26 Nov 11 - New Tredegar
WON 14 - 0
Abercarn ground out a win against New Tredegar in a game where both sides struggled to cope with the blustery conditions. Neither side showed anything near their best form and the wet conditions meant that there was little in the way of flowing rugby.
Abercarn were first on the scoreboard when outside half Rhys Carpenter kicked his first penalty of the game. The home sides’ lineout was functioning well with hooker Aaron Davies regularly finding locks Matthew Brittan and Liam Jeffard and number eight Gareth Peebles often had the visitors on the back foot with his strong runs from the base of the scrums.
From an attacking throw-in Abercarn’s pack set up a powerful rolling maul and flanker Ben Phillips was able to score his second try in as many games. New Tredegar were penalised for going over the top at a ruck and Carpenter was again successful with the kick and at half time Abercarn led by 11 points to nil.
The second half was a stop start affair as the conditions deteriorated further and the only score of the half came from Carpenters’ boot when the visitors were penalised for being offside. New Tredegar rallied in the last quarter but good defending meant they never really threatened to convert their territorial advantage into points.
Back at the clubhouse several players names were in the hat for man of the match which eventually went to Liam Jeffard. The Devils played New Tredegar Seconds and narrowly lost by a converted try to nil.
There is no game this Saturday due to the international match in Cardiff but the weekend afterwards, the 10th December, sees a rerun of this game when Abercarn once more entertain New Tredegar, this time in the SWALEC Bowl competition.