2018/2019 Principality Premiership
Merthyr 35 v 24 Swansea
20 October 2018 - The Wern, Merthyr Tydfil

Match Report

Merthyr 35 Swansea 24

By: Paul Hopkins


A plucky Swansea side came away with a four try bonus point as they lost to champions Merthyr at The Wern.


It was the home side who were on the front foot from kick off when scrum half Adam Hoskins made a break from a scrum, but he lost the ball forward under little pressure.


Swansea were able to work their way inside the home twenty-two when the Merthyr pack was penalised for offside, although a probable try scoring pass to winger Nathan Trowbridge sailed into touch.


Hoskins made a break through the middle on a counterattack, but the promising move came to an end when the Swansea defence regrouped.


The visitors took a surprise lead when centre Callum Carson caught Merthyr asleep by taking a quick tap penalty from his own twenty-two to race clear of the defence to score. Fellow centre J Rhys Williams converted.


A late tackle by full back R Rhys Williams on opposite number Matthew Jarvis gave Merthyr a penalty, but fly half Josh Martin failed to find touch.


But the home side ran straight back at Swansea through Jarvis and winger Lewis Williams and earned a penalty, which Martin kicked to the corner. The Merthyr pack was unable to recycle possession from the maul, resulting in a turnover for Swansea.


The visitors responded with a stylish try for Jay Baker when Hoskins spotted a gap in the middle and found second row men Patrick McBride and Craig Locke in support, before the ball was fired out wide for the centre to score. Jarvis converted.


It was end to end rugby with Baker racing through a couple of tackles up to the Swansea twenty-two, before winger Ryan Griffiths picked up a loose ball to sprint deep inside the Merthyr half, but the exciting passage of play came to an end when Lewis Williams got back to make the tackle.


The home side took the lead when Martin ran at the Swansea defence at pace and fired out a clinical long pass out to winger Kyle Evans, who sprinted clear to score. Jarvis converted.


And it got even better for Merthyr when Jack Perkins collected lineout ball on the twenty-two and fed Hoskins, who dummied past a tackler to score under the posts. Jarvis converted.


Half-time:-   Merthyr   21   Swansea   7


R Rhys Williams found touch on the twenty-two with a penalty and lock Tudor Hughes rose high to claim possession. The Whites inched closer following a high tackle on Trowbridge, which ended his part in the game.


From the lineout, a powerful maul by the visitors resulted in a try for flanker Charlie Davies on his debut. R Rhys Williams missed the conversion.


A powerful run by centre Aaron Pinches into the heart of the Swansea defence set up a promising attack, but Martin wasted possession with a high kick to the corner. Instead Swansea were able to regain possession and race upfield, with scrum half Jedd Evans squeezing over at the corner. R Rhys Williams missed the conversion.


Merthyr looked to hit back and were awarded a series of penalties, with Hughes yellow carded for a professional foul. An unstoppable rolling maul from the lineout saw Locke crash over for a try. Jarvis converted.


Swansea were literally handed a lifeline when a loose pass was intercepted by Carson, who raced clear from his own twenty-two to score. R Rhys Williams converted.


An advancing Merthyr scrum five saw number eight Phil Rees touch down under the posts to calm the home side’s nerves and seal victory. Jarvis converted.


Next up for Merthyr is a trip to Ebbw Vale, while Swansea host Llandovery.


Full-time:-   Merthyr   35   Swansea   24




Tries:-   Jay Baker (27), Kyle Evans (34), Adam Hoskins (39), Patrick McBride (70), Phil Rees (80+1)

Cons:-   Matthew Jarvis (28, 35, 40, 71, 80+2)




Tries:-   Callum Carson (17, 75), Charlie Davies (51), Jedd Evans (57)

Cons:-   J Rhys Williams (18), R Rhys Williams (76)


Yellow cards:-   Tudor Hughes (69)


Match facts:


Venue:-   The Wern, Merthyr

Referee:-   Rhys Jones

Weather:-   Light cloud, 13C

Man of the match:-   Adam Hoskins

Attendance:-   400


Merthyr team:


15 Matthew Jarvis

14 Kyle Evans

13 Jay Baker

12 Aaron Pinches

11 Lewis Williams (rep: Joseph Williams 41)

10 Josh Martin

9 Adam Hoskins (rep: Justin James 62)

1 Nathan Trevett (rep: James Howe 59)

2 Rhys Williams (rep: Matthew Dwyer 59)

3 Ben Warren (rep: Louis Jones 59)

4 Patrick McBride (rep: Kristian Smith 71)

5 Craig Locke ©

6 Jake Thomas (rep: Nick White 59)

7 Jack Perkins

8 Phil Rees




16 Matthew Dwyer

17 James Howe

18 Louis Jones

19 Kristian Smith

20 Nick White

21 Justin James

22 Joseph Williams

23 Gavin Dacey


Swansea team:


15 R Rhys Williams

14 Ryan Griffiths

13 Callum Carson

12 J Rhys Williams (rep: Jedd Evans 41)

11 Nathan Trowbridge (rep: Ben Cambriani 49)

10 Foard Cooksley

9 Josh Guy (rep: Tom Ham 62)

1 Jack Powell (rep: Rhys Davies 58)

2 Paul John (rep: Sion Jones 58)

3 Greg Cunniffe (rep: Mitchell Walsh 58)

4 Tudor Hughes

5 Jay Williams

6 Charlie Davies

7 Callum Bowden

8 Jon Fox (rep: Ben Davies 63)




16 Sion Jones

17 Rhys Davies

18 Mitchell Walsh

19 Jon Vaughan

20 Ben Davies

21 Tom Ham

22 Jedd Evans

23 Ben Cambriani


Neath team:


15 Ed Howley

14 Ryan Pugh (rep: Regan King 37)

13 Aaron Bramwell

12 Gavin Evans

11 Ian Ellis

10 Callum Hall

9 Scott Gibson

1 Ben Uphill

2 Sion Crocker (rep: Darren Hughes 57)

3 Liam Tobias (rep: Ryan Thomas 61)

4 Jon Barley (rep: Ryan Bean 28)

5 Scott Andrews ©

6 Jordan Collier (rep: Leon Ward 57)

7 Lloyd Evans (rep: Leon Ward 18-23)

8 Ieuan Jones




16 Luke Garratt

17 Owen Nesbitt

18 Regan King

19 Scott Hicks

20 Leon Ward

21 Ryan Bean

22 Darren Hughes

23 Ryan Thomas


Attendance: 400

Official : Rhys Jones (Wales)

Merthyr Swansea