Tata Steel
2015/2016 SWALEC Championship
Tata Steel 10 v 27 Swansea
09 March 2016 - Corus Sports Club, Margam
Swansea

Match Report

Tata Steel 10 Swansea 27

 

By: Paul Hopkins

  

The All Whites overcame a tough encounter with Tata Steel to record a bonus point victory and rise to the summit of the Championship.

 

The home side should have scored in the opening few minutes when the pack drove up to the Swansea line, only for flanker David Griggs to lose the ball over the line.

 

Then it was the visitors’ turn to mount an attack when lock Tudor Hughes claimed a lineout and sent fellow lock Gavin Ronan and flanker Jack Perkins charging through the middle, only for the Tata defence to steal the ball and clear.

 

Centre Liam Gadd then sprinted down the wing, but hooker Paul John turned him over and began an attack for the visitors. However it ended in a comedy of errors as both sides were unable to get their hands of the ball for more than a couple of phases.

 

Swansea claimed the first try after 21 minutes when number eight Jon Fox pealed off a scrum and handed a scoring pass to flanker Mike Sully. Fly half Jack Wilson converted.

 

Wilson extended his side’s lead to 10 points with a penalty goal after Tata winger Jordan Skidmore committed an off the ball foul.

 

The Whites scored a second try when winger Andrew Claypole took the ball at pace on the twenty-two and sprinted clear to score with the Tata defence unable to lay a hand on him. Wilson converted.

 

Deep into first half injury time Griggs turned over possession to set up a platform for fly half Simon Evans to chip to the corner for the chasing Skidmore to score. Centre Rory Williams missed his conversion attempt.

 

Half-time:-   Tata Steel   5   Swansea   17

 

Replacement prop Lloyd Elliott was penalised for holding on after the tackle and Wilson opted to kick to the corner. Perkins came close to scoring, but the Tata defence somehow managed to steal the ball and clear.

 

The home side kept losing the ball at the ruck and Swansea almost made them pay when prop Mitchell Walsh ran down the wing and found scrum half Matthew Aubrey, but his chip ahead crept over the line into touch.

 

Swansea were temporarily reduced to 14 men when Aubrey was shown a yellow card for preventing the home side from taking a quick tap penalty.

 

Tata Steel took full advantage of the extra man with Skidmore showing scintillating pace to clear the Whites’ defence and throw a well-timed pass to full back Lloyd Rogers, who scored in the corner. Williams missed the conversion.

 

Any hopes of a Tata comeback were soon extinguished when winger Richard Thomas sprinted down his wing, before the ball was recycled quickly out to the other side of the pitch for full back Josh Flye to score. Wilson missed the conversion.

 

Swansea claimed a bonus point just four minutes from time when replacement full back Liam Popham picked up a loose ball and found the impressive Ronan in support. He drew in the Tata defence and Perkins took advantage of a five man overlap out wide to score. Wilson missed the conversion though.

 

It was an unsavoury end to the match as Tata prop Ceri Jones was sent to the sin-bin for fighting.

 

Next up for Tata Steel is a home match against promotion hopefuls RGC 1404, while Swansea host Bridgend Athletic.

 

Full time:-   Tata Steel   10   Swansea   27

 

Tata Steel scorers:

 

Tries:-   Jordan Skidmore (40+4), Lloyd Rogers (54)

 

Y cards:-   Ceri Jones (80)

 

Swansea scorers:

 

Tries:-   Mike Sully (21), Andrew Claypole (35), Josh Flye (67), Jack Perkins (76)

Cons:-   Jack Wilson (22, 36)

Pens:-   Jack Wilson (26)

 

Y cards:-   Matthew Aubrey (51)

 

Match facts:

 

Venue:-   Corus Sports Ground, Port Talbot

Referee:-   Ben Whitehouse

Weather:-   Clear, 7C

Man of the match:-   Gavin Ronan

Attendance:-   150

 

Tata Steel team:

 

15 Lloyd Rogers

14 Jordan Skidmore

13 Liam Gadd

12 Rory Williams

11 Kristian Jenkins

10 Simon Evans

9 Jay Harris

1 Dai Edwards (rep: Lloyd Elliot 28)

2 Owen Thomas (rep: Josh Clarke 67)

3 Ceri Jones

4 Danny Hockin

5 James Locke

6 Ryan Hall (rep: Matthew Llewellyn 35)

7 David Griggs

8 Robbie Morgan

 

Replacements:

 

16 Brett Thomas

17 Lloyd Elliot

18 Matthew Llewellyn

19 Luke Joseph

20 Josh Clarke

 

Swansea team:

 

15 Josh Flye (rep: Liam Popham 73)

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Jedd Evans

12 Elliott Clement

11 Richard Thomas

10 Jack Wilson

9 Matthew Aubrey (rep: Rhodri Wells 62)

1 Dan Kenny (rep: Richard Murphy 44)

2 Paul John (rep: Ollie Young 80)

3 Mitchell Walsh

4 Gavin Ronan

5 Tudor Hughes

6 Jack Perkins

7 Mike Sully

8 Jon Fox (rep: Rory Gallagher 62)

 

Replacements:

 

16 Ollie Young

17 Richard Murphy

18 Rory Gallagher

19 Rhodri Wells

20 Liam Popham

 

Attendance: 150

Official : Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

Tata Steel Swansea
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