Junior Steelers who represented Wales U/14's in 2008
Back row: Shaun Curran, Tom Owen, Andrew Waite, Evan Yardley,Tom Evans
Front row: Kieran Mattocks, Jospeh Tomalin Reeves, Kieran Meskill, Courtney Davies
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Steelers 32 - Sharks 32 -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 6 - Report by Mark Harris
The Dinefwr Sharks and the NPT Steelers ground out a 32-32 draw in scorching temperatures in Tycroes RFC in what was a feisty and at some points bad tempered game.
Dave Norman opened the scoring for the Sharks as he made a characteristic break down the wing which Andrew Rees converted .The lead was short lived as the Steelers hit back as Gareth Price picked up his first of the day. Dai Fenton converted giving the Steelers making it 6-6. Fenton extended the lead with a jinking run to touch down under the sticks and followed up with the conversion to open up the gap to 4-12. Price and Fenton struck again with a try and a goal before the Sharks began their come back. Tries from Rob Edwards and Chris Davies with further conversions by Rees levelled the scores at eighteen a piece.
Fenton picked up his second of the game and his goal gave opened up the lead again. This was quickly followed by another score, this time, from Simon Bailey opening up a ten point lead. The Sharks closed the gap with Alan Pope flying over just before the break. Rees converted to close the gap to four but on the last play of the half Richard Lewis scored for the Steelers to make the score 24-32 at half time.
In stark contrast to the first half both teams close up shop and the game became a defensive battle with both teams protecting their lines aggressively.
The Steelers were unable to cross the Sharks line again but an Alan Pope try converted by Rees made it a nail biting finish. A penalty late in the game from Rees levelled the scores again and thatís how the scores would stay with both teams sharing the spoils in a hard fought battle.
Steelers 40 - Titans 40 -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 5 - Report by Simon Green
The Steelers and the Titans served up a thrilling 40-40 draw at Aberavon. The Steelers were more physical in the opening minutes and scored three early tries through Dean Scully, Dai Fenton and Jordon Roderick.
The Titans then came back into the game with two scores from Jamie Westacott and another from Scott Merengello but Fenton grabbed a second to give the Steelers the lead at half time.
The second half was fast and furious, Jarrad Hinnan scored two early tries for Newport but with just minutes to go the Steelers lead 40-30.
But the Titans took advantage of a Steelers knock-on and Hinnan scored his third under the posts, then an interception from Daniel Esposito saw the debut wing run 90 metres and score in the corner. But Scott Bessant, who had a 100% kicking record at that point saw his kick drift just wide.
Clean Sweep For Junior Steelers
The Junior Steelers were the toast of the club on Sunday with a clean three wins from the three age groups. The teams battled well and played some fantastic rugby in very hot and sticky conditions.
(U13's) Steelers 24 - 12 Titans
(U15's) Steelers 20 - 4 Titans
(U17's) Spartans 18 - 50 Steelers
Steelers 34 - Tigers 26 -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 4
The Steelers' picked up their first win of the 2009 campaign yesterday in Aberavon. As the rain poured down the proverbial sun shone for the Steelers. Man of the match was Steelers Captain Dean Scully who led by example with 3 tries of his own and steadied the ship when the Tigers posed the threat of a comback midway through the second half. The Steelers were hit with a few injuries in their efforts to secure their first win, but all were minor and are expected to be fit for the next encounter with the Titans in two weeks.
Full match report below.
Steelers 34 - Tigers 26 -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 4 - Report by Mark Harris
Neath Port Talbot Steelers picked up their first points of the season at the expense of the Torfaen Tigers at Aberavon Quinns RFC with a tight 34-26 win. Dean Scully got the first score for the home team picking up the first of his three tries with a characteristic powerful run to barge through the defence and touch down. This was swiftly followed by a scampering run by Dai Fenton extending the lead to 8-0. The Tigers hit back with a try of their own from Craig Jones which was converted by Daryl Carter reducing the deficit to two. A further two tries from the Steelers Kyle Jenkins and Scully picking up his second along with the conversions by Jon Williams extended the gap to 20-6. Just before the break Nathan Davies ducked under the tackle to touch down for the Tigers and the conversion from Carter made things interesting with a score of 20-12.
