Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Unbeaten runs on the line

The Scarlets and Ospreys Under 16s will be out to maintain their unbeaten run in this season's WRU Age Grade Championship as they go on their travels tonight.

Three successive victories, against Gogledd Cymru (34-0), Blues South (32-21) and Blues North (28-14), has placed the Scarlets on top of the pile with outside half Jordan Williams already past 50 points for the season.

The outstanding pivot was in tip-top form last time out when he guided the region to a consummate 28-14 victory over Blues North at Parc y Scarlets.

However, tomorrow evening, the leaders face a difficult trip to Tredegar to play a Dragons side who kicked off the season with a resounding 25-11 victory over Blues North at Merthyr.

That remains their only victory of the new season to date, although their two defeats, against the Ospreys and Blues South, have been by three and four points respectively.

Scarlets team manager Wyn Thomas said; "It was a big thrill for the guys to play at Parc y Scarlets for the first time and to be honest, we were delighted that they came out on top in an excellent game.

"Now, they need to maintain their standards and hopefully continue to develop. This game, however, will be a a very tough one, especially away from home."

Although the weather put paid to the Ospreys’ opening fixture in North Wales last month, the region’s success at the Dragons and a bonus point victory over Blues South (31-7) has kept them on the coat-tails of the Scarlets going into tomorrow’s game at Blues North.

That promises to be a tight affair with the North hoping to use home advantage to get their season on the road after defeats against the Dragons, Gogledd Cymru and the Scarlets.

Callum Phillips, who helped himself to nine points in the 28-14 defeat at the Scarlets last time out, will be key to the North’s chances, whilst Kieran Davies will be looking to add to the brace of tries he scored in Colwyn Bay when the side went down 34-24 to Gogledd Cymru.

Phillips has 29 points to his name in three games this season, whilst for the Ospreys, Ben Thomas is leading the way in terms of points scored, with 17.

On Sunday, Gogledd Cymru will be gunning for revenge against a Blues South side who ran out 33-15 winners when the sides met at Rumney on September 27.


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