06 January 2019 / Club News

A big performance from Ton

 Canton 29 - Ton 5 

    Ton travelled to Cardiff to play runaway league leaders Canton and although the score suggests they were well beaten the truth is quite the opposite. The home side play on a synthetic surface and they have a fast and open style of play which is accommodated by the surface. Visiting teams are always going to be tentative in the initial stages of any game there and so it was in this game.Ton took a while to settle as the home team moved the ball wide at every opportunity. For half an hour they played on the front foot, scoring three tries in the process, one of which was from a glaring forward pass and the ref must have been the only person at the ground not to see it. Ton were not put off at all and for the last ten minutes of the half the forwards in particular upped their game to keep Canton pinned in their own 22 metre area.  Unfortunately they were unable to break down the home defence and the half ended with the score at 17-0 to Canton. 
         In the second half Ton were straight on the attack, taking the ball deep into the Canton half. Some nice handling after a short forward drive got Sam Christopher over the line for what was to be Ton's only score of the game and they continued to play in the game in Canton territory. The home side were using all sorts of illegal tactics to keep Ton away from the try line, as they did in the first half. but the referee was not keen to show a yellow card but Canton eventually pushed their luck too far and a card ensued. They should have seen a second yellow two minutes later but the ref only awarded a penalty. Although Ton were having most off the ball they had to be very alert to any turnovers by Canton because they had real pace right across the back line. As it turned out this proved to be Ton's downfall with the home side scoring two tries from deep in their own half. In fact it was the only two occassions they took play over the half way line in the second half. 
        Unfortunately for Ton they were unable to cross the try line again due to a well organised and quick reacting Canton defence and get nothing in the way of points from the game. They can, however, take from it the satisfaction of having the league leaders on the rack for prolonged periods with the forwards in particular putting in a huge shift making it impossible for Ton supporters to single out any one player as the "man of the match".  
        Next week Ton are at home to lowly Glyncoch and supporters will be hoping for a similar performance with a different result.

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