Swansea 27 – 16 Bridgend

Swansea 27-16 Bridgend


By: Paul Hopkins

Image Credit: Josh Perkins @joshs.vision on Instagram


The All Whites reached a first Welsh Cup semi-final since 2009 with an outstanding three try win over Bridgend at St Helen’s.


In the opening five minutes full back Mike Powell sold hooker Jamie Cox a clever dummy and raced up to half way, but the All Whites reclaimed possession and earned a penalty. Fly half Rhys Jones kicked the three pointer.


Moments later the Bridgend defence were penalised for obstruction from a Rhys Jones high kick, and the fly half made them pay with a second successful kick at goal.


A booming penalty touch funder by Rhys Jones gave Swansea a lineout just five metres out from the Bridgend line. Flanker Sam Pailor came inches to scoring but couldn’t hold onto the ball, although play was brought back for a penalty.


Another penalty touch finder resulted in a maul brought down illegally, with referee Gareth Newman issuing a warning to the visitors.


The familiar sight of Rhys Jones dinking the ball into touch followed, and lock Lewis Jones took the lineout with the Bridgend pack unable to prevent Cox from mauling over for a try. Rhys Jones converted.


Swansea were in dreamland a minute later when number eight Morgan Morse picked up a loose ball at the ruck and raced clear to score from half way. Rhys Jones converted.


Lock Ben Thomas powered through a tackle up to the 22 and the home side were penalised for not releasing after the tackle. Fly half Paul Short chipped into the corner and prop Harry Olding powered over for a try from a secondary rolling maul. Short missed the conversion.


The Bridgend pack drove their counterparts upwards at a scrum to earn a penalty, with Short kicking for territory. Hooker Gareth Harvey failed to throw straight in the lineout though, gifting welcome possession to the All Whites.


Both captains were spoken to after a couple of minor skirmishes took place, and it was the visitors who were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Short kicked the simple three pointer.


Rhys Jones chipped into the corner with a penalty as the home side looked to attack again, but the Whites’ rolling maul was stopped on the line, resulting in a goal line drop out.


The visitors continued to dominate up front and earned another penalty thanks to excellent work by prop Curtis Hicks. Swansea managed a turnover and a clever chip ahead by winger Morgan Rees regained much needed territory.


Winger Cameron Ellis superb plucked the ball out of the air to set Bridgend on their way, but fellow winger Stuart Floyd-Ellis was stopped in his tracks. Harvey then charged forward but his side were prompted turned over.


Half-time:-   Swansea 20-8 Bridgend


The home side continued to attack after the interval with full back Harri Houston bursting out of a tackle over the 22, but support was slow to arrive and the Bridgend defence forced a knock on.


Harvey charged into the 22, with number eight Jordan Collier and flanker Dafi Davies making further yard, before the Whites were penalised for offside. Short chose to chip to the corner, but a misfiring lineout was taken by flanker Callum Bowden.


Scrum half Chris Williams and Powell linked up to start another Bridgend attack with Davies charging forward. The home side gave away a penalty and Short kicked his side to within nine points.


Swansea grabbed their first points of the second half in style when Houston took a high ball and got the ball out wide to Morgan Rees, who sprinted 30 metres and fed replacement scrum half Cameron D Jones for a try under the posts. Rhys Jones converted.


It looked like a repeat of the same move moments later when Morgan Rees raced through and chipped ahead, but the overeager Cameron D Jones was penalised for straying in front of the kick.


The Ravens looked for a way back into the game were awarded a penalty at the lineout with Short finding touch a metre from the Swansea line. An outstanding defensive effort by the home side at the maul turned over possession.


Replacement flanker Lloyd Evans was yellow carded for killing the ball near the home line as Bridgend were awarded another penalty. Bowden followed him into the bin moments later for a similar offence.


The visitors used the two man advantage to get the ball out wide for replacement scrum half Jakob Williams to score. Short missed the conversion and it was too late anyway as referee Newman blew the final whistle, sending the All Whites into the semi-finals.


Full-time:-   Swansea 27-16 Bridgend




Tries:-   Jamie Cox (14), Morgan Morse (16), Cameron D Jones (61)

Cons:-   Rhys Jones (15, 17, 62)

Pens:-   Rhys Jones (6, 8)


Yellow cards:-   Lloyd Evans (80+2), Callum Bowden (80+4)




Tries:-   Harry Olding (23), Jakob Williams (80+4)

Pens:-   Paul Short (31, 56)


Match facts:


Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Weather:-   Sunny, 11C

Referee:-   Gareth Newman

Man of the match:-   Morgan Rees

Attendance:-   500


Swansea team:


15 Harri Houston

14 Gareth O Rees

13 Joe Thomas

12 Osian Knott (rep: Ieuan Bissell 77)

11 Morgan Rees

10 Rhys Jones (rep: Brandon Wood 74)

9 Gareth J Rees (rep: Cameron D Jones 53)

1 James Kenny (rep: Cameron B Jones 53)

2 Jamie Cox (rep: Owen Thomas 41)

3 Ed Thompson (rep: Ellis Fackrell 41)

4 Lewis Jones

5 Matt Dodd (rep: Alex Ashton 69)

6 Sam Pailor (rep: Lloyd Evans 53)

7 Callum Bowden ©

8 Morgan Morse




16 Owen Thomas

17 Cameron B Jones

18 Ellis Fackrell

19 Alex Ashton

20 Lloyd Evans

21 Cameron D Jones

22 Ieuan Bissell

23 Brandon Wood


Bridgend team:


15 Mike Powell

14 Stuart Floyd-Ellis

13 Joseph Gatt

12 Tommy Morgan

11 Cameron Ellis

10 Paul Short

9 Chris Williams (rep: Connor Tantum 64 (rep: Jakob Williams 71))

1 Harry Olding (rep: Alex George 74)

2 Gareth Harvey (rep: Evan Yardley 54)

3 Curtis Hicks (rep: Liam Tobias 62)

4 Ben Thomas

5 Jack Pope

6 Dafi Davies (rep: Dylan Burrows 62)

7 Zac O’Driscoll (rep: Hemi Barnes 71)

8 Jordan Collier




16 Evan Yardley

17 Alex George

18 Liam Tobias

19 Dylan Burrows

20 Hemi Barnes

21 Connor Tantum

22 Alfie Llewellyn

23 Jakob Williams