Aberystwyth agony thanks to Williams' free-scoring side
University of Aberystwyth 8
University of Gloucestershire All Blues 64
THE University of Gloucestershire All Blues remain hard on the heels of Wales and West League leaders University of Glamorgan following a 13-try win at Aberystwyth.
The All Blues had not played since December 5, but preparations were hard and intense as the visitors beat Aberystwyth for the second time this season.
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A touch of magic from Aberystwyth's half-back playmaker caught the All Blues defence flat-footed on six minutes as he scored in a corner to take a 4-0 lead.
Quick thinking by the Gloucestershire halves saw the ball spun out to the right for Gareth Philip-Smith to power through to score the first of six first-half tries.
Matt Coldrey jinked his way through Aberystwyth's defence and provided scoring opportunities for forwards and backs alike, with Jake Thomas taking full advantage after 20 minutes to score a superb try.
The Gloucestershire team maintained the pressure and momentum and further tries from Jimmy Walter, Jimmy Gahan and Coldrey gave the All Blues a 28-8 half-time lead.
The second half started as the first finished with a try after three minutes by prop Nath Rainer, who went on to score a second soon after.
Loose forward Liam Union harried the hosts defence throughout the match and scored a try and kicked nine conversions in total, with seven tries arriving in the second period.
Wings Gahan and Connor Jones contributed three tries between them while Ollie Yates also crossed for a score.
The team was captained by Matt Williams, who led from the front and also scored after a period of pressure on the Aberystwyth line.