16 September 2019 / Club News

Pantyffynon 0 - Penybanc 40

The Tigers made the short trip to Panty on Saturday looking to build on the victory over Rhigos on the opening weekend. Banc were missing scrum half Owen Williams and centre Tom Gale from the backline but still looked in good shape. Both sides kept things tight in the opening exchanges as both packs looked to dominate. Banc were dealt a blow early on with Full back Christian Hughes forced to leave them field, replaced by Sam Benger but continued to carry hard up front with the James Brothers, Shaun and Steve making inroads to the Panty defence. The home side however stuck to the task and made it very difficult for Banc to generate any momentum. Banc were soon on the scoreboard as Centurian Aled Danter made a great break down the blind before finding the supporting Owain Pritchard who was able to offload to wing Steff Williams to go over. It was hoped the Tigers would kick on from here but resolute defence from Panty and some poor mistakes from the away team meant further frustration. Banc were glad to hear the referees whistle and get into the huddle after a miserable first 40.

Half time – Pantyffynon 0 – Penybanc 5

After being read the riot act by the coaches at half time, Banc came out in determined mood. After another great carry by Steve James, lock Cellan Harris was able to power over from short range. Banc lost skipper Shaun James to a knee injury shortly after, replaced by the returning Darren Jones. Hooker Adrian Pugh also entered the fray along with backrower TJ Marshall. With the fresh legs on, Banc looked a more dangerous outfit. Centre Chris Griffiths looked a handful for the Panty defence with Banc looking more and more dangerous as the half went on. A great half break from Nathan Jenkins saw the ball end up in the hands of Nathan Tucker who was able to go over. This was followed by a lovely finish by Sam Benger, scoring his first try for the club. With Banc now dominating the set piece, it gave a great platform for the backs to work off. Impressive Wing Steff Williams went over for a second as we entered the final period. It was all Banc now and with the Panty defence tiring, Keiron Ace was able to complete the try scoring after a 60-metre dash. While there is still lots to work on, the tigers will be happy to start life in the new division with 2 wins from 2. We welcome Fall Bay to Tigertown next Saturday.

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