18 September 2019 / Club News

Comfortable Victory Against Old Rivals

Abergavenny played their first home fixture of the new season with age old rivals Oakdale being the visitors and after last weeks result the coaches were looking for a marked improvement . The   team selected was Curtis Price, Ieuan James and new signing Tom Powell in the front row, Dan Horler and Rhys Dawe in the row, Ethan Thomas and another new signing Ben Roberts joined captain Josh Davies in the back row . Rhob Connick and Nathan Williams continued at half back Nathan Byrne teamed up with James Lewis in the center in the back three Jacob Buttler was joined by his brother Jack and Antony Squires .

From the kick off Abergavenny had a different mindset to the previous week playing a high tempo game and we're looking to run the ball at every opportunity and if not for some frustrating handling errors would have opened the scoring sooner . Aber kept the pressure on 'the Dale' and were eventually rewarded with the opening score when after good inter passing between the backs wing Antony Squires scored with Nathan Williams adding the extra points. 

A second try soon followed touched down by Dan Horler again converted by Williams to give Aber a 14 point lead .

The home side were now in rampant mode and attacked the Oakdale line at every opportunity and only some elementary mistakes prevented further scores, but as half time approached they got it together when captain Josh Davies crossed to score and Ben Roberts also scored on his debut both converted by Williams to give Aber a bonus point and a 28-0 half time lead .

The second half was a case of what might have been with Abers supporters losing count of how many tries could have been scored if it wasn't for trivial mistakes and bad decision making . The away side although well beaten did not give up the ghost and kept plugging away and were rewarded with a try of their own to bring the score back to 28-7 .

Abergavenny now rung the changes with Dan Smith and Gareth Beavan replacing the centres, Rob Lothian and Ryan Morgan joined the front row and Alan Rickards in the back row. 

As the game drew to a close Aber kept attacking and were able to add to their first half tally with a try by Jacob Buttler to give Aber a final score of 33-7 and a convincing win to get their season on track.

Abergavenny Quins travelled to NHSOB for their second game of the season and returned with a fine 19-0 victory with tries scored by captain Joe Symonds and two by Alex Howes .

Next week Aber are away to Dowlais in the first round of the Swalec plate.   This promises to be a tough fixture so all support will be very much needed if we hope to emulate our cup run of last season .

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