Wanderers still struggle to find their way
“A very similar picture to past weeks” commented Manager Mark Gould “We cannot exert any control on the game and never really put Trebanos under pressure after the first 5 minutes”
“There is talent in this young side but at present we look a little lost with no direction” added Rugby Chairman Tony Murphy.
“We continue to invite pressure onto ourselves, allowing the opposition to dictate the play. At this level there will be only one outcome- defeat” added Martyn Fowler.
On a grey but dry day the Wanderers made their first ever trip to Trebanos and they came out of the traps with real purpose. From a loose defensive kick Morgan Williams broke through the defence and only desperate tackling prevented the first score. From the resulting goal line drop out the visitors countered again and this time Williams put Will Adams Jones away. Despite the attention of several defenders Adams Jones forced his way over for the first score 0-5. Trebanos settled and recovering the ball from the kick off they went through the phases. The Wanderers were pulled offside and a penalty reduced the arrears to 3-5. The game settled and both outside halves traded penalties making it 6-8. The home side started to camp themselves in the Wanderers half. A penalty on halfway gave Trebanos a chance for a lead which they duly took to go ahead 9-8. The visitors conceded a series of penalties as the pressure mounted but the home side could not string together a meaningful attack. The Wanderers struggled to clear their lines despite solid defence and poor exit strategies invited the home side into attack after attack. Despite several opportunities Trebanos could not make the advantage they had tell and somehow the Wanderers went into the break with the home side leading by the narrowest of margins 9-8.
Any hope the Wanderers faithful had that the break would change the course of the game were short lived as the game settled into a sort of stalemate. Trebanos had the possession and territory but they could not break clear. On a rare foray into the home side half Aled Evans made a break into the opposition 22 and despite the attack being halted the referee brought the game back for a high tackle. Evans slotted the penalty and surprisingly the Wanderers were ahead 9-11. Back came the home side but once again despite their control they could not make a breakthrough. Unfortunately, the next score came from a Wanderers mistake. An exit play form a lineout saw the ball go loose, bounce into the welcome hands of the Trebanos attackers and after a few close quarter drives they crossed the line for the vital score. The conversion was landed and the home side edged ahead 16-11. The Wanderers frustration was then compounded as captain Max Wootton saw yellow from the kick off making the visitors challenge even steeper. Both sides started to empty their benches but little changed. The home side still had the control but they could not find the score that would put the game to bed. Remarkably the visitors still had a chance but all their rugby was played in their own half and rare visits North up the valley into the Trebanos half usually ended up with a poor set piece or some poor execution. The last minutes of the game saw the visitors try with no real expectation and the home side closed the game out to record a deserved win.
All then retired to the Home side clubhouse for a great evening.
Tries: Will Adams Jones
Pens: Aled Evans(2)
Management Man of the match: Shaun O’Rourke
Massiv Man of the Match: Eddie Drake
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