By Josh Pay, Queensway Stadium.
In a friendly game that took place at a very wet Queensway Stadium the young Scorpions side came out on top against a valiant effort from their northern counterparts.
A very physical game saw the two sides lock horns all over the field in the first ten minutes but the first blood went to the Scorpions who managed to cross the whitewash after a good position was gifted to them as the Crusaders conceded a penalty.
As the game continued the sides looked well matched in many areas and the Crusaders nearly replied only for the ball to be knocked on before the line.
Both teams continued to make yards in their sets but it was the visitors who found a gap to go through, and a good kick followed to double their lead.
With half-time drawing closer the hosts tried desperately to open their account though the weather played its part again as the ball was spilled in the tackle. The half wasn’t over yet though as the Scorpions added another try to extend their lead to 18 points going into half time.
After a disappointing score line in the first half the Crusaders looked to strike back and put some much earned points on the board. A great move from the home side saw a number of offloads leading to a great line break from Matty Allen who went all the way to open the second half scoring, a good conversion brought the scores to 18-6 in favour of the visitors.
The Crusaders’ defence was then called upon and their determined effort saw them keep out a set on their line. Some great play saw the ball quickly find its way down the other end of the pitch and the Scorpions gave away a penalty just ten metres from their own line. The Crusaders made full use of the position as Shaw barged his way over in the corner to further reduce the visitors lead.
As full time drew nearer the Scorpions found room and a good run saw them add to their lead with a try under the posts which was easily converted to extend their lead. On the final play of the ball they found themselves over again after finding space in the home side’s defence to cross the line and a good conversion saw a great game end with a South Wales win by 30 points to 10.