Glantaf 6 – 3 Whitchurch

15 Feb


A late drop-goal from Rhys Patchell gave Ysgol Glantaf a vital 6-3 win in an absorbing local derby against Whitchurch High School.

The Wales Under 18 outside-half snatched victory for the home side in the dying moments of a brutal match dominated by both defences.

Glantaf’s second-half attacking endeavour was deserving of a win, though Whitchurch will have felt a little unlucky to end the game empty handed after battling so valiantly.

Despite the low score, this was a match played at a generally good level. Both packs of forwards drove and tackled tirelessly, but the backlines lacked a little cutting edge.

Glantaf set the tone with an early foray into the visitors’ 22, with backrowers Llew Jones and Jake Conway carrying the ball with venom.

Patchell orchestrated the home side’s backline with authority, but Glantaf at times seemed to be trying a little too hard as ambitious offloads and pop-passes were spilled.

Whitchurch resisted manfully, but the deadlock was broken when Patchell struck an impressive penalty from the 10m line to give Glantaf the lead.

The visitors responded with a concerted period of pressure, as their sizeable pack forced Glantaf into their own half with a series of rugged drives.

Perseverance paid dividends for Whitchurch, who went into half-time level at 3-3 after their forwards’ industry was rewarded with a neatly struck penalty.

Visiting number eight Will Meades led the Whitchurch charge in the second half, and his bulldozing runs had Glantaf on the back foot at some points.

But once Patchell kicked Glantaf back into opposition territory, the home side began to dominate.

Josh Delf and Joe D’Auria worked tirelessly, while Jac Hopkins shone at hooker once again with a dynamic performance more befitting of a flanker.

Hopkins made one break in particular which saw him at the middle of a three-on-one attack, but his pass went to ground.

Frustration was palpable on the Glantaf bench, with coaches and parents alike sensing the home side were trying to force the issue.

Whitchurch would not yield. Scrum-half Fred Rowlands marshalled an excellent defensive display, with the forwards repelling wave upon wave of Glantaf attack.

The visitors’ resistance, however, was eventually broken. As Glantaf rattled through the phases, Patchell sat back with intent and, when he was finally given the ball, the fly-half stroked the ball over with aplomb.

Whitchurch failed to threaten in the remaining minute or so, and Glantaf sealed victory with a shuddering tackle and clearance into touch.

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