League champions Tondu reach Silver Ball final!

By GEM Community Correspondent in Rugby

A defensive performance which was second to none won this Silver Ball semi-final for a Tondu side brimming with confidence after being crowned Division 2 West Central champions last weekend.

The Waterwheelers were never fazed against their higher opposition and from the outset took the the game to a Treorchy side lacking in ideas.

The first try came from strong forward pressure resulting in captain Hywel Davies grabbing the ball and crawling over to give the underdogs the lead. Josh Tatchell slotted the conversation to give Tondu an early 7-0 advantage.

Treorchy had plenty of possession in that first half but were unable to breach an astute Tondu defence, then towards the end of the first period the Treorchy backs fumbled the ball in their own half, which was collected by Tondu outside half Paul Smithson before releasing to Tatchell.

He set scrum half Gareth Lindenburn free on a 20 metre break to put wing Matthew Murphy in for a magnificent try, making the half-time score Tondu 12, Treorchy 0.

The second half was almost all Treorchy but it only succeeded in bringing out one of the best defensive performances you will ever see at this level from a Tondu side.

Playing with their backs to the wall, the Waterwheelers shute their opponents out even though they had to endure three yellow cards in this hard-hitting encounter.

Garin Daniels did manage to get a try from a pushover scrum for the Zebras, converted by Jorden Lloyd, but it was too little too late for the Zebras, and it’s Tondu that deservedly reach the final at Aberavon on May 20.

Head coach Matthew Tatchell was full of praise for his team’s effort: “What a performance! There was commitment and enthusiasm in abundance against this Division 1 team.

“We set our stall out early in the game and never looked back. We dominated the first half, going in at the break winning 12-0, and it was a tremendous defensive effort to keep Treorchy out until three minutes to go, as well as having our own chances to go further ahead to be honest.

“Everbody gave their maximum and it’s a well-deserved cup final place for the boys. Once again I’m really proud of evey one of them, and big thanks to the two buses of noisy supporters.”

MIKE SULLY

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