The teams traded tries in the second. First up was Scully for the Steelers with his hat trick try followed by Matthew Davies for the Tigers. Steelerís man of the match Williams converted increasing the lead by two. Scott Peason flew over the line for the Steelers to extend their lead only for the Tigers to respond as winger Damien Smith picked up his first of the season. The Tigers Gareth John Jenkins converted closing the gap to 30-22.
Jason Massey extended the Steelers lead with five minutes to go and the Tigers Daryl Carter scored a consolation try in the dying moments of the game but the two points went the way of the men from Neath Port Talbot with a final score of 34-26.
(Pictures - Top Left - Dai Felton off loads out of a 2 man Tigers tackle - Bottom Right - Capt Dean Scully)
Steelers - Tigers -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 4
After a disappointing result against the Blue Bulls, the Steelers must now look ahead to the visiting Tigers. The Steelers have had a mixture of good results against the Tigers. It was the Tigers whom the Steelers beat in the 2007 Playoff 1 to reach the Semi Final that season.
With three consecutive losses the Steelers have a lot to do in order to change the Status Quo.
Steelers 10 - Blue Bulls 48 -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 3 - Report by Mark Harris
The Bridgend Blue Bulls continued their winning ways with an impressive performance in sticky conditions at Aberavon Quinns sweeping aside the Steelers with a 48-10 win.
The first half belonged to the Blue Bulls with thirty unanswered points which effectively killed off the game as a contest before the break. A hat trick from Matthew Hutchins and one from Shaun Owens opened up the scoring for the Blue Bulls. A length of the field run from Carl Davies set up Owens for his second and with one conversion from Hutchins and four from Jamie Murphy the whistle sounded for the break.
The half time team talk for the Steelers seemed to have worked as they came out all guns blazing and within two minutes Dai Fenton has scored ten unanswered points with two tries and a conversion making the score 30-10.
The Blue Bulls steadied the ship as Jamie Murphy crossed the line and another conversion extended the lead to twenty six. This seemed to end the Steelers revival as the Blue Bulls kicked on with tries from Cameron Shannon, Craig Fox and Farrell Dan to win the game 48-10.
Steelers - Blue Bulls -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 3
The Steelers are fielding a strong side to face the challenge of the visiting Blue Bulls from Bridgend. Arguably Wales most formidable force within the Welsh Conference over the years' and the Steelers must secure their first win of the campaign to keep hopes alive of reaching a Cup playoff this year. 2009 has been as tumultuous as ever for the Steelers with 2 losses from 2. A win Saturday would be a much needed boost for the club and its band of loyal supporters. Surely with all the issues the Steelers have had to deal with off the field, a win Saturday would have made all the effort worthwhile.
Bulldogs - Steelers -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 2
Demons 14 - Steelers 0 -
Welsh Premier Conference Round 1
A low scoring game again due to a greasy ball in terrible conditions which saw the Demons continue their winning ways against the Steelers winning by 14-0.
The first half seemed to see the ball on the ground more than in hand but an inspired run by hooker Tom Jones saw the Demons take a 4-0 lead at the break.
The second half left off where the first began but it was again the Demons who took the initiative with a deft kick over the top pounced on by Jamie Chapman under the posts to extend the lead. Doug Hann added the extras giving the Demons a 10 point lead.
On the final play of the game the Demons had success using the same ploy with Shane Goddard kicking on and diving on the ball to give the Demons the 14-0 win.
The Steelers will be looking to restore some much needed confidence within the team at Glan Yr Afon Park next week when they meet the Bulldogs.