27 January 2020 / Club News

Points shared at Riverside Park

Rumney welcomed Porth to Riverside Park having convincingly beaten them 37-10 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. From the offset it was clear there would be no repeat of such scoreline for either team with Porth starting brightly and using their heavy forwards to gain hard yards in midfield. Rumney's defence stood firm and after turning defence into attack converted a penalty courtesy of Full Back Reagan Mahoney to make it 3-0. Rumney's ill discipline started to creep in and after a couple of consecutive penalties Porth kicked to touch and had an attacking line out on Rumney's 5 metre line. The driving maul was by far Porth's most potent weapon and they took full advantage of the territory and pushed over for a try, 5-3 Porth. Rumney squandered a couple of chances out wide and Porth's dominance in the driving maul was evident again with another try before Half Time, HT Rumney 6 - Porth 10.

Rumney started the second half much like the first showing a lot of effort and determination but not being able to find that killer pass to convert possession into points. Strong carries from James Skene, Michael Young and Hugo Souto were starting to take their toll on Porth and although they showed the first points of the half with another penalty it was now Rumney who were started to dominate up front. A break by wing Joe Morgan set up a great scoring opportunity for Rumney and after quick thinking from busy scrum half Chris Milton Porth conceded a synical penalty and Rumney were awarded a penalty on the Porth's 5 metre line. Captain Rob Rowley decided to go for the scrum and it proved the right call as after a string of infringements from Porth in the Scrum the referee had no option but to give Rumney a penalty try and tie the scores up at 13-13.

Rumney rung the changes with Nathan Renshaw, Harry Drane, Harry Jarrett, Lewis Fox and Georgie Williams all making positive impacts when coming on. The scrum was now becoming more and more dominant and after another string of penalties Reagan Mahoney slotted a penalty making 16-13 to Rumney with 8 to go. Porth weren't giving up and were trying to break the Rumney defence but to no avail until, at the plast play of the game, the referee awarded a 'questionable' decision against the Rumney pack in the scrum and it gave Porth one final opportunity. They decided to go for the draw rather than the full 4 points and it was a good call with the penalty being good and the full time whistle blowing straight after. Full time Rumney 16 - Porth 16

Special coaches mentions for Lewis Hill and James Skene but today's man of the match was Thomas 'Tucker' Maton.

Rumney's next league game is away  against Cambrian Welfare on Saturday 15th February.

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