Maesteg 25 - 15 Builth Wells

 

Having suffered a heavy defeat away to League leaders Skewen a fortnight ago, Builth were looking to improve on their performance, travelling to the Old Parish to face Maesteg RFC.  Kick off was preceded by a very well respected minutes silence in memory of the late Trevor Lloyd, Welsh International and captain of the Lions tour to South Africa in 1955.

Despite a good start from Builth, who piled on the pressure in the first 20 minutes it was the home team who struck first. Missed tackles allowing the Maesteg number seven to cross the line which went unconverted. A second try was to follow shortly before the break, again unconverted by the Maesteg outside half. Score at half time 10-0.

Builth narrowed the gap slightly just after the break with a well struck penalty from Gavin Jones only for the Maesteg number seven to double his tally of points to make the score 15-3. Maesteg again failing to add the extras.

Ill-discipline from Maesteg resulted in the first yellow card of the match, their 23 receiving his marching orders and with an injury to Builth number 12 Stephen Boore, Builth rang the changes. Tom Samuel switching to centre and youngster Alex Brown coming on as flanker. The resulting penalty from the offence saw Builth kick for the corner and a well taken catch and drive from the line out resulted in Ben Pugh’s first try of the game. Gavin Jones failing to convert.  

With the game seemingly well into stoppage time, Builth threw everything they had at it. The Maesteg defence couldn’t deny Pugh from crossing for his second and with replacement Dale Jones brilliantly slotting the conversion it looked likely that Builth had earned a well-deserved draw at 15-15. It was not to be. Maesteg were not to be deprived of a home win on their special day. A well taken drop goal from their full back and a last gasp converted try sealed victory. Final score 25-15. The Bulls next game is on The Groe on Saturday 14th November 2015 against Tondu. K.O. 2.30pm

Team Sheet                 

1 Jim Healey

2 Phil Morgan (c)

3 Neil Jarman

4 Wayne Morris

5 Lucas Evans

6 Tom Samuel

7 Ben Pugh (c)

8 Ben Duggan

9 Rhys Davies

10 Gavin Jones

11 Gethin Davies

12 Steven Boore

13 Tom Davies

14 Kyle Baggot

15 Joe Godley

Subs :

Luke Murray

Dale Jones

Alex Brown

Nathan Jones

Ashley Mills

Dan Oakley