Squire on fire to race in for brace

Caerleon 14

Abergavenny 19

Friday 11th March 2022 10:00 am
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Amthony Squire turned on the gas to score twice for Abergavenny at Caerleon (Pic from Abergavenny RFC )

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Two tries from superfast Anthony Squire secured victory for Abergavenny at a windy Caerleon, reports NATHAN BYRNE.

The 2019 WRU National Bowl final hero’s burning pace proved the difference between the sides in the WRU League 2 East clash, after a touch down from Rob Lewis under the posts.

The Abergavenny team consisted of Nathan Harris, Ryan Morgan, Matt Charles, Will Evans, Dan Anstey, Nathan Byrne (captain), Morgan King, Alun Chesworth-Rickards in the forwards, Rhob Connick, Rhys Jones, Anthony Squire, James Lewis, Rob Lewis, Lloyd Holder and Rhodri Webster in the backs.

The bench included Stuart Dixon, Harry Walbyoff, Nathan Mason and Ieuan Evans.

Abergavenny kicked off with the wind behind them, but Caerleon were physical from the off and ran hard off 9 and 10.

The visitors settled into the game, though, and good carries from the forwards made space for the backs to break, before good inter play resulted in Lewis going over for a 5-0 lead, but the conversion was missed.

The game then opened up with the Caerleon No 12 making a few nice breaks but good scramble defence saved Aber on two occasions.

One such break resulted in a turnover for Lewis who spotted there was no one at home to kick over for the opposition 9 to gather.

But the Caerleon player’s kick went straight to the fastest man on the field Squire who rounded the defence and scored under the posts converted by Rhodri Webster for a 12-0 lead.

The game then became a bit of a forward battle for the remainder of the half with Aber’s line-out not firing like it has for most of the season.

At half-time Stuart Dixon replaced Nathan Harris before the game once again became a narrow battle around the fringes for the forwards until again strong carries around the corner from the back row resulted in Lewis making another break.

He found his brother James on his right-hand side, who in turn fed gas man Squire who left his opposite man for dust to score his second try of the game.

At this point it felt that Abergavenny may run away with it, but strong scrum and breakdown pressure from Caerleon resulted in them gaining two converted scores - one via a driving line-out the other a penalty try.

Abergavenny then dug deep to see out the last few minutes and take the win 19-14.

On Saturday afternoon Abergavenny welcome Blackwood to Bailey Park for another league encounter whilst the youth team host Mountain Ash in the WRU Youth Plate quarter-final.

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