East District Cup Final
2nd May 2013
Glamorgan Wanderers Youth 23 V St Joseph’s Youth 20
Playing for the second time in a week the Wands and St Joes put out two different looking sides to the ones that met the previous Saturday for the League game. A young Wands side narrowly beat the Joes in the league game but everyone knew that the cup and league double header on 2nd May was going to be a different prospect.
The Wands were the defending champions of the cup having successfully defended the cup for the previous four years. No side was going to take this local derby lightly.
The Wands opened the score with a well kicked penalty converted by the promising Einan Scott, which was quickly followed by a blistering try scored by winger Christian Walters. The Joes fought back with a try and a penalty of their own making the score even. The game was full of passion and commitment from both side and the collision area was at time brutal with both teams suffering from the effects.
Despite being physically the bigger side the Joes struggled with the Wands set piece, the Wands scrum with Mitch Facey, recently converted to tight head, with the effervescent Ellis Smith at Hooker and Gus McPherson returning to loose head proved too much for the Joes. Artie Williams offering another outstanding performance in the line out alongside New Zealand’s Jono Oxely ensured dominance in this facet of the game. Jose Kabila saved his best performance of the season for this game and got over the gain line time and time again.
The St Joes side carried well and their work at the breakdown was excellent- two top sides playing outstanding cup rugby. The game continued to be tight right down to the last play, a try from Tiernan Scott converted by his brother was followed by two try’s from the Joes and one conversion. The Wands responded with a try form Gus converted by Einan and the game ended with a last minute penalty from Einan.
The wands were crowned champions of the East District for the 5th year in succession.
This was by far the best the forwards and backs have played together this season commented proud Captain Tomos Perry.