Merthyr 48 - 19 Aberavon
Posted by Aberavon RFC on 16/05/2018
In their final game of the season, Aberavon went down 19 - 48 at Premiership & Cup winners Merthyr on Tuesday evening despite leading with half hour to go.
The Wizards got off to a good start when wing Mike Wilson went over for a try that was converted by outside half Steffen Williams. The Ironmen responded with an unconverted try of their own to make the score 7 - 5 to the Wizards after quarter of an hour play. The homeside then picked up a yellow card before Aberavon prop Mike Burgess went over for the Wizards second try. On the half hour mark Aberavon wing Frankie Jones was sin binned by referee Jason Bessant with Merthyr scoring another unconverted try shortly after. At the end of the first half, Merthyr picked up their second yellow card of the evening when captain and lock Craig Locke was sent to the sin-bin. The score was 12 - 10 in the Wizards favour at the interval.
Right at the start of the second half Aberavon's Burgess scored his second and the Wizards third try of the evening. Williams added the extras to put the Aberavon 19 - 10 up. However, two quick converted tries by the Ironmen saw the homeside take the lead for the first time with half hour to go on the clock. Merthyr 24, Aberavon 19. A penalty by Merthyr on the hour mark made it a two-score game, with them then going on to score three more converted tries over a nine-minute period to make the final score 48 - 19 to Merthyr.
Merthyr 48 - 19 Aberavon
Chris Banfield; Mike Wilson, Stuart Nicholas (rep Liam Popham 72 min), Joe Thomas (rep Will Price 45 min), Frankie Jones; Steffen Williams, Iwan Temblett (rep Jacob Flynn 68 min); Mike Burgess (rep Tomos Northey 63 min), Luke Davies (rep Marc Breeze 73 min), Jon Thomas (rep Rhys Forse 51 min), James Ratti, Ben Davies (rep Ben Jones 50 min), Joe Tomalin-Reeves (capt), Jacob Blackmore (rep Luke Joseph 63 min), Jac Morgan.
Frankie Jones, Joe Thomas & James Ratti appeared from the Ospreys; Mike Wilson from Swansea Uplands RFC; Iwan Temblett appeared from Trebanos RFC; Jacob Blackmore appeared from Waunarlwydd RFC; Jac Morgan appeared from Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets; Tomos Northey appeared from Gowerton RFC.
T - Mike Burgess (2), Mike Wilson
C - Steffen Williams (2)
T - Kyle Evans (2), Joshua Martin (2), Craig Locke (2), Richard Carter
C - Matthew Jarvis (2), Richard Powell (2), Richard Carter
PG - Richard Powell
07 min: Aberavon - T - Mike Wilson & C - Steffen Williams (0 - 7)
15 min: Merthyr - T - Richard Carter (5 - 7)
24 min: Merthyr - Yellow Card - Adam Hoskins
25 min: Aberavon - T - Mike Burgess (5 - 12)
30 min: Aberavon - Yellow Card - Frankie Jones
32 min: Merthyr - T - Kyle Evans (10 - 12)
40 min: Merthyr - Yellow Card - Craig Locke
41 min: Aberavon - T - Mike Burgess & C - Steffen Williams (10 - 19)
44 min: Merthyr - T - Joshua Martin & C - Matthew Jarvis (17 - 19)
49 min: Merthyr - T - Craig Locke & C - Matthew Jarvis (24 - 19)
60 min: Merthyr - PG - Richard Powell (27 - 19)
67 min: Merthyr - T - Kyle Evans & C - Richard Powell (34 - 19)
73 min: Merthyr - T - Craig Locke & C - Richard Powell (41 - 19)
76 min: Merthyr - T - Joshua Martin & C - Richard Carter (48 - 19)