RGC 1404 17 – Swansea 31

By: Paul Hopkins

Swansea produced an outstanding display of rugby as they recorded a surprise victory over RGC 1404 at Stadiwm Zip World.

It was a perfect start for Richard Lancaster’s men when offside at the ruck by lock Beau Williams gave the Whites an early penalty and scrum half Matthew Aubrey opted to chip deep into the corner. From the close range lineout lock Will Griffiths rose high to collect the ball, before hooker Dewi Lake became detached from the maul to crash over for a try. Fly half J Rhys Williams converted.

The home side looked to hit back immediately with centre Tom Hughes and winger Iolo Evans linking up to send scrum half Efan Jones into the twenty-two.  However, the Whites managed to secure an important turnover on their try line.

A second try followed when flanker Morgan Morris capitalised on a visitors’ error to start an attack and full back R Rhys Williams superbly dummied past a tackler, before firing out a pass for the pacey winger Ben Cambriani to touch down in the corner. J Rhys Williams converted.

Full back Dion Jones dropped a high ball on his own twenty-two, but this time the visitors weren’t able to punish RGC following a mistake of their own.

Efan Jones made a break through the middle, but support was slow to arrive and an error meant the Whites were able to clear.

Beau Williams was penalised for diving over the top of a ruck and Aubrey found touch inside the RGC twenty-two. Morris charged through the middle and spread the ball wide, but Cambriani was well wrapped up in the tackle. Number eight Jon Fox was stopped on the line, before Lake dived over for a try under the posts. J Rhys Williams converted.

R Rhys Williams brushed off Dion Jones to collect a high ball and Cambriani chased down a chip through, forcing RGC into a hurried clearance to touch deep inside their own twenty-two. Swansea got the ball out wide for Cambriani to score his second try and clinch a bonus point. J Rhys Williams missed the conversion.

Fly half Billy McBryde turned down a kickable penalty and found touch a couple of metres from the line. Beau Williams caught the lineout, but the home maul was held up on the line.

The RGC forwards tried their best to get through a dogged Swansea defence, but were forced in an error, allowing J Rhys Williams to clear. Prop Jordan Scott almost stole the lineout, but the ball came to him as a surprise and he spilled it forward.

The home side got their first points on the board through an Evans try in the corner after a well worked move at the scrum. McBryde converted.

On the stroke of half time centre Danny Cross tried to make an impossible pass, which was intercepted by centre Tom Williams, who sprinted clear to score in the corner. J Rhys Williams missed the conversion.

Half-time:-   RGC 1404   7   Swansea   31

Efan Jones took a quick tap penalty as his side injected some pace into their game after the interval, but the home side were penalised for holding on after the tackle.

Cambriani made a promising run down the win, but was tackled and the move broke down when Swansea tried to spread play to the other wing.

After a period of pressure Hughes showed great power and pace to batter his way to the line on the crash ball. McBryde hooked the conversion wide.

Evans sprinted down the wing, but was stopped in his tracks. Number eight Tim Grey then tried to muscle through the defence, but came up against a brick wall and a mistake by replacement scrum half Cam Davies gave Swansea some much needed respite.

Instead it was the visitors who were back on the attack, but Tom Williams’ grubber kick evaded the chasing Cambriani into touch.

Davies made a break into the twenty-two, but tried to force a pass and lost possession, allowing the Whites to clear long.

Replacement flanker Mei Parry looked to have scored when he raced clear from a ruck, but play was brought back for obstruction.

Aubrey found touch inside the RGC twenty-two after a powerful scrum pushed the home pack off the ball. The Whites were penalised for crossing though as the move broke down.

Hughes made a break through the middle and found McBryde who used his pace to hold off two defenders to squeeze over for a try in the corner. He missed the conversion.

An infringement at the scrum by the Swansea pack handed RGC a free kick inside the attacking twenty-two and replacement number eight Charlie Davies was yellow carded for killing the ball, but it mattered little as the Whites were able to celebrate a huge victory.

Full-time:-   RGC 1404   17   Swansea   31

RGC 1404:

Tries:-   Iolo Evans (40+3), Tom Hughes (55), Billy McBryde (80)

Cons:-   Billy McBryde (40+4)

Swansea:

Tries:-   Dewi Lake (5, 19), Ben Cambriani (9, 34), Tom Williams (40+6)

Cons:-   J Rhys Williams (6, 10, 20)

Yellow cards:-   Charlie Davies (80+7)

Match facts:

Venue:-   Parc Eirias (Stadiwm Zipworld)

Referee:-   Dewi Phillips

Weather:-   Partly cloudy, 12C

Man of the match:-   Ben Cambriani

Attendance:-   1,200

RGC 1404 team:

15 Dion Jones

14 Iolo Evans

13 Tom Hughes ©

12 Danny Cross (rep: Delwyn Jones 73)

11 Sam Jones

10 Billy McBryde

9 Efan Jones (rep: Cam Davies 57)

1 Joe Simpson (rep: Curtis Reynolds 44)

2 George Roberts (rep: Evan Yardley 54)

3 Jordan Scott (rep: Sam Wainwright 67)

4 Robin Williams (rep: Ilan Rowlands 54)

5 Beau Williams

6 Andrew Williams (rep: Bryn Jones 41)

7 Dan Owen (rep: Mei Parry (24)

8 Tim Grey

Replacements:

16 Evan Yardley

17 Curtis Reynolds

18 Sam Wainwright

19 Bryn Jones

20 Mei Parry

21 Ilan Rowlands

22 Cam Davies

23 Delwyn Jones

Swansea team:

15 R Rhys Williams

14 Ryan Griffiths

13 Tom Williams

12 Jedd Evans (rep: Luke Griffiths 75)

11 Ben Cambriani

10 J Rhys Williams

9 Matthew Aubrey

1 Rhys Davies (rep: Jack Powell 58)

2 Dewi Lake (rep: Paul John 76)

3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Greg Cunniffe 67)

4 James Ratti (rep: Matt Dodd (38)

5 Will Griffiths

6 Morgan Morris

7 Callum Bowden

8 Jon Fox © (rep: Charlie Davies 25)

Replacements:

16 Paul John

17 Jack Powell

18 Greg Cunniffe

19 Matt Dodd

20 Charlie Davies

21 Chris Morgans

22 Kieran Charles

23 Luke Griffiths

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Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
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Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3