10 December 2019 / Club News

Aber Power to Bonus Point Win after a Quiet Start

Abergavenny returned to Bailey Park for the visit of long time rivals Pill Harriers who are currently struggling in the league but are never an easy team to beat . The Aber side had a familiar look about it with minimal changes. Matt Charles returned to the front row after long term injury to join Ieuan James and Tom Powell , Will Evans and Rhys Dawe were in the engine house, Alex Howes replaced injured captain Josh Davies at number eight and Josh Hitchman returned to the side after rejoining from Blaenavon with Dan Beavan completing the pack . Lewis Evans partnered Rhod Webster at half back, Joe Evans retuned from injury to center with James Lewis, the back three were Jacob and Jack Butler and Antony Squire.

From the kick off the away team immediately took the initiative putting the home side under long periods of pressure all be it aided by pure discipline from the Abergavenny side and after ten minutes took the lead with a well struck penalty . The home side immediately responded with a period of sustained period of controlled play keeping the ball and going through several phases resulting in Jacob Butler crossing for a try .

From the restart Pill went back on the offensive and after more ill discipline from the home side gained good territorial position from where they scored a converted try to retake the lead .

Aber responded from the kick off regaining possession and forcing the away team to concede several penalties and receive a yellow card, and from the next infringement number eight Alex Howes took a quick tap penalty to crash over and score to level the score 10-10 .

With half time approaching Pill threw everything into attack and on the stroke of half time scored another converted try to regain the lead and went into the  break 10-17 up defying their league position and making the home supporters scratch their heads .

Whatever was said by the coaches at half time it seemed to do the trick as the second half was all one way traffic. James Lewis took a great line off good line out possession and crossed for a fine individual try converted by Evans who also landed a penalty to give Aber the lead 20-17 .

Abergavenny were now playing some entertaining rugby attacking at every opportunity and increased their lead with an Antony Squire try and Jacob Butler conversion .

The coaches now bought on the bench Rhob Connick at scrum half Ryan Morgan , Rob Lothian and Dan Anstey in the pack and Ieuan Evans on the wing .

Now the team was in full flow and thrilled the crowd with some exhilarating rugby and Alex Howes who was outstanding throughout the game scored his second try again converted by Jacob Buttler to increase the lead to 34-17 .

As the game drew to a close Aber scored the best of their six tries, Ieuan Evans ran well down the right hand side before passing inside to Jacob Buttler who in one movement put the ball into the hands of Josh Hitchman who cantered over under the posts for a superb team try a great way to finish his comeback game .

The Quins were also at home Saturday to Cwmbran where after an entertaining game they ran out winners 29-26 tries were scored by Kevin Palmer,  Alun Rickard, Richard Faulkner and Nathan Mason with a brace, Matt Sevenoaks and Joe Symonds added conversions a great all round team display . Next week the first team entertain Newport High School Old Boys and the Quins are at home to Hartridge so all support will be most appreciated .

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