Ospreys West Under 16 42-17 RGC Under 16
Sunday 1st March 2020
RGC Under 16s got off to the worst possible start in this top of the table clash played at Bae Baglan School in Port Talbot, when a loose pass in midfield after only a couple of minutes,was picked up by the Ospreys and swiftly transferred to their left wing who touched-down under the posts. However they soon put this early setback behind them when a concerted passage of play from the RGC forwards lead to Elis Evans scoring their first try. The 2 sides were to exchange tries over the next 10 minutes ( RGC's from Gareth Parry ), and with the Ospreys holding a narrow 14 points to 12 lead after 20 minutes it appeared that the large and noisy crowd were in for a closely fought game. Unfortunately for the visitors this was not to prove to be the case.
A combination of poor game management from RGC and some wonderful counter-attacking rugby from the Ospreys led to the latter scoring 2 further 1st half tries giving them a half-time advantage of 26 points to 12, a lead they were to extend further shortly after the break . When Owain Evans scored RGC's third try 8 minutes into the half, it appeared that there might be a chance of a fight-back, but such hopes were dashed when it was the Ospreys who scored the final 2 tries of the game.
Speaking after the game Head Coach, Gav Hodgkinson, acknowledged that the Ospreys were fully deserving of their comprehensive win,
' Coming into this afternoon's match we were under no illusions as to how good a side the Ospreys West team are, and i think it is fair to say that they showed us that during the course of the game. We had plenty of possession but the pressure that we were put under never really allowed us to make best use of it, and that was reflected in the amount of mistakes that we made. However whilst obviously disappointed to lose, and I would hope that we do take lessons from that loss, Sunday's game shouldn't deflect from what has been a hugely successful season thus far and I would hope that that success continues as we move onto the Under 17s games over the Easter period.'