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Match report: By: Paul Hopkins
Swansea earned a hard fought victory over a plucky Beddau side in appalling conditions as they kept the pressure firmly on league leaders Merthyr.
Beddau fly half Sam Withers was handed an early opportunity to kick his side into the lead after the home side were penalised for offside at the breakdown, but he missed his effort at goal.
A minute later the Swansea defence were penalised for the same offence, and this time Withers made no mistake to kick his side into the lead.
When a Swansea attack broke down, scrum half David Francis hacked the ball upfield and it took the chasing winger Andrew Claypole to get back to save a certain try.
The Whites’ pack began to take the upper hand, and following a rolling maul, prop Ryan Thomas charged up to the twenty-two. Fly half Jack Wilson attempted a drop goal, but it fell well short of the posts.
Moments later Wilson kicked his side level with a penalty goal after the visitors’ defence was caught offside in midfield.
The lead only lasted a few minutes though, as the Swansea forwards failed to roll away in the tackle, allowing Withers to kick a penalty goal.
Lock Kristian Parker was then issued a yellow card for illegally bringing down a maul.
The All Whites scored their first try when centre Jedd Evans made a half break up to the twenty-two, with replacement flanker Mike Sully making good yardage, before the ball was swept out wide through the hands of centre Richard Thomas and full back Josh Flye, to send Claypole diving over in the corner. Wilson missed the conversion.
The Swansea pack was unable to make any ground from their own line and gave away a penalty for holding onto possession in the tackle. Withers kicked the simple penalty goal from in front of the posts.
The visitors almost hit back when Francis sprinted clear from a set piece and dummied his way up to the line, when a pass out wide to winger Jack Barrett may have been the better option. As a result Sully stole possession and helped his side to clear.
On the stroke of half time Beddau were awarded a penalty when the Whites pack drove into a ruck of their feet, but Withers missed his shot at goal.
Half-time:- Swansea 8 Beddau 9
With the elements at their back, the second half proved to be a much more comfortable affair for the All Whites as Beddau struggled to gain any territorial advantage.
The home side took just a couple of minutes into the half to retake the lead through a Wilson penalty goal, when the Beddau defence crept offside in midfield.
The All Whites’ second try came when scrum half Scott Maynard got the ball quickly out of the scrum to Flye, who took the pass at pace and sent winger Will Lewis over for a try. Wilson converted.
Flanker Jack Perkins was handed his second yellow card in as many games for killing a Beddau attack.
With the man advantage, full back Cody Baker made a break and fed centre Jordan Odgers, who was unlucky not to score in the corner as a desperate Swansea defence managed to track back.
Claypole took the ball at pace and sprinted up to the twenty-two, finding flanker Jon Vaughan in support. He in turn popped a clever pass back to Claypole, who was brought down just a metre short of the line.
Swansea got their third try when a superb break out wide by Evans drew in the Beddau defence, before he sent Lewis over for his second touchdown. Replacement fly half Ian Brooks missed the conversion.
Wingers Lewis and Claypole continued to torment the visitors’ defence as they went in search of a bonus point and they combined to spark another enterprising attack, but the ball was lost forward just short of the line.
Replacement scrum half Rhodri Wells was mauled up to the line and Lewis came agonisingly close to score, but he held onto the ball for too long after the tackle.
In the closing stages Odgers was shown a yellow card for killing a Swansea attack. The extra man told as the Flye took a crash ball from a scrum half and eased over for a bonus point try. Brooks converted.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Colwyn Bay, where they face RGC 1404, while Beddau host Newbridge.
Full time:- Swansea 30 Beddau 9
Tries:- Andrew Claypole (30), Will Lewis (46, 65), Josh Flye (80+7)
Cons:- Jack Wilson (47), Ian Brooks (80+8)
Pens:- Jack Wilson (20, 43)
Y cards:- Jack Perkins (48)
Pens:- Sam Withers (5, 23, 35)
Y cards:- Kristian Parker (27), Jordan Odgers (80+6)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Referee:- Tom Spurrier
Weather:- Heavy rain, 9C
Man of the match:- Will Lewis
15 Josh Flye
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Jedd Evans
12 Richard Thomas
11 Will Lewis
10 Jack Wilson (rep: Ian Brooks 65)
9 Scott Maynard (rep: Rhodri Wells 65)
1 Dan Kenny (rep: Neil White 76)
2 Paul John
3 Ryan Thomas
4 Gavin Ronan
5 Sam Kiley (rep: Mike Sully 19)
6 Jon Vaughan
7 Jack Perkins
8 Tudor Hughes (rep: Alex Dunham 40)
18 Alex Dunham
17 Neil White
16 Mike Sully
20 Rhodri Wells
21 Ian Brooks
15 Cody Baker
14 Jack Barrett
13 Jordan Odgers
12 Bradley Coombes (rep: Owen Jones 59)
11 Luke Rose
10 Sam Withers
9 David Francis
1 Ben Stephens
2 Scott Britton (rep: Tom Geere 49)
3 Ceri Jones (rep: Jack Dunning 32 (rep: Cai Jenkins 61))
4 Kristian Parker
5 James Cashin
6 Simon Grainger
7 Calum Thomas
8 Glen Slater (rep: Lloyd Evans 36)
16 Tom Geere
17 Owen Jones
18 Lloyd Evans
19 Jack Dunning
20 Cai Jenkins