Tryline & Touchline: All the Swansea tries, plus Sam Kiley interviews Tom Sloane post-match...
By: Paul Hopkins
An outstanding defensive display saw the All Whites secure their second win of the season after coming back to defeat Bridgend.
Swansea were first on the board courtesy of a penalty goal by full back Jac Wilson after lock Kyle Maiden was penalised for holding on after the tackle..
The Ravens were back on level terms four minutes later when fly half Joseph Scrivens kicked a penalty after the Whites were caught offside in midfield.
Centre Jedd Evans burst out of a tackle to set up an attack for the home side. Then Wilson kicked to the corner and was inches away from chasing it down, but Ravens’ flanker Jack Pope got back to ground the ball dead.
From the drop out Jedd Evans made another break and got the ball out wide to fly half Phil Jones, who drew in the defence, before putting on a spurt of pace to score. Wilson missed the conversion.
Whites number eight Will Jones was shown a debatable yellow card for taking a Ravens player out in the air at a lineout. Scrivens missed his effort at goal though.
Winger Andrew Claypole then powered down the wing and got the ball into midfield, but lock Tudor Hughes was penalised for holding onto possession after the tackle. Scrivens kicked to the corner, but the Whites managed to repel the attack.
Claypole looked sharp for Swansea and went on another run, but the supporting Hughes was penalised for holding on after the tackle. Scrivens kicked to the corner, but the defence managed to prevent the ball from being released from the maul, resulting in a turnover.
Winger Mike Powell raced through the middle, finding full back Tom O’Flaherty in support. The pack mauled forward, but lock Jonny Kenny was held up over the line.
The visitors grabbed their first try when number eight Ashton Evans pealed off a scrum and quick ball out wide saw O’Flaherty stroll over in the corner. Scrivens missed the conversion.
When the home side brought down a maul illegally, Scrivens chipped to the corner. Whites lock Jay Williams took a man out in the lineout and was sent to the sin-bin.
The Ravens took advantage of the extra man to put Swansea onto the back foot with winger Ryan Griffiths racing clear to score. Scrivens converted.
The Swansea pack began to gain the upper hand and forced a penalty after the visitors’ crept offside. Phil Jones kicked to the corner and the forwards created a good platform for Jay Williams to dive over to score in the corner. Wilson’s conversion was short of the posts.
Bridgend extended their lead to seven points on the stroke of half time when Hughes powered through the middle, but he was penalised for holding on after the tackle. Scrivens’ kick sailed through the posts.
Half-time:- Swansea 13 Bridgend 20
After the break the visitors were reduced to 14 men for ten minutes when prop Nicky Boyce was shown a yellow card for deliberate offside.
Swansea looked certain to score a try when Claypole sprinted clear of the defence, but he forced his pass to Richard Williams, who lost the ball forward.
The impressive Hughes started another attack for the All Whites and the Ravens’ defence struggled to knock him back, instead killing the ball at a ruck. Phil Jones kicked for territory, but scrum half Martin Luckwell spilled the ball forward at the base of the ruck.
It was wave after wave of attacks from the home side and on this occasion Will Jones made a break through the middle, holding off a few tackles, but the supporting Richard Williams dropped the ball.
Wilson reduce the Ravens’ lead to just four minutes when they held onto possession after the tackle.
The All Whites got themselves in front on 67 minutes when replacement hooker Paul John charged into the twenty-two with Claypole brought down illegally. Luckwell caught the Ravens napping by taking a quick tap penalty and the pack drove forward with substitute prop Mitchell Walsh claiming the try. Wilson converted.
The visitors looked to hit back when centre Joseph Gatt sprinted through the middle and found Powell in support, but Claypole managed to get back to defend.
It would be fair to say that the Ravens threw the kitchen sink at Swansea in the last few minutes and it took a determined defence to keep them at bay.
There was one last throw at the dice for Bridgend when Griffiths made a break over half way and flanker Adam O’Driscoll raced down the wing, but he was tackled into touch.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Llanelli in the Fosters Cup, while Bridgend travel to Aberavon in the same competition.
Full-time:- Swansea 23 Bridgend 20
Tries:- Phil Jones (11), Jay Williams (40+1), Mitchell Walsh (67)
Cons:- Jac Wilson (68)
Pens:- Jac Wilson (3, 63)
Yellow cards:- Will Jones (13), Jay Williams (28)
Tries:- Tom O’Flaherty (24), Ryan Griffiths (31)
Cons:- Joseph Scrivens (25, 32)
Pens:- Joseph Scrivens (7, 40+3)
Yellow cards:- Nicky Boyce (43)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Referee:- Elgan Williams
Weather:- Sunny, 7C
Man of the match:- Tudor Hughes
15 Jac Wilson (rep: Rory Garrett 80+5)
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Ryan Evans
12 Jedd Evans
11 Richard Williams
10 Phil Jones
9 Martin Luckwell (rep: Rhodri Wells 77)
1 Tom Sloane © (rep: Mitchell Walsh 61)
2 Ricky Guest (rep: Paul John 61)
3 Sam Martin (rep: Richard Murphy 61)
4 Jay Williams
5 Tudor Hughes
6 Jack Perkins (rep: Jon Fox 61)
7 Mike Sully (rep: Jon Vaughan 77)
8 Will Jones
16 Paul John
17 Richard Murphy
18 Mitchell Walsh
19 Jon Fox
20 Jon Vaughan
21 Rhodri Wells
22 Ewan Gully
23 Rory Garrett
15 Tom O’Flaherty
14 Ryan Griffiths
13 Joseph Gatt
12 Jamie Murphy
11 Mike Powell (rep: Matt Muir 46-53 / Garin Loughor 80)
10 Joseph Scrivens
9 Chris Williams (rep: Geraint Watkin (80)
1 Nicky Boyce
2 Iestyn Merriman
3 Cai Lewis (rep: Rhod Apsee 68 (rep: Matt Muir 71))
4 Jonny Kenny
5 Kyle Maiden (rep: Gareth Cox 68)
6 Jack Pope
7 Adam O’Driscoll
8 Ashton Evans ©
16 Huw Wilkes
17 Matthew Muir
18 Rhodri Apsee
19 Matthew John
20 Gareth Cox
21 Geraint Watkin
22 Ryan Evans
23 Garin Lougher