Injury crisis sees Amman come up short

South Wales Guardian: CHANGES: A reshuffled Amman United were unable to hold out against Trebanos. CHANGES: A reshuffled Amman United were unable to hold out against Trebanos.

Division Two West

Trebanos 40 Amman United 19

A much-changed Amman side - missing no less than eight regulars - suffered a bad day at the office as Trebanos beat them by the exact margin they had lost at Cwmamman Park earlier this season.

Amman even had to bring in four players who had played for Amman Quins against Brynamman the night before, but prop Rhys Phillips, lock Geraint Fry, Christian Gregory and Craig Ratcliffe certainly gave an excellent account of themselves.

With the likes of Andrew Lacey, Rob James, Cellan Phillips, Gavin Elliott and Dean Williams already out, Amman’s injury curse struck again after only ten minutes with Karl Worsfold limping off with an ankle problem.

There were few excuses however as Trebanos’ sharper backs got going in the first half and built up a deserved 27-5 interval lead.

With the dependable Sean Mangan giving a man of the match performance with some awesome tackling, and fellow forward Matthew Wrigley, and stand-in wing Joel Foster also excellent all round, Amman remained in the hunt with some good counter-attacking rugby. United scores three fine tries from their makeshift side, including a penalty try from a great front-eight shove.

After some deplorable weather which has led to a series of forward-orientated games recently, Amman were able to spread the ball wide and scored a couple of lovely tries.

A super break and some slick handling allowed centre Tristan Manning to finish off a neat score while a powerful Amman scrum paved the way for scrum half Ryan Williams to go over for an excellent individual try.

After next weekend’s break, Amman return with a Swalec Plate quarter-final at Merthyr on March 22.

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