Poor tackling in disappointing defeat
12:01pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
CARDIFF CRC 29
THE Barry Rugby Club senior side started the 2013/14 campaign at home last Saturday in a strong westerly wind - traditional for Reservoir Field - and, although it was cloudy, rain did not put in an appearance.
Before the kick-off, a sombre one-minute silence was observed in memory of former club captain, Dave Newman, and the 14-year-old who died last week whilst training with Llanishen RFC.
The home team faced both slope and wind in the first period and CRC opened with a positive attitude, playing open attacking football, which was soon rewarded with a penalty from halfway. It was just out of range for their outside half to open the scoring.
Barry were up to the challenge, producing some telling forward drives, which put them within striking distance of the visiting line and they deservedly opened their account when Williams was sent flying into the corner following a line break by Provis. The extras were added by Lee with a fine touchline conversion. Barry then added another three points via a penalty. A second try was added a quarter of an hour later when Adams spotted an outside opportunity.
The visitors got on the scoresheet via a penalty which came as a result of pressure created by robust straight running in midfield.
The home side came storming back, with Deguara and Evans to the forefront. The pack gave Rhys O’ Sullivan a chance to show how to give and take a pass when he released Williams for another corner flag try. The Cardiff outfit then took advantage of some poor slack defence to score a soft try from a line-out on the Barry line.
CRC further reduced the deficit on the stroke of half time. With a dog fight featuring both on and off the pitch, they were awarded a dubious try despite the away touch judge correctly observing a Barry line-out.
The home side led by seven points at the changeover and, with the twin advantages of wind and slope, they should have been odds-on favourites to take the honours and, perhaps, secure a further bonus point. But neither was achieved.
Within seconds Barry notched up a further penalty and all seemed well in the home camp. CRC, however, had different ideas and began to impose themselves on the game. They scored a try from a forward drive, which the home defence was powerless to counter. Down to 14 men, Barry were forced to defend grimly against revitalised opponents. They were very unfortunate to concede a penalty try for an infringement on the floor. The game was meandering to an end when the Reservoir Field side earned a heaven-sent opportunity to pull off a surprise win. They opened up the CRC defence from long range and had a three-on-one advantage right to the try line. However, the ball carrier decided to go for glory but was tackled and the opportunity was missed.
Barry did not deserve to share the spoils and will look to poor tackling in the backs and too many balls surrendered in the contact area as major contributions to a disappointing defeat.
Barry: R O’Sullivan, Evans, Hollister, Degaura, Flynn, Giddins, Poole, Jones(capt), Mepham, Lee, Adams, Ryan, Provis, Williams and Scott.
Subs. Oaten, Vidal, Adams and Pirso.
Next Saturday Barry travel to Llantwit Major with a 2.30pm kick off.