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Ospreys U18s 27 - 11 RGC U18s

By Tiffany Jones | 15/09/2019

Despite the short 5-day turnaround, the Ospreys U18s soared to a second victory in as many days when they welcomed RGC U18s to the Talbot Athletic Ground on Sunday afternoon.

  • The young Ospreys came back from being behind 6-0 at the break to score five tries in the second half to clinch the victory from the North Walians.
  • Cameron Jones, Jordan Evans, Josh Carrington, Iestyn Morgan and Brandon Jones all crossed the whitewash with Joe Hawkins kicking the conversion to bring the final score to 27-11.
  • The U18s will resume with block 2 of the Regional age-grade competition when it kicks off in January.

Running out for the second time in a week at the home of Aberavon Wizards, the young Ospreys looked to claim their second win of the competition before the break between blocks.

The North-Walians were on the front foot from the off and made the young Ospreys work hard to notch up an attack or points on the board.

With penalties awarded to the visitors, Dafydd Williams struck the two well to keep the scoreboard ticking over in favour of RGC, handing them the 6-0 lead at the break.

HALF -TIME OSPREYS U18s 0 – 6 RGC U18s

As the second half got underway, RGC were dealt an early blow, with prop Harry Roberts awarded a yellow card for an infringement at the lineout to leave his side down to 14.

The Ospreys wasted no time in taking advantage of the extra man, with Cameron Jones picking up and driving over the line for the hosts first points of the day. No conversion left RGC just ahead at 5-6 with just shy of 50 minutes on the clock.

RGC did well to hold their own as they ran down the clock for the card, but the Ospreys were keen to run the ball back again before their opponents were back up to full contingent. Just a minute until the end of the sin bin clock, Josh Carrington flew off his wing to take the lead for the Ospreys, with Joe Hawkins slotting the extras to take the hosts 12-6 ahead.

Looking to answer back as Roberts returned to the field, RGC tried to build an attack to claim back their lead, but a dominant display from the hosts put them back in possession. Conjuring up the maul in the 22, flanker Jordan Evans crashed over the line for the Ospreys third try of the game. Unconverted left the score at 17-6.

Just three minutes later, another powerful attack from the hosts set Brandon Jones up nicely to run in the fourth try for the Ospreys to extend their lead to 22-6 as the clock ran into its final five minutes.

Firmly in control of the game, the Ospreys ran the ball back into their opponent’s half once again, leaving space for fullback Iestyn Morgan to run clear over the line for try number five!

As the clock edged towards the full 70, the Ospreys let their efforts slip. A shoulder charge from Josh Rupersinghe left the referee awarding a yellow card to the young Osprey, which left RGC clear to take advantage. Spying the gap in defence, hooker William Barton broke loose and scored for RGC to close out the game. No conversion left the final score at 27-11 to the hosts, rounding off a winning week for all the Osprey sides.

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