October 19, 2014, 08:41:24 AM by HonSec
| Views: 157 | Comments: 0
IMPRESSIVE 5 TRY WIN FOR PENLAN AT HOME TO HENDY
An excellent performance by Penlan > picture from Colin Rush
It was a big game for Penlan on Saturday as they were at home to unbeaten league leaders Hendy. The teams had last met in November 2011 when Penlan had been away in round 2 of the Swalec Bowl and had come away with a 19 – 29 win. That was the first occasion when the Davies brothers, Dean, Scott and Luke had first played for Penlan in the same game and they were in the line up against Hendy again.
It was a great day for rugby at Mynydd Newydd as the teams lined up for the game under the eminently able management of referee Mr. Lee Roberts from Carmarthen. Penlan kicked off against the fit and fast Hendy side who went out to put Penlan under pressure. Within 3 minutes Penlan conceded a try which Hendy’s centre Josh Batcup made short work of for an early 3 point lead.
Keeping calm, Penlan got their act together and just 5 minutes later scrum-half Bobby Scrine lead a ground winning sprint upfield before getting the ball to full-back Scott Davies who dodged through defenders before making a fast pass to centre Stephen Davey on the wing. Stephen was well in support and with some juggling skilfully managed to control the ball and take it safely across the line for a fine try and a 5 – 3 lead.
Scott advances the ball with Stephen Davey in support > picture from Colin Rush
Stephen Davey safely lands a first Penlan try > picture from Colin Rush
At 10 minutes Penlan handed the visitors a second 3 points for a penalty well slotted by centre Josh Batcup again to inch them in the lead by 5 – 6.
Penlan knew that they had work to do and kept Hendy continually under pressure and at the 15 minute mark were on the attack again. Bobby Scrine was once more leading the charge upfield to enable the forwards to set up a well formed rolling maul for the Hendy goal line. The visitors were gradually pushed back over their line until Penlan flanker Luke Brooks powered down for the try.
The high winds were making kicking difficult and full-back Scott Davies made a good effort for a conversion but the ball was blown against the posts to leave Penlan with the 10 – 6 lead.
A struggle between the teams ensued with the majority of the play in the Hendy half until at 25 minutes Scott Davies mastered the wind to extend Penlan’s lead to 13 – 6 with a fine penalty kick.
Just 3 minutes later Josh Batcup clawed back 3 with an able penalty kick of his own to draw back to 13 – 9.
Workhorse scrum-half Bobby Scrine was ever in action and at 38 minutes landed a third try for Penlan following a Penlan scrum on the Hendy 5 metre that pushed them back towards their line. Bobby made a rolling dive over the line to safely ground the ball.
Bobby Scrine safely ground a safe try > picture from Colin Rush
Scott Davies got the better of the high winds to land a safe conversion to leave the Penlan lead at 20 – 9 at half time.
Penlan coaches Lee Banfield and Mark Glover gave some advice to their team at half time but all they really needed to do was to continue playing their steady constant team game.
In the second half it was noticeable that Hendy were stepping up their pressure to test the Penlan fitness and ability. In the early stages of the half the play concentrated in the Penlan half but the home side stayed firm to keep Hendy at bay. The first half had been an exciting game of rugby but there was little to excite supporters for most of the second half. At about 15 minutes flanker Rob Green returned to the field for his first game of the season following his sabbatical and added his weight to keep Hendy at bay.
In the final quarter of the game Hendy started to look jaded although they never let up their determination. Penlan though were steadily dominating and at 35 minutes crossed the goal line but had their try held-up. The Penlan pressure continued and they were camping on the Hendy line. At their second scrum on the 5 metre they were pushing for the line again until flanker Rob Green made one of his classic unstoppable moves across the line to land a bonus point winning try that gave Penlan the 25 – 9 lead.
Rob Green back in the side with a vengence > picture from Colin
Hendy had to resign themselves to their first loss of the season but there was more to come when, just before the final whistle, Penlan were on the attack again. Another inspiring sprint from Bobby Scrine advanced the ball well into Hendy territory again. At the crucial moment he made a great offload pass to Rob Green who stormed through the remaining defence to literally fly across the goal line for his second great try.
Rob Green storms towards the goal line > picture from Colin Rush
Rob Green flying high for his second try > picture from Mike Evans
Scott Davies made a second safe conversion to finally give Penlan an impressive home 32 – 9 home win with 5 tries.
Scott Davies adding the icing for Penlan > picture from Colin Rush
Rob Green’s return to the field in his first game of the season had been eventful to say the least but for his continual inspirational play throughout the game the Penlan Man of the Match accolade was justly awarded to Bobby Scrine.
Hendy had been impressive but Penlan proved to be the dominant team on this outing. To their credit Hendy never let their heads drop and were sporting and gracious in defeat. Penlan know that Hendy will be looking forward to the return match which, in any event, promises to be a good game of rugby.
Another challenging game next week when Penlan are away to Gorseinon in the second round of the Swalec Plate. Penlan had a bye in the first round whereas Gorseinon beat Ponarddulais at home by 25 to 3.
Thanks as ever to our resident photographers, Colin Rush and Mike Evans. Colin’s photos have been uploaded to our gallery and Mike’s will be posted in due course on his website www.mike322.com
All results in Division 2 west are currently reported as –
Gowerton 40 Pontarddulais 27
Haverfordwest 49 Llandeilo 0
Llanelli Wanderers 31 Cardigan 23
Penclawdd 27 Llanybydder 0
Penlan 32 Hendy 9
Tycroes 15 Aberystwyth 18