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REPORTS

September 6 2014

Abertillery (17) 17 Pill Harriers (9) 9

Tillery dispatch Pill

in season’s opener



Two quick-fire first half tries by wings Aled Penn and Kurtis Haile helped Tillery to carry their pre-season winning streak into the opening day of the new campaign with a deserved win over a typically obdurate, physical Pill outfit.


All the scoring came in the opening forty with neither side, apart from a late Pill surge, really threatening to add to their totals after the break when a nasty squall of rain affected handling and early season rustiness set in.


The Green & Whites started well sweeping forward in waves for the opening quarter as the forwards secured good loose ball whipped on by youngster Connor Miles at scrum half and Lewis Bates’ running at centre. But often the movement was too lateral and the visitors were able to keep their line intact although twice they were saved as final scoring passes went astray.


Eventually the hosts’ pressure told as Liam Crandon landed the season’s first points with a simple penalty when the Newport side strayed offside. However, the lead was short-lived as the visitors managed to enter home territory for almost the first time, courtesy of some powerful scrummaging, and responded with two penalties to edge in front.


Stung by this, Tillery at last were more direct in their approach and Aled Penn got the opening try as a break by the hard-working Lewis Prosser pierced the Pill ranks. Almost immediately from the restart, Tillery added a second as Prosser and Craig Meredith launched an attack from deep in their own half for full back Mike Williams to ghost his way delightfully past several would be tacklers and put Haile into space for a great try again converted by Crandon.


With the half time whistle approaching, Pill slotted a scruffy looking penalty through as Tillery played a man off the ball when there was little threat.


HT: 17-9


Within minutes of the recommencement, a heavy shower hit with the ball becoming greasier. Both sides now struggled to produce any coherent passages of play, the game became something of a slugfest in the middle of the field, almost literally at one point as all thirty players became involved in a handbags exchange, which was managed well by referee, Peter Mortimer.


The visitors’ scrummage had been their most potent weapon but as Tillery nullified that, the game was now a stalemate. Crandon had a chance to add a second penalty but lost his footing on the turf.


With time ticking away, Pill threatened to get a try that would at least secure bonus point when they camped in the home 22. But the young home side’s tackling exuded grit and determination to ensure their line remaining unbreached.

  

Tillery MoM - Dafydd Cripps



Click for report

Gwernyfed (h) - f

W

31

7

Llandybie (a) - f

W

59

10

Abercarn (h) - f

W

28

10

Pill Harriers (h)

W

17

9

























































































Division 2 East
FIXTURES

September 6 2014



P

W

D

L

Pts

Abergavenny

1

1

0

0

4

Abertillery

1

1

0

0

4

Abertysswg

1

1

0

0

4

Brynmawr

1

0

0

0

4

Nantyglo

1

1

0

0

4

Pontypool U

1

0

0

1

1

Talywain

1

0

0

1

1

Caerphilly

1

0

0

1

1

Newport HS

1

0

0

1

0

Pill Harriers

1

0

0

1

0

Croesyceiliog

0

0

0

0

0

Tredegar

0

0

0

0

0

Abergavenny

24

21

Talywain

Abertillery

17

9

Pill Harriers

Abertysswg

20

18

Pontypool U

Caerphilly

13

18

Brynmawr

Croesyceiliog

P

P

Tredegar

Nantyglo

18

3

Newport HS

How Tillery lined up…







15. Mike Williams




14. Kurtis Haile

Ieuan Evans, 62

13. Darren Miles


12. Lewis Bates


11. Aled Penn





10. Liam Crandon


9. Connor Miles





7. Lewis Prosser

8. Craig Meredith

6. Jack Summers

Adam Collins, 68






5. Terry Blackwell


4. Matthew Catlin

 





3. Dan Meredith

Adam Edwards, 60

2. Mike Blackwell

Andy Rowlands 65

1. Dafydd Cripps