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By Paul Hopkins
The All Whites signed off their promotion winning season with a comfortable 48-10 victory over relegated Llanharan.
Making a rare appearance for Swansea, number eight Ollie Young grabbed an early brace of tries, with star winger Andrew Claypole touching down twice as he constantly tormented the home defence.
In the opening three minutes, referee Kelvin Short had a decision to make when full back Josh Flye brought a Llanharan player down in the air in what appeared to be a tip tackle. Short reached for his pocket and showed Flye a yellow card.
The home side took advantage of the extra man after a good build up by the forwards saw winger Rhydian Worgan squeeze over for a try in the corner. Fly half Scott Jones missed the conversion attempt.
Llanharan bossed the early moments and as a result fly half Phil Jones showed them respect as he kicked three points from a penalty after the home side crept offside in defence.
A clever grubber kick through almost resulted in a try for Whites winger Will Lewis, but scrum half Chris Williams got back to shepherd the ball dead to bring an end to the move.
The visitors took the lead for the first time on 19 minutes when Young burst out of a weak tackle and raced past the defence to score in the corner. Flye converted.
With All White legend Anthony Clement looking on from the grandstand, his son Elliott Clement made a break into the Llanharan twenty-two and flipped a clever pass out to Claypole, who held off three tackles to touch down in the corner. Flye missed the conversion.
The Whites’ faint hopes of the title were dashed after 25 minutes when Merthyr scored their fourth try, securing a championship winning bonus point at Newbridge, in a match that they went on to win 94-7.
A powerful drive upfield by lock Gavin Ronan, resulted in a try for Mike Sully, who was an early substitute for the injured flanker Jack Perkins. Flye converted.
Claypole continued to frighten the home defence, who were unable to lay a hand on him. He ghosted down the wing, before cleverly switching play to the other side of the pitch, creating an overlap for Young to score his second try. Flye converted.
The home side were unlucky not to score just before half time when flanker Owain Howe, number eight Huw Thomas and Williams combined for the latter to snipe through midfield, but the move broke down.
Half-time:- Llanharan 5 Swansea 29
Swansea went on the hunt for more tries after the interval with Flye starting an attack and Lewis chipping through, only for the Llanharan defence to thwart the chasing scrum half Matthew Aubrey to ground the ball dead.
Clement showed great strength in midfield to battle his way past a couple of Llanharan tackles, sending Claypole on a typically barnstorming run to score in the corner. Flye missed the conversion.
Try number six for the Whites came when the backs combined well to send Phil Jones on a run through the middle. He drew in the home defence and handed a scoring pass to Lewis. Flye converted.
The Dairymen refused to give up and remained competitive throughout so nobody could argue with them grabbing a second try. The forwards remained patient near the Swansea line, with replacement Paul Winter claiming the score. Williams missed the conversion.
Swansea had the final say though five minutes into injury time when Clement made a break in midfield, with Flye on hand to take a pass and race clear to score under the posts for a try that he also converted.
It brought the curtain down on a highly successful season for the All Whites, who finish runners-up in the Championship for the second successive season, only this time clinching promotion back to the Premiership.
The Whites will be joined in the top flight by champions Merthyr, as well as Bargoed, although the crucial fourth spot will go right down to the wire with RGC 1404 needing to win at Glynneath to win promotion and deny Pontypool. Glynneath’s victory over Bargoed and Narberth’s win against Beddau also condemns Bridgend Athletic to relegation into Division One.
Full time:- Llanharan 10 Swansea 48
Tries:- Rhydian Worgan (5), Paul Winter (77)
Tries:- Ollie Young (19, 34), Andrew Claypole (24, 53), Mike Sully (28), Will Lewis (61), Josh Flye (80+5)
Cons:- Josh Flye (20, 29, 35, 62, 80+6)
Pens:- Phil Jones (12)
Y cards:- Josh Flye (3)
Venue:- Dairy Field, Llanharan
Referee:- Kelvin Short
Weather:- Cloudy, 17C
Man of the match:- Andrew Claypole
15 Gavin Parsons
14 Rhydian Worgan
13 Huw Russell (rep: Paul Winter 68)
12 Liam Union
11 Alex Hughes (rep: Evan Parry-Jones 51)
10 Scott Jones
9 Chris Williams
1 Rhys Taylor
2 Sam Llewellyn (rep: Elys Goode 30)
3 Joel Ringer (rep: Sam Pick 41)
4 Tom Harris
5 Kieran Martin
6 Tom Wilson
7 Owain Howe (rep: Jon Buckle 48)
8 Huw Thomas
16 Sam Pick
17 Paul Winter
18 Elys Goode
19 Tom Buckle
20 Evan Parry-Jones
15 Josh Flye
14 Andrew Claypole (rep: Jac Wilson 66)
13 Richard Thomas (rep: Will Jones 54)
12 Elliott Clement
11 Will Lewis
10 Phil Jones
9 Matthew Aubrey
1 Dan Kenny (rep: Richard Murphy 66)
2 Alex Dunham
3 Ryan Thomas
4 Gavin Ronan
5 Jon Fox (rep: Mike Jones 66)
6 Andrew Hughes
7 Jack Perkins (rep: Mike Sully 18)
8 Ollie Young
16 Richard Murphy
17 Will Jones
18 Mike Sully
19 Mike Jones
20 Jac Wilson