Old Penarthians RFC v Sully Sports RFC
6:01pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
OLD PENARTHIANS RFC 15 - SULLY SPORTS RFC 32
SULLY Sports did not have to travel far for Saturday's away fixture a local derby in Penarth and Sully’s supporters turned up in droves.
Although the two sides are neighbours this was to be the first meeting between the two clubs in a league match.
The weather conditions were perfect for rugby however, supporters from both clubs were going to be disappointed with the game that was decided not by the team that performed the best and would win, but it was more about the team that made more errors would lose.
It became apparent both on the field and in post match conversation that Old Pens are struggling for numbers and as such they have a small squad of the Old Pens faithful from whom they have to select two sides.
On the other hand, Sully Sports were without their scrum half and their outside half who is also Captain and would normally call the plays and control the direction of the game. These key positions were filled by Rhys Manford at outside half and Harry Moyle stepped in at scrum half. Both players stepped up to the mark and delivered with Harry directing the pack and making good individual yards by sniping around the sides of the scrum and Rhys who showed both good handling and individual skills.
Sully’s forwards always deliver at the scrum and today was no exception as they dominated the scrums from the kick off. The lineout was a different story however as Old Pens had a clear height advantage. Sully did well to retain ball from their own lineout most of the time but they did extremely well at spoiling the opposition’s ball at this set piece. Sully are fortunate to have some great young talent amongst their forwards with many of them contesting for and gaining positions in the starting fifteen. There was also an improvement in self discipline this week with certain players finally realising that the result is invariably more favourable when you do not constantly challenge the referee’s decisions.
The backs generally performed well but just seemed to be lacking in consistency, so many good moves came to nought when players make the half-break but the final pass is wayward and of poor quality. It’s as though they can run good angles and create opportunities but they cannot deliver a pass at speed. On one occasion when a half-break resulted in a scoring chance the final pass went straight to the opposing centre who ran sixty metres to score against the run of play. There were some performances worthy of mention as the two centres Nathan Szuchnik and Sean Atkinson combined very well, both players tackled well when defending and in attack they frequently burst through centerfield causing Old Pen’s defence major problems. Sean, who is in his second season with Sully Sports is retreating across Offa’s Dyke to his native Leicester due to work commitments and will be sorely missed, all at Sully Sports RFC wish him well. Nathan Taylor once again put in a performance to be proud of, week on week he demonstrates all of the skills that one hopes to see in a winger but rarely does.
All in all it was a lack lustre performance by both clubs and they will both have to improve if they are to do well in the league. Nevertheless, a win is a win and Sully achieved what they set out to do when they left Swanbridge. However, they should not become complacent as there is a lot to reflect on after this game and a lot to work on at training.
Tries scored by Nathan Taylor (2); Nathan Szuchnik and Jason Evans.
Jake Williams pen and 2 conversions; Rhys Manford pen and conversion.