Mixed fortunes for Ospreylian Colleges

Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend Colleges both secure victories but Gower College Swansea suffer another loss as the WRU Wednesday Under 18's League gets back underway

There were mixed fortunes for the Ospreylian Colleges as the WRU Wednesday Under 18 League returned to action following the break for the Regional Age Grade League. Many of the young Eyasses returned to the field for their respective Colleges following their time on Ospreys duty and helped secure wins for two of our college sides.

In the Cup Competition, Bridgend College kicked off the second half of the season, hosting Coleg Llandrillo on the 3G pitch at Llandarcy. The team from North Wales got off to a very strong start, their dominant play rewarded with a 12 - 0 lead. Bridgend were determined to stage a comeback however and a penalty try changed their fortunes and got them on the scoreboard. 

More good work from the home side saw James Needs cross the line and even the scores in the last minute of the match. Rhodri Davies, and his second successful conversion saw Bridgend take the lead for the first time in the game and just seconds later, the victory.

FT: Bridgend College 14 - 12 Coleg Llandrillo.

Neath Port Talbot College were also in action at Llandarcy as they took on visitors Gwent College in the Cup Competition. The home team were determined to continue their strong start to the season and got off to a good start with tries from Eyasses Joe Thomas and Oliver Thompson ensuring a 10 - 0 lead with 20 minutes played. 

Gwent College had no intention of letting the home side run all over them though and in the second quarter they too crossed the line twice. The only successful conversion of the first half giving the visitors the lead into half time. 

Just like Bridgend in the earlier game, NPTC had to make a second half comeback and they did it in style. In the second half the home side ran in 4 more tries; Lloyd Pritchard crossing twice, Joe Thomas scoring his second and Eyasses team mate Luke Davies also making it over the line. With Gwent College only managing a conciliatory penalty and converted try in the second half, NPTC secured the win and second place in the Cup Competition table.

FT: Neath Port Talbot College 41 -  22 Gwent College.

Thanks to a poor start in the first part of the season, with only one victory from five games, Gower College Swansea are in the Plate Competition, the second tier of the league. Yesterday they welcomed group leaders Llandovery College to St Helens. When the two teams met in November GCS dominated most of the game, leading until 10 minutes before the end of the game. The Swansea side have struggled all season to close down their wins and Llandovery made the most of it, scoring 2 tries at the end to snatch the victory.

This time, Gower College Swansea were hoping their fortunes had changed and it would be their turn to claim the win. However Llandovery College putting in a strong performance against a determined GCS showed why they are topping the group table by ultimately dominating the game and convincingly beating the home side.

FT: Gower College Swansea 23 - 47 Llandovery College