Depleted Barry Youth side fall to Pentyrch
7:10am Thursday 10th January 2013 in Sport
PENTYRCH RFC YOUTH 39 BARRY RFC YOUTH 5
HAVING had matches postponed due to the weather and being without training facilities over the Christmas period, Barry RFC Youth were more than ring-rusty going into this fixture. To add further problems there were players absent from key positions.
Within minutes of kick-off confusion in the centre led to a huge gap which Pentyrch took advantage of, and scored a converted try through their winger. A similar error minutes later led to a chip over the Barry defence and a race to the line by the Pentyrch winger and the Barry scrum half - which luckily resulted in a drop out 22.
Barry rallied from this early onslaught and found themselves camped in the opposition 22 for long periods of time. But during this period four Barry line-outs were robbed by Pentyrch, and good scoring opportunities cancelled out. Pentyrch eventually cleared their lines and Barry had to come away without a score. Just on the half Pentyrch robbed another Barry line-out and moved all hands to their wing who scored an un-converted try.
Early in the second half Barry were turned over in the loose - something that was now beginning to happen regularly - and Pentyrch came away with another unconverted try. On top of this, captain Luke O’Sullivan had to leave the field due to injury.
Although Barry battled hard, tackled well and individually played ruggedly, as a team they didn’t. There was no cohesion, support was lacking, and they did not commit numbers in the loose - whereas Pentyrch were doing the opposite.
They soon scored another converted try; and Pentyrch heeled their first against the head and with the line in sight drove and scored again (unconverted). The next score however did belong to Barry when John Miles ripped a ball from a Pentyrch maul and passed back to Lucas Davies, who drove 20 metre blind to score an un-converted try.
But back at the office Pentyrch stuck to their game plan, carried on driving relentlessly, giving their back division plenty of quick ball going forward, and this resulted in two more unconverted tries.
The final score of 39-5 was the heaviest loss for a long time for Barry, and the end of a six match winning run.
The squad who turned out were: Blake Wall, David Evans, Mathew O’ Sullivan, Lucas Davies, Rhidian Mepham, Tom Adams, Jack Legg, Jake Adams, Kieran Davies, Sion Vidal, Mitchell Scott, Jamie Oaten, John Miles, Emyr Byrne, Luke O’ Sullivan, Josh Taylor, Andre Williamson and Tom Ellis.