2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Swansea 5 v 47 Aberavon
10 September 2016 - St Helen's, Swansea

Match Report

Swansea 5 Aberavon 47

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The All Whites were put to the sword by a clinical Aberavon side, who showed no mercy on their local rivals, scoring seven tries in the process.


The visitors dominated up front from start to finish and threatened almost straight away when lock Sam Williams and flanker Joe Tomalin Reeves combined inside the twenty-two, only for the Whites’ defence to turn over possession.


Aberavon’s first opportunity at a scrum five proved fatal for their opponents as they forced the pack backwards, giving referee Rhys Thomas no option but to award a penalty try. Fly half Stef Williams converted.


Scrum half David Pritchard was then penalised for entering a ruck from the side, but centre Josh Martin missed his effort at goal.


The visitors turned over a dangerous Swansea attack with flanker Luke Joseph sprinting down the wing. Swansea flanker Jack Perkins was spoken to by Rhys Thomas for diving off his feet into the ruck.


Swansea began to make inroads into the Wizards’ defence after 30 minutes when prop Mitchell Walsh charged into the twenty-two. Martin used his power to get to within five metres, only for a forward pass to bring an end to the move.


Aberavon began to panic in defence and centre Jedd Evans collected a rushed clearance kick, spreading the ball out wide, only for full back Phil Jones to lose the ball over the line.


There was a great deal of injury time in the first half and the visitors took full advantage of it with Pritchard taking a quick tap penalty to score under the posts. Stef Williams converted.


Half-time:-   Swansea   0   Aberavon   14


The match was effectively over as a contest just moments into the second half when centre Will Price made a superb break in midfield and was supporting by Tomalin Reeves. He fed full back Joe Gage, who stretched over to score. Stef Williams converted.


The Whites finally got their first score on the board when the pack drove forward and Aberavon were penalised for entering it from the wrong side. Fly half Jac Wilson kicked to touch and hooker Paul John and Walsh made the hard yards, before lock Tudor Hughes picked up to score. Wilson missed the conversion.


That was as much joy as the Whites were going to get though. It was soon business as usual when a huge scrum by the visitors forced a penalty. Stef Williams kicked to the corner and replacement centre Joe Thomas got the ball quickly out wide through the hands of Price to send prop Alex Jeffries over for a try. Williams converted.


The visitors were awarded a scrum eight metres from the Swansea line and they got the ball out wide for winger Richard Carter to seemingly score a try, but play was brought back due to a fight in midfield. It resulted in Perkins being issued a straight red for a dangerous tackle.


Swansea were down to 13 men at the reset with replacement prop Sam Martin given ten minutes at the sidelines for illegal scrummaging.


The man advantage told straight away as replacement scrum half Jacob Flynn eased past a tired Swansea defence to score. Stef Williams converted.


Try number six came when the ball was passed out of a scrum to Price, who strolled over to score. Stef Williams converted.


The Wizards rounded off their resounding win in style when Gage latched onto a Carter chip through to beat the defending winger Andrew Rees-Spowart to score. Stef Andrews converted.


Next up for Swansea is a trip to Bargoed, while Aberavon host Carmarthen.


Full time:-   Swansea   5   Aberavon   33


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   Tudor Hughes (49)


Yellow cards:-   Sam Martin (66)

Red cards:-   Jack Perkins (63)


Aberavon scorers:


Tries:-   Penalty try (7), David Pritchard (40+8), Joe Gage (44, 80+3), Alex Jeffries (57), Jacob Flynn (68), Will Price (80)

Cons:-   Stef Williams (8, 40+9, 45, 69, 80+1, 80+4)


Yellow cards:-   Sam Martin (66)

Red cards:-   Jack Perkins (63)


Match facts:


Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Rhys Thomas

Weather:-   Sunny, 17C

Man of the match:-   Joe Gage

Attendance:-   700


Swansea team:


15 Phil Jones

14 Josh Jones

13 Jedd Evans

12 Josh Martin (rep: David Watts 78)

11 Andrew Rees-Spowart (rep: Fenton Holder 67-77)

10 Jac Wilson (rep: Julian Mogg 57)

9 Matthew Aubrey (rep: Rhodri Wells 73)

1 Dan Kenny (rep: Fenton Holder 79)

2 Paul John (rep: Ricky Guest 57)

3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Sam Martin 57)

4 Gavin Ronan (rep: Adam Thresher 72)

5 Tudor Hughes

6 Jon Vaughan © (rep: Mike Sully 57)

7 Jack Perkins

8 Jon Fox




16 Ricky Guest

17 Fenton Holder

18 Sam Martin

19 Adam Thresher

20 Mike Sully

21 Rhodri Wells

22 Julian Mogg

23 David Watts


Aberavon team:


15 Joe Gage

14 Richard Carter

13 Will Price

12 Rheon James (rep: Joe Thomas 50)

11 Stef Andrews (rep: Matthew Jacobs 78)

10 Steffen Williams

9 David Pritchard (rep: Jacob Flynn 57)

1 Rowan Jenkins

2 Ieuan Davies (rep: John Thomas 72)

3 Alex Jeffries (rep: Rhys Forse 69)

4 James Ratti

5 Sam Williams (rep: Ben Jones 45)

6 Luke Joseph

7 Joe Tomalin-Reeves (rep: Nathan Brown 65)

8 Chris Davies




16 Jacob Flynn

17 Joe Thomas

18 Matthew Jacobs

19 Gareth Harvey

20 Nathan Brown

21 Rhys Forse

22 John Thomas

23 Ben Jones


Attendance: 700

Official : Rhys Thomas (Wales)

Swansea Aberavon