Torfaen Tigers 38 All Golds 10
The Memorial Ground
Pontypool United
By Gloucester Roundhead

An atmospheric arena and good crowd basking in Summer sunshine welcomed the combatants for this Southern Conference League clash.
The opening 20 minutes saw the visitors in the ascendancy for significant periods but poor execution and decision making led to a cluster of try scoring opportunities being frittered away. A side with the firepower of Torfaen Tigers was not likely to spurn such a fortuitous set of circumstances and so it was to prove. After an All Golds’ mistake in their own backyard the resultant scrum saw the men in orange handle the ball swiftly via their left hand side and Sam Taylor finished well in the corner. Nonetheless the encounter continued in a seesaw manner and a high bomb caused confusion in the Torfaen ranks enabling the excellent Tom Gaffney to regain possession and race through the home sides’ defence. His off load to Luke Stephens was fumbled with the line wide open and thus the likelihood of the English side taking the lead. Stephens – who is a fine player – was held up shortly afterwards over the Tigers’ try line and then disaster struck again when his pass was intercepted by Josh Hurley who picked his way around the pursuing defenders to touch down. Dai Thomas converted and so the Tigers led 10 – 0 at the half way point.
The spectators continued to be entertained by an absorbing contest that still awaited a probable victor. Events though swung the way of the Western Division leaders in decisive manner 10 minutes into the second stanza when Grant Harrington sent Nathan Touhig over. A short while later Kyle Scrivens powered through under the sticks. Thomas added the extras and at 20 – 0 the Tigers were set fair for a comfortable triumph. Jarad Hinnem was next on the scoresheet as he brushed off would be tacklers to touchdown. Thomas again goaled.
The All Golds still had their moments but a combination of stern Welsh defending and inept attack meant the scoreboard was to do the men in blue no favours. A determined finish by Eauan Morris and Dai Thomas supplement ballooned the score out to 32 – 0. This led to a flurry of fine play by the team from Gloucester which resulted in a quickfire double for Brandon Lamb who impressed in the number 1 jersey at fullback. Rhys Evans tacked on a conversion. The final points of the day rightfully fell to Torfaen and Eauan Morris completed his brace. Thomas converted again.
The sides have now met twice with both winning their respective home fixtures. The All Golds will visit the Tigers again before the regular fixtures end and they will need to improve considerably if they wish to return home in more joyous mood. From a Tigers’ perspective they will be rightly delighted with a display of splendid Rugby League that was appreciated by the home fans who provided a worthy reception at the final whistle.
A significant factor in a free flowing clash was the impressive display of young Welsh referee Kristoff Young who seems destined for a rise up the rugby pyramid.

Tale of the Tape:
Tigers
Tries ( 7 )
Taylor
Hurley
Touhig
Scrivens
Hinnem
Morris 2
Goals ( 5 )
Davies 5

All Golds
Tries ( 2 )
Lamb 2
Goals ( 1 )
Evans

Scoring sequence:
4 – 0, 10 – 0, 14 – 0, 20 – 0, 26 – 0, 32 – 0, 32 – 4, 32 – 10, 38 – 10.

Penalties:
Tigers – 8
All Golds  – 9

Weather:
Hot Sunny Cloud Light Breeze

Torfaen: Nathan Touhig, Josh Hurley, Eauan Morris, Liam Silver, Sam Taylor, Dai Thomas, Curtis Haile, Mike Edwards, Grant Harrington, Joshua Symonds, Kyle Scrivens, Jarad Hinnem, Matt Williams, Morgan Knight, Luke Royle, Rob Davies, Lewis Handley.

All Golds: Brandon Lamb,Tom Gaffney, Marcus Brown,  Luke Kell, Mason Robbins, Rhys Evans, Luke Stephens, Hector Silva, Sean Roberts, Kaine Dimech, Sam Jones, Joe Collins, Dale Cooper, Kieran Webb, Alasdair Anderson, Kieran Harvey, Campbell Hills.

Referee:
Kristoff Young –  Wales Society.

Photograph:
Brandon Lamb touches down for the All Golds.
Photo courtesy of Lewis Mitchell Photography.
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