Treorchy RFC

The Zebras

Bargoed 15 - Treorchy 31

Mid District Cup Final
Sardis Road, 23 May 2012
(report by Howard Lazarus)

A heroic performance by underdogs Treorchy against a much fancied Bargoed team, resulted in the Rhondda Valley outfit lifting the Worthington Mid District Cup at Sardis Road, Pontypridd, on Wednesday, 30th May.

 

Favourites Bargoed, who had finished the season five places above Treorchy in the SWALEC National Division 1 East, started strongly and took an early lead through a Josh Prosser penalty. The Bargoed scrum, which was on top throughout, provided a stream of possession which they failed to use effectively due to the excellent steadfast Treorchy defence which was very competitive at the breakdown area carrying out numerous turnovers.

 

A Treorchy lineout on the half way line provided the games first try as the Bargoed defence couldn’t lay a hand on Peter Hutchings direct run and a simple pass give Trystan Lazarus an easy run in under the posts. The usually reliable Celyn Ashton hit the post with the conversion.

 

Bargoed continued to exert pressure on the Treorchy defence and the penalty count was increasing. Bargoed regained the lead with another Josh Prosser kick and then outside half Celyn Ashton was yellow carded for a high tackle under the Treorchy posts to allow Prosser to increase the Bargoed lead to 9 – 5.

 

Down to 14 men, Treorchy used what little ball they were getting well as centre Lazarus this time created space for Hutchings to attack wide out on the left. A swift pass again by Lazarus put scrum half Lloyd Williams in space but he was held up on the Bargoed try line. Quick recycled ball allowed right wing Andrew Mallin to go over in the right hand corner. Right on the stroke of half time Prosser again converted a penalty to make the half time score Bargoed 12 v 13 Treorchy.

 

Bargoed started the second half strongly and should have scored in the right hand corner but a wrong option by their scrum half Hutcheon reprieved 14 man Treorchy but referee had seen a Treorchy defender offside and Prosser converted his fifth penalty from in front of the posts to regain Bargoed’s lead.

 

With Treorchy starting to dominate the contact area against the bigger Bargoed forwards the returning Celyn Ashton stroked over a penalty from the Bargoed 10m line and then when Treorchy eventually spent some time in the Bargoed 22 a lovely flick from man of the match and number 8 Craig Everett at a retreating scrum allowed the equally impressive Lloyd Williams to evade 3 tacklers and dart over. Try converted and another penalty from Ashton took the lead to 11 points.

 

With 10 minutes remaining the game was killed off as a scrum on half way allowed Williams to kick down the left hand touchline and Hutchings won the race with his opposite number to score and make the final score Bargoed 15 Treorchy 31.

 

A marvellous victory built on desire and no lack of skill allowed Treorchy to lift the Mid District Cup for the first time since 1990 and brought an end to their 125th season of competitive rugby. The celebrations went long into the night.

Treorchy: 15. Jordan Lloyd, 14. Andrew Mallin, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rhys Gillard, 4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhodri Jones, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Wayne Davies, 8. Craig Everett

Replacements used: Tom Rees, Ben Hughes, Rob Jones, Gareth Fear

Tries:               Trystan Lazarus, Andrew Mallin, Lloyd Williams, Peter Hutchings
Penalties:        Celyn Ashton (3)
Conversion:     Celyn Ashton

Merthyr 22 - 29 Treorchy

Nelson, 15 May 2012
Mid District Cup Semi Final

Treorchy:
15. Jordan Lloyd, 14. Andrew Mallin,  13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings,  10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Jamie Summers (capt) , 5. Rhodri Jones, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Wayne Davies, 8. Craig Everett

Replacements used: Rhys Gillard, Daniel Thorne, Gareth Fear

Tries:           Andrew Mallin, Richie Lewis 
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton (5)
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton (2)

Treorchy 17 - 36 Newbridge

The Oval, 5 May 2012

Treorchy:
15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Tom Rees,  13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Lloyd Williams, 11. Peter Hutchings,  10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Gareth Fear.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Jamie Summers (capt) , 5. Rhodri Jones, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Craig Everett

Replacements used: Rhys Gillard, Lee Davies, Ben Williams, Owen Williams

Tries:           Rhodri Jones, Peter Hutchings 
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton (2)

Treorchy 26 - 22 Gilfach Goch

The Oval, 24 April 2012
Mid District Cup Quarter Final

Treorchy:
15. Jordan Lloyd, 14. Tom Rees,  13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings,  10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Jamie Summers (capt) , 5. Rhodri Jones, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Wayne Davies, 8. Craig Everett

Replacements used: Ben Hughes, Sion Owen, Owen Williams

Tries:           Jordan Lloyd, Trystan Lazarus
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton (4)
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton (2)

Treorchy 23 - 44 Bargoed

Bargoed, 21 April 2012

Treorchy:
15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Tom Rees,  13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Celyn Ashton, 11. Peter Hutchings,  10. Jordan Lloyd, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Jamie Summers (capt) , 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Rhodri Jones

Replacements used: Chris Payne, Will Griffiths, Ben Williams, Tom Jenkins

Tries:           Peter Hutchings, Penalty Try
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton (3)
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton (2)

Glamorgan Wanderers 24 - 20 Treorchy

Memorial Ground, 31 March 2012

Treorchy:
15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Gareth Fear,  13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Callum Phillips, 11. Peter Hutchings,  10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rhys Gillard, 4. Jamie Summers (capt) , 5. Gareth Barker, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Garyn Daniel

Replacements used: Cory Dunn, Ross Jones, Robert Jones, Darren Davies, Will Griffiths

Tries:           Andrew Mallin, Peter Hutchings 
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton (2)
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton (2)

Treorchy 16 - 39 Gilfach Goch

The Oval, 24 March 2012

Treorchy:
15. Ryan Evans, 14. Tom Rees, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Celyn Ashton, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Andrew Mallin, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rhys Gillard, 4. Will Griffiths, 5. Gareth Barker, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt)

Replacements used: Garyn Daniel, Cory Dunn, Callum Phillips, Ben Williams

Tries:           Ryan Evans
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton (3)
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton

Tredegar 3 - 15 Treorchy

Tredegar, 9 March 2012


Treorchy:
15. Ryan Evans, 14. Gareth Fear, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Celyn Ashton, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Jordan Lloyd, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rhys Gillard, 4. Will Griffiths, 5. Gareth Barker, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt)

Replacements used: Garyn Daniel, Tom Jenkins, Chris Payne, Tom Rees, Ben Williams

Tries:           Trystan Lazarus, Gareth Fear
Penalty:        Celyn Ashton
Conversion:  Celyn Ashton

Rumney 20 - 20 Treorchy

Rumney, 3 March 2012 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy narrowly failed to record their ninth win of the season in a rearranged fixture away to Rumney on Saturday In Swalec Division One East.

