Tries from The Whites against Llanharan...Plus: Laura Kerslake talks to Swansea wing Andrew Claypole after the match...
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By: Ellie Thorne and Paul Hopkins
Swansea eased to a comfortable victory over bottom placed Llanharan, having racked up a point a minute during a first half that they had under total control.
It was a perfect start for the home side when Llanharan lost the ball straight from the kick off and the Whites used possession well to send centre Tom Williams over for a try. Full back Nicky Thomas converted.
The visitors threatened to hit back five minutes later when lock Jack Davies intercepted the ball and found flanker Scott Malone, but the supporting winger Morgan Williams knocked on with the line at his mercy.
Winger Jedd Evans made a break through midfield and the Llanharan defence struggled to keep up with him as he chipped through and collected the ball to score a great solo try. Nicky Thomas converted.
A poor lineout through by visitors’ hooker Nathan Huish was picked up by Whites flanker Mike Sully, who outpaced four defenders to score under the posts. Nicky Thomas converted.
A superb break by fly half Liam Popham began a dangerous attack for the All Whites with Evans and prop Tom Sloane providing good support, but a chip to the corner evaded the chasing Andrew Claypole into touch.
Swansea racked up a bonus point when Williams raced through the middle and found Nicky Thomas on his shoulder, who sprinted clear to score under the posts. He converted his own try.
Llanharan fly half Harrison Evans opted to kick for touch from a penalty following a high tackle. From the lineout centre Sam Edwards cleverly drew in two defenders to send full back Ollie Smyth over for a try in the corner. Harrison Evans converted.
It took the Whites just two minutes to respond though when number eight Tudor Hughes charged upfield to set up a platform for Popham to chip to the corner for Claypole to collect and score. Nicky Thomas converted.
A quick lineout by the home side saw Evans sprint from his own twenty-two up to the last line of defence, before throwing a pass out wide for Popham to score. Nicky Thomas missed the conversion.
Half-time:- Swansea 40 Llanharan 7
Whatever Llanharan coach Colin Malone said to his players at half time seemed to work as they fought on an even keel throughout the second period, effectively “winning” the half 15-14.
Swansea continued their dominance early on though and a moment of magic by centre Liam Gadd saw him chip through the defence and gather a fortunate bounce to score an opportunist try. Nicky Thomas converted.
Against the run of play Llanharan scrum half Nicky Theaker managed to break away from a scrum unopposed to race clear to score a second try for the visitors. Evans’ conversion attempt was charged down by scrum half Scott Maynard.
Nicky Thomas was soon back in try scoring action though as he burst through a tackle to sprint home to score the Whites’ eighth touchdown, which he also converted.
The visitors grabbed a third try when winger Mike Powell chipped through down the touchline and the ball somehow stayed in play for him to touch down in the corner. Evans missed the difficult conversion.
Llanharan had the final say with a bonus point try of their own. Replacement flanker Aled Rees picked up a loose ball and ran through a gap on the left wing to score. Evans missed his conversion attempt.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Blackwood on Thursday and a trip to Tondu on Saturday, while Llanharan host Tata Steel on Saturday.
Full time:- Swansea 54 Llanharan 22
Referee:- Justin Williams
Man of the match:- Liam Popham
Tries:- Williams (1), Evans (13), Sully (18), N Thomas (25, 55), Claypole (32), Popham (40), Gadd (43)
Cons:- N Thomas (2, 14, 19, 26, 44, 56)
Tries:- Smyth (30), Theaker (47), Powell (60), Rees (70)
Cons:- Evans (31, 48)
15 Nicky Thomas
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Liam Gadd
12 Tom Williams
11 Jedd Evans
10 Liam Popham (rep: Nic Damjanovic 61)
9 Scott Maynard (rep: Rhodri Wells 65)
1 Tom Sloane (rep: Justin Hughes 58)
2 Ollie Young
3 Ryan Thomas
4 Matthew Dodd
5 Sam Kiley (rep: Chris James 54)
6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Kurt Westron 61)
7 Mike Sully
8 Tudor Hughes
16 Kurt Westron
17 Justin Hughes
18 Chris James
19 Rhodri Wells
20 Nic Damjanovic
15 Ollie Smyth
14 Morgan Williams
13 Sam Edwards (rep: Rory Martin-Smith 71)
12 Tom Farrarh-Evans
11 Mike Powell
10 Harrison Evans
9 Nicky Theaker
1 Simon Collins (rep: Gethin Cashmore 47)
2 Nathan Huish
3 Tom Piper
4 Jack Davies (rep: Carl Leather 45)
5 Tom Williams
6 Tom Wilson (rep: Aled Rees 43)
7 Scott Malone
8 Huw Thomas (rep: Bill Carey 75)
16 Aled Rees
17 Gethin Cashmore
18 Bill Carey
19 Rory Martin-Smith
20 Carl Leather