St Clears RFC | 1st Team 22 - 7 Tumble RFC | 1st Team
Andrew Howells
Try 2
Adam Phillips
Conversion 2
Penalty 1
Rhys Strawbridge
Try 1
Steffan Price
1 Conversion
Steffan Davies
1 Try

Match Report
02 March 2019 / Team News

Home to Tumble 02/03/2019

The weather continues at it’s fickle best and after the hottest few days on record with beautiful sunshine, as if like turning a switch with the referee’s whistle on match day, storm Freya arrives with gale force winds and a soaking!

Tumble had the advantage at the outset with the wind at their backs and with Saints making their usual slow start, were immediately on the front foot pressurising the home defensive line.  Just thirteen minutes had elapsed before Tumble were rewarded for their early efforts with a try for outside half Scott Jones followed by an excellent conversion in the difficult conditions to lead by seven points.

Resisting the adverse conditions, Saints raised their game beginning to contend and produce the anticipated tight encounter between the bottom two sides in the division, both desperate to get something out of the game. Second row Rhys Strawbridge (pictured) was the right man in the right place at the right time to finish off some good work, all the more creditable in the appalling conditions, to record his first try for Saints to reduce the arrears to two points.

Not to be outdone, ten minutes later, stalwart prop Andrew ‘Chunk’ Howells  was on hand to touch down under the posts finishing off a period of pressure from the home forwards, aided by the extras from captain Adam Phillips, to go in at half time 12 points to 7 to the good.

A successful penalty five minutes into the second half from Phillips edged Saints further ahead and five minutes later ‘Chunk’ was again the ‘hero of the hour’ with a repeat performance to record his second try of the match, converted once again by captain Phillips, to establish what should have been a comfortable lead at 22 points to 7.

Tumble however had different ideas and with plenty of time remaining, set about reversing this state of affairs, despite the strong wind and rain in their face and proceeded to put the home side under extreme pressure from that point for most of the rest of the game. Only some last ditch defending and some good fortune prevented the visitors from turning this pressure into points and Saints were mighty grateful to survive the onslaught to record that vital win!