Despite the rustiness having not played for a number of weeks, both sides did look dangerous ball in hand. So it was a shock that it was from a scrum, where Rumney had a distinct advantage, that opened the scoring with a penalty try from a five metre scrum. The referee was perhaps hasty in awarding it from the very first scrum on the Treorchy line, but there were no real complaints from the home side as the scrum collapsed while retreating. The conversion made it 7-0 to the home side after a quarter an hour of play.

Treorchy responded with a penalty from outside half Jordan Lloyd within a couple of minutes, which was matched by a penalty from Rumney from near halfway utilising the wind. And on the half hour mark Treorchy very nearly took the lead as some excellent hands almost saw right wing Ryan Evans into the corner, but the referee adjudged the winger to be held up over the line. Within a few phases following the scrum, Rumney were able to clear their lines as Treorchy conceded a penalty for going off their feet at a ruck on the Rumney line. Treorchy continued to hold a territorial advantage, but were unable to convert this into points and were fortunate to go into half time trailing 10-3 as Rumney almost snatched a second try but for a knock, on the Treorchy line, to bring the half to an end.

Treorchy started the second half with a bang as hooker Shaun Green scored two tries in the opening four minutes to turn the contest on its head. The first try came courtesy of a quickly taken penalty from scrum half Lloyd Williams who exploited the reluctance of the home defence to tackle him within the ten metres to find enough space to feed Green for the score. The second was a length of the field effort courtesy of a break out of their own twenty two as the visitors exploited space out wide, with Ryan Evans feeding the hooker who was remarkably on hand to add the finishing touch near the posts. Jordan Lloyd slotted both conversions to open up a 17-10 lead in the blink of an eye.

Both teams exchanged penalties again on the hour mark, but with Rumney utilising their big ball carriers in the middle and back rows, the home side began to assert control of the territory but found the Treorchy defence suitably organised to maintain the seven point lead and keep Rumney at arms length. With the clock indicating just three minutes remaining of normal time, Rumney, having worked their way into the Treorchy twenty two for perhaps the first time in the half, finally managed to break the Zebra defence as a set back move created just enough space for blind side winger Stoppani to take a disguised inside pass to trot over under the posts untouched. The conversion as added to level the scores.

There was time remaining to a winning score and following a penalty kick to the corner, hooker Shaun Green was agonisingly short of another try as he peeled from the line out and charged for the line. Only a superb tackle and jackal from the home defence stopped Treorchy from securing the victory and Green recording an unlikely hat-trick.

Treorchy: 15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Ryan Evans,  13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings,  10. Jordan Lloyd, 9. Lloyd Williams.  1. Lee Davies, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Jamie Summers (capt) , 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Daniel Thorne, 8. Wayne Davies

Replacements used: Gareth Fear, Tom Rees, Ben Hughes

Tries:               Shaun Green (2)
Penalties:        Jordan Lloyd (2)
Conversions:   Jordan Lloyd (2)

Tonmawr 16 - 9 Treorchy

Tonmawr, 28 January 2012

SWALEC Cup Second Round

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Trystan Lazarus, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Jordan Lloyd, 9. Gareth Fear.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Gareth Barker, 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Wayne Davies, 7.Daniel Thorne, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt)

Replacements Used:  Celyn Ashton, Richie Lewis, Ben Hughes, Damon Filmer

Penalty:         Jordan Lloyd (3)

Referee:        Phil Fear 

Treorchy 15 - 20 Beddau

The Oval, 21 January 2012 (report by Carl Spiller)

On another blustery day, Treorchy slumped to a disappointing home defeat against Beddau last Saturday in their Swalec Division One East fixture.

Setting his stall out early, the referee sent home tight head prop Chris John to the sin bin in just the third minute for an offside offence, but during those ten minutes it was Treorchy, facing the strong wind, who responded keeping the ball in the hands and found space out wide.  And on the ten minute mark opened the scoring as full back Jordan Lloyd scored beneath the posts following a break from wing Peter Hutchings.  Outside half Celyn Ashton added the extras from beneath the sticks to push the Zebras out into an unlikely 7-0 lead.

Not unsurprisingly given the conditions, Beddau dominated territory, but Treorchy managed to repel most of the attacks bar for two penalties from the boot of Joe Griffin, closing the gap to 7-6 as the game ticked into the final seconds of the half.  Going into the break, a single point would have been a remarkable first half performance and would arguably have sealed the win for the home side, but a superb solo try from Beddau centre Bradley Coombes, beating three men on his way to the line, gave the visitors the seven points they so desperately needed.

After coming from behind two weeks ago against Mountain Ash in similarly windy conditions, Treorchy would have felt confident of recording the win given the scale of the wind and Beddau’s narrow 7-13 lead.   However, the game was far from over as Beddau displayed some excellent handling and contact area skills to retain possession for large parts of the opening ten minutes.  They failed to make too much ground against a competitive Treorchy defence and such is the knife edge nature of the modern rugby rules, one mistake from the team in possession often leads to a penalty and so it proved as Ashton reduced the areas to three points with a penalty on the 50 minute mark.  During the first half, the home scrum had slowly got themselves on top and by the hour mark the home side were well on top and with the visitors further disadvantaged with a man light in the pack courtesy of a yellow card, Treorchy took a scrum against the head near the Beddau lineresulting in a try for Treorchy number eight Daniel Thorne as the Zebras regained the lead 15-13.

Unlikely as it seemed, with twenty minutes remaining there was time left for Beddau to respond and so they did as two penalties allowed them to gain field to position deep inside the twenty two for their first time in the second half.  Assuming a try would be required to give themselves a chance of the win, Beddau turned down a penalty attempt in favour of a kick to the corner only for Treorchy to regain possession and clear their lines.  A yellow card to the hard working back rower Damon Filmer seemed to impact on Treorchy’s ability to force home the wind advantage for the match sealing score and a third team yellow card to captain Jamie Summers gave Beddau one final opportunity.  This time they were vindicated for their decision to again turn down the penalty shot by rolling the maul over for the try from the kick to the corner as the gutsy visitors regained the lead with just five minutes remaining.  Crucially the conversion from a wide angle and into the wind just managed to creep over the bar to push Beddau out into a five point lead 20-15 meaning Treorchy needed a converted try to win the game.

Despite being down to 14 men for the final five minutes, Treorchy responded and had their opportunities to seal the win, but some excellent goal line defence from Beddau sealed the win their determined, disciplined and accurate second half performance warranted.

After two league defeats in a row, Treorchy will make the trip to Tonmawr in the Welsh Cup next week.

Treorchy: 15. Jordan LLoyd, 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Tom Rees, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Gareth Fear.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Chris John, 4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Daniel Thorne

Replacements Used: Lloyd Williams, Chris Harris, Robert Jones

Try:                Jordan Lloyd, Daniel Thorne
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton

Referee:        Gareth Butler

Ebbw Vale 35 - 0 Treorchy

Eugene Cross Park, 14 January 2012

Treorchy: 
15. Ryan Evans, 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Gareth Fear, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Jamie Summers (Capt), 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Daniel Thorne.

