Ospreys U16s West 34 - 17 RGC U16s

The Ospreys U16s West got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, when they took on RGC at Llandarcy Academy Of Sport.

  • The young Ospreys ran in 6 tries against the North Walians, with Iestyn Morgan, Luca Scotto-Smith, Jordan Evans, Tristan James and a double from Callum Dodd keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
  • A dominant performance from the Eyasses saw RGC fail to register a point in the second half

In a late venue change due to a frozen pitch at Swansea RFC the Ospreys welcomed RGC to Llandarcy for their penultimate game of the season ahead of the East v West Ospreylian derby this Wednesday night.

The young Ospreys were dominant in the early stages of the game, denying RGC any territory out of their own half. With the ball in hand, the Ospreys made good headway with a superb run from Tristan James taking play just shy of the 5 metre line only for RGC to win turnover ball.

A nice break from Callum Dodd saw the centre almost reach the tryline before being brought down, but a swift offload to his outside half saw Iestyn Morgan clear to score the opening try, the conversion just taken wide by the wind.

From the restart, quick pace from the backs saw Luca Scotto Smith break through RGC’s defence for the Ospreys second try of the game, the score going unconverted.

Looking to get into the game, RGC kicked a penalty to touch to take them into the Ospreys half for the first time. A build up of phases saw them go for the tryline, only for a solid Ospreys defence to stop them in their tracks eventually winning the penalty.

A turnover on halfway allowed RGC to break through the Ospreys defence and crash over the line for their first try of the game, which like the hosts’ scores was unconverted.

A powerful break from Tristan James followed by an offload to Jordan Evans saw the lock ground the Ospreys third of the game, again with no extras, and then,  fresh from scoring his try, a clearance from RGC was charged down by the lock and  picked up by Tristan James to cross the whitewash to stretch the lead to 20-5.

RGC responded with a try out wide, successfully adding the extras to close the gap to eight points and they were able to reduce it further before the interval, a quick reaction with turnover ball resuliting in the visitor’s third try.

Half Time: Ospreys U16s West 20 - 17 RGC U16s

Coming out for the second half, the young Ospreys looked to claim back their early dominance.

Building up the phases, a nicely timed break from Callum Dodd saw the centre puncture RGC’s defence, shrugging off a tackle to ground the ball over the line under the posts. Iestyn Morgan with the first successful conversion for the hosts took them 10 points ahead.

With RGC struggling to hold their own, the Ospreys conjured up a driving maul and a quick offload to Dodd saw the centre ground his second try of the game under the posts. Morgan with the conversion to extend the Ospreys lead 34-17 which remained the score at the final whistle.

Next up for the Ospreys U16s West is their Ospreylian counterparts from the East on Wednesday at the Gnoll.