Usk 28 Rogerstone 16

USK recorded only their second success of the league season with an emphatic victory over fourth-placed Rogerstone.

During the first half the Usk forwards dominated their opposite numbers, with Barry Parry and John Matthews carrying well from the base of the scrum, but the Usk side were committed and as a result ended the first half 13 – 3 up, with 2 penalties and a conversion and a try from the Captain John Green.

Rogerstone started the second half a very different side pushing Usk back into their 22 for long periods, however Usk’s defence was resolute with some tremendous work from the whole of the pack.

Good performances from Sam Amery and Dai Griffiths, who seems to have found his niche in the front row. During this period Rogerstone scored two further penalties and a converted try to take the lead 16 – 13.

Towards the end of the game Usk started to exploit gaps in Rogerstone’s defence. Following another penalty from John Green, bringing the scores level, Andy Pegington broke away after beating several players and releasing man of the match John Matthews to run in a good try from the halfway line, this was converted by John Green. Almost immediately after the restart Andy Pegington again carved through the Rogerstone defence to score under the posts.

The final score of 28 – 16 to Usk everyone agreed was a well deserved win, and hopefully this marks a turnaround in Usk’s fortunes this year.

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