Replacements Used: Tom Rees, Jordan Lloyd, Ben Williams, Will Griffiths, Rhodri Jones

Treorchy 26 - 20 Caerphilly

The Oval, 31 December 2011

Mid District Cup

Treorchy:  15. Jordan Lloyd, 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Daniel Thorne, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (capt).

Replacements used:  Gareth Fear, Lloyd Williams, Gareth Barker

Tries:               Peter Hutcjings, Gareth Fear
Conversions:    Celyn Ashton (2)
Penalties:         Celyn Ashton (4)

Narberth 13 - 22 Treorchy

Narberth, 10 December 2011

SWALEC CUP

Treorchy:  15. Jordan Lloyd, 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Gareth Fear, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.  1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Robert Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Gareth Barker, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (capt).

Replacements used:  Wayne Davies, Will Griffiths

Tries:               Jordan Lloyd
Conversions:    Celyn Ashton
Penalties:         Celyn Ashton (5)

Treorchy 19 - 8 Mountain Ash

The Oval, 7 January 2012 (report by Carl Spiller)

With the recommencement of Swalec Division One East league fixtures after the Christmas holidays, Treorchy registered a hard earned win at home to old rivals Mountain Ash in a fixture affected by the conditions.

With the considerable wind at their backs in the first half, Mount were able to dominate territory as a rusty Treorchy side struggled to clear their lines effectively and it took just nine minutes for the visitors to open the scoring as flanker Scott Davies somehow burst through the middle of a ruck to trot over unopposed from the twenty two.

Despite dominating territory, for the second time this season Mount struggled to maintain possession against a competitive Zebra forward effort who defended superbly and won a number of turnovers on the floor.

However gaining field position was proving difficult and it was the visitors who stretched their lead with a penalty from outside half Jamie Lewis, but with just under ten minutes to the half and just 8-0 behind, you suspect Treorchy would have been satisfied with their first half effort with no further scores.  However, there was disappointment at the break as Treorchy squandered two line breaks in the final minutes of the half, either of which you suspect might have killed the game.  First winger Peter Hutchings broke the Mount defence but ignored his support as he entered the twenty two allowing the chance to go.  And seconds later a searing run from number 8 Daniel Thorne, following an initial clean break and offload from the excellent second row Rhys Gillard, also came to nought as Thorne was rightly penalised for a double movement as he was agonisingly tackled short of the line after running from near half way.

Against the wind, the second half began well for the visitors who kept the ball in hand and looked to use their forwards to move the ball up the field. However their struggles at the breakdown continued and Treorchy started to turn the screw as outside half Celyn Ashton slotted two penalties to reduce the gap to just two points with still a quarter of the game to play.

With the home scrum now well on top and scrum half Lloyd Williams again lively around the ruck, Treorchy's threat was increasing and as the visitors began to tire, the match winning score was secured.  After two earlier sniping runs from Williams were snuffed out a third break created enough confusion in the visitors defence to allow centre Richie Lewis to score near the posts a couple of phases later.  Ashton added the extras and with over a quarter of an hour still to play, Treorchy forced home the advantage with a further penalty and drop goal from the boot of Ashton to secure the 19-8 win which maintains their highly respectable fifth position in the league.

Next week their league position will be fully tested with a trip to table topping Ebbw Vale.

Treorchy: 
15. Jordan Lloyd, 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Gareth Fear, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Jamie Summers (Capt), 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Daniel Thorne.

Replacements Used:  Steffan Jones, Ryan Evans

Try:                Richie Lewis
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton (3)
Drop Goal:    Celyn Ashton

Treorchy 34 - 15 Merthyr

The Oval, 26 November 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Having won five of their last seven Swalec Division One East fixtures, Treorchy welcomed Merthyr to the Oval last Saturday with expectations of recording another victory, especially after the nature of the narrow defeat to the same opposition back in September.  What followed was a true game of two halves as Treorchy made it six wins from eight.

Merthyr started strongly with the breeze at their backs and raced into a 8-3 lead thanks to a penalty from Foster and a try from Alun Edmonds.  Treorchy remained stout in defence and it was with just seconds to go in the first half that a sustained period of pressure allowed John Howard to cross and give the visitors a second try and 15-3 half time lead.  However, they must have been frustrated by four missed kicks at goal.

With the elements now in Treorchy's favour, the home side showed the visitors how to take advantage, notching up 31 unanswered second half points with two tries apiece from lively outside centre Trystan Lazarus and left wing Peter Hutchings as Treorchy were clinical in their finishing.  In addition, to add to two try scoring passes and an excellent all round performance, all four tries were expertly converted by outside half Celyn Ashton who also slotted a penalty to end the game with a 100% success rate - some feat when the swirling wind is considered.

Treorchy now have more victories than they achieved the whole of last season, but have no league fixture this Saturday due to the international, but the clubhouse will be open instead.  Treorchy’s next fixture is in the cup, as they make the long journey to old adversaries Narberth on 10 December.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Chris John, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Daniel Thorne, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt).

Replacements Used: Gareth Fear, Steffan Jones, Rob Jones, Gareth Barker, Will Griffiths

Try:                Trystan Lazarus (2), Peter Hutchings (2)
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton (4)
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton (2)

Blackwood 13 - 15 Treorchy

Glan-yr-Afon Park, 18 Novembr 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy picked up their second away win of the season in a fluctuating contest away to Blackwood on Saturday.

Blackwood started strongly with their backs belying the heavy pitch and they deservedly opened the scoring with a try from wing Kristian Perry after just five minutes, before Gareth Price slotted a penalty in a dominant opening spell.  Treorchy struggled to get out of their own half for the majority of the first quarter, but had an opportunity when lively scrum half Lloyd Williams made a searing break from a scrum just inside the Treorchy half only for some poor passing from the subsequent ruck compromise the huge overlap and allowed Blackwood to clear.  Almost immediately, Blackwood increased their lead as an attacking line out deep in Treorchy's twenty two was spun wide were the home backs worked just enough space for wing Randy Usher to dive over in the left hand corner.

Perhaps overconfidently Blackwood began to run the ball from deeper and deeper, gifting Treorchy good field position in the final ten minutes of the half and the visitors were unfortunate not to open their account as a couple of forward passes cost the visitors some good scoring opportunities.

Despite the missed opportunities, the visitors were looking dangerous ball in hand, particularly with some good offloads and made an immediate breakthrough with a try within a minute of the start of the second half as wing Ryan Evans dived over in the right hand corner following a neat eight, nine back move from as scrum and a well timed final pass from full back Andrew Mallin.  Outside half Celyn Ashton failed with the conversion attempt, but was adding a penalty five minutes later as an opportunist kick and chase almost resulted in a try for centre Trystan Lazarus.  Blackwood were reduced to 14 men for killing the ball with Treorchy lined up to score, but Ashton made no mistake from beneath the posts.  To conclude a manic ten minute spell, Treorchy added their second try as they worked full back Mallin into space and a kind bounce from a chip over the defence fell nicely for him to score.  Ashton made no mistake from just to the right of the posts to give the visitors a 15-13 lead for the first time in the match.

