On the 15th of April the Year Seven and Eight rugby teams went to the University of South Wales playing fields in Treforest to play their respective Pontypridd District Championship Finals. On a beautiful sunny day both teams came out as convincing and well deserved winners and champions.
The Year Sevens kicked off first against Garth Olwg which was a feast of running rugby by both sides. Garth Olwg’s rugby pedigree cannot be denied as they started strongly and ran the ball from deep but it was Y Pant who scored first with Conan Flower making a smart attack up a weakly defended blind side to put Iwan Jenkins into space and score first. Another quick fire try from Y Pant appeared to show that Year Sevens were going to win comfortably but Garth Olwg’s flair and determination resulted in a stunning fight back to put them into the lead with the half time whistle fast approaching. However, Y Pant, who entered the final undefeated, then showed their resolve to claw back into the lead and start to turn the screw.
With great performances from Iwan Jenkins, Dafydd Price and man of the match, Ryan Wilkins, the flood gates began to open for Y Pant who began to score at will. With Seb Thomas and captain, Luke Bradwell, leading the charge in the forward pack Y Pant really opened up and finished the game as 43-24 winners and champions of the Pontypridd Schools District.
The Year Eight game against local rivals Bryn Celynnog followed ten minutes later. Similar to the Year Seven team the Year Eights were determined to run the ball, but this time with an emphasis on direct running at the Bryn Celynnog central defensive line. There were a number of boys from the Year Eight team who had toured Northern Ireland a few weeks previous and these boys picked up from where they left off at Ballynahinch RFC with a professional warm up, team run and attitude. Led by Number Eight Jamie Gill the Year Eights followed the game plan and earned the right to go wide. Rhys Jones and Sam Fletcher made good early yards for Y Pant as the early pressure started to mount and big carries eventually led to Ben Robinson scoring the first of his hat-trick. After Y Pant went three tries up a moment of madness set in for tight head prop Sam Fletcher who was rightly shown red for a strike with the foot to a Bryn player in a ruck. This lifted Bryn Celynnog’s spirit who began to assault the Y Pant line from the resulting penalty. However, Y Pant did not give up. Led by arguably the forward of the match, Kyle Harris, Y Pant turned over the ball and provided some relentless attacks. From this point the game never looked in doubt with strong attacks coming from Mitchell Jones, Griff Davies and man of the match, Dylan George, who bagged five tries altogether! With a few defensive mishaps Y Pant finished the game 59-26 winners. A deserving win for a team who were also undefeated in the regular league season.
Mr Mortimer, Mr Foley and Mr McConnell could not have had enough good words to say about the boys and their attitude and commitment throughout the day and season. They did themselves and the school proud.
Well done to all involved!