15 May 2024 / Club News

Bridgend Athletic U14 38 Mumbles U14 31

Ospreys Inter District Cup Final – Llandarcy Academy – Sun May 12th
BARFC U14 winners of District D Cup Final played Mumbles U14 winners of District E/F Cup Final to determine the overall Ospreys Cup Champions. A beautiful sunny day was matched by the quality of 2 very well coached and matched sides displaying great skills in an 11 try rugby feast with BARFC scoring 6 of those tries to triumph 38 points to 31. The lead changed hands on 5 occasions with both sides very attack minded.
Mumbles fielded the sons of British Lions James Hook & Ryan Jones along with the son of All Black Jerry Collins, with James Hook an active coach on the day. The Ath coaching trio of Dean Brown, Chris Davies and Mark Watts are also highly competent coaches and their side’s free flowing style delighted the watching crowd.
Ath’s leading try scorer Ethan Davies led the try feast finishing a bout of handling by sprinting over in the left-hand corner to give the Ath a 5-0 lead. Mumbles responded with good strength seeing them cross for a converted try and soon followed this with a second try for Mumbles to lead 12-5. Davies then raced over in the opposite right-hand corner to reduce the deficit to 10-12. With their tails up Ath outside half Rudi Quinn chipped over the defence, regathered, and crossed under the posts and added the conversion for the Ath to now lead 17-12. Mumbles had the final say of the half crossing for their 3rd try and adding a conversion to lead 19-17 at the break.
A try from Max Hearing converted by Quinn saw the Ath’s turn to lead at 24-19. Mumbles bounced back to level the scores with their 4th try. The Ath then had a purple 5-minute period crossing for 2 tries in quick succession from Ceiron Ement- Jones and Billy Evans, both converted by Quinn to give the Ath a breathing space at 38-24.
However, Mumbles refused to lay down and with2 minutes remaining reduced their deficit to 38-31 with a converted try. To the relief of the Ath support the referee awarded them a penalty during the final play which Quinn tapped and then kicked off the Park.
Well done to both sides for entertaining a fair sized crowd with a hard fought, but well-disciplined performance showcasing the best of U14 rugby.
Thanks to all players, coaches, first aiders, helpers and parents involved with the U14 this season, which contributed to this success. Also, to Club Photographer John Canon for his usual high standard of photos capturing the occasion for the players.

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