Post match interview with RICKY GUEST...
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By: Paul Hopkins
The All Whites kept up the pressure on championship rivals Merthyr with a 19-5 win over Newcastle Emlyn.
With Merthyr suffering a rare defeat at champions Bargoed, the win drags Swansea right back into the title race.
The home side were handed an early opportunity to take the lead when the All Whites were caught offside at the breakdown, but winger Daniel Davies’ effort at goal fell short of the posts.
Emlyn continued to attack, but Swansea fly half Jack Wilson charged down a chip through and regathered to race the length of the field to score under the posts. He also converted.
Winger Richard Thomas then took the ball in midfield and embarked on a run, finding the rampaging lock Gavin Ronan in support, but he lost the ball forward at the crucial moment.
Scrum half Rhodri Wells then took advantage of a missed tackle to send winger Will Lewis racing through the middle, before he sent a scoring pass out wide to flanker Mike Sully. Wilson missed the conversion.
Richard Thomas picked up a loose ball and began an attack, but a crossfield kick by Wilson just evaded the chasing full back Josh Flye into touch.
Offside in midfield by the Emlyn defence gave Swansea a penalty and Wilson kicked to the corner. Ronan charged forward from the lineout to create a platform for Sully to dive over for his second try. Wilson converted.
Half-time:- Newcastle Emlyn 0 Swansea 19
An infringement in the scrum by prop Richard Murphy gave Emlyn a penalty. Fly half Dyfan Dafydd kicked to the corner, but the home side lost the ball forward at the lineout.
Newcastle Emlyn continued to batter the Swansea defence and they finally got their reward when Dafydd chipped to the corner for the chasing winter Llyr Davies to collect and score. Daniel Davies missed the conversion.
A superb break by full back Shaun Leonard sent Llyr Davies racing towards the line, but he was tackled into touch near the line.
Lewis was penalised for holding onto possession after the tackle and Dafydd kicked to the corner, although hooker Alex Williams failed to throw the ball five yards at the lineout.
Emlyn continued to attack through Leonard, Llyr Davies and replacement number eight Gareth Thomson, but Lewis turned over possession and cleared.
The home side should have grabbed a late bonus point but a comedy of errors saw them inexplicably mess up what should have been a simple try.
Next up for Newcastle Emlyn is a trip to Newbridge, while Swansea travel to Tata Steel.
Full time:- Newcastle Emlyn 5 Swansea 19
Newcastle Emlyn scorers:
Tries:- Llyr Davies (49)
Tries:- Jack Wilson (12), Mike Sully (18, 40)
Cons:- Jack Wilson (13, 40+1)
Venue:- Dol Wiber, Newcastle Emlyn
Referee:- Sean Brickell
Weather:- Sunny, 9C
Man of the match:- Mike Sully
Newcastle Emlyn team:
15 Shaun Leonard
14 Llyr Davies
13 Teifion Davies
12 Mitchell Jones
11 Daniel Davies
10 Dyfan Dafydd
9 Dafydd Evans
1 Jack Parry (rep: Emrys Davies 51)
2 Alex Williams (rep: Dai Jones 51)
3 Gethin Davies (rep: Neil Elworthy (35)
4 Ryan Morgans
5 Dyfed Morgan
6 Brynmor Jones
7 Owain Powell
8 Luke Kendall (rep: Gareth Thomson 31)
16 Emrys Davies
17 Dai Jones
18 Neil Elworthy
19 Mike Jones
20 Gareth Thomson
15 Josh Flye
14 Richard Thomas
13 Jedd Evans
12 David Watts (rep: Liam Popham 73)
11 Will Lewis
10 Jack Wilson
9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Matthew Aubrey 54)
1 Richard Murphy (rep: Dan Kenny 63)
2 Ricky Guest (rep: Paul John 51)
3 Ryan Thomas
4 Jon Fox
5 Gavin Ronan
6 Jack Perkins (rep: Ollie Young 77)
7 Mike Sully
8 Rory Gallagher
16 Dan Kenny
17 Paul John
18 Ollie Young
19 Matthew Aubrey
20 Liam Popham