On a dark and wet Friday in December most of us would prefer nothing better than to be relaxing at home away from the elements, however four of St Joseph’s finest rugby players have done quite the opposite this evening.
After a long winding drive up to Newtown RFC, Deacon, Riley, Brandon (all year ten) and Iori (year nine) represented both the school and the district rugby team as Aberavon U15 School Boys took on RGC South U15 in the Dewar Shield.
With kick off pushed back to four o’clock, Aberavon school boys quickly took the game in hand and by half time found themselves in a commanding 14-0 lead. This dogged aggression continued in the second half as Brandon crossed the line in the fifty fifth minute to extend Aberavon’s lead to 19 points. As the game was beginning to draw to a close, RGC’s resilience started to pay dividends as they crossed the line in the seventy first and seventy fourth minutes. Thankfully, due to a solid Aberavon defence RGC were held out and with the final whistle being blown, Aberavon won 19 – 12.
Michael Dyers (Aberavon Schoolboys head coach) and Foard Cooksley (backs coach), both ex-pupils of St Joseph’s were thrilled with the result and the performance of all the players, particularly those from St Joseph’s. After the game Mr. Cooksley told us “the boys commitment was outstanding in defence and showed great enterprise in attack. Not many teams travel to North Wales and get a victory. The team demonstrated great character to hold out at the end to an exceptional opposition. The St Joe’s boys were superb and represented themselves, the team and our school with pride”.
In the game there were Great performances all round. Riley made some really effective breaks and was stern in defence. Brandon showed exceptional talent with a great performance both in attack and defence. Deacon showed incredible strength in stopping any and all RGC attacks that came his way. Iori being a year junior to the majority of the other players on the pitch came on off the bench upping the tempo of the game, his neat handling skills created a number of gaps to put his fellow players in strong attacking positions.
Congratulations need to be given to all involved in Aberavon schools set up but particularly to our boys tonight. Well Done gents, you’ve done us proud.