SOUTH WALES IRONMEN 30 GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS 36
By Ian Golden at The Wern for Rugby Leaguer and League Express – www.totalrl.com
Gloucestershire All Golds edged a classic against their oldest rivals in front of the Ironmen’s largest crowd of the season.
Both sides contained former players of their opponents, All Golds’ skipper Parry, who lives closer to the Ironmen ground than many of the home side, and Harrison Elliott for the visitors, and a massive six for South Wales in Yannic Parker, Izaak Duffy, Lewis Reece, Courtney Davies, Richard Jones and Chris Vitalini.
All Golds were out-thought against London Skolars last week and they looked determined not to make the same errors this time around and it took less than two minutes for them to open their account. Steve Nield setting up Mo Agoro to crash over in the corner, Hyde missing the conversion.
Ironmen had come into this game off the back of a heavy loss at Hunslet and it looked like the same was going to happen this time as dreadful marking let Gloucester in for a second from kick-off. Brad Killingsbury made the metres with Andy Gay doing well to stop Neild from scoring, and from the next play, Elliott crashed over. Hyde converted. 10-0 on five minutes.
The carnage didn’t continue, mainly thanks to some tough tackling from the Ironmen which slowed Gloucestershire down.
Lewis Reece created Ironmen’s first try on 16 minutes. Making a break after intercepting a stray ball, the move led to Shawn Owens catching his own chip kick and scoring close to the sticks – his first senior try since August 2014, again versus Gloucester. Paul Emanuelli converted.
All Golds addressed the balance seven minutes later with Agoro made a clean break from beyond the half-way line to outrun all Ironmen for his second and Gloucestershire’s third. Hyde converted.
But Ironmen hit back again. It was a good passing move that culminated in Courtney Davies setting up Yannic Parker who did well to sneak through a few players to score. Emanuelli couldn’t land the extras and All Golds remained 16-10 up before a penalty goal from Hyde increased their lead to eight.
The lead was back to a converted try as the teams went into half-time, when Emanuelli landed a long range penalty but the balance was again restored to eight when Hyde kicked an early penalty goal, Chris Vitalini being sinbinned for dissent just before.
Phil Cowburn took advantage of a wide open gap in the Ironmen defence to easily get his side’s fourth try which Hyde converted, but the 12 Ironmen immediately responded through Owens’ second which Emanuelli improved, before again kicking a penalty to reduce the gap to a converted try.
But All Golds soon extended their lead again when Killingsbury powered his way over and Hyde converted.
Once again, the lead went back to six when Owens showed outstanding skill to weave through for a classy hat-trick and Emanuelli easily goaled.
The Ironmen continued to manufacture the goods and following a penalty, which saw All Golds’ Chris Barlow see yellow for a high tackle, they should have been level. Duffy fought his way over to score the try but Davies missed a kickable conversion.
Not to be outdone by Owens, Agoro secured his hat-trick three minutes later with Hyde failing to convert. Again All Golds were six points ahead.
Ironmen pounded the Gloucester defence but to no avail. Gay was close to an equaliser, being held up over the line and they couldn’t take advantage of a penalty 20 metres from the All Golds line in the last play of the game.
6 Andy Gay
2 Yannic Parker
3 Paul Edwards
16 Ashley Bateman
26 Lewis Hughes
5 Paul Emanuelli
15 Shaun Owens
19 Jamie I’Anson
9 Connor Farrer
10 Izaak Duffy
4 Christiaan Roets
12 Lewis Reece
17 Zak Williams
Subs (all used):
7 Courtney Davies
24 Connor Parker
11 Richard Jones
13 Chris Vitalini
Tries: Owens (16, 49, 63), Y. Parker (30), Duffy (66)
Goals: Emanuelli 5/6, Davies 0/1
Sin-bin: Vitalini (45, dissent)
1 Steve Nield
2 Mo Agoro
3 Phil Cowburn
4 Brad Killingsbury
5 Chris Barlow
6 Josh Ward
7 Kieran Hyde
8 Harrison Elliott
9 Steve Parry
10 Ollie Purslow
11 Chris Worrall
12 Joey McLean
13 Billy Brickall
Subs (all used)
14 Jay Lobwein
15 Graham O’Keeffe
16 James Walter
17 Jordan Andrade
Tries: Agoro (2, 23, 69), Elliott (5), Cowburn (47), Killingsbury (54)
Goals: Hyde 6/8
Sin-bin: Barlow (63, high tackle)
Referee: Nick Bennett