The Ospreys U16s East and West were all in action on Wednesday evening, read how they got on here…
Ospreys U16s East
Looking to keep their unbeaten run going, the Ospreys U16s East hosted Cardiff Blues U16s South at the Morganstone Brewery Field.
In a tough opening 15, the young Ospreys battled against their strong opponents to try and gain the upper hand. A clean break from Cori Lewis – Jenkins saw the fullback break his way through to score the first try of the game, adding to the three the young Osprey scored during last week’s game. Ellis Bird slotting the conversion to take the hosts 7-0 ahead.
On the 20-minute mark, a quick take from James Thomas sent the scrum-half soaring over for try number two for the side. No conversion, but the hosts held a firm 12-0 lead.
Just before the half-time whistle, another powerful run from Cori-Lewis Jenkins sent the fullback over for the brace. Converting his own try handed the Ospreys a 19-0 lead at the break.
HALF TIME – OSPREYS U16s EAST 19 – 0 CARDIFF BLUES U16s SOUTH
Coming out for the second half, Cardiff Blues were first out of the blocks. Building up the phases in the Ospreys 22 it was replacement back Harrison James who spied the break in defence to notch up the first try and conversion for the visitors.
Keen to take advantage of the momentum swinging in their favour, the visitors ran the ball forward again and a pass out wide to Ben Moon sent the wing over for try number two. James slotting the extras to narrow the scores 19-14.
Not wanting to let Cardiff Blues back into the game, the Osprey dug in deep in their bid to close out the game with a win. Just before the clock ran red, a break in mid-field from centre Issac Morgan sent the young Osprey over for the fourth try for the side. Jenkins converting to close out the game with a 26-14 victory.
FULL TIME – OSPREYS U16s EAST 26 – 14 CARDIFF BLUES U16s SOUTH
Ospreys U16s West
After last week, saw the West side pick up their first win of the block, the young side travelled to Parc Y Scarlets to continue their winning run against the Scarlets U16s East.
It wasn’t until the 20th minute of the game, that the hosts were able to burst through the Ospreys defence to open the scores. A try from centre, Iestyn Gwiliam notching up the first points on the board. Harrison Griffiths with the conversion to take the Scarlets 7-0 ahead.
But a brilliant defensive effort from the Osprey side, ensured those were the only points of the evening their hosts put on the result sheet. Answering back almost immediately, the Ospreys side took advantage of the penalty count going against the Scarlets to drive further up field. With the infringements stacking up against the hosts an offside against Scarlets Evan Harrow, resulted in a yellow card for the prop and a penalty try in favour of the Ospreys to level the scores.
Despite the one-man advantage, the Ospreys struggled to get over the gain line and gain the upper hand, whilst the Scarlets did well to run down the clock for the card and keep the scores level at half-time.
HALF TIME – SCARLETS U16s EAST 7 -7 OSPREYS U16s WEST
Back up to full contingent for the second half, both sides looked to take the lead. Setting up camp in the Scarlets 22, a huge pick up and drive over the line from tight head Morgan James took the Ospreys ahead. Rhys Harris with the conversion to take the scores to 7-14.
Dominating their hosts at the scrum, another solid set piece from the pack set David Francis up for the pickup and drive over the line for the side’s third of the game. Harris converting to bring the final score to 7-24.
FULL TIME – SCARLETS U16s EAST 7 – 24 OSPREYS U16s WEST