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Cardiff under 18 host Leigh East in tough friendly match

10th May 2018, 10:54

Cardiff under 18 host Leigh East in tough friendly match

Sunday saw the culmination of a great deal of planning and cooperation between Cardiff Blue Dragons management team and the very well established Leigh East club in the North of England.

Under 18 - Cardiff 14 – 48 Leigh East

Sunday saw the culmination of a great deal of planning and cooperation between Cardiff Blue Dragons management team and the very well established Leigh East club in the North of England.

The primary objective of the fixture was to raise awareness of our sport in Cardiff and showcase the sport for what we all love it for, skill, speed and of course the big hits.

The game started well for Cardiff with several well managed sets probing the Leigh defence but to no avail as Leigh East were resolute and closed all avenues very quickly. As the first quarter progressed the visitors found a lot of space on the Cardiff left hand side and using that space combined with speed from a very lively hooker manufactured several tries to which Cardiff u18 had no answer. The tale of the first quarter continued for the second despite Cardiff running and tackling hard unforced errors and a yellow card gave Leigh a very comfortable 32 point lead at half time.

During the half time break Cardiff had time to evaluate their failings and in the second half performed better at the ruck closing the scoots from hooker to almost nil and forced Leigh east into making a few errors which had not happened in the first half. Cardiff’s stronger performance in the second half yielded 14 points however this was never going to be enough to overturn the lead Leigh East had built up in the first half and as the Cardiff squad tired in the sweltering heat Leigh with all their experience sealed the game with a few strong moves capitalising on another sin binning of a Cardiff forward putting themselves out of sight at 48 to 14 and the final hooter.

The event itself was a great success with a sizeable crowd well entertained by the two teams, supporters joined both squads for a presentation buffet to celebrate the day.

Cardiff Coach Jacob Brennan said: The boys have learnt a lot today from a skilled heartland u18 squad, lets not forget the Leigh boys have been playing league since 6 years old and some of these lads at Cardiff for at most only a year or two. We will take our learnings back to the training paddock and they will help us through the season.  I can’t thank Leigh East enough for coming down to play us you can only learn if you test yourselves against better opposition."

Referee Ieuan Williams