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Charlie Thomas East
2 Try
Henry Morgan-Gervis
1 Try
Ryan Williams
1 Conversion

Match Report
25 March 2019 / Team News


Brecon RFC Youth 17 - Morriston RFC Youth 21


Brecon narrowly miss out on their dream final in the Principality Stadium in a nail biting encounter with Morriston at the Wern.

Having overcome Newbridge and Pontypridd in previous rounds confidence was high in the Brecon camp as they travelled to the Wern for their cup semi-final.

Morriston Youth play in the Ospreys region and are top of their league and all realised Brecon would have to deliver a faultless performance if they were to achieve their dream.

Brecon were pretty much at full strength in terms of selection and got off to what seemed to be the perfect start with a well-executed try from a driving maul within two minutes of the kick off.  The referee who was perfectly placed, but following a discussion with his linesman, changed his original decision and cancelled the try.

Brecon continued to have the better of the opening exchanges and maintained the pressure on their opponents and it was Charlie East who scored an excellently worked try to help settle the nerves.  The large contingent of Brecon supporters had more to cheer in the twentieth minute when Charlie East created and finished his second try with a 35 metre run to the line, Ryan Williams adding the extras for Brecon to lead 12-0.  Morriston replied with a penalty and a try making the score 12 pts to 8 pts at the break.

Morriston started the second half with a spring in their step and started to show why they have had an excellent season to date.  Brecon defended well and only conceded a penalty before increasing their lead with a Henry Morgan Gervis try giving Brecon a 17 - 11 lead.

Morriston did not give Brecon time to consolidate their lead and mounted sustained pressure on the Brecon side, who were forced to defend and make numerous thundering defensive tackles as they defended their line.  Brecon did create some pressure of their own and worked their way into the opponents 22 and were given a number of penalty's, they chose to tap and go, often making good yards but the final assault to the line thwarted time after time by a resolute defence.

Morriston were next to score a try making it 17 to 16 in Brecon’s favour with the game entering its final stages.  With only four minutes to go it was Morriston who struck the decisive blow and attacked from deep in their own half and scored the all-important try to take the lead for the first time in the match 21 – 17.  To their credit the Brecon side gave it everything for the last few minutes but could not find a way to get the all-important score.

As the dust settles on an incredible cup campaign and semi-final encounter between two excellent sides there is plenty to be immensely proud of.  Who knows on another day one or both of the other tries scored may have been given.

Sport can be cruel and yesterday was hard to take, but we must not take anything away from Morriston who played their part in a fabulous advert for youth rugby a game played in excellent spirit and we wish them all the best in their final against Cardiff Met in May

As a squad we will learn from this game and will regroup as we still have plenty to play for in the remainder of the season in particular a great opportunity in the league and Blues North Cup.

Well done lads on such an incredible cup run which has given so many involved in Brecon RFC great joy.