24 April 2017 / Club News

First XV end league season with win over Sarries

The First XV eventually won this entertaining game by pulling away in the second half to take a bonus point 38-25 win. With just a three day turn around between the semi final game and this the last league game of the season this was always going to be a hard game for some tired legs against Cardiff Saracens; a team Llantwit new despite their relegation place in the league are an intrepid side who never give in and have a tough mobile pack. 
And the Sarries didn't disappoint their appraisal either as playing towards the School End with a strong breeze in their favour they raced into a 5-22 first half lead with three tries including a penalty try. Llantwit’s only response, two yellow cards and a solitary Luke Dawes try. But what a try it was, as he collected a kick from deep inside his own half, split the chasing Sarries defence apart with his acceleration and then set off on an arching run to round the cover defence and race up the touchline to dive over in the Bowling Green corner for a superb try. 
The second half was naturally a much different story as Llantwit eventually got their game together with wing Rhys Balmont and Man of the Match prop Damian Gardner-Ponting both picking up two tries apiece; the other try added by strong running wing Tinus Coetzer. The rest of Llantwit's points coming from the boot of outside half Josh Austin.
Llantwit did manage to haul their opponents back and eventually finish the season with some style with yet another try haul but they don't half make life difficult for themselves at times!
The league season draws to a close then for Llantwit and once other games have been played they will probably finishing in either third or fourth place. A season that players, coaches, support staff and their band of loyal supporters should be pleased with; remembering they were relegated last season and are still in a rebuilding process. They have played some lovely rugby this season and some tries have really been top draw. The school report though would surely read good but could do much better. This is because this side have the capability available to them, they have a strong running pack who are not shy for work and a back line with creativity and pace abound. They just haven't managed to get their game plan together during crucial fixtures this season. Promotion for this team is surely a must for next year as they are good enough they just need to manage games more effectively and also cut out their discipline problems. The only other ingredient required is desire and the only place that comes from is on the training paddock. 



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