Blackwood recovered well from the blitz but against a dedicated Treorchy forward unit, led again by skipper Jamie Summers, failed to re-assert their dominance until the final ten minutes which was played predominantly in Treorchy territory.  But some excellent scrambling defence from the whole Treorchy team held 'Wood out and a failed drop goal from the final play of the match was enough to secure Treorchy the points in a dramatic and enjoyable contest.

The win pushes the Zebras back up to fifth in Swalec Division One East and next week they welcome Merthyr to the Oval.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin, 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Tom Rees, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Will Griffiths, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt).

Replacements Used: Gareth Fear, Gareth Barker, Jordan Lloyd, Ben Williams

Try:                Andrew Mallin, Ryan Evans
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton

Newbridge 18 - 3 Treorchy

Welfare Ground, Newbridge, 12 November 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy slipped to a battling defeat away to Swalec Division One East high flyers Newbridge on Saturday.

Newbridge utterly dominated the first half territorially with the home side's back three particularly lively punching holes in the Treorchy's kick defence, but found the visitors goal line defence more stubborn until a yellow card to tight head prop Robert Jones allowed the home side to register the opening try from a rolling line out to add to an earlier penalty.  Despite Treorchy's defensive effort, Newbridge should have added more tries, but managed to butcher two clear try scoring opportunities with poor basic skills and as is common in the game of rugby, Treorchy then picked up their first points from their first foray into Newbridge territory with a penalty from near half way from Ryan Evans on the cusp of halftime to reduce the arrears to just 8-3.

The second half was more of the same as Treorchy struggled to find field position, but were grateful for what was a woeful second half display of handling skills from the home side who spilled the ball under pressure over a dozen times.  The home side even turned down kickable penalties on two occasions, only to cough up the ball almost immediately and allow Treorchy to clear their lines.

With ball in hand and against a disciplined Newbridge team more intent on counter rucking and disrupting the quality of Treorchy possession than competing for the ball on the floor, Treorchy finally began to make head roads via the pick and drive game and the longer the game continued the more likely an upset looked.  This was evidenced as Newbridge chose to take a shot at goal with a third penalty from near half way, ten minutes after turning down one opportunity from the shadow of the posts.

The shot sailed wide left, but a few minutes later Newbridge secured the game with a second try again coming from a line out and with Treorchy beginning to tire, the Newbridge backs finally got in on the act with a crisp move to score in the corner.

A difficult day for Treorchy, but a superb effort again from the team who have improved their defence immeasurably from last season.  Next week the defence will again be put to the test with another difficult away game, this time Blackwood.

Treorchy:  15. Ryan Evans, 14. Tom Rees, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Lloyd Williams, 10. Andrew Mallin, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Will Griffiths, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt).

Replacements Used: Gareth Fear, Gareth Barker, Jamie Maggs 

Penalty:         Ryan Evans

Treorchy 26 - 6 Tredegar

The Oval, 5 November 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy climbed the Swalec Division One East table on Saturday as they recorded their fourth win in five games with a win over strugglers Tredegar on a crisp day at the Oval.

Treorchy started brightly stamping their authority on the game and could have been four tries to the good within the first half an hour as they created overlaps and space in midfield, but a lack of accuracy meant they had to settle for two tries.  The first from full back Andrew Mallin who benefited from the numerical advantage following a yellow card to the visitors; and the second from wing Peter Hutchings on the touchline on the occasion of his 200th league appearance for the Zebras.  With outside half Celyn Ashton converting Mallin's try, Treorchy had just a 12 point lead to show for their early dominance and Tredegar struck back in the five minutes before half time with two penalties from the boot of full back Scott Amber, but were unfortunate not to go in to the break ahead as they squandered a couple of try scoring opportunities of their own as their lively back division managed to break down the Treorchy defence on a number of occasions.

The second half began with Treorchy looking to re-assert their control on the contest, but Tredegar continued to look dangerous with ball in hand, but were guilty of over playing in the wrong areas at times, while their handling skills were far from perfect.  With Tredegar struggling to find any territory from which to play, it was Treorchy who re-established their grip on the game as the impressive Lloyd Williams scored beneath the posts on the hour mark.  The young centre come scrum half was on hand to finish off an excellent run from wing Hutchings who had taken a neat switch to create space in the Tredegar twenty two.  Ashton added the extras before the bonus point was confirmed with ten minutes remaining as full back Mallin added his second try following a poor clearance kick from Tredegar was run back by a combination of Mallin and centre Trystan Lazarus.  Ashton added his third conversion of the day as the game ended with Treorchy comfortable winners 26 points to 6.

With Treorchy now up to fifth in the league, their form will be tested as they travel away to Newbridge next week to complete the first half of the league season before the middle of November!

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin , 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Tom Rees, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Lloyd Williams.    1. Chris John, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Simon Collins, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Daniel Thorne, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt),

Replacements Used: Steffan Jones, Gareth Fear, Will Griffiths, Rob JOnes, Jordan Lloyd 

Try:                Andrew Mallin (2), Peter Hutchings, Lloyd Williams
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton (3)

Treorchy 24 - 10 Glamorgan Wanderers

The Oval, 29 October 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

After the disappointment of the 15-0 defeat away to Gilfach Goch last week, Treorchy returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win over former Premiership side Glamorgan Wanderers in awful conditions at the Treorchy Oval.

 

Treorchy started brightly and after spending the majority of the opening ten minutes in the Wanderers twenty two, outside half Celyn Ashton opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.  Treorchy then increased their lead six minutes later courtesy of a fantastic try from wing Peter Hutchings.  Making light of the squally wind and rain, Treorchy produced a try full of skill as the ball was offloaded before and after the tackle over half a dozen times before enough space was created for Hutchings to slide over in the left hand corner. On the occasion of his one hundredth appearance for the club, Ashton expertly added the extras from the touchline.

 

Glamorgan Wanderers responded to dropping behind by registering a try of their own from centre Harry Appleton as Treorchy were guilty of taking their eye off the ball.  A penalty was awarded for off side at a scrum, but the visitors, spotting that Treorchy had not re-alligned themselves on the blind side, played the advantage and Appleton had the gas to get through the gap and slide over in the corner.  Replicating the earlier conversion of Ashton, Gareth Cull superbly added the extras after failing with an earlier penalty shot.

 

As conditions worsened and differentiating between players become difficult for spectators, territory become increasingly more important and the game developed into a dog fight between the twenty two’s with boot put to ball with expected regularity.   Ten minutes into the second half, Wanderers levelled the scores at 10 a price courtesy of a penalty from the boot of Cull ten minutes.

 

With the game up for grabs heading into the final quarter, a dart from replacement scrum half Gareth Fear almost pulled Treorchy ahead again, only for some excellent scramble defence to help the visitors clear their lines.  However, after a prolonged spell of pressure in the Wanderers twenty-two, Treorchy re-took the lead courtesy of a try from centre Trystan Lazarus who burst through a hole in midfield to dot down besides the posts for his first try of the season on his first start.

