WANDERERS YOUTH 31
The Wanderers Youth won through to their second final of the season but they were pushed all the way by a resilient Cric side. After a lively beginning it was Cric that scored first with a well worked try involving good off-loading. The Wanderers hit back with an Einan Scott penalty and then they edged ahead straight from the restart. A break down-field by left wing Benoit Kamden set up an attack and after quick recycling the ball went wide to Ellis Smith who cantered over to put the Wanderers ahead 7-8. The game ebbed and flowed and despite spending 10 minutes down to 14 men the Cric side were not to be outdone. They battled hard and deservedly took the lead with their second try to send the sides into half time at 12-8 to Cric.
Te second half saw the Wanderers tighten their play. They edged closer with an Einan Scott penalty and then playing decent cup rugby they forced Cric into conceding more penalties. Scott landed two more shots at goal and the Wanderers were ahead 12-17. Cric were not going to roll over. They continued to fight for every scrap of possession and despite every effort the wanderers could not shake them off. A loose ball in midfield allowed Artie Williams to hack through and when Tom Perry gathered the ball he fed Evan Phillips who crashed over to score. Scott converted 12-24. it seemed that the game was over but Cric had other ideas. They kept pressing and from a speculative cross kick a cruel bounce evaded the defence and all of a sudden they were back with a converted try of the wanderers at 17-24. As time started to run out the wanderers were able to maintain a grip on the territory and Curtis Hicks rounded off the win to send a relieved Wanderers through to a final to face Fairwater in 2 weeks.