Double success on the road for Eyasses

The Eyasses returned to Ospreylia from North Wales on Sunday evening with two wins in the bag from their long trip to face RGC 1404 at Colwyn Bay.

The U16’s needed a late rally to overcome a stern challenge from their opponents, but it was a different story for the U18’s who put in a quality performance to run in 11 tries on their way to a comfortable victory.

RGC U16’s led 22-9 at half time as the Young Ospreys struggled to contain a side beaten heavily by Blues North in Abercwmboi seven days previous.

Callum Mitchell, Gwilym Parri and Harris Edwards all crossed for tries before the break with full back Osian Jones converting two and adding a penalty. In response, the Ospreys, who came into the game on the back of a resounding 28-15 victory over the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in midweek, could muster only three first half penalties from outside half Josh White.

Morgan Harries put further daylight between the sides with a fourth try shortly after the interval and Jones took his season's tally to 16 with a conversion and penalty.

However, the Eyasses were not to be outdone and once they found a way through a defiant RGC defence, they crossed four times through leading scorer Dafydd Howells (2), Lewis Jonathan and Owen Howe. White added three conversions and a drop goal for good measure as the Ospreys won 40-32.

Looking to bounce back from last weekend’s heavy defeat against the Blues at Merthyr, the RGC 1404 under 18s instead found themselves on the wrong end of an 86-7 scoreline.

The young North Walians’ defensive line was breached as early as the second minute when Ospreys’ blindside Emyr Williams crossed for the first of his side’s 13 tries, 9 of which were converted by Sam Davies and Ben Roberts.

Before half time, outside half Davies, who failed to convert his own ninth minute try, had added the extras to tries from Rhys Williams, Sean McRoberts, Matthew Jenkins and Marcus Davies. Adam Wellington crossed for a seventh try that went unconverted.

In the second half, Mold's Lewis Barker nipped in for a consolation try that Alex Schwarz, also of Mold, improved. Thereafter, it was all one-way traffic as the Ospreys dominated the breakdown and ran in a further six tries.

Man of the match Jenkins added three of his own with Lloyd Wilson, Will Batcup and Ryan Evans completing the rout. Roberts, who took over the kicking duties, duly added four conversions.