Rhymney 27 Tredegar Ironsides 29
A penalty try at the death got the Brewers back within bonus points territory and was their fourth try, so that despite the loss to these derby rivals led by former Park hooker Ryan Williams, there were two points and plenty to cling on to for stand in skipper Ieuan Breen's boys. Jamie Rowlands' injuries from last week were too much even for him on this occasion, while Callum Ryan also had to drop out. It was a ding-dong affair, the lead changing hands frequently, with Rhymney's patches of superiority and fine individual tries overshadowed by the advantage in the tight of the visitors driving pack and their carriers in the loose. That pattern is underlined by the first half scores, which ended 17-all at the break. The notes for the Irons' three tries read: Pushover, Pack pressure, Pack again; Rhymney's were: wing Kyron Moss brilliant individual footwork and chase, captain Breen great run and dummy to cross, Jack Donegan interception in the loose and 60 metre sprint to the sticks. A conversion apiece, Liam Davies kicking for the hosts, left it at all to play for, but with the Brewers picking up two yellow cards and a later bump to hardworking No 8 Dai Davies, the buoyant Irons pack began to pour on the pressure from any lineout in the 22. Last week rucking and running almost countered another big pack, whose No 8 could be isolated, but the visitors here went on many a 15 metre shunt under the blanket and proved hard to stop despite Rhymney's spirited efforts. A handling error and missed tackle quickly led to the Irons' best try after the restart, but Liam Davies rewarded the brewers' esponse with a penalty. The most dour part of the game was the middle of the second half at 20-22, but the visitors were held up over the line, Davies unusually missed one from in front, but the weight told and defensive scrum offences conceded a penalty try, 20-29. Injury time dragged on, Rhymney spurned a penalty chance but won the scrum and when the Irons offended got a penalty try of their own, Davies converting to take what the Brewers could out of the clash. The smaller, younger Rhymney side will learn from games like the last two and can not be faulted for effort. Their next scheduled League game is away at Blaina on Saturday 17th.
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