Cwmtawe 7s
Cwmtawe 7s 0 v 0 Swansea
04 August 2012 - Ynysderw Road, Pontardawe

Match Report



The Whites, under the new guidance of Head coach Mefin Davies, made a bright start to their pre-season of 2012-13. Swansea's annual presence at the Cwmtawe 7's marked the beginning of a three fixture warm up to the new season. The coaching team included former All White and Welsh international centre Kevin Hopins who joined the former Welsh hooker in coaching the Swansea players on the day.

Drawn in Pool C along with Daionic Crusaders, Glynneath and Welsh Samurai, Swansea got off to a solid start with a 24 - 14 win over Daionic , having led 17 - 14 at half time. Glynneath were overcome to set up the group decider against Welsh Samurai. Despite leading the useful invitation outfit 12 - 5 at the break, Swansea eventually succumbed 22 - 12 to go through to the plate Semi's instead.

The Jolly Sailors were beaten in a close game (19 - 17)  to set up a Plate final, with Young Aled Jenkins a stand out performer through the group and Plate semi matches. Though a side with a few unfamiliar faces, Swansea generally kept good pressure on their opponents with Tom Morgan getting well into the fray and scoreboard and Dan Baker also making a huge contribution, his support play belying his bulk. Nicky Harwood, James Bija and John Preddy all contributed to the determined effort in the semi final win over a 'Sailors' side that included former Swansea player Nico Setaro. New faces Ieuan Dobbs, Shaun Williams and Jake Cole all ran well in support.

The Plate final against Carmarthen Wizards started well with an early Tom Morgan try and then a disputed second effort was disallowed with the ball adjudged having gone out and back into play. The double blow would have given Swansea the cusion they needed but Wizards came back into it and  despite a late rally and try from Cole, it was Carmarthen Wizards that came out with a 26 - 21 win. Seen as a step in the pre-season preparation the tournament will have helped Head Coach Mefin Davies to hone the squad prior to the next challenge at Dunvant on 11th.