Last weekend, Vale Schools played host to Blaenau Gwent in a friendly match at Old Penarthians.
The Vale forwards showed their intent from the kick off and drove deep into the Blaenau Gwent half. The forwards won a ruck on the 22 and the ball was passed along the line for Cai Evans to score in the corner. The conversion was missed 5 -0 Vale. As the half progressed the Vale forwards continued to win good ball, giving the backs ample opportunity to attack the opposition and only desperate defending kept them at bay. At a line out on the Blaenau Gwent 22, Joe Short won the ball and powered his way over for a try. Try was converted by Cai Evans 12 - 0 Vale.
From the restart, the Vale forwards regained the ball and the ball was passed along the line only for the move to break down on the Blaenau Gwent 10 metre line. The resulting scrum was won by the Vale and Jack Evans picked up at the back and went down the blind side only to be stopped 5 metres short. The Vale forwards arrived on mass and Sean Boffy picked up and with the help of his forwards was driven over the line to score. The try was unconverted 17 - 0 Vale. Straight from the kick off, Blaenau Gwent knocked the ball on in the Vale 22 and from the resulting scrumm the ball was passed along to Will Gale in the centre who raced to score under the posts. Try converted by Cai Evans 24 - 0 Vale. Half time.
Blaenau Gwent kicked off the second half and the Vale forwards drove up field to the Blaenau Gwent line where they were held up. Blaenau Gwent won the ruck and kicked down field straight into the arms of Cai Evans who used his pace to race and score under the posts. Cai converted his own try 31 - 0 Vale. Blaenau Gwent where put under sustained pressure during the second half and it wasn't long before Charlie Pegrum was able to show his pace and score in the corner. Try unconverted 36 -0 Vale. At the resulting kick off the ball was passed along the Vale backs to Spencer Robinson who broke through the Blaenau Gwent defence and set the ball up to be passed along the Vale backs to Charlie Pegrum who raced and scored under the posts. Try converted by Cai Evans. Final score 43 - 0 Vale.
Vale Schools would like to thank Blaenau Gwent for travelling to Penarth and wish them all the best for the season. We would also like to thank the Vale mothers for preparing and providing the after game meal.
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