Match Report 2016-
Defeat at The Wanderers
Llanelli Wanderers 21 – Aberystwyth 10
Injuries and non-
Conditions were generally good as the home side chose to play down the slope in the first half. Within a few minutes Aber were penalised for a ruck offence and No 10 Lloyd Thomas put over the kick from 45metres out to open the scoring. This was followed minutes later by a drop goal by winger DeFillipo to put the home side 6-
Eventually the visitors came more and more into the game and possession and territory were evenly shared and vigorously defended. Aber scrummaged competitively in the first half which, considering the absence of their regular second rows and much rearranged back row, was very much to their credit. In the lineouts the visitors competed but were generally outclassed by the home side jumpers and spoilers. In the loose the visitors covered and tackled well but it was clear that the home side’s tactic of taking the ball on the burst was taking its toll on the Aber defence.
Surprisingly the visitors persisted with the same tactics in the second half when using the slope and kicking to the corners would have served them better. This reluctance to change approach, coupled with aggressive pressure from the home side, reduced Aber’s opportunities considerably. The pressure told as players suffered knocks and had to be replaced. This, together with a few substitutions, further disrupted their play. Although the home side’s kicking out of hand was superior to Aber’s, the visitors did make ground and when they were awarded a penalty 22m out, Steffan Rees made no mistake with the kick to put them on the scoresheet at 16-
As the home side became more confident of building on their lead, so they left more space behind their threequarters. This cried out for better use of the slope with tactical kicking to the corners; but Aber kept to the same pattern of confronting the opposition in a physical battle instead of out-
Aber’s try came from a neat interception by Gruff Jones as he raced 50 metres to score under the posts, crowning a good performance in his fortieth consecutive appearance for the 1st XV. Steffan Rees converted to bring the score to 16-
Not one of Aber’s players could be criticised for lack of effort or commitment. Paul Stubbs and his fellow back row forwards did their best as did Bryn Shepherd at second row. The front row scrummaged well and held their ground. Behind the scrum Aber were usually under pressure as the home side backs were allowed to come up very quickly to disrupt the flow of visitors’ attacks. But despite these efforts Aber’s failure to recognise where advantages could be gained and the game possibly won, cost them dearly. In this respect they did not do themselves justice.
30 January 2017 / Team News
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