- Fourth league win for impressive Whites
- Star man Josh Guy controls determined Swansea pack
- Swansea up to ninth in Principality Premiership
By: Paul Hopkins
The All Whites dominated Bargoed to record their fourth league victory of the season at a wet St Helen’s.
It was almost a perfect start for Richard Lancaster’s men as the pack drove 30 metres upfield in a rolling maul, which the visitors pulled down. However, fly half Gareth Walters missed his kick at goal.
A sliced clearance kick by former All White full back Julian Mogg put the visitors under pressure. Lock Jay Williams collected the lineout and the Whites’ pack rumbled up to the line.
It looked as if Bargoed fly half Matthew Lewis was set to race the length of the field after intercepting a pass, but play was brought back for offside. From the scrum, a patient build up by the home pack saw number eight Steffan Jones stretch over for a try under the posts. Walters converted.
The visitors began to attack at pace just as the heavens opened with a deluge of rain. Offside in midfield by the home backs gifted Lewis three points.
Walters elected to find touch in the corner following persistent offside by the Bargoed defence. It was a case of déjà vu when a powerful Swansea maul to the line resulted in a try for flanker Jon Vaughan. Walters missed the conversion.
The visitors tried to play Swansea at their own game with a close range lineout, but they spilled the ball forward over the whitewash. Intelligent kicking by Lewis pinned the Whites inside their twenty-two, but they were unable to turn possession into points.
A clever crossfield kick by Walters almost resulted in a try for the chasing winger Andrew Claypole, but the ball won the race.
Tempers threatened to boil over and Bargoed were temporarily reduce to 14 men when second row Louis Blacker was sent to the sin-bin for cynical play.
Walters extended his side’s lead to 12 points just before the interval with a curling penalty goal following a high tackle by the visitors.
Half-time:- Swansea 15 Bargoed 3
Prop Tom Sloane took a quick tap penalty as the home side began the second half on the attack, but a crunching hit on prop Mitchell Walsh prevented a certain try.
Good strength shown by centre Lewis Bowden began a rare attack for the visitors and another angled kick by Lewis gave Bargoed important territory, but a poor chip through by the fly half surrendered possession.
Claypole was held up over the line after scintillating play by the Whites’ backs with winger Dan Howells throwing a deft pass that took out two tacklers. From the scrum five, the winger popped up in midfield and was again held up just sort of the try line.
Try number three followed for the home side from the second set piece with scrum half Josh Guy touching down at the back of an advancing pack. Walters converted.
Replacement lock Tudor Hughes was yellow carded for persistent offside as Bargoed went in search of an unlikely comeback. The visitors used their backs well, but winger Dai Evans dropped the ball with the line at his mercy.
Sustained pressure on the Swansea line soon paid off when flanker Grant Rogers powered over for a consolation try.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Aberavon, while Bargoed host Llandovery.
Full-time:- Swansea 22 Bargoed 8
Tries:- Steffan Jones (15), Jon Vaughan (25), Josh Guy (64)
Cons:- Gareth Walters (16, 65)
Pens:- Gareth Walters (40+1)
Yellow cards:- Tudor Hughes (70)
Tries:- Grant Rogers (78)
Pens:- Matthew Lewis (21)
Yellow cards:- Louis Blacker (37)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Referee:- Jason Morris
Weather:- Light rain, 5C
Man of the match:- Josh Guy
15 Luke Griffiths (rep: Gareth Rees 41)
14 Andrew Claypole
13 R Rhys Williams
12 J Rhys Williams
11 Dan Howells (rep: Owen Howe 79)
10 Gareth Walters
9 Josh Guy
1 Tom Sloane © (rep: Jack Powell 77)
2 Paul John (rep: Hugh Gustafson 77)
3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Richard Murphy 77)
4 Sam Kiley (rep: James Parry 65)
5 Jay Williams
6 Jon Vaughan
7 Ben Davies
8 Steffan Jones (rep: Tudor Hughes 22)
16 Hugh Gustafson
17 Jack Powell
18 Richard Murphy
19 Tudor Hughes
20 James Parry
21 Rhodri Wells
22 Owen Howe
23 Gareth Rees
15 Julian Mogg (rep: Iain Smerdon 65)
14 Duane Dyer
13 Darren Humphries
12 Lewis Bowden (rep: Jordan Howells 65)
11 Dai Evans
10 Matthew Lewis
9 James Hallett (rep: James Pizey 52)
1 Rhys Morgan © (rep: Dan Matthews 71)
2 Lewys Lippiett (rep: Leigh Meades 55)
3 Alex Gardner-Key (rep: Keegan Bale 65)
4 Matthew Thomas
5 Louis Blacker
6 Jon Armitage
7 Grant Rogers
8 Adam Coupe (rep: James Locke 47)
16 James Pizey
17 Iain Smerdon
18 Jordan Howells
19 Leigh Meades
20 Owain Cooper
21 James Locke
22 Keegan Bale
23 Dan Matthews