Rumney secure place in Division next season
“A little bit of a blip to end the season but with a massive final in the Silver ball this Saturday you can understand why plenty of players were not on their game” commented manager John Lyons “the worrying thing is the number of injuries we picked up”
On a bright sunny evening it was clear from the outset who the side was that needed the points. Rumney were straight out of the blocks and they played at a level that had clearly eluded them most of the season. An early try and penalty set them on their way before the Wanderers mounted their first attack but despite showing a willingness to move the ball there was no real conviction in the Wanderers play. The Rumney spirit took control and soon afterwards they were ahead with a second try making it 0-15. As the game reached the end of the first quarter the Wanderers faithful feared a cricket score as all the rugby was coming from the visitors. The home side mounted one serious attack but again poor handling let them down. The Wanderers were forced into an early change with Phil Pariyo leaving the field and then Rumney surged further ahead with their third try 0-22. At last the home side were ignited into action and Charlie Johnson crossed for the Wanderers to give them some hope but that was soon dashed as Rumney gained the first of the two survival points when they crossed for the 4th try 7-29. The Wanderers did gain a second try before the break with Will Adams jones crossing but they lost Michael Owen and centre Josh Male as injuries took their toll. Half time 12-19.
The Wanderers knew that they needed a real sea change after the break and a James Greenfield try did for a moment look like sparking a recovery. The joy was short lived as Rumney added a penalty 17-32 and before long another superbly taken try put the game out of sight and sent Heol-Y-Cyw to the second division 17-39. The Wanderers emptied their bench and they were rewarded with consolation tries from Tom Penry Ellis and Luke O’Brien cementing their second place in the division but the result was never in any real doubt and Rumney deservedly came out on top. The Wanderers coaches retired to count the injured as they contemplated their selection for the Silver Ball. Final Score 27-39.
Tries: Charlie Johnson, Will Adams jones, Tom Penry Ellis, James Greenfield, Luke O’Brien
Cons: Luke Fish
Massiv man of the match: Lee Highgate