 

Wanderers again responded and following a penalty midway into Treorchy’s half kicked to the corner.  However, with the ball becoming increasingly difficult to handle two knock on’s allowed Treorchy to clear their lines and deep into injury time another dropped ball just inside Treorchy’s territory was re-gathered by Hutchings who nearly went the length of the field, before hooker Shaun Green added the home side’s third try beneath the posts after Hutchings had finally been snagged and despite what might have been adjudicated a knock on.  Ashton added his third conversion as the referee blew for full time with Treorchy registering a 24-10 victory.

After the disappointment of the 15-0 defeat away to Gilfach Goch last week, Treorchy returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win over former Premiership side Glamorgan Wanderers in awful conditions at the Treorchy Oval.

 

Treorchy started brightly and after spending the majority of the opening ten minutes in the Wanderers twenty two, outside half Celyn Ashton opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.  Treorchy then increased their lead six minutes later courtesy of a fantastic try from wing Peter Hutchings.  Making light of the squally wind and rain, Treorchy produced a try full of skill as the ball was offloaded before and after the tackle over half a dozen times before enough space was created for Hutchings to slide over in the left hand corner. On the occasion of his one hundredth appearance for the club, Ashton expertly added the extras from the touchline.

 

Glamorgan Wanderers responded to dropping behind by registering a try of their own from centre Harry Appleton as Treorchy were guilty of taking their eye off the ball.  A penalty was awarded for off side at a scrum, but the visitors, spotting that Treorchy had not re-alligned themselves on the blind side, played the advantage and Appleton had the gas to get through the gap and slide over in the corner.  Replicating the earlier conversion of Ashton, Gareth Cull superbly added the extras after failing with an earlier penalty shot.

 

As conditions worsened and differentiating between players become difficult for spectators, territory become increasingly more important and the game developed into a dog fight between the twenty two’s with boot put to ball with expected regularity.   Ten minutes into the second half, Wanderers levelled the scores at 10 a price courtesy of a penalty from the boot of Cull ten minutes.

 

With the game up for grabs heading into the final quarter, a dart from replacement scrum half Gareth Fear almost pulled Treorchy ahead again, only for some excellent scramble defence to help the visitors clear their lines.  However, after a prolonged spell of pressure in the Wanderers twenty-two, Treorchy re-took the lead courtesy of a try from centre Trystan Lazarus who burst through a hole in midfield to dot down besides the posts for his first try of the season on his first start.

 

Wanderers again responded and following a penalty midway into Treorchy’s half kicked to the corner.  However, with the ball becoming increasingly difficult to handle two knock on’s allowed Treorchy to clear their lines and deep into injury time another dropped ball just inside Treorchy’s territory was re-gathered by Hutchings who nearly went the length of the field, before hooker Shaun Green added the home side’s third try beneath the posts after Hutchings had finally been snagged and despite what might have been adjudicated a knock on.  Ashton added his third conversion as the referee blew for full time with Treorchy registering a 24-10 victory.

After the disappointment of the 15-0 defeat away to Gilfach Goch last week, Treorchy returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win over former Premiership side Glamorgan Wanderers in awful conditions at the Treorchy Oval.

 

Treorchy started brightly and after spending the majority of the opening ten minutes in the Wanderers twenty two, outside half Celyn Ashton opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.  Treorchy then increased their lead six minutes later courtesy of a fantastic try from wing Peter Hutchings.  Making light of the squally wind and rain, Treorchy produced a try full of skill as the ball was offloaded before and after the tackle over half a dozen times before enough space was created for Hutchings to slide over in the left hand corner. On the occasion of his one hundredth appearance for the club, Ashton expertly added the extras from the touchline.

 

Glamorgan Wanderers responded to dropping behind by registering a try of their own from centre Harry Appleton as Treorchy were guilty of taking their eye off the ball.  A penalty was awarded for off side at a scrum, but the visitors, spotting that Treorchy had not re-alligned themselves on the blind side, played the advantage and Appleton had the gas to get through the gap and slide over in the corner.  Replicating the earlier conversion of Ashton, Gareth Cull superbly added the extras after failing with an earlier penalty shot.

 

As conditions worsened and differentiating between players become difficult for spectators, territory become increasingly more important and the game developed into a dog fight between the twenty two’s with boot put to ball with expected regularity.   Ten minutes into the second half, Wanderers levelled the scores at 10 a price courtesy of a penalty from the boot of Cull ten minutes.

 

With the game up for grabs heading into the final quarter, a dart from replacement scrum half Gareth Fear almost pulled Treorchy ahead again, only for some excellent scramble defence to help the visitors clear their lines.  However, after a prolonged spell of pressure in the Wanderers twenty-two, Treorchy re-took the lead courtesy of a try from centre Trystan Lazarus who burst through a hole in midfield to dot down besides the posts for his first try of the season on his first start.

 

Wanderers again responded and following a penalty midway into Treorchy’s half kicked to the corner.  However, with the ball becoming increasingly difficult to handle two knock on’s allowed Treorchy to clear their lines and deep into injury time another dropped ball just inside Treorchy’s territory was re-gathered by Hutchings who nearly went the length of the field, before hooker Shaun Green added the home side’s third try beneath the posts after Hutchings had finally been snagged and despite what might have been adjudicated a knock on.  Ashton added his third conversion as the referee blew for full time with Treorchy registering a 24-10 victory.
After the disappointment of the 15-0 defeat away to Gilfach Goch last week, Treorchy returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win over former Premiership side Glamorgan Wanderers in awful conditions at the Treorchy Oval.

 

Treorchy started brightly and after spending the majority of the opening ten minutes in the Wanderers twenty two, outside half Celyn Ashton opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.  Treorchy then increased their lead six minutes later courtesy of a fantastic try from wing Peter Hutchings.  Making light of the squally wind and rain, Treorchy produced a try full of skill as the ball was offloaded before and after the tackle over half a dozen times before enough space was created for Hutchings to slide over in the left hand corner. On the occasion of his one hundredth appearance for the club, Ashton expertly added the extras from the touchline.

 

Glamorgan Wanderers responded to dropping behind by registering a try of their own from centre Harry Appleton as Treorchy were guilty of taking their eye off the ball.  A penalty was awarded for off side at a scrum, but the visitors, spotting that Treorchy had not re-alligned themselves on the blind side, played the advantage and Appleton had the gas to get through the gap and slide over in the corner.  Replicating the earlier conversion of Ashton, Gareth Cull superbly added the extras after failing with an earlier penalty shot.

 

As conditions worsened and differentiating between players become difficult for spectators, territory become increasingly more important and the game developed into a dog fight between the twenty two’s with boot put to ball with expected regularity.   Ten minutes into the second half, Wanderers levelled the scores at 10 a price courtesy of a penalty from the boot of Cull ten minutes.

 

With the game up for grabs heading into the final quarter, a dart from replacement scrum half Gareth Fear almost pulled Treorchy ahead again, only for some excellent scramble defence to help the visitors clear their lines.  However, after a prolonged spell of pressure in the Wanderers twenty-two, Treorchy re-took the lead courtesy of a try from centre Trystan Lazarus who burst through a hole in midfield to dot down besides the posts for his first try of the season on his first start.

