Banc count cost of injuries as Bowl dreams are shattered
1:57pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Swalec Bowl – Second Round
Penybanc 19 Glais 20
Banc entertain Glais in the second round of the Swalec bowl and found themselves undone at the death.
With more than ten of the squad unavailable due to injury and other commitments, it was always going to be a tough encounter.
The visitors started the better and were soon 12-0 up.
Fly-half Mathew Lloyd reduced arrears with a penalty and, shortly after, centre Mathew Brayley powered over for a good try. Lloyd converted to bring Banc right back into the game at 12-10.
The forwards battled hard, with prop Rhodri Jones carrying with purpose and lock Ricco Dallavalle having a fine all-round first half.
Evergreen full back Christian Hughes was rock solid at the back and countered well every time the ball came his way.
Lloyd kicked another two penalties to put Banc in front for the first time and the ref blew up with the score 16-12 to the hosts in what was a pretty forgettable half.
The second half continued in the same vein, with Banc trying hard but getting no change from the dogged and hard-working Glais defence.
Flanker Paul Caines was having a great game putting some big hits in while his back row colleague Chris Jones put in several trademark runs.
Against the run of play though, the Glais fly-half, who controlled the game well all day, chipped through for the away wing to score.
He missed the conversion before Lloyd nudged Banc ahead with a well struck penalty.
With Banc camped on the Glais line and only minutes to go, the dogged visiting defence kept the hosts at bay and a breakaway yielded a penalty which was duly converted to clinch the win.
With only Lloyd and Brayley available from the Tigers usual backs, the second team players called up acquitted themselves well as Banc fell just short.
Penybanc return to league action at the weekend with the visit of Trimsaran.
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