Seconds pay a 14-point price for sin binning
5:01pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
RHIWBINA 2nd XV 29pts
BARRY 2nd XV 16
THE Barry Rugby Club 2nd XV opened their Mallet Cup campaign with a trip to league leaders Rhiwbina.
Struck with more injury woes, coach Rhidian Scott and manager Ken Chow were forced to call up youth fly-half Jordan Flynn, whilst also recalling Joe McCann and Lee David. Joel Williams made the switch from outside half to scrum half.
Predicted to struggle against a mobile and well-organised Rhiwbina side, Barry began the game against the wind and defied all expectations by dominating the contact area and forcing the home side to concede a series of penalties. Flynn was on hand to benefit as he stroked over one within his range to give his side a three-point lead.
Rhiwbina tried to play a smooth, flowing style of rugby, but were finding the Barry defence in uncompromising mood. Luke Hewitson excelled at his role in the back row, with important contributions by King, David and Lee Jones. Instead, it was the away side who further increased the lead with another penalty by Flynn.
Unfortunately, Barry were struggling to win any of the set pieces. The scrum, so frequently a bedrock for the visitors, was creaking badly and it was from such a platform that Rhiwbina responded with a well-worked converted try.
Barry immediately replied with a penalty opportunity which was struck wide by Flynn, but they kept up the pressure on the home side and were forcing errors. From a quick turnover, Dave Williams kicked ahead, charging for the line, and Joel Williams was on hand to ground in the corner. Flynn missed the extras.
At half time the game was in the balance, with Barry leading 11-7 and ruffling home feathers with their aggressive work in the contact area. It would take a stroke of genius or a moment of madness for the game to swing either way.
Unfortunately, for Barry, it was the latter. Ryan Corrigan suffered a rush of blood and was rightly sin-binned for a late tackle and, within the 10 minutes where Barry had a man disadvantage, they conceded 14 points. Rhiwbina were not to relinquish that lead again.
Even with the introduction of the players from the bench and Barry back to their full complement of players, they were unable to stop the onslaught as they tired towards the final whistle. Corrigan was penalised again near his own posts, with the home side accepting the three points, before a breakaway try in the corner sealed the victory.
To their credit, Barry never gave up and had the final say in the game. The green-and-whites finally set a solid foundation in the scrum, and a simple move saw Hewitson crash over from close range for a deserved score.
Despite the result, this was easily the best performance by the 2nd XV this season and the coaching staff will be pleased with the efforts of the players. he 2nd XV return to league action, again away to Rhiwbina, whilst the 3rd XV are away at Old Illtydians next Saturday.
Team: Lee; Corrigan, D Williams, McCann, Evans; Flynn, J Williams; Pirso, Turnbull, Elsworth; King, David; L Jones, Hewitson and Rolfe (c). Replacements: Thomas, Ring, N Jones and Case. Man-of-the-match: David