5th June 2016, 08:24
Aber Valley overcome Cardiff in tough test
Aber Valley Wolves just about overcame a stubborn Cardiff City RL side on Saturday in Senghenydd, winning 20-10. Bridgend Blue Bulls beat newcomers Blaenau Gwent Sharks 86-16.
ABER VALLEY WOLVES 20 CARDIFF CITY RL 10
By Nathan John Davies at Senghenydd RFC
Aber Valley Wolves just about overcame a stubborn Cardiff City RL side on Saturday in Senghenydd, winning 20-10.
Poor discipline was the story of the first 10 minutes as both teams traded numerous penalties, although neither side could break the deadlock.
Aber Valley were first to chalk points on the board, when a well-placed cross field kick from James Hallet was caught brilliantly by Joel Richards. Hallet converted.
A yellow card was given for a player from both teams as discipline didn't improve and from the resulting penalty in Cardiff City's favour, a classy pass from half back Paul King sent Cardiff Man of the Match Rhys Lewis coasting through a gap and scoring under the post. Bradley Williams converted to level the scores.
Aber Valley continued to pressure the City's try line. After a repeat set they manage to cross the white wash again through Charlie Morton Morgan as half time approached. Hallet converted and Aver Valley went in with a 12-6 lead.
The start of the second half mirrored the start of the first with discipline poor and defences stubborn. There was a near chance for Cardiff as a well-placed kick by Bradley Williams earned them a goal-line drop-out. More pressure on the Cardiff line saw Aber Valley stretch the lead in their favour through a Lewis Bowden try. The men in yellow continued to fight back and scored a try, Chris True crashing over.
Wolves held off the Cardiff fight back and scored what was the killer try as James Richards crashed over from close range and Hallet added the final goal.
Cardiff head coach Ben Thomas said: “Today was a frustrating day, we felt that we always had a chance to win the game. Discipline was poor today, the boys are honest with themselves and are understandably disappointed. We shall work hard over next two weeks to improve aspects of the game in a game against the new outfit Blaenau Gwent Sharks, who are an unknown quantity that will be up for a tough test.”
Aber Valley head coach Bobby Andrews said: “That was a very physical contest. I was very pleased with the five on debut as this was the first experience of league. The experienced guys looked after them well.
“The game turned into an arm wrestle and our discipline was very poor.
“There will be a big emphasis on that in training this week and getting a little sharper with our attack shape. Overall though very pleased to get a win against a tough resilient Cardiff team.”
Bridgend Blue Bulls beat newcomers Blaenau Gwent Sharks 86-16. Full report on that game to follow.