St. Joseph's School and Sixth Form: 21/01/2018

Schoolboys District Rugby – Aberavon vs Neath

Last Friday, the Aberavon Schoolboys rugby team, featuring four of St Joseph’s own players, travelled the short distance to the Gnoll to take on local rivals Neath in a Friday night derby. Having lost their first game away to Rhymney Valley, the Schoolboys’ coaches Michael Dyer, Foard Cooksley and Sam Williams wanted a reaction, but knew it would be a tough task away to the Welsh All Blacks.
The game started off at a frantic pace with big tackles going in from the very off. After some ferocious defence from Aberavon, a loose kick into midfield fell to Aberavon full back Cori Lewis-Jenkins (Dyffryn) who made a fantastic line break to speed away to the try-line, scoring a try that any professional would have been happy with. Neath hit back straight away, camping in Avon’s 22 for 10 minutes. Despite heroic defence, Neath broke the line to score a try and level the board at 5-5. Aberavon held out, playing against a strong wind to go into half time level.
With all to play for in the second half, Neath startedwelland attacked Aberavon at every chance but yet again a stern Avon defence was not letting Neath get past. After sustaining heavy pressure Aberavon won a scrum on the half way line. From that, a great tactical kick over the top from St.Joseph’s own Iori Comerford-Davies set up the second, and winning, try for Aberavon as Lennon Reynolds (YBB) grabbed the touch down. A Herculean effort in defence from Aberavon at the end stopped any chance of Neath stealing the win.
It was a very well-deserved win for the schoolboys, especially the players from St Joseph’s. We’re looking forward to a repeat of this performance in the next game against Blaenau Gwent next Monday.