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Match Report
17 January 2019 / Team News

Cardigan match report

All Blacks battle back in the second half


Neyland 34 - Cardigan 24

A strong second-half revival saw Neyland claw their way back from a 5-17 deficit to complete a bonus-point win over a strong Cardigan side which did miss the guidance of skipper John Lumb at full back and coach Colin Davies at No 8.

The All Blacks were also without several key players, including skipper George Williams, and their win was all the more praiseworthy as they played for the final 50 minutes with only 14 players after young scrum half George Evans might have considered himself a little unlucky to be red-carded for a tip-tackle.

The All Blacks made a good start but Henry Macbeth’s early run after good work by Evans, Dillen McGiffen, Tom Hughes and Alex Codd was ended by a knock on, whilst Cardigan signalled their intent at the top end with a powerful forward drive before the Neyland back row snuffed it out.

McGiffen breaks the deadlock before Cardigan strike back

Neyland and Cardigan grapple for possessionMcGiffen finally broke the deadlock as he weaved his way through for a quality unconverted try – only for Cardigan to take the lead from another forward thrust rounded off by flanker Tom Taylor which outside half Emyr Harries did well to convert.

The Teifisiders added another ten points before the interval through a Harries’ penalty and his conversion of a try by left-winger Rhodri Davies – and at this stage the visitors looked like gaining revenge for their 25-20 home defeat by The All Blacks.

But whatever home coaches Graham Richards and Steve Evans said at half time it certainly worked because they were quickly into their stride to establish a 27-17 advantage with two tries by outstanding flanker Iestyn Evans and another from centre Tom Hughes, whilst McGiffen chipped in with two conversions and a penalty.

Cardigan grabbed a second score for Taylor, converted by Harries to reduce the home lead to three points but Neyland had the final word when lock Nathan Banner showed what he can contribute in only his fourth match as he sliced through to the posts from half way and McGiffen added the extras to round off an entertaining match that was well refereed by Gareth Symmons (Swansea).

Before the match there was a minute’s silence for the late Gareth Bryant, a Neyland RFC stalwart for many years.

Neyland: Patrick Bellerby: Henry McBeth; Tom Hughes; Alex Codd; Delme Bateman: Dillen McGaffin; George Evans: Craig Power; Gavin Campbell; Luke Griffiths-Dawes: Mark James; Nathan Benner: Iestyn Evans; Owain Evans; Ben Williams. Replacements:Richard Joes; Jack Harries; Sam Cataki; Jack Richards; Mark Riley.

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