14 May 2017 / Club News

Aberavon Green Stars RFC VS Glamorgan Central 10.05.2017

Aberavon Green Stars RFC   39    Central Glamorgan RFC   38.

Aberavon Green Stars had arranged this mid week home fixture (10.5.17) against a Central Glamorgan invitation fifteen to mark the completion of work on their new clubhouse facilities within the Little Warren pavilion, but ten miniutes into the game their prospects looked bleak. The strong running Central Glamorgan backs in the shape of outside half Owen Davies and centre Richard Lewis sliced through the home defense for tries near the posts allowing Owen Davies two easy conversions. 

A shaken but not stirred Green Stars fifteen then found their defensive skills and in the second quarter had their own fifteen minutes of fame when winger Ben Evans, number eight Carwyn Humphries and lock Karl Larkworthy crossed the Central Glamorgan line. All three conversion attempts went wide but a 15-14 half time lead had been established.

Ten minutes after the restart Ben Evans kept up the momentum with a try under the posts which Stars scrum half Aaron Davies put over but was unable to convert their next try by flanker Thomas Davies fed by hooker Chris Williams. The visitors were still very much in the game and hit back with tries by lock Rob Howells and another by Richard Lewis. The latter was converted by Owen Davies to narrow the Green Stars lead to 27-26. Then Ben Evans' hat trick try improved on by Aaron Davies put the pressure back on Central Glamorgan who duly rose to the occasion. On the half hour their number seven Keirion Hooper scored an unconverted try and five minutes later their number eight Sam Richards crossed the line. Owen Davies' conversion reinstated thier lead 34-38,

This had been a classic game of open rugby in perfect weather conditions, well controlled by referee Chris Williams, and to the joy of the Green Stars supporters their outside half Foard Cooksley crossed the line with just minutes remaining to retake the lead with the final result 39-38. A try ratio of seven to six and a famous victory for Aberavon Green Stars. Adding poignancy to the occasion had been a minute's silence in memory of rugby legend John Collins who, among a lifetime of achievements in the rugby world, had enlivened many rugby tours with St Josephs CYMS and Aberavon Green Stars in the 1950s. 39-38 - a fitting tribute to a great club member.

Bernard Donovan 07505.141137.

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