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Raiders pull off last gasp home win

15th May 2016, 06:45

Raiders pull off last gasp home win

West Wales Raiders pulled off a massive home win after beating the strong London Chargers 38-36 at Parc Stebonheath.

WEST WALES RAIDERS 38 LONDON CHARGERS 36

 

West Wales Raiders pulled off a massive home win after beating the strong London Chargers 38-36 at Parc Stebonheath.

 

The Chargers had not lost a league match in over two years so this was an exceptional result, as they won the game with a Morgan Jeffries try deep into stoppage time.

 

Raiders went into the game as underdogs to the Chargers who boasted a wealth of experience with their team of Londoners, Australians and Kiwis and came into the game on the back of a massive 80-0 drubbing of Coventry Bears.

 

The game started as it meant to go on at a frantic pace and a brutal defensive encounter but it was the Raiders who drew first blood with mercurial pivot Luke Williams scoring under the posts and converting his own try.

 

London responded quickly and with a well worked move Danny Burke went over in the corner and Todd Peut converted.

 

Again the Raiders answered and pivot Luke Williams put a great cross field kick for Curtis Ford to leap and take to score in the corner. Williams converted to make the score 12-6.

 

Chargers replied with an unconverted try from Joe Briggs before Raiders hooker Dafydd Phillips find a gap wrong foot the defence and passed to supporting prop Kyle Bryan to score and give them an 18-10 lead.

 

But two tries in quick succession gave the Chargers a 22-18 half-time lead and left the Raiders and their supporters very quiet.

 

Ben Hird scored the first on 35 minutes before Peut followed him over three minutes later. Peut converted both.

 

The second half talk from the Raiders coach must have been inspirational as they were first to score with dummy half Liam Johnson to find a gap and go over at short range with Williams converting.

 

Again Chargers regained the lead with the experienced Ollie Bloom going over and Peut converting.

 

Raiders then began to find their rhythm and a change in tactics allowed the fight back to begin and aggressive defence forced the Londoners to be tackled twice over their try line and giving Raiders repeat sets. The pressure paid off and winger Curtis Ford worked hard to squeeze in at the corner.

 

With the scores 28-28, another positional change allowed the Raiders to apply further pressure around the Chargers ruck and hooker Dafydd Phillips sniped his way around three defenders to go a full 60 metres and score under the posts. With the try converted by Williams, the score was then 34-28 to the Raiders.

 

London then found themselves with a scrum in the Raiders ten metre line after a mistake from a looping pass, the scrum gave the Londoners a format to choose whether to go left or right and with that choice, they went in to score in the corner.

 

With the kick being a difficult one London couldn’t add the two points but with only four minutes remaining on the clock, the game looked safe.

 

However, the Raiders would not give up and after London were forced to drop out under the sticks again, the Raiders put on a last gasp attack.

 

Captain Nathan Beck put up a huge up and under and second rower Jefferies leapt to claim the spoils and go over the line as the referee’s whistle blew to end the game.

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS RESERVES 56 TORFAEN TIGERS 26

 

By Patrick Baines

All Golds CLS recorded a comfortable ten try victory against Torfaen, making it three wins from four at the start of the league season.

 

The first half was evenly contested with the home side going in at the break just four points ahead but seven second half tries from the hosts set up the 30-point winning margin, a score that, in truth, they were well worth.

 

Hooker Luke Stephens was the first over the white wash as he dived over from dummy half in the fifth minute with Archie Gibbs tagging on the extras.

 

Torfaen crossed almost straight from the restart after a sloppy knock on from the home side. Wes Cunliffe was the chief beneficiary as he collected a flat pass before going over in the corner. The Tigers full back, Matt Cummins, wasn’t able to square the scores.

 

Luke Stephens, returning from injury, was causing the Tigers all sorts of trouble and nearly crashed over at the end of the first quarter but was denied by some fine Tigers’ defence. A minute later he set up James Walter who touched down under the sticks with Gibbs converting for a 12-4 lead.

 

Torfaen responded again after another All Golds’ mistake from the restart with Cunliffe finishing off the move.

 

Full back Jack Uren, outstanding throughout, then set up Harry Kidd for the first of his four tries. Archie Gibbs made no mistake from the tee.

 

Torfaen gave themselves hope of a second half comeback when Sam Hancox went over. Cummins added the extras to draw the Tigers to within four points of the home side at the break.

 

Any hope the Welshmen had of pulling off a come from behind win were ended when the All Golds scored three tries in six minutes at the start of the second half.

 

On 42 minutes Kidd scored his second, a quite superb individual try. He collected the ball 40 metres out and powered through a couple of tackles before showing impressive speed to race towards the white wash. He dummied past the Tigers’ fullback to register the most aesthetically pleasing four-point score of the afternoon. Liam Rice-Wilson turned four into six to re-establish the ten-point cushion.

 

Sam Hodge was next to get his name on the scoresheet after another swift break through the overworked Tigers defensive line. Rice-Wilson converted.

 

The contest was all but over just three minutes later when Kidd completed his hat trick. For such a physically imposing player he possesses a fine turn of pace which he showed to good effect in the 50th minute, fending off a couple of would be tacklers before touching down.

 

Torfaen refused to throw the towel in and scored a fine try of their own at the end of the third quarter. Danyl Davies showed electric pace down the wing before touching down under the sticks. Cummins converted to bring the visitors within 14 points again.

 

The first half errors that Davidson alluded to were absent in the second period. The home side now completing their sets and dominating territory. Kidd added another four-point score before Dieter Thomas touched down as he broke through the Torfaen line and raced clear. He had support but backed himself to finish the move off and did so successfully. Luke Stephens, reintroduced by Davidson on the hour mark, then crossed again from dummy half with Gibbs’ conversion seeing the All Golds hit the half century mark.

 

Cummins, one of the Tigers better performers, then got on the end of a well-placed chipped kick to touchdown in the late afternoon sun. He converted his own try.

The All Golds had the final say though when James Walter gathered the loose ball to add to his first half score. Gibbs converted for a final 56-26 score.