U12 v Abergavenny (home) 08 Feb 2015

Today saw us entertain a 'round robin' weekend with both Abergavenny and RTB Ebbw vale visiting us. Having played both teams earlier in the season and coming off second best in both fixtures and after last weekends poor performance this weekend couldn't come quick enough for the lions.

The lions took to the field against Abergavenny in the first game, starting with 2 new players in their ranks namely Jamie Stracken and Che Theaker. The lions started strongly and if it wasn't for the lions lack of finishing 4 or 5 overlaps they would of easily come out winners as they dominated the game but only won 5 - 0.

This could be down to Abergavenny strong defence or that there was a tense atmosphere throughout the game due to the Lions still feeling aggrieved at the way they initially lost their fixture with Aber earlier in the year and everyone wanting to score.

Even though the lions only scored one try, they dominated the game with Abergavenny not mounting a single attack.

Ebbw vale then played Abergavenny and won easily 15 - 0, leaving a mouth watering final game between the Lions and Ebbw vale.

After the Lions initial game the players themselves identified where they could improve and set about the final game with a more purposeful direct fashion, showing excellent handling in the backs and a hard edge physicality and superior fitness up front against a far bigger pack. Half way through the first half the game was very evenly balanced with both teams having good attacks.

The lions had a penalty on their own 10 yard line and instead of kicking for touch, Lewis Richards (No.9) saw Ebbw Vale were suffering from the pace of the game and took a quick penalty running twenty yards and somehow brilliantly off loading in contact to release Jonathan Pearce (10) who then picked a great angle of running to outpace the Ebbw vale defence to score under the posts.

The second half saw the Lions lifting the pace of the game again, and Ebbw vale immediately making substitutions in the pack no being able to handle the pace and offloading of the Lions. Xav Brevet was the next on the score sheet for the lions collecting a pass and sprinting 40yards through the tired Ebbw defence showing great pace for a typical open-side flankers try. Then with the game nearly over, the lions had a scrum on their own 25m line and Lewis Richards (n.9) decided to up the pace again picking up and running down the blindside before passing to fly half Jonathan Pearce who had also gone blind spotting a weakness in the defence. Pearce then out paced the defence showing his speed and strength to score again.

A special mention must go to the Lions pack of forwards today who laid the platform for the backs to create so many scoring opportunities, Morgan Wainewright led the pack well with all forwards showing great fitness and a hard physical edge in defence, and new boy Jamie Stracken who played his first ever game and looked a natural, at one stage running approx 20yds with ball in hand knocking defenders out the way at will only to get tackled inches short of the try-line. Good performances behind by Lewis Richards and Jonathan Pearce who both linked well throughout the second game to direct the very dangerous and speedy Lions back line who looked like were beginning to come together to form a formidable attacking weapon.

Final score LIONS 3 tries
EBBW VALE - 0

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