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Match Report
07 January 2019 / Team News

Blacks get the win

Burry Port welcomed Fishguard to the Memorial park on Saturday in what some suporters were calling a must win game.

Burry Port were on a 5 match losing streak and showing a lack of confidence as a result, but the narrow loss last time out V Loughor away in a game that could have gone anyway seems to have brought a bit of belief back to the squad.

The game started at a frantic pace with Burry Ports Luke Ruddal gathering their own kick at kick off and piling on the pressure on the Loughor tryline, and with quick ruck ball the same player Luke ruddal darted over for the opening score.

The Blacks definitely had a spring in their step and looked dangerous with ball in hand, a cross field kick looked as if it would bring another score only for winger Tom Davies to just lose control. This didnt stop the Blacks and from a driving lineout 10m out and the home pack rolling to the tryline seen the referee award a penalty try amd yellow card for collapsing the maul.

Burry Port Continued to apply the pressure and tried hard to make the extra man count and with Youth winger Tom Davies making up for this early mistake finished a fine try, A penalty soon after by outside half Ceiron Thomas strecthed the lead further.

Fishguard however were in no mood to roll over, a rare outing into the Burry Port half seen a lovely cross field kick work perfectly for the winger to run in unopposed, this started a period of good play by the visitors and forced Burry Port into some errors and giving Penalties away, and with good field position managed to force another try from close range. Burry Port hit back stright away with a move on half wat slicing the defence apart for winger Tom davies to race in for this second and the Bouns point try. The game continued to be played at a frantic pace and Burry port were enjoying themseleves, another excellent team try was finished of by that man again Tom davies who completed his Hatrick and surely left Fishguard to much to do to get back in the game, score 32-10. Last play of the half from the restart and Fishguard regaining posession manage to put the blacks under pressure and after a few advantages from the referee for Burry Port ill discipline seen a yellow card given to Burry Port, With Fishguard knowing a penalty wasnt enough to get back in the game tey opted for a scrum and after a few phases a missed tackle allowed the visitors to cross under the posts and give them a lifeline for the 2nd half.

Half time score 32-17.

The 2nd half was a totally difference affair with Burry Port looking to protect their lead by opting for territory rather than possession and resulted them kicking far too much ball away. Fishguard seem to enjoy having the ball more and with a some powerful runners in their ranks started causing Burry Port problems, a few loose kicks were capitalised on by the Fishguard back 3 and after another fine cross field kick seen them get a well deversed try. 32-22 and the game was back in the balance. Burry Port failed to convert a few chances and the supporters could sence a bit of uncertainty creeping in. Another yellow card added to the worries of the Burry Port team, and with a break by the visitors leading to another try the momentum had most definitely shifed to the away team. score now 32-27. The next score would be vital with game closing in with only 5 mins remaining, Finally Burry Port stopped kicking the ball away and after a long phase of ball in hand worked thier way up field and once in kicking range forced a penalty with fullback Ben Williams put overf to put the Blacks a crucial 8 points ahead and only a couple of minutes remaining, Fishguard had already secured a try bouns point and even though there might not have been enough time to get the two scores needed for victory there was a losing point up for grabs and to thier credit they managed just that with the ref calling last play and Fishguard managing to keep the ball alive crossed at the death getting an important score with could prove crucial come the end of season.

Burry Port were just thrilled to get the win and a bouns point victory was the icing on the cake, and go into next week with renewd confidence but knowing they will need to produce their 1st half form from Saturday for the full 80 mins to get anything from next weeks game V Pembroke. Kick off 2:30 @ The Memorial Park.

Coach Gareth Gravell was a happy man after the victory, " We played some outstanding rugby in the 1st half and yes we let it slip 2nd half but We are a young team who will keep on getting better average age of the team today was 22 and that includes Ceiron Thomas knocking it up a bit, and even more pleasing for us as a Club is that again as most weeks We have 19/20 players out of the match day squad of 20 who have all played in our Junior section, and 3 of the squad today are current Youth team players" 

"Hopefully now we will get a good weeks training in, and go out on Saturday with the belief we can get another Home win"

Looking forward to seeing a big crowd to Cheer us on!.




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