GLAMORGAN COUNTY RFC PRESIDENT'S CUP
GLYNNEATH RFC 39 PTS V RHIWBINA RFC 11 PTS
Max Boyce President of Glynneath RFC looking healthy and strong after his recent heart bypass operation welcomed both teams and the Glamorgan Committee lead by their President Howard Jones to Abernant Park Glynneath for the Glamorgan County President's Cup.
The weather was perfect for fast and open play and a large crowd of supporters witnessed a very enjoyable game. The President's Cup is always played to start a new season between the previous season's Silver Ball winners and the top try scorers in the ten qualifying games of the competition. Glynneath were the Silver Ball winners, while Rhiwbina were the top try scorers. The game is always played on the Silver Ball winners home ground.
The first fifteen minutes ebbed and flowed with both sides testing one another with outstanding defence and attack. Rhiwbina drew first blood when right wing and captain Brett Chatwin slotted over a penalty, this was short lived when Glynneath's captain Jack O'Reilly and very talented outside half slotted over his penalty. This was the start of a fantastic display of attacking rugby from Glynneath, with their forwards supplying good ball for an outstanding Glynneath back line to dazzle with speed and precision. Four excellent tries for Gynneath were scored by left wing Ieaun Williams, hooker Craig Tennant, second row Liam Puckett and centre Greg Roberts, who unfortunately damaged his shoulder diving over the try line resulting in him having to leave the field. Out of the many stars on view, the Glynneath captain outside half Jack O'Reilly shone brightly scoring five penalties and two conversions. Rhiwbina also played a great deal of attractive rugby and were very unlucky on many occasions and came near to scoring some outstanding tries of their own but the Glynneath defence were outstanding and cleared their line. Outstanding for Rhiwbina were their front row of brothers Andrew Deabram and Jamie Deabram and Paul Smith, half backs Harry Trelawny and Tom Wright and centre partnership Joe Casella and Lloyd Summers. Joe Casella scored Rhiwbina's try, with Brett Chatwin slotting over his second penalty.
In the after match presentations Howard Jones the Glamorgan County President presented the President's Cup to the Glynneath captain Jack O'Reilly and a cheque for £300 to Max Boyce the Glynneath President and a cheque for £200 to David Hobbs the Rhiwbina Team Manager.
Malcolm K Thomas
Glamorgan County RFC