Rhymney 33 St Julian's 20
This untimately decisive and deserved win over rare and probably new opponents was very welcome at the Brewers, following the 40-13 away defeat at Blaina with a weakened side before the Christmas break.There, Joey Buckley's try and Liam 'Chopper' Davies' conversion and pair of penalties had provided Rhymney's points, and both talented attackers were again on the sheet against Newport outfit St Julian's. A somewhat sloppy start with a few enforced changes before kick-off saw the Saints lead, but gradually the Brewers gained the upper hand and scored some good tries. The two named above and fly half Huw Reynolds touched down, with centre Davies adding the conversion points to all three. Back to boot form, he also kicked four penalties for another big personal haul - 23 this time - and although injuries, especially in in the front row, saw it turn into a real defensive effort for Rhymney before the end, they stuck manfully to the task, to please coach Sean Murphy. He could not split Youth lads Lloyd White, impressive in a scrum half debut, and hooker Tyler Evans for his Man of the Match award: promising signs for the future from these local lads. Gareth Lewis and Callum Ryan saw sub action and played their part in trying the patience of the Saints late on, while Corey Evans again demonstrated his ready versatility up front. A pleasing start to 2017, then, but a lot more of the same and better will be required this coming Saturday, 14th, when 100% outfit Machen, clear leaders, come to the Park!
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