The Ospreys East U16s ran in seven tries against RGC U16s at Llandarcy on Sunday afternoon as they maintained their unbeaten season.
- Tries came from Cory Taylor, Morgan Strong, Josh Sands, and doubles from Cael Chamberlain and Bradley Roderick
- The Ospreys East make it three wins from the three in the second block, and are unbeaten from all six games so far.
Just three minutes in it was Morgan Strong who opened the scores, after a break from Rhys Thomas and an offload to the flanker saw the Ospreys secure the first try of the game. The wind took Jack Evans’ conversion attempt just wide of the sticks.
Racing back into RGC’s half and relishing the possession, strong carries from the pack and a powerful run again from Strong set the backs up nicely for their second try. Quick hands and an offload out wide sent wing Cory Taylor over in the corner for the second of the game.
The conversion was off target again, but the Ospreys held a 10-0 lead with six minutes on the clock.
With momentum on their side and the wind slightly favouring the Ospreys, a catch and quick offload from the restart to Strong, saw the flanker powerfully break through the RGC defence and comfortably into the 22. But with little support the ball was lost, allowing RGC their first attacking opportunity of the game.
Taking advantage of penalties against the young Ospreys, RGC made good ground out of their half, but they left with nothing to show for their efforts, the Ospreys forcing a penalty against the North Walians and clearing the ball back up field.
Pressure from the Ospreys saw RGC ball go loose and it was picked up by Ospreys prop Scott Ryall to set up the pack for another attacking play, the Ospreys making light work of a scrambled RGC defence, with wing Josh Sands sliding over the line for a third unconverted try with just under half hour on the clock.
Trying to conjure an attack, RGC earned a penalty in the Ospreys half for an offside and opted for the scrum. With an advantage in hand from an Ospreys infringement, a quick tap and go from the scrum-half and an offload sent Tom Lydford over the try line for RGC’s first try of the afternoon.
Conversion from Penri Metcalfe narrowed the scores at 15-7 as the half time whistle blew.
Half Time – Ospreys East U16’s 15 7 RGC U16’s
The second half began with a long period of RGC pressure, the visitors going through the phases and testing the Ospreys defence. It was defence that prevailed, forcing a penalty against RGC for holding on, inches from the tryline.
Clearing back up field securing their own lineout, a break from Bradley Roderick saw the centre race upfield from his own half to score try number four, to give the Eyasses a 20-7 lead.
Fired up with a bonus point try already in the bag, good pressure then saw number 8 Cael Chamberlain crash over from a driving maul with just under 20 minutes left to play.
Then with just under 10 minutes on the clock, multiple phases and pressure from the hosts tested RGC’s defence. With a scrum awarded to the Ospreys in the 22, one big push from the pack left room for Roderick to slide under the posts for his second of the afternoon. Jacob Thomas converting brought the scores to 32-7.
The last play of the game left RGC with a chance to attack, earning a lineout just inside their own half. But an overthrow, saw the ball land safely in the hands of Chamberlain who showed great pace to run in for his second and the Ospreys’ 7th try of the game.
Thomas rounded the game off with the conversion which brought the scores to a well-earned 39-7 for the Ospreys East side.
Next up for the Ospreys East side is a visit from Blues North U16’s next Sunday 19th February K.O 2pm.