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SWALEC WRU National League Division 3 South East Saturday 15th October 2011

Fairwater 25 - Brecon 21

Brecon Travelled to Fairwater with a considerably changed side. Unavailability and injuries accounted for the majority of the changes but others were brought about by a return to the side of players who have been absent for some time. Owen Morgan, Wyn Davies and Osian Davies returned after their visit to Ireland and Seb Evans slotted in to the team after being away for some 12 months. Two other newcomers to the senior squad, although not new to Brecon, were Aneurin Stephens and Darren Witcomb. Each and every returnee or newcomer acquitted themselves very well and all will undoubtedly make an impact in the future.

Owen Morgan, Wyn and Osian Davies all had excellent games on their return. Wyn was his usual busy self around the field and deservedly bagged a try as a reward for his efforts. Owen always looked dangerous on the counter attack or when brought into play from full back. Aneurin showed glimpses of his ability to carry the ball giving the team plenty forward momentum when he had the ball in his hands.

Darren Witcomb also had a promising cameo appearance. He appeared on the field from the subs bench earlier than expected. From the first Fairwater attack the home sides’ intentions were clearly spelled out. They drove hard through their big forwards and Brecon failed to resist their pressure allowing them to score a converted try before a Brecon player had touched the ball. The score was not the only reverse Brecon suffered. Hooker Jake Thomas went down injured and was forced off the field. Darren Witcomb came on as his replacement but after two promising scrums he also succumbed to injury.

The rearrangements following the two early injuries to front row players caused a major headache for coach, Chris Yates. The prime difficulty was that the side had no recognised player to take the throw in to the line out. Tom Daley fortunately stepped in and did a creditable job while maintaining his high standard of play which has been a feature of the season to date. However, his new responsibility did mean that Brecon were derived of his presence off the tail of the line out. However, Danny Howe, from the second row, partially offset this loss with an excellent display in the loose until he produced a Sam Warburton style tackle late in the second half. For Danny, however, the colour of the card was yellow and yet his loss for ten minutes still had a telling impact on the result.

With so many team changes it was not surprising that Brecon found it difficult to settle and they soon fell ten points behind before Gari Davies reduced the arrears with a penalty only for his efforts to be matched by the home outside half. However, Brecon hauled themselves back into the match before half time when Wyn Davies scored after some great interplay between Owen Morgan and Alun Jones.

Gari Davies further reduced the deficit with a well taken penalty and it looked as if Brecon would end the half just two points adrift. That wasn’t to be as they gifted their opponents a converted try. A ruck formed near the touchline on half way. Osian Davies drove in to set up a counter ruck backed up by his forwards. Suddenly the ball popped out into the scum half’s hands and he tore down a completely unguarded channel, five metres in from touch. His score was converted and half time came with Brecon trailing by 9 points.

Gari Davies reduced the arrears once again with a penalty early in the second half. Brecon then produced some good rugby with centre Eifion Jones very prominent. Opportunities were created but it took a great beak from outstanding scrum half Rob Price before Brecon’s superiority was registered on the score board. Rob linked with Alun Jones and he sprinted over for the try. Gari Davies converted and Brecon were at last in the lead. With the momentum with them they should have gone on to win the game but Fairwater were not done.

Making the most of their numerical advantage, in the absence of Danny Howe, they drove relentlessly at the fringes. For a while Brecon held out but with the clock running down the defence was eventually breached. The score in the corner was enough to give them the lead and with time almost up, Brecon, faced the reality that they had allowed a great opportunity to earn a precious away win to slip from their grasp.

 

 

 

 

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