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Match Report
30 September 2018 / Team News

Pearce hits the spot




By Steve Woodfine


In 2012, we lost 34-26 to Builth Wells.  Five of the players who played that day played today.  Six years on – some same faces, different result.


This was a dominant performance by a team buoyed by last week’s gritty win against Cambrian Welfare in the league despite, yet again, some forced changes in personnel due to injury or unavailability.


Immediately from the kick off we found ourselves with a lineout on the five-yard line after a deft penalty kick to touch from Lewis Pearce, our third number 10 this season.  The ball was taken cleanly and the result set a trend for the rest of the game.  Dan Murphy crossed in his first start of the season after returning from injury.  Pearce converted to make it 7-0.


The back three combined well during the first half and Emeka Ihenacho was unlucky not to have crossed at least once but for some resolute defence by the Bulls.  In a brief visit to our half, Builth were awarded a penalty for offside and their outside half kicked them three points.  The rest of the half saw a further four tries to Rhiwbina and three yellow cards for Builth.  Smithy scored twice by standing strong in the tackle and crossing the line with defenders hanging off him.  Jamie Deabreu scored from a driving maul and Olly Golden completed an impressive display from the pack by scoring the fifth.  All but one was converted by Pearce.  Just before the half, Builth rallied and despite being down to 13 men, they scored in the corner to make it 33-8.


The second half saw much of the same with a further two tries for the forwards.  Dan Murphy crossed for his second and Pat Howell claimed his first try of the season, but the trend was bucked by Mike Curtis and Alex Kerr who both crossed the line for the backs.  The four tries were converted by Pearce, who kicked well from hand as well as the tee throughout the game.  The game ended 61-8.


We finished with fourteen on the field having lost Sean Irish to injury and used all our replacements.  It was a good all-round performance which made it difficult to select a Man of the Match but his kicking display and game management earned Lewis Pearce the honour.





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