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15 September 2018 / Club News

Markham exit Swalec Bowl following defeat to Rogerstone

The last time the two sides faced each other, the Village were convincing winners at home but Rogerstone had different ideas on this sunny afternoon, the visitors scored first after dominating the opening phases and executed a simple overlap to open the scoring. The Village struggled against a tenacious pack of forwards, but great individual skill from forwards and backs got Markham moving forward - the Village then scored an excellent try thanks to the brilliance of Dewi Carpenter who stepped away from two players before a looping offload was collected by Rhys Hall who finished the try, but was unable to kick the conversion. Rogerstone continued to attack and dominate the game, but missed a penalty to extend their lead.

 

Markham then attacked again through Dewi Carpenter but when play broke down, they made crucial errors. The away side made no such errors, with the No.10 in particular tying in defenders and running great lines of attack before the away side executed two tries, the Village struggled with the pace and continued to miss tackles. Rogerstone led 19-5 at the half, leaving the home side with a lot of work to do to progress in the Bowl. Things got worse for the Village as Rogerstone continued to attack a dejected defence, Rogerstone got their fourth try and built a huge deficit, still plenty of time left in the second half.

 

With the away side perhaps not expecting to be so far in front, they dropped their intensity and allowed Markham to come back into the game. There was some excellent play in the forwards from Iwen Edwards and Simon Morgan who broke their way through tackles, Morgan fed Dewi Carpenter who broke away for a try and got Markham right back into the game. The Village kept the momentum going and got back on the Rogerstone try line, after many phases Iwen Edwards pushed the line and dived over for Markham’s third try and reduce the lead to just nine after converting his own try.

 

The Village kept pushing and continued to rumble through their forwards, however more errors in the Rogerstone half cost them a chance of reducing the deficit. From turnover ball Rogerstone kicked the ball forward putting Martyn Jones under massive pressure, after a well executed counter ruck the ball was played out wide and Rogerstone sealed the victory with their fifth try of the game. A disappointing first round exit for the Village, who now turn their attention to a tricky away fixture against St Julians HSOB in the league.

Try scorers: Iwen Edwards, Rhys Hall, Dewi Carpenter

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