 

Wanderers again responded and following a penalty midway into Treorchy’s half kicked to the corner.  However, with the ball becoming increasingly difficult to handle two knock on’s allowed Treorchy to clear their lines and deep into injury time another dropped ball just inside Treorchy’s territory was re-gathered by Hutchings who nearly went the length of the field, before hooker Shaun Green added the home side’s third try beneath the posts after Hutchings had finally been snagged and despite what might have been adjudicated a knock on.  Ashton added his third conversion as the referee blew for full time with Treorchy registering a 24-10 victory.

After the disappointment of the 15-0 defeat away to Gilfach Goch last week, Treorchy returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win over former Premiership side Glamorgan Wanderers in awful conditions at the Treorchy Oval.

Treorchy started brightly and after spending the majority of the opening ten minutes in the Wanderers twenty twooutside half Celyn Ashton opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.  Treorchy then increased their lead six minutes later courtesy of a fantastic try from wing Peter Hutchings.  Making light of the squally wind and rain, Treorchy produced a try full of skill as the ball was offloaded before and after the tackle over half a dozen times before enough space was created for Hutchings to slide over in the left hand corner. On the occasion of his one hundredth appearance for the club, Ashton expertly added the extras from the touchline.

Glamorgan Wanderers responded to dropping behind by registering a try of their own from centre Harry Appleton as Treorchy were guilty of taking their eye off the ball.  A penalty was awarded for off side at a scrum, but the visitorsspotting that Treorchy had not re-alligned themselves on the blind side, played the advantage and Appleton had the gas to get through the gap and slide over in the corner.  Replicating the earlier conversion of Ashton, Gareth Cull superbly added the extras after failing with an earlier penalty shot.

As conditions worsened and differentiating between players become difficult for spectators, territory become increasingly more important and the game developed into a dog fight between the twenty two’s with boot put to ball with expected regularity.   Ten minutes into the second half, Wanderers levelled the scores at 10 a price courtesy of a penalty from the boot of Cull ten minutes.

With the game up for grabs heading into the final quarter, a dart from replacement scrum half Gareth Fear almost pulled Treorchy ahead again, only for some excellent scramble defence to help the visitors clear their lines.  However, after a prolonged spell of pressure in the Wanderers twenty-two, Treorchy re-took the lead courtesy of a try from centre Trystan Lazarus who burst through a hole in midfield to dot down besides the posts for his first try of the season on his first start.

Wanderers again responded and following a penalty midway into Treorchy’s half kicked to the corner.  However, with the ball becoming increasingly difficult to handle two knock ons allowed Treorchy to clear their lines and deep into injury time another dropped ball just inside Treorchy’s territory was re-gathered by Hutchings who nearly went the length of the field. From the tackle, hooker Shaun Green took the ball forward before off loading to Hutchings who added the home side’s third try.  Ashton added his third conversion as the referee blew for full time with Treorchy registering a 24-10 victory.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin , 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Trystan Lazarus, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Ryan Evans, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Chris John, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5.Jamie Summers (Capt), 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Wayne Davies.

Replacements Used: Simon Collins, Daniel Thorne, Gareth Fear, Will Griffiths 

Try:                Peter Hutchings (2), Trystan Lazarus
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton (3)
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton

Gilfach Goch 15 - 0 Treorchy

Gilfach Goch, 22 October 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

After two consecutive victories, Treorchy looked to have gotten out of the habit of losing games that they should have won, but the pattern repeated itself again on Saturday as they fell back to earth with defeat in a hard fought and controversial contest away to Gilfach Goch.

Playing with the wind, but against the slope in the first half, Treorchy immediately looked the more threatening of the sides in the opening exchanges keeping the home side pinned back in their own half and winning a number of ruck turn overs.  Gilfach, however, displaying more ambition than they have in recent seasons chose to keep the ball in hand rather than kick the ball away and crucially had the skills to back it up, running their way out of trouble on a number of occasions utilising the extra men in attack as a result of Treorchy placement of men in back field to receive a clearance kick.  And those handling skills were used to great effect in their first possession in Treorchy territory as they conjured up a moment of true class as a hole was exposed in an otherwise solid Treorchy defensive line by a well delayed pass and once behind the defence some clinical handling allowed winger Daniel Roberts to cross near the left corner for an unconverted try.

With regular goal kicker Celyn Ashton missing due to work commitments, Treorchy were guilty of missing two opportunities to reduce the arrears with failed penalty attempts and typically they were made to pay as Gilfach extended their lead.  During the majority of the first half, Treorchy appeared to be gaining a slight edge in the scrums wheeling the Gilfach back row away from play at most scrums.  However on the cusp of halftime Gilfach unexpectedly splintered a Treorchy scrum justifiably winning a penalty in the process.  After the original kick to touch had been repelled, a handling error on the Treorchy line gifted Gilfach a wonderful platform from which to attack in only their second possession in the Treorchy twenty two.  Gilfach gained the hit on the engage and won another penalty for a collapse from the visitors.  Treorchy countered these two consecutive scrums by winning the next hit, forcing the Gilfach tight head back only for the referee to award a third scrum penalty to Gilfach for a Treorchy deliberate wheel.  The third scrum of this mini contest saw Treorchy again win the collision, forcing the Gilfach tight head back and this time up only for the referee to award a re-set.  With the travelling support howling for consistency, the referee appeared to have made his mind up already who were the dominant scrum and he duly awarded a penalty try for what looked like a slip from both opposing props on the Treorchy tight head side while he was stood on the loose head side.  The try was converted from beneath the posts to push the home side out into a 12-0 lead as the half drew to a close.

Within five minutes of the re-start Gilfach had extended their lead out to 15-0 courtesy of a penalty following a high tackle just outside the Treorchy twenty two.  Faced with an inexplicable 15 point deficit and a referee who was having a particularly erratic day, Treorchy responded well dominating territory and possession and forcing Gilfach onto the back foot, but faced with a disciplined and powerful Gilfach defensive line, led by a hard working back row, Treorchy were unable to create enough space or quick enough ball to exploit.  The excellent Lloyd Williams, who again stood out both in defence and attack, came closest but to typify the nature of the day, he was penalised for a double movement as he drove over for a try.

Treorchy:  15. Ryan Evans, 14. Trystan Lazarus, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Tom Rees, 10. Andrew Mallin, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Andrew Watkins, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Wayne Davies, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt).

Replacements Used: Ben Hughes, Jordan Lloyd, Will Griffiths, Trystan Lazarus, Gareth Fear 

Treorchy 21 - 17 Bargoed

The Oval, 15 October 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy registered their third win of the season and second in a row in a hard fought win over table toppers Bargoed at the Oval last Saturday.

