Narberth 8 v 59 Swansea
25 August 2012 - Lewis Lloyd Ground, Narberth

Match Report


Swansea's pre-season preparations stepped up a gear with a comfortable 59 - 8 win at the Lloyd Lewis Ground in Narberth on Saturday.

The predicted stormy weather did not materialise though the ground was saturated in places from recent rain. A good crowd with including a number of travelling supporters from Swansea saw Stand off Rhys Roberts put the home side ahead with a penalty after they'd made a robust start, contesting the breakdown agressively. The Whites took a while to settle down but with the forwards working closer than the 'Otters' pack a penalty try resulted from Narberth pulling down a maul formed from a Swansea lineout near the Narberth tryline. Sam Kiley was being driven over the line as Narberth infringed. Nicky Thomas added the extras for a 7 - 3 lead. Further scores in the first half came from front row Matthew Davies and Aled Lewis who converted his own effort.

Half-time Narberth 3 Swansea 19

Steph Phillips put the home side back in contention with a try in the corner after the break but Roberts missed the conversion from out wide. With the home side struggliing to match the fitness of the Swansea players, gaps started to open up and wing Ben Roberts scores a brace of tries with centre Liam Price popping up for one in between. Nicky Thomas reliably slotted over the extras. Next it was Sam Kiley who took advantage of a huge gap in the tiring defence to saunter in under the posts. Nicky Thomas finally crossed for his own try and Ben Roberts (pictured above) grabbed another to complete a hat trick on his first appearance for Swansea.

Final Score: Narberth 8 Swansea 59

Head Coach Mefin Davies will be pleased at the tempo of the second half particularly and the number of players who were able to get time on the pitch without the side losing shape. But a sterner test awaits next weekend away at The Gnoll where Swansea begin their 2012-13 campaign. The Whites have not won there since 2003.