By: Paul Hopkins
Four Ben Cambriani tries helped Swansea romp home to a 50 points victory against Bargoed at St Helen’s.
It was a perfect start for the All Whites as scrum half Tom Ham fired out a long pass to Cambriani on the wing and centre R Rhys Williams tidied up to power his side to within a metre of the try line. The home side recycled ball out wide for Ham to score in the corner. Fly half Steffen Williams converted.
Hooker Dewi Lake broke through a tackle and raced over half way to set up a Swansea attack. Winger Gareth Rees took the ball at pace out wide but spilled possession forward.
Winger Duane Dyer superbly tapped back a high kick, but fly half Josh Prosser took the wrong option by kicking across field, handing Swansea cheap possession. The home side punished Bargoed when full back Josh Thomas created an overlap out wide to send the pacey Cambriani over for a try. Steffen Williams missed the conversion.
A Prosser grubber kick went horribly wrong inside his own twenty-two, but lock Louis Blacker managed to scramble possession on the floor. However, full back Carwyn Penney was forced to hurriedly clear, giving the home side an attacking lineout.
Try number three for the All Whites came courtesy of a cheeky Cambriani, who sneaked up on the blindside of a ruck and took a pass to score. Steffen Williams missed the conversion.
Swansea came close to grabbing a bonus point try when flanker Morgan Morris chipped ahead, but he was over eager in pursuit of the ball and failed to release the Bargoed defender after the tackle.
But the bonus point was secured minutes later when the Swansea backs ran back at the visitors’ defence at pace and a neat move saw Rees sprint through the middle to touch down under the posts. Steffen Williams converted.
A line break by centre Darren Humphries set up a rare Bargoed attack, but Dyer was tackled so the home side were able to clear.
Cambriani celebrated a hat trick when J Rhys Williams chipped over the top of a Bargoed defender with the winger plucking the ball out of the air to score a well taken try. Steffen Williams missed the conversion.
Half-time:- Swansea 29 Bargoed 0
Hooker Lewys Lippiett charged down the wing as Bargoed looked to gain some momentum in the early stages of the second half. However, Morris picked up a loose ball and raced 40 metres upfield, but failed to release a scoring pass to Cambriani.
Lock Bruce Morgan took a clean lineout for the visitors and Swansea were penalised for offside at the ruck. Prosser chipped to the corner, but struggled to break through a determined home defence. Dyer threatened to break clear out wide and was tackled into touch, but play was brought back for a penalty. The visitors were unable to capitalise though due to a handling error.
Finally the visitors got their first try when Penney broke cut through the middle to score a great solo effort. Prosser converted.
A Bargoed mistake gave the Whites a chance to counterattack through Cambriani and J Rhys Williams and they foraged up to within five metres of the line. Offside in midfield saw Steffen Williams kick to the corner, but the home side lost possession on the line. However, a calamity in the Bargoed defence let lock James Ratti in for a soft try. Steffen Williams converted.
The outstanding Cambriani added a seventh try for the Whites, and his fourth, as he sidestepped past a tired Bargoed defence to score under the posts. Steffen Williams converted.
J Rhys Williams rounded off a sensational victory for the home side by intercepting a pass in midfield and racing clear for a try under the posts. Steffen Williams converted.
Full-time:- Swansea 50 Bargoed 7
Tries:- Tom Ham (8), Ben Cambriani (20, 27, 40+3, 75), Gareth Rees (32), James Ratti (72), J Rhys Williams (80)
Cons:- Steffen Williams (9, 33, 73, 76, 80+1)
Tries:- Carwyn Penney (59)
Cons:- Josh Prosser (60)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Weather:- Light cloud, 8C
Man of the match:- Ben Cambriani
15 Josh Thomas
14 Gareth Rees (rep: Luke Griffiths 39)
13 R Rhys Williams
12 J Rhys Williams
11 Ben Cambriani
10 Steffen Williams
9 Tom Ham (rep: Chris Morgans 65)
1 Jack Powell (rep: Rhys Davies 47)
2 Dewi Lake (rep: Paul John 56)
3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Richard Murphy 56)
4 James Ratti
5 Matt Dodd (rep: Will Griffiths 6 (rep: Charlie Davies 56))
6 Morgan Morris
7 Callum Bowden (rep: Duane Eager 73)
8 Jon Fox ©
16 Paul John
17 Rhys Davies
18 Richard Murphy
19 Will Griffiths
20 Charlie Davies
21 Duane Eager
22 Chris Morgans
23 Luke Griffiths
15 Carwyn Penney
14 Duane Dyer (rep: Matt Billett 66)
13 Barney Nightingale (rep: Lawson Perry 47)
12 Darren Humphries
11 Ashley Norton
10 Josh Prosser
9 James Leadbeater (rep: Iwan Burgwin 73)
1 Mike Kavanagh (rep: John Lavender 41)
2 Lewys Lippiett (rep: Wade Langley 56)
3 Dan Suter (rep: Alex Gardney-Key 56)
4 Bruce Morgan
5 Louis Blacker © (rep: Lewis Johnson 41)
6 Ashley Gibson
7 Ben Fry
8 Adam Powell (rep: Grant Rodgers 40+4)
16 Iwan Burgwin
17 Lawson Perry
18 Matt Billett
19 Wade Langley
20 Grant Rodgers
21 Lewis Johnson
22 Alex Gardney-Key
23 John Lavender
Match report to follow...