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Tour Game Day 5 vs Gowerton School, Wales

A chilly wind but no rain gave the boys a different experience after their morning trip on the Gower Peninsula and The Mumbles. They were keen to play and warm up was positive.

Both sides showed good defence but it was Jamie Harris who muscled over for our opening try. Jamie Harris broke again and was well supported by Boyd Marshall who sprinted 50m to put us in a strong attacking position and Jonathan De Bono went in for the try converted by Antonio Masina. Antonio Masina followed up with a try of his own before a defensive lapse by our boys gave Gowerton space out wide to score. Disappointed, our boys lifted and Henry Martin lifted our attack, stepping two and running 60m. Matthew Migotto was having an exceptional game as captain and ran 40m but again, we couldn’t finish. Finally Boyd Marshall got over for a well- deserved try and converted by Henry Martin. William Dong made a solid tackle and was having a great game in defence and attack as we went to half time up 24-5.

With a lineout 10m out, we started well with Boyd Marshall coming through in support to score. Matthew Migotto continued his strong game and Matthew Lightfoot was outstanding. Clancy Pickering and Thomas Moeller played well while Jonathan De Bono and William Dong attacked hard. Johlrhys Youse was safe under the high ball and bravely went into contact often. Continued hard work saw Matthew Lightfoot almost in but Thomas Moeller scoring the points. Thomas Moeller made two exceptional breaks with amazing speed only to be caught short of the line.

Maara Piniata, Matthew Migotto and Sam Richardson all made breaks but it was Thomas Moeller who finally got the try with Henry Martin converting. Maa Piniata, Thomas, Matthew Migotto and Matthew Lightfoot continued to impress and the coach made a master stroke move putting Blaine Doust into the forwards with instant success after William Dong went off with a serious leg injury.

Charlie Bradley made a good break and the players continued to work hard. A series of penalties saw Gowerton move into the attacking zone until a try came out of no where to finish the game with a solid result 43-12.

VSRU A 43 d Gowerton High School 12

Tries: Boyd Marshall, Thomas Moeller (2), Jonathan De Bono, Jamie Harris, Antonio Masina (1).

Conversions: Antonio Masina, Jamie Harris (2)

Beginning the game in late twilight, the B team were focussed on the task at hand with a crowd building as the floodlights took over.

Despite ages being similar, the opposition opted for uncontested scrums and it seemed to be the way they were thinking from the onset. The opening two tries were in before the 10-minute mark through Number 8 Maara Piniata and Half Back Conor Sargent, with only our handling mistakes holding back the tide. To Gowerton’s credit they settled into the task and started to find their way into the game, scoring to narrow the lead. Captain Gus Farnan muscled over with great body height and gap running to separate the two Gowerton tries for the game and Michael Tereszko had his first before half time with the score 26 – 12.

The second half turned into the Tereszko show with Michael adding three more on-the-trot to make it four for the game with a combination of individual brilliance and capitalising on the build-up work from his teammates Caleb Dooney, Max Pendlebury, and Lucas van Schaaik. James Fogale knocked them in from all angles, one from deep on the sideline only missing his first into a tricky wind which he quickly conquered to go six from seven.

Being the first games not played simultaneously, the boys enjoyed the opportunity to watch each other for those who hadn’t moved between the two teams so far this tour, and then were quickly off with their hosts to enjoy the comradery of new friends.

VSRU U16 B 47 d Gowerton High School B 10

Tries: Michael Tereszko (4), Gus Farnan, Conor Sargent, Maara Piniata (1)

Conversions: James Fogale (6)