3rd February 2011, 16:24
Final time for Lewis Pengam School Year 11
Lewis School Pengam from Gilfach Bargoed qualified for the Year 11...
Croesyceiliog 18 Lewis School Pengam 36
Lewis School Pengam from Gilfach Bargoed qualified for the Year 11 Carnegie Welsh Champions Schools Final at the first attempted on Wednesday afternoon.
After both schools winning their regional qualifiers a tough encounter was expected.
The Lewis School team started brightly and soon made their early dominance count. Strong drives from Ross Thomas, James Walters and Matthew Davies provided good field position for Lewis to mount an attack that ended in Evan Rees side-stepping his way to the line. Lewis Barnett converted.
From the next set of six, Lewis school again rolled forward and a slick passing movement released Jordan Clash to score at the corner. Croesyceiliog then fought back and only excellent defence from Lewis kept them out.
Lewis managed to see out the pressure from the home side and again produced some excellent rugby and added further tries through the man-of-the-match Barnett and another for wing Rhys Vaughn-Oliver who galloped in from 30 metres. Barnett converting both.
Croesyceiliog again hit back and managed a try before half time, but it was Lewis who had the final score of the half when substitute Matthew Flanagan of year 10 crossed in the corner.
The second half was much tighter with the hosts crossing for three tries to the visitors two. It was Lewis who crossed for the first two tries of the half, Barnett crossing for his second stepping past three or four would be tacklers before converting his own try for a personal tally of 16 points. Lewis' 7th and final try was scored by Alex Powell who capped a powerful performance with a close range effort, making it 38-6 with 10 minutes to go.
A spirited Croesyceiliog scored the final three tries of the game during a good spell for the home side in the last 10 minutes leaving the final score 36-18.