Sunday saw the current Tenby Swifts Under 8s play their first game of the season, with a promising 9 players travelling to a sunny but cold Pembroke ground. Tenby showed that they have already grown so much as a team in the last 12 months with some excellent passing and tagging. A number of players also showed themselves to be exceptional in looking for space, speeding down the side line to run in the tries.
Pembroke also showed a marked improvement since last season, enabling the Tenby players to work on their defensive line. Tenby narrowly came away the winners in a hard fought match, scoring 8 tries to Pembroke’s 7, leaving all players, coaches and parents excited about the rest of the season.
Man of the match went to Iestyn, who played his first game for the team, introducing great structure and narrowly missing out on a well worked try.
Sunday’s squad – Caitlyn Lewis, Iestyn Cole, Dylan Drewett, Bobby Field Thomas, Jude Christen, Leo Werner, Rhys Broadhurst, Craig Roberts, Ethan Brace.
Tries – Ethan (3), Dylan (2), Craig (2), Jude.
Last Sunday Tenby Under 12s opened the season with a game home to Pembroke. For the first time they fielded a full fifteen and had the use of a full pitch. Tenby utilised the space from the first whistle. Continuing from last season they moved the ball at every opportunity. The forwards were working together as a strong unit to secure the ball at the breakdown and were to be quickly rewarded with a try for Lewis who crashed over under the posts and score the first points of the morning. Try was converted by Connor and the seasiders took an early 7-0 lead. The next score came quickly with Owen picking up and spotting a gap to run the length of the touchline to score and increase the lead to 12-0. Pembroke appeared abit dazed by the initial push from Tenby but started themselves to put some strong phases together and move up field. After being awarded a scrum in Tenby’s half Pembroke were quick to pick up and power over for their opening try and closed the gap to 12-5. Tenby were to reply quickly to this and some quick hands by the backs saw Connor cross and then convert his own try to extend the lead once more 19-5. Tenbys teamwork and communication was proving strong with both forwards and backs successful piecing together several phases to move territory back into Pembroke half and keep the pressure on. This would be rewarded with another try, this time falling to the hands of Jack and the score now stood at 24-5. With the half time whistle nearing Tenby pushed forward one last time and created the space for Jayden to cross and leave the half time score at 31-5. At the restart Tenby were quick to continue with the momentum gathered in the first half. Connor was quick to spot a gap in the defence and cross for his second which he also converted. Score now stood at 38-5. From the restart Lewis took the ball cleanly and his strength and determination would see him run the length of the field and through several defenders to score and the seasiders were looking good with a 45-5 lead. Pembroke were putting together some good play and trying to swing momentum their way but Tenbys defence stood strong determined to the end not to leak another try. It would be a loose ball and a pick up by Carter that would put him through to score under the posts and continue to add to the seasiders try count. The final score was to come after an impressive run by Alfie saw him slice his way through a tiring Pembroke defence and a perfectly timed pass had Liam score in the corner. As the final whistle blew the seasiders celebrated a 57-5 win. A fantastic start to the season.