Rhymney 27 Caerphilly 33

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CAERPHILLY completed their second victory in a row in a thrilling encounter at Rhymney.

Both sides entertained the crowd with nine tries and three yellow cards as the game was taken to the final whistle by a Rhymney that were at the foot of the table without a point.

It is difficult to see why as Caerphilly gained a maximum five points and the home side a well deserved two, lifting them from bottom.

It was the home side that took the lead on eight minutes as speedy winger Joey Buckley burst through for a converted corner try.

Rhymney were down to 13 men five minutes later and, losing their number eight and flanker to the sin bin for persistent infringement as Caerphilly attacked the line.

Making the most of the available space number eight Gareth England broke through to score Caerphilly's opener, converted by outside half Luke Williams to level the scores. Minutes later right wing Michael Lynch was out in space to score in the left corner, Williams converting despite a hefty slip.

Failing to let their heads drop, 13-man Rhymney, to their credit, took the lead with a try from prop Gwlithyn Thomas and a penalty from outside half Huw Reynolds. England grabbed his brace on 29 minutes and full back James Kestell crossed in the corner to leave the visitors 26-15 ahead at the interval.

In a tale of two halves the home side came out strongly. It was Caerphilly who scored first however as centre Will Worthington crossed for another converted try to increase the lead to 33-15.

This was the last score for the Caerphilly side as Rhymney took a firm grip on the game. The majority of the remaining quarter was played in the Caerphilly half, the home side coming away with a converted try from Buckley on 64 minutes to set up a tense final 10 minutes. Rhymney huffed and puffed but failed to find a way through the defence.

Their efforts were rewarded however on the stroke of full time as Kieran Bernett crossed giving the home side a point for four tries and a bonus point for finishing within seven points of the winners.

The win sees the Castletown side climb to 9th in the table.

Next week sees the midway point in the league as Caerphilly welcome 2nd place Risca to Virginia Park. 2:30pm kick off, before the side break for the festive season.

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