A Brace For Halfpenny Not Enough For Young

Two tries from winger Leigh Halfpenny wasn't enough as the under 20's lost to the Blues by 25 points to 19.

Last season in the same fixture the Young Ospreys stole a victory with a late try, unfortunately, even though they had Blues supporters on tenterhooks until the final whistle, they were unable to repeat last seasons success.

The fixture was a contrast in styles as the Blues played a game through their forwards and showed a reluctance to move the ball wide. In fairness to them they dominated this area and the Young Ospreys can be commended for their committment in trying to stem the onslaught; at the forefront of this defence was impressive open side flanker Lee Sims. Whereas the Young Ospreys would immediatey look to bring pace and width into the game at every occasion; with more possession they would certainly have won this game as the Blues struggled to cope with their pace.

The Young Ospreys led at half time by 14 points to 8; Halfpenny converted both his try and one by fellow wing Jason Howells. Ironically, the Young Ospreys managed to steal a head at the scrum early in the second half and a superbly timed run and pass by centre Nick Harwwod, gave Halfpenny a chance to show a clean pair of heels to his opponent and his second try of the match. After this the Blues dominated but it was two late tries; the second of which was a penalty try awarded by rferee James Jones that won the game for the Blues.

Next up for the under 20's is the re-arranged fixture between the Ospreys and Dragons at South Wales Police RFC on Tuesday 17th October, 7.15 kick off.