VARSITY 2014: Rugby League & Union

Women’s Rugby Union

by Harry Taylor

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IN A ONE sided fixture, Team Aber Womens’ Rugby team dominated their opposition, going on to win 32-0 leaving the visiting side unable to leave their own half.

The home side focused a lot of their play through the centre of the field and it was through this tactic that the game’s first try was scored after 10 minutes, some hard work allowing Aber to get the ball over the line, although the conversion was missed. A sin-bin for Bangor’s number 10 after a high tackle followed with Aber going in to the half-time break in the lead 10-0.

The second half continued in the same vein after the break, with Aber being frustrating to watch at times, and the score could have been far higher. But the highlight of the game came mid-way through the half, player-of-the-match Hannah Parry going on a scintillating 30 yard run past five players to get the try.

Men’s Rugby League

by Dave Webber

In the earliest kick off at Blaendolau Playing Fields, Aberystwyth men’s rugby team ran out comprehensive winners against Bangor, who despite not giving up, lacked the quality possessed by Team Aber. The tone was set by the home side right from the start, who on kicking off chased hard down the field to put a strong tackle in on their Bangor counterpart. In the following phase, a pass from the Bangor scrum half was dropped, showing the shakiness of the Bangor backs.

It therefore was not surprising when in the sixth minute, Aberystwyth scored their first try through Rhodri Jones. After seventeen minutes, Aberystwyth had scored three more tries, the pick of which saw a fantastic bit of ball handing as the ball worked it’s way across from the right to the left through some quick hands in the middle to be well finished by Joe Freeman.

Good kicking by the aforementioned Joe Freeman made sure that the additional points through conversions kept the scoreboard ticking. By half time Aberystwyth had added another try from Lewis Donnelly and found themselves 26-0 up.

Aberystwyth were unrelenting in their pressure in the second half, and it only took two minutes before Ethan Dearden touched down Aberystwyth’s sixth try. With fresh legs provided by players on the side line, Team Aber pushed on and scored another four tries, the best of which came from a fantastic kick and chase down the line by Matthew Bartlett.

The game began to show an increase in handling errors and penalties, and Bangor got themselves a consolation try that followed some expansive passing which was converted to make the final score 50-6. Aberystwyth will have been disappointed to concede the late try, however, they dominated throughout and played some great rugby league that pleased the watching crowd.