The 2018/19 U16s Viessmann Ospreys Cup Finals day took place on Sunday in a thrilling festival of rugby. But who took home the trophies?
Since kicking off in late September there has been plenty of on field action in the U16’s Viessmann Ospreys Cup with tight games and great wins for teams along the way. But all the action came down to one thing, Finals Day, which took place at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Sunday.
Eight teams, hundreds of spectators, four games and silverware at stake!
Shield: Kenfig Hill v Dunvant
We kicked off the day with the U16s Shield final between Kenfig Hill and Dunvant.
It wasn’t a great pool stage for the boys from Bridgend but they convincingly beat Neath Athletic in the semi-finals 24 – 0 to secure their finals spot. Meanwhile it was mixed results for Dunvant in the pool stages however two great wins in the quarters and semi finals, where they beat Vardre 65 – 15 and Pencoed 32- 0.
It all came down to the wire in the final, despite Kenfig Hill taking an early convincing lead, Dunvant soared to a second-half comeback to claim the win and take home the Shield.
Result - Dunvant 34 – 27 Kenfig Hill
Cup: Gowerton v Bridgend Athletic
The Cup final was set to be an absolute cracker with very little between the teams all the way through the competition. Gowerton, who were beaten in the finals of the Plate in the 15’s competition last season, looked to get their hands on the prize this time. They went into the final unbeaten this season in the cup, however their opponents, Bridgend Athletic weren’t to be underestimated. Having only tasted defeat once in the 2018/19 Ospreys Cup, they too were looking to claim the prize.
Similar to the opening game of the day, Bridgend Athletic had the upper hand against their opponents but another thrilling comeback from Gowerton saw them overtake the Bridgend side to take home the Cup!
Results – Gowerton 30 – 14 Bridgend Athletic
Plate: Tonmawr v Briton Ferry
Things couldn’t have been tighter in the Plate Final, in an exact replica of last year’s U15’s Cup Final it was Tonmawr and Briton Ferry battling it out once again. Last year Tonmawr came away with the spoils, winning 24-17, but with both teams coming into the final game having won 4 and lost 1 so far this competition it really could’ve been anybody’s game.
The final was no different, with both sides going toe to toe and neither being able to exploit the other in the opening exchanges. It was tit for tat throughout, but Tonmawr were able to just sneak ahead and slot a penalty to take home the Plate in a tight finish.
Result – Tonmawr 17-13 Briton Ferry
Bowl: Porthcawl v Tondu
Out of the two teams, Tondu secured the big wins in the pool stages of the 2018/19 Ospreys Cup, securing some convincingly high points margins along the way. It was a tougher route to the finals for Porthcawl with rather tighter wins in the quarter and semi-finals to reach the final game.
It wasn’t until the 20th minute of the game that Tondu were able to breakaway and stamp their dominance on the game. Scoring some impressive tries, Tondu kept the scoreboard ticking over in their favour, and despite Porthcawl’s valiant efforts, Tondu were able to keep ahead and take away the Bowl to round off a spectacular day of rugby!
Result – Tondu 26 – 5 Porthcawl