pack was now dominating the set pieces which allowed some of the big boys to have a few runs of their own typified by lock Jamie Lewis who after coming close moments before supported well a typical scrum half sniping run from Connor Morgan as he crashed over for the third. Howley bizarrely after slotting all his kicks over from out wide pushed this easy-peasy one wide. 
And it was the big lock Lewis who was rampaging once again through the Glyncoch defenders to set up the bonus point fourth try as some great interchanging passes allowed number eight Gareth Watts to canter over. Howley this time converting.
The fifth try though was the best of the bunch as some forward pressure had the home side camped in their 22 when a long pass from Howley freed up some space out wide. Watts collecting and then combining with wing Steff Godwin to put fullback Austin in at the corner. The passing between the three players real fingertip stuff as both Watts and Godwin offloaded in the tackle. Howley adding the two point conversion with another huge kick totting up the score to 0-39 at the break.
After such a comprehensive first half the second was always going to struggle to compare and that was the case especially as the home side who have struggled all season put up a big resistance after the break to salvage some well earned pride.
Llantwit’s sixth try though was another example of some lovely handling in the three quarters. The platform set once again by some forward drives close to the line with flanker Rhys David having two good attempts at the line thwarted before the ball was whisked along the line with some great two handed passing and drawing the defenders before wing Evan Holloway went over.
It was then time for the home side to reap some reward for their constant battling as they crossed themselves twice in quick succession for two well deserved tries. 
The blood and blacks though had the final say as some stern words from captain Geraint David about complacency after the second Glyncoch try hit home. As straight from the kick off pressure by replacements Stuart Edbrooke and David Liscombe had the home side in all sorts of problems and when they conceded a turn over. Howley collecting the ball at ten quickly spread it wide, Lock Lewis then took out some defenders with a well timed dummy run which then freed up centres Joel Thomas and Jack Austin to put the ball through the hands with Jack placing a lovely timed offload to his brother Josh coming through from fullback and rounding the last of the covering defence to score once again. Howley converting once again from out wide to end what was a solid and at times skilful display from the Llantonians.
Man of the Match was lock Jamie Lewis who was a constant thorn in the home sides defence with his bullocking carries, further mention going to Connor Morgan who had a fine display at nine and his half back partner Howley who capped a solid display with hand and boot by also managing to chalk up two jackal turnovers. 
The last mention going to the elder statesman in backs coach Rob Morgan who after a couple of late withdrawals from the team shored up the bench once again and this time made it onto the park as a late replacement. His dazzling ivory legs getting a run on the wing.
This week a much sterner test awaits the Blood and Blacks as they welcome Ynysowen to the Recreation Ground. The Merthyr Tydfil side will be keen to do the double over Llantwit having won the reverse fixture 17-12 and lift themselves above the relegation battle. Another close run encounter expected, kick off is at 2:30pm.

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Rhian Grapes - 23/01/2019 08:05:04:

There is no mention of the hookers try in the first half? Also Josh Austin was playing full back, not his brother Jack as mentioned in the second paragraph.