Swansea gained revenge for their shock defeat at Tonmawr earlier in the season with a comfortable seven try victory at St Helen’s. Despite some promising early signs for the visitors they were never able to breach a strong Whites defence.
The Tonmawr forwards showed their intent early on by earning a penalty at the scrum but Luke Richards opted to kick to touch. It was an unwise decision though as his side were penalised for having too many men in the lineout.
Stefan Watermeyer should have opened the scoring with an interception but he failed to hold on to the ball. Visitors full back Gareth John was close to dropping a goal but his effort faded short of the posts.
Lock Howell Davies was the first player to be yellow carded after an off the ball challenge. The home side made the most of the man advantage in the pack when Richards was forced to take the ball back over his own line and the Whites eight did the rest, earning a penalty try. Dixon converted.
A tackle in the air by Ryan Evans on fellow winger Steffan Andrews saw him sent to the sidelines for 10 minutes but Richards failed to make Swansea pay when he missed his effort at goal. Watermeyer grabbed a second try for the home side after Lewis Harrhy pounced on a loose ball and raced into the twenty-two, supported by Nicky Thomas who threw an inside pass for the centre to score. Dixon missed his conversion attempt.
A good take at the lineout by Richard Kelly saw the ball fed out to Thomas in midfield. The full back ran at a devastating angle to race home to score under the posts. Dixon converted. The Whites got their bonus point on the stroke of half time when Thomas chipped through the middle and gathered to score his second try. Dixon converted.
Half-time:- Swansea 26 Tonmawr 0
The visitors began the second half brightly and were unlucky not to score when Gareth John intercepted a loose Thomas pass but Andrews was unable to gather his chip through and lost possession over the line.
The Whites got their fifth try when Dan Baker secured a turnover in midfield and the ball was quickly sent out to the backs with Aled Jenkins straightening the line to score. Dixon converted.
Six minutes later Sam Lewis and Evans caused panic in the visitors’ defence with a well worked move before James Bija finished off with a try in the corner. Dixon missed the conversion.
The floodgates were well and truly opened by the home side and replacement Will Batcup raced past two defenders to score a seventh Whites try. Dixon converted. Tonmawr refused to give up and former All White Steve Winn was unlucky not to score in the corner after a good run by Andrew Collins but he was marshalled into touch.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Llandovery while Tonmawr round off their league campaign at home to Cross Keys.
Full-time:- Swansea 45 Tonmawr 0
Referee:- Jason Langdon
Weather:- Rain, 9C
Man of the match:- Stefan Watermeyer
Tries:- Penalty try (14), Watermeyer (30), Thomas (32, 40), Jenkins (57), Bija (63), Batcup (68)
Cons:- Dixon (15, 33, 40+1, 69)
Y cards:- Evans (17)
Y cards:- Davies (13)
15 N Thomas (rep: W Batcup 58)
14 R Evans
13 A Jenkins (rep: L Price 69)
12 S Watermeyer
11 L Harrhy
10 J Dixon
9 J Preddy
1 R Jones
2 P John (rep: A Rees 65)
3 A Clatworthy (rep: I Williams 73)
4 S Kiley
5 R Kelly (rep: J Jones 52)
6 J Bija
7 S Lewis (rep: A Gwynne 47)
8 D Baker (rep: S Jones 64)
15 G John (rep: Y Griffiths 52)
14 M Bennett (rep: S Winn 46)
13 A Collins
12 D Hawkins (rep: C Love 61)
11 S Andrews
10 L Richards
9 J Donovan
1 R Murphy (rep: J McKenzie 67)
2 T Cole (rep: M Jeffries 49)
3 S Kenny
4 H Davies
5 N Eves
6 R Brookes (rep: M Robbins 67)
7 G Beer
8 S Hicks
By Paul Hopkins