Tenby United Youth 48-10 Pemb Dock Quins Youth
Tenby United’s youth team took on their counterparts from Pembroke Doc Quins at Heywood lane on Saturday. It was to be a day when Tenby’s back line showed just how dangerous they could be, running in a total of eight tries.
The first try came from a well worked move off the base of a midfield scrum deep in the quins half. Scrum half Jack Gooding sent the ball right to centre Joe Owen, whose pace foxed the defence and allowed him to cross the line to open the scoring.
The Seasiders second try was a stunning solo effort from full back Jamie Lawrence. With the Quins pressurising the Tenby line, the ball was spilled and picked up by Lawrence. He managed to break through and found himself clear for a 90 metre run in under the posts, duly converted.
The Quins upped the pace at this point, the kick off saw them recovering the ball and pushing Tenby back towards their line. A number of charges were repelled by the Seasiders defence but eventually they run out of tacklers and the quins crossed to mark their first points.
Both side continued to battle for the upper hand but it was Tenby who were starting to win the war. Pressure eventually told when second row Lewis Catt stole the ball at the Quins lineout. Driving through the line he made a 20 yard gain and with the momentum behind them, the ball was recycled several times until Gooding released the back line. Slick passing down the line saw centre Ben Pugh cross for Tenby’s third.
Following the half time interval, Tenby’s backs started from where they had left off. Showing great adventure, Tenby moved the ball along their line, deep in their own twenty two. A perfectly timed pass saw the sea siders break out and reach the Quins’s twenty two. With Joe Owen running a great support line, he collected the ball and crossed for the Seasider’s fourth.
The restart saw both sides trying to play good rugby, but it was again Tenby who came out on top. Quick ball from the base of a ruck saw Ben Pugh again break through the Quins defences to cross for his second and Tenby’s fifth try.
The Quins were not done yet, they pushed Tenby hard for everything. Their efforts were rewarded with a try coming from a break down the blind side.
The day was however Tenby’s. Ben Pugh picked up his hatrick and Joe Owen a four try haul, as the Seasiders ran in three more great tries.
The final whistle saw the score board read Tenby 48 Quins 10. And whilst the backs had scored all the points, the forwards had put in the hard yards to give the space for the backs to cut loose. A great team effort by all.
1 John Mansbridge
2 Ryan Jones
3 Lucas Probert
4 Lewis Catt
5 Morgan Davies
6 Caleb O’Neill
8 Sean Izzard
7 Dewi Thomas
9 Jack Gooding
10 Dan Machin (Capt)
11 Ollie Brown
12 Ben Pugh
13 Joe Owen
14 Dylan Johns
15 Jamie Lawrence
A big thankyou to referee Thomas Carew, who handled the game superbly. Report by John Catt.