05 October 2017 / Club News

First XV return to action with a league win

The First XV returned to action on Saturday in the league as they took on Tylorstown at home, winning a hard fought game 15-3.
There were no tries scored at the Recreation Ground as all the points came from penalties but this game was in no way a dull affair as both teams produced powerful plays and attacked at every opportunity.
The first half was dominated by the Tylorstown pack as their tight head prop dominated proceedings with an impressive display of scrummaging causing Llantwit to be marched back for several penalties. Thankfully though for the Llantonians the Tylorstown kicker didn’t have such an impressive afternoon missing four kickable penalties.
Llantwit on the other hand when they were able to dominate possession came away with two penalty kicks by Luke Dawes, to go into the break with a narrow 6-0 lead.
The second half began with Tylorstown edging back into the game with a penalty of their own. But this was to be the last score for the visitors as their big scrum begin to crumble as Llantwit’s fitness and strong bench replacements began to exert pressure. And subsequent gains in territory allowed Dawes to extend his first half haul with a further three kicks to put the home side to far in front to be caught.
A solid performance by the Llantonians who worked hard for every point and defended furiously throughout. Man of the Match was centre Rhys Dixon who was a live wire all afternoon. Further mention going to debutants scrum half Connor Morgan and three-quarter replacement Chris Jones who both showed they will be welcome assets to the first team squad.
Also playing at home were Llantwit’s second team, The Druids didn’t fair so well as they took a bit of a thumping by Tondu with a 14-81 score line. But as has been mentioned previously it’s not just about the scoreboard with the second team, it’s just as much about taking the field and enjoying the community game. The Druids certainly did that putting up a good performance despite the one sided scoreline and enjoyed a good share of possession. Their tries coming from Alex ‘Tank’ Bloomfield and Mathew Young with the conversions slotted over by Dan ‘the boot’ Powelly. Further mention going to Dean Bunting who put in a big shift in carries.
The youth team were knocked out of the cup as they lost narrowly 7-0 at Fairwater. Not the best of starts for the young Llantonians as it was their third win in a row but the feeling from the coaching staff is they are building a good team spirit amongst their squad and a win is just around the corner.
This week the First XV are on the road as they take on Hirwaun in the the second round of the National Bowl k.o. 2:30pm. There will be a bus travelling to the game leaving at 12pm any supporters are welcome to travel with the team. 
The Druids will also be on the road as they make a relatively shorter trip to take on Cefn Cribwr in the league.


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