CYFARTHFA SCHOOL / TYDFIL WILDCATS (MERTHYR TYDFIL) 48
MAESYDDERWEN / GA GIANTS (YSTRADGYNLAIS) 22
By Ian Golden at The Gnoll, Neath
The South Wales Scorpions High Schools Clubs Cup reached its conclusion on Sunday when Cyfarthfa School from Merthyr Tydfil beat Maesydderwen School from Ystradgynlais 48-22 in an exciting game.
Sixteen high school teams of 12-13 year olds entered the competition with each side representing their local Welsh Conference club. They have all played in full scale knock-out cup matches throughout the last month.
Cyfarthfa took the lead from kick-off following a storming Josh Taylor run which Liam Davies converted.
The second try came straight away when Corey Evans scored under the sticks and Liam Davies converted again.
Very soon it was 18-0 following a brilliant run from Nathan Cottrill, Sam Davies repeated Evans’ action. Liam easily added the extras.
The one way traffic continued when Alex Morris went over in the corner to make the score 22-0.
But Maesydderwen didn’t crumble. Dominic Williams got them on the board with an excellent individual effort.
They followed that up with a well-worked try underneath the sticks by Jake Carroll which was converted by Dominic Williams to make the score 22-10 at half-time.
The comeback continued in the second half when Carroll scored in the corner but Owen Jones gave Cyfarthfa more breathing space when he charged through to make the score 26-14.
The Merthyr school then settled things for good with two quick tries. The first was from Corey Evans, converted by Sam Davies, then a charging individual run from Ewan Westwater left the Maesydderwen defence for dead. Liam Davies converted to make the score 38-14.
The plucky Maesydderwen weren’t finished yet as star man Dominic Williams went over for his second, a try from Cyfarthfa’s David Pitt made the score 38-18 but Jack Jenkins pulled another score back.
But the final say came from the victors as Pitt went over for his second.
South Wales Scorpions’ chairman Phil Davies, who presented the trophy, said: “It’s been a fantastic tournament over the last few weeks and the final proved why rugby league is becoming such a strong sport in Welsh schools. Congratulations to Cyfarthfa and commiserations to Maesydderwen who made the game a final to remember.”