In front of a healthy crowd, Treorchy sped out into a 9-0 lead after just fifteen minutes courtesy of three expertly taken penalties from the boot of outside half Celyn Ashton as the Zebra forwards edged the visitors in a competitive forward battle.  Where Bargoed did appear to have an advantage was in the back three who looked dangerous ball in hand and struck back with two tries.  The first came courtesy of wing Jordan Purcell following an 8, 9 back move from a scrum near half way, and the second from scrum half Matthew Hutcheon following some neat interplay from the back three following a clearance kick from beneath the Treorchy posts.  Both kicks were missed as the half time blew with Bargoed narrowly leading 10-9 in a competitive half of rugby.

In an echo of last season's fixture between the two teams which saw the teams share four red cards after a nasty and prolonged fight between the majority of the 30 players, the game was stopped for a few minutes as players from both sides were reacquainted.  In another parallel, the visitors were reduced to 14 men with a red card for their open side flanker, this time for what the referee indicated was a stamp rather than a tip tackle.  From the resulting penalty Ashton added a fourth penalty and minutes later was slotting a fifth for backchat as Bargoed's disciplined deserted them.

As a result of facing 7 men rather than 8 in the pack, Treorchy began to assert more control at the breakdown and the set piece, but the visitors responded with a third try as scrum half Hutcheon spotted space and in what appeared a set move from a ruck near the touchline and just outside the home twenty-two neatly chipped over his shoulder for winger Lee Pearson to chase and gather for the easy score.  This time the conversion was added from full back Matthew Hurley as the visitors retook the lead 17-15 with 25 minutes still to play.

Treorchy responded themselves and were back ahead within two minutes courtesy of a sixth penalty from Ashton following more good work from the pack before he added he added a seventh as the game ticked into the final ten minutes.  Bargoed continued to push for the winning score, but were unable to exploit their dangerous back three and courtesy of their much improved defence Treorchy were able to close the game out for the win.

Treorchy:  15. Ryan Evans, 14. Chris Harris, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Chris John, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Andrew Watkins, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Wayne Davies, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt).

Replacements Used: Simon Collins, Ben Hughes, Trystan Lazarus, Gareth Fear 

Penalty:         Celyn Ashton (7)

Beddau 7 - 25 Treorchy

Beddau, 8 October 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

After two exhilarating contests between the two teams last season, Treorchy dominated a subdued fixture in the process picking up their first away win of the season.  Playing with both the wind and slope in the first half, the Zebras were quickly into their stride dominating the territory as well as the set pieces.  However, a combination of unforced errors and Beddau's strong midfield defence restricted the visitors to two long range penalties courtesy of outside half Celyn Ashton.  With the half time whistle approached and a potentially difficult second half into the elements loomed, a try from centre Ritchie Lewis easing the concerns of the travelling support.  Lewis benefited from some weak tackling following an initial burst from second row Rhys Gill which pushed Treorchy out into a deserved 13-0 half time lead.

Treorchy continued to dominate the home side's set piece in the second half which allowed the visitors to continue to dictate the territory and on the hour mark captain Jamie Summers stretched the lead with the team's second try from close range following breaks from both Lewis and Ashton, who also added the extras.  With ten minutes remaining and 20 nil down, the home side finally put together their first meaningful passages of play and were rewarded with a converted try of their own from short range.  Treorchy responded and in the final ten minutes turned down a number of kickable penalties as they sought out more tries and a possible bonus point, but Beddau were able to repel the attacks before flanker Wayne Davies notched Treorchy's third try with the final play of the game as gaps began to appear in the home side's defence.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin , 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Chris Harris, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Chris John, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Rhys Gillard, 5. Andrew Watkins, 6. Wayne Davies, 7. Ben Hughes, 8. Jamie Summers (Capt).

Replacements Used: Simon CollinsTrystan Lazarus, Gareth Fear 

Try:                Richie Lewis, Wayne Davies, Jamie Summers
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton (2)
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton (2)

Treorchy 8 - 38 Ebbw Vale

The Oval, 1 October 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Ebbw Vale emerged from going out of business just a few months ago to continue their successful start to the season.  Warm sunshine meant bare legs and red faces amongst the large crowd at the Oval and it was the Gwent side who took the lead with a well worked try.  Treorchy hit back with penalty and some good pressure at the scrum, but it was Ebbw Vale who hit back with three quick scores to secure the bonus point before halftime.

Whatever the Treorchy coaches said to the team at halftime had the desired effect as they looked a transformed unit.  However, the one area Treorchy couldn’t dominate was the ruck and so often the big Ebbw Vale eight were able to slow Treorchy’s possession making it difficult create opportunities.  That was until good work from scrumhalf Steffan Davies put exciting young centre Lloyd Williams into space and he showed plenty of wheels to slide over.

With the clock ticking Treorchy looked like finishing on a high as Lloyd Williams came close to adding a second in injury time, only for the ref to judge a knock on.  From the resulting restart Ebbw went the length of the field and it was Trystan Davies who dotted down to end the match.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin , 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Ryan Evans, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Chris John, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Rob Jones, 4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Wayne Davies, 7. Andrew Watkins, 8. Daniel Thorne.

Replacements Used: Jordan Lloyd, Chris Harris, Ben Hughes, Will Griffiths, Simon Collins

Try:                Lloyd Williams
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton

Mountain Ash 17 - 16 Treorchy

Mountain Ash, 24 September 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy slipped to a narrow and very late defeat away to traditional foes Mountain Ash last Saturday in Swalec Division One East.

In a typically competitive, but stop start opening half Treorchy had the ascendency at the breakdown winning a number of turn overs, but against an efficient Mount line out and into a slight wind, Mount edged the territorial contest and were unfortunate not to be ahead as outside Josh Lewis failed with a couple of kickable penalties including one straight in front.

Treorchy have a prodigious kicker of their own in Celyn Ashton and the centre opened the scoring with a penalty of his own before the game changed in a dramatic couple of minutes as emergency flanker Shaun Green was yellow carded for an infringement at a ruck.  Mount outside half Josh Lewis produced a superb kick to touch to leave the home side with an attacking line out deep in Treorchy's twenty two and after a couple of phases, home hooker and captain Craig Evans took a good angle from a short pass to dive over for the score.  Almost from the restart Mount superbly created a gap in Treorchy's defensive line and a run from their own half was rewarded with a try in the corner for Keeping.  Both tries were converted by Lewis.

Treorchy responded to the blow by reducing the arrears with two more penalties from Ashton either side of half time to leave the visitors trailing 14-9 before lively scrum half Lloyd Williams took the more direct route, wriggling his way over for a try beneath the posts, after Treorchy's back line struggled to create any space in the narrower confines of the pitch.  Ashton added the extras to take the lead as the game headed into the final quarter.

After the two tries in two minutes, the Treorchy defence was again holding firm against an increasingly anxious home side, but with time running out, Mount found themselves in Treorchy's twenty two for the first time in the half and attacked the hitherto even scrum contest forcing a couple of kickable penalties which were declined despite the clock.  After Lloyd Williams pulled off a stunning try saving tackle in the corner prompting another scrum which was disrupted by the visitors pack, outside half Lewis retook the lead for the home side with a drop goal which cleared the bar by inches to record Mount's first win of the season in heartbreaking fashion for the visitors.

