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08 January 2018 / Team News

YOUTH TAKE DOWN THE MAWR

2017 saw the youth start it with a 15 match unbeaten run and finish it with an 11 match unbeaten run.  In fact in games during the season the single loss was the first game of this season against Bridgend Athetic who are top of the Ospreys Youth League.  Currently top of the Dragons Youth Leagues there are quarter finals awaiting the team in the Welsh, Dragons and Caerphilly Youth Cups. 

The “DA” Youth supplied 10 of the Dragons Under 18, 23 man match day squad for the 39-17 win over the Ospreys at the Brewery Field last Wednesday.  All 10 got on the field. The team was Captained by Newbridge No. 8 Jack Littlejohn. Newbridge hooker Zac Hewlett scored 2 tries and Newbridge tight head Taylor Hansen scored another. There are now 4 more regional U18 games in January which puts the boys in with a good shout of a second consecutive Regional Cup  Final.   With 4 other youth players also part of the Dragons U18 the “DA” have postponed their games in January.

In December Taylor Hansen was the first of this seasons youth to play for Newbridge first XV in the league win over Bedlinog. George Price was also in the match day squad.  Price was also in the squad for the Cup match at Rhydyfelin last Saturday whilst Cole Jones came on at scrum half.

Up in the north of the region last Saturday, it was a cold, dark, wet Nantyglo RFC that hosted the “DC” youth team against runaway top of the league Brynmawr Youth.  The Mawr have swept all the before them this season so far, with a series of 50 point wins.  The stats said that “DC” were going to do well to keep the score below 30 or 40.   However the Pigs had different ideas and played out of their skins to take an early lead which they then refused to surrender as the score went 5-0, 5-5, 12-5, 12-12, 15-12, 22-12.  This gave “DC” a stunning but well deserved bonus point victory against the Welsh Youth Bowl quarter finalists.  Robbie Turley scored a try, 2 conversions and a penalty with Tyler Smith and Jonny Paynter adding the other 2 trys.  Paynter was one of three Newbridge Under 16’s making their debuts for the Youth along with Joe Coope and Chick.  All  three looked more than comfortable against a team containing a few U19s.

“DC” will now look to continue the streak against Chepstow at home on Saturday.

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