Cardigan RFC | 1st Team 14 - 26 Aberaeron RFC | 1st Team
Tomas Slinger
1 Try
Rhodri Jenkins
1 Try
2 Conversion
4 Penalty

Match Report
05 October 2019 / Team News

Hard earned

Cardigan 14 Aberaeron 26

Never going to be a repeat of the early season cup encounter when Aberaeron won in a canter, this was always going to be a tough encounter with the Seagulls shorn of quite a few regulars for various reasons. What it did however was to give the opportunity to several youngsters, all important for future development and they showed that the future is in good hands. As always Cardigan's game is based on aggression , sometimes exceeding the boundaries of fair play and this was very much the case with several skirmishes being the result of over leniency by the official. Nevertheless this was a contest where the result was never in real doubt as the boot of outside half Rhodri Jenkins ensured the hosts indiscretions in the first period were duly punished resulting in 4 successful penalties for a 12 point advantage at the break. Cardigan did threaten near the whistle but a resolute defence marshalled by captain Sion Evans stood firm. Early exchanges after the turnaround were evenly balanced, but a skirmish in midfield allowed flanker Sion Phillips to take advantage of a static visitors defence to scamper for a try converted by Llyr Jones. Buoyed by the unlikely success, Cardigan sought to increase the pressure but the visitors setpieces were resilient with young Llyr Davies dominant in the lineout and the aggression of the front row ensuring quality possession in the scrums. Evergreen Tudur Jenkins controlled the backrow whilst Gethin Dafis and in particular Aaron Lewis never took a backward step and the reward came when wing Ifan Slinger skimmed his opposite number to extend the lead , further enhance by another Jenkins conversion. With Rhodri Thomas always comfortable at full back and newcomer Liam Price probing in mid field, gaps did appear in the home defence and it was an excellent break that calmed any nerves with outside half Jenkins showing deceptive pace and balance for an individual effort. Adding the conversion for a personal tally of 21 points, the result was never in real doubt although Cardigan had the final say minutes from the final whistle with a close range converted try. Even without the bonus point this was very much a comprehensive effort and the introduction of youngsters Jack Richards and Osian Davies further epitomised the promise for the future of the club. A break from league duties next with an away cup encounter at Newtown.


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