Treorchy:  15. Ryan Evans, 14. Peter Hutchings, 13. Richie Lewis, 12. Celyn Ashton, 11. Chris Harris, 10. Jordan Lloyd, 9. Lloyd Williams.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Gafyn Lazarus, 3. Rob Jones  4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Shaun Green, 7. Andrew Watkins, 8. Daniel Thorne. 

Replacements Used: Steffan Jones, Ben Williams, Trystan Lazarus, Tom Rees 

Try:                Lloyd Williams
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton (3)

Treorchy 22 - 20 Rumney

The Oval, 17 September 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy registered their first win of the season at home last Saturday in Division One East in a scrappy and physical game against Rumney.

With the rain sweeping in at the backs of the visitors from Cardiff, they had the edge in a scrappy first half which was dominated by the forward confrontation, but punctuated by a try from Rumney Prop John Leadbeatter from short range and three penalties and a drop goal from Rumney captain and outside half Danny Clark.  However, Clark was culpable as he saw one of his clearance kicks charged down allowing Treorchy outside half Jordan Lloyd the simplest of tries beneath the posts.  Zebras inside centre Celyn Ashton slotted over the conversion before he added a penalty to leave the score 17-10 to the visitors at the break who had been highly efficient in restricting the quality and speed of the home side's ball, while also being single-minded with ball in hand.

The pattern continued in the second half as Rumney continued to be robust at the breakdown, but with the favourable wind Treorchy were now more able to dictate the territorial game and via three penalties from the boot of Ashton, including one from near half way, re-took the lead with just eight minutes to go.  Within three minutes the visitors back ahead thanks to an excellent penalty of his own from Clark from the angle and into the wind.  However, the game was not over and deep into injury time, after a break from centre Trystan Lazarus had been fumbled just metres from the line, Treorchy were awarded another penalty just inside the Rumney half.  Ashton nervelessly slotted it over to see the Zebras take the lead at the most important time and secure a 22-20 win which earned their first win of the season after two losing bonus points from the opening two fixtures.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin , 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Celyn Ashton, 11. Tom Rees, 10. Jordan Lloyd, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Chris John, 4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Daniel Thorne, 8. Charles Stevenson. 

Replacements Used: Rob Jones, Andrew Watkins, Trystan Lazarus, Gareth Fear 

Try:                Jordan Lloyd
Conversion:   Celyn Ashton
Penalty:         Celyn Ashton (5)

Merthyr 20 - 16 Treorchy

Merthyr, 10 September 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

Treorchy followed up their narrow home loss to Blackwood last week with another narrow bonus point defeat this time away to Merthyr in Division One East, but were perhaps unlucky not to have snatched a late win deep into injury time as they were held up over the line following a back move from deep despite the conditions.

Merthyr opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute as a neat cross kick from outside half Nathan Burnett was gathered on the bounce by loose head prop James Howe to score in the corner.  Burnett made light of the blustery weather conditions to add the extras from near the touchline.

Treorchy responded almost immediately as skipper Jamie Summers scored from a quick tap penalty just five metres out.  Treorchy outside half Steve James similarly made no mistake with the conversion despite the conditions to level the scores at 7 a piece.

A penalty from the boot of Burnett, for a harsh off side penalty at a lineout, was again equalised by an unlikely drop goal from Treorchy full back Andrew Mallin from the Merthyr ten metre line, before a second penalty from Burnett left the score 13-10 after twenty five minutes.  As in last year's fixture when Treorchy recorded an unlikely win, Merthyr were guilty of playing too much rugby in the wrong parts of the pitch and despite the heavy rain which accompanied the wind in the final ten minutes of the half, they insisted on putting width, and multiple hands, on their game which generally ended up in little gain and more often than not a mistake and turn over.  And on the stroke of half time, James slotted over his second penalty to see the game tied back up at 13 each at the whistle.

With both sides unable to generate quick ball, defences were on top, but Merthyr retook the lead on fifty six minutes as the first hole in the Treorchy defensive line allowed Merthyr to gain a foothold in the Treorchy twenty two and a couple of phases later number eight Andrew Murphy was the beneficiary of a neat inside pass to stretch over for the try near the posts.  Burnett made no mistake as the home side took a seven point lead at 20-13.

The game hung in the balance as both sides made mistakes and with six minutes remaining replacement outside half Jordan Lloyd reduced the areas with a penalty as the clock ticked down.  With the game already into injury time, Treorchy withstood one of the few bits of pressure in their own twenty two and from a position on half way launched their backs on one last charge.  Unlike the previous 80 minutes this time space was found, but a desperate last ditch tackle just saved the home side as Treorchy appeared to go over in the corner. There was time for one last attacking scrum, but a knock on saved Merthyr from a second consecutive home defeat against Treorchy in near identical fashion.

Treorchy:  15. Andrew Mallin , 14. Ryan Evans, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Tom Rees, 10. Steve James, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Simon Collins, 2. Gafyn Lazarus, 3. Chris John, 4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Daniel Waldin, 8. Daniel Thorne. 

Replacements Used: Shaun Green, Rob Jones, Jordan Lloyd, Will Griffiths

Try:                Jamie Summers
Conversion:   Steve James
Penalty:         Steve James
Drop Goal:    Andrew Mallin

Treorchy 0 - 5 Blackwood

The Oval, 3 September 2011 (report by Carl Spiller)

A rusty start from the Zebras was the difference between the sides on the opening day of the season last Saturday as Treorchy opened their Division One East campaign at home to Blackwood. 

The visitors kicked off and immediately set up camp in Treorchy’s half and after going close a few times Blackwood sneaked over the line from close range through Rhys Morgan.

Treorchy struggled for territory and possession in the first half and although the scrum had the edge, the lineout struggled and allowed Blackwood to dominate the half and the visitors could have increased their lead but for some incredibly gritty defence which time and again repelled the Blackwood attack, with Treorchy’s impressive flanker Damon Filmer forcing ruck turnovers and penalties.

The second half saw a change around with Treorchy’s lineout functioning allowing the Zebras to build periods of pressure.  However, and unusually for September which have been regularly warmer and brighter than the rest of the summer, the persistent rain played into Blackwood's hands as the heavy pitch and greasy ball stopped Treorchy from spreading the game, and stretching the Gwent side.

With time ticking away both sides tried in vain to snatch the win but it was Blackwood who held out for the four points; Treorchy having to content themselves with just the losing bonus point.

Treorchy: 15. Ryan Evans, 14. Andrew Mallin, 13. Lloyd Williams, 12. Richie Lewis, 11. Peter Hutchings, 10. Celyn Ashton, 9. Steffan Jones.    1. Robert Jones, 2. Shaun Green, 3. Simon Collins, 4. Jamie Summers (Capt), 5. Rhys Gillard, 6. Damon Filmer, 7. Wayne Davies, 8. Daniel Thorne. 

Replacements Used: Chris John, Daniel Waldin, Steve James, Jordan Lloyd, Will Griffiths

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