Machynlleth RFC | 1st Team 36 - 12 Menai Bridge RFC | 1st Team

Match Report
02 December 2018 / Team News

Match Report: Machynlleth 36 - 12 Menai Bridge

Despite playing with the elements on a wet and windy day at Machynlleth, Menai Bridge failed to take advantage in the first half. The home side threatened constantly with strong forward surges bringing their talented backline into the game. Mach opened the scoring with a try for full back Ryan Blackley. Bridge had penalty opportunities but squandered the chance to pull ahead, failing to find the mark with two shots at goal.

Mach scored through Cai Lewis, who topped off a great team try, forwards driving for the line and the backs taking advantage of the space created. With only a few minutes left in the first half Mach created another try, through identical team work, this time Kameron Simmons-Sandy was the scorer. To their  credit Bridge rallied and pressed the home try line. The final play of the first half saw Bridge number 8 Chris Roberts failing to ground the ball for what would have been a deserved try.

At half time Machynlleth were 17 to nil up and looked forward to playing with the wind in the second half. Mach started well and were soon on the score sheet as Stefan Price powered over for a try. This was soon followed by a try for prop Gareth Thomas who troubled the visitors all afternoon with his strong carries. At 29 to nil down, things looked bleak for Bridge. However their scrum was holding up well and the forwards were enjoying more posession. They were rewarded with a try for Chris Roberts that came from scrum pressure. Mach rallied and Simmons-Sandy scored his second try topping off a great afternoon's work. Bridge were not content with a single consolation try and pressed hard. Mach were guilty of conceding penalties and finally as Pat Roberts was denied a touch down The referee gave a penalty try for persistent offending.

Mach progressed up the table, while Bridge will look to build on a positive display and attempt to improve their game management.

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