MAESTEG 27 POINTS, TAIBACH 13 POINTS.
Taibach appeared to be heading to the next round of the Plate Competition, with a fine first half in which they took a 10-nil lead, but a controversial change to passive scrums, early in the second half, changed the course of the game, allowing Maesteg to claw back a win.
The Taibach pack proved dominant in the scrums and mauls through the first half, and they took an early lead when outside half Aaron Jones made a blindside break, passed back inside to centre Lee Jenkins, who returned the ball to Jones who crashed over for a try, which he also converted. Taibach pressure remained and the lead was increased late in the half with an Aaron Jones penalty.
The dominance continued in the second half, and with play in the Maesteg twenty two, and Taibach attacking, a pass was intercepted, and Lawrence Howley sprinted 80 metres for a try, converted by Aled Davies. Back came Taibach with Aaron Jones slotting his second penalty, which was quickly wiped out with a penalty from Aled Davies.
Within minutes came the Maesteg front row injury, which led to passive scrums, and Aled Davies increased his tally with a try, conversion and penalty to give his side a 20-13 lead.
Late in the game, the win was sealed with a backline run and Adam Wellington crossed for a try, once again converted by the dependable boot of Aled Davies, for a score of 27-13 in Maesteg’s favour.
Skewen 27 Aberavon Quins 8
Skewen easily put paid to the Quins aspirations in the WRU Plate competition scoring three tries to one at Tennant Park.
The Quins started a little shakily and were forced to concede an early penalty goal to fly half Richard Davies.
Number eight Dan Webb broke from a scrum to set up a Quins attack with support from scrum half Matt Morgan winger Steve Colarusso was held just short. From the resulting line out strong mauling saw the visitors take the lead through a Darren Gibbs try.
Davies put Skewen ahead with his second penalty but Matt Potsuma replied in kind for the Quins to make it 8-6 at half time. An injury to influential lock Gibbs hampered the Quins effort and although the home side were twice reduced to fourteen men the Quins failed to take advantage.
The Skewen back row steadily took control and the Quins were forced to defend stubbornly. Wave after wave of home attacks finally opened the Quins defence and fly half Davies crossed beneath the bar for a try that he converted.
In the closing minutes scrum half Jamie Kirkhouse and replacement Chris Grimes crossed for tries converted by Richards. The Quins will be hoping for better things on Saturday when the teams meet again at Skewen in a league match.
Events at Aberavon Green Stars over Christmas and New Year
On Boxing Day the Academy XV of Aberavon Green Stars RFC will play their very successful youth XV at Little Warren, Aberavon Beach, kick off 1pm. Both teams will then compete in a “Boat Race” in the clubhouse with the senior team captained by Paul Skane.
This will be followed with a live gig by rock band “Where Corals Lie”. Anyone interested in a runout, or indeed joining either of the playing squads, can contact team manager Andrew Harris on 07792.206017.
Port Talbot Harriers are joining forces with Aberavon Green Stars RFC on Thursday 29 December to organise the Green Stars two-kilometre run at 1.30pm and the Port Talbot Harriers five-mile run and three-mile walk at 2.30pm
These events will be followed by refreshments and live music in the Green Stars clubhouse, Aberavon Beach which will be the starting and finishing point for all three events.
Further details can be obtained from Port Talbot Harriers’ Colin Anthony tel, 01639.774056 or Green Stars’ chairman Terry Cooksley on 01639.823368. This will be very much a family day and all are welcome.
For more information about Aberavon Green Stars events please contact Bernard Donovan on 01639 812357 or 07505 141137.