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Match Report
23 October 2017 / Team News

Holley Plays Big Part In Mount Comeback

Both teams came into this Division 1 East Central match at Duffryn Pennar Park needing League points to climb the table. Although the Old Firm played with a strong wind in the first half, it was the visitors who got off to the better start, scoring a converted try from a close-in scrum and kicking two penalties to go 13-0 up after 20 minutes. Mount started to get into the game and reduced Porth’s lead to 13-3 minutes later with a superb kick from halfway by wing Will Holley. A counter attack started in the Mount half which involved Holley and hooker Jarrod Parfitt saw the ball kicked ahead by the wing and ended in a try in the corner, which Holley also converted with a superb strike from wide out to bring the Old Firm right back into the game at just 13-10 down. Shortly after, a kick upfield saw full back Jack Roberts get the touchdown, which was once again superbly converted by Holley, who gave a fine display of goal kicking to give Mount a 17-13 lead at half time, which looked unlikely after the first quarter of play. With the strong wind in their favour, the second half was a rear guard action for the Old Firm but they defended well throughout. Porth reduced the score to 17-16 with an early 40 metre penalty after ill-discipline cost a penalty. Holley replied with another excellent kick to give Mount a 20-16 lead after 50 minutes. Flanker Chris Edmunds was having an impressive game for Mount and replacement No.8 Matthew Dixon also made useful ground with a number of drives from scrums as the Old Firm fought tooth and nail to defend their one point lead. With the Mount defence giving nothing away, Porth kicked several penalties to the corner looking for a try but competition at the lineout by second row David Richards and the rest of the Mount pack saw the ball disrupted which allowed the Old Firm to keep the visitors out and clear. There was no way through for Porth, leaving the Old Firm victors of a hard fought match which took them up to 9th in the League table. This was a far better defensive effort from the Old Firm in trying conditions, with the whole team digging in. If that attitude and commitment can be repeated in the matches ahead, the wins will come.

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