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REPORTS

Bates brace sets Tillery on way to comfortable win

cut down the Tigers



On a glorious bright sunny afternoon, Tillery easily notched up a first bonus point win of the campaign, racking up six tries, all converted by Liam Crandon, against a battling Tredegar.


However, in many ways, it was rugby itself that was the winner. With the apparent threat of folding over them, having failed to fulfil any fixture this season, the home side fielded a full fifteen for this one. A full quota of replacements was another matter though, which meant passive scrums that contributed to a somewhat unsatisfactory encounter on the whole with a congested pitch.


Tillery were full of running in the opening stages and a dashing break by Lewis Bates set the tone as he went clear and over for a fifth-minute try. Fellow centre Darren Miles was likewise in free-spirit mode and he twice punctured the home ranks with some balanced running although Tillery were unable to finish off the breaks.


Instead it was Tredegar who brought themselves level with their first attack, their left wing taking advantage of a shortage of visiting defensive cover out wide. Undeterred, Tillery returned to the offensive and should have regained the lead through a barnstorming 40-metre run by number 8 Jon Price who was just held up soon.


Aled Penn then broke free but was similarly held up short before Bates crossed for his second and then Miles matched his companion as he bamboozled home defenders for a third converted try. The pressure on the home line was relentless and hard working Jack Summers went close before Price at last went through for the bonus point score.


HT: 7 - 28


The second half commenced in similar style with wave after wave of Tillery attacks with Dafydd Cripps prominent along with captain Lewis Prosser. But again it was Tredegar, egged on by their small but vocal band of supporters, who gathered their second try. Tillery spilled the ball inside the home 22 and were slow to recover as the home outside centre kicked long up field to outstrip the Tillery defenders and gather well for an excellent individual touchdown.


For a fleeting moment, it appeared as if this could galvanise the home side to spring a surprise. But once Kurtis Haile dummied his way through for Tillery’s fifth, any such thoughts were banished.


With no real scrums to tie in players, the field continued to be congested; however, some exquisite footwork by Mike Williams enabled the young full back to pick his way through the traffic for the visitors’ sixth score again converted by Crandon.


Tillery website M-O-M: Lewis Bates









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Gwernyfed (h) - f

W

31

7

Llandybie (a) - f

W

59

10

Abercarn (h) - f

W

28

10

Pill Harriers (h)

W

17

9

Talywain (a)

W

28

20

Brynmawr (h)

L

18

23

Garndiffaith (a) plate

L

14

43

Tredegar (a)

W

42

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How Tillery lined up…







15. Mike Williams




14. Kurtis Haile


13. Darren Miles


12. Lewis Bates


11. Aled Penn





10. Liam Crandon


9. Connor Miles





7. Lewis Prosser (c)

8.Jon Price

6. Jack Summers








5. Terry Blackwell



4. Matthew Catlin





3. Dan Meredith

Andy Rowlands 45

2. Mike Blackwell

1. Dafydd Cripps



Division 2 East
FIXTURES

October 4 2014


Abertysswg

24

19

Pill Harriers

Brynmawr

24

12

Nantyglo

 Croesyceiliog

14

30

 Caerphilly

Pontypool U

48

22

Abergavenny

Talywain

52

21

Newport HS

Tredegar

14

42

Abertillery


P

W

D

L

Pts

Abertysswg

4

4

0

0

17

Brynmawr

4

4

0

0

16

Pontypool U

4

3

0

1

15

Abertillery

4

3

0

1

14

Nantyglo

4

3

0

1

12

Talywain

4

1

0

3

7

Pill Harriers

4

1

0

3

7

Caerphilly

3

1

0

2

6

Abergavenny

3

1

0

2

5

Croesyceiliog

3

0

0

3

1

Newport HS

4

0

0

4

1

Tredegar

1

0

0

1

0

October 6 2014

Tredegar (7) 14 Abertillery (28) 42