By: Paul Hopkins
The Whites signed off their season in style with a late 24-14 victory over regional rivals Aberavon.
The visitors started the brighter and winger Alex Varney made a break over half way with the supporting centre Joe Gage chipping ahead, but the Swansea defence regrouped to clear their lines.
The Wizards were soon back on the attack through fly half James Garland and Varney, who chipped ahead only for the covering full back Gareth Rees to fumble and concede a penalty. Garland chipped to the corner and Joe Gage powered over for a try from a driving lineout.
Swansea looked to hit back immediately and a professional foul by the visitors gifted fly half Steffen Williams three points.
Lock Ben Thomas superbly ripped the ball off opposite number Sam Kiley to set up an Aberavon attack, but a loose Garland kick was comfortably fielded by Rees.
Offside at the ruck by the Wizards saw centre R Rhys Williams find touch inside the twenty-two. Lock James Ratti collected the lineout, but a handling error saw the move break down.
Ratti claimed another lineout soon after and fed prop Alex Jeffries, who made yards into the Aberavon twenty-two. Centre Mike Evans burst through a tackle, but was brought down a couple of metres short of the line. The Swansea pack weren’t able to gain any momentum though and gave away a soft penalty for pulling a man back off the ball.
Scrum half Tom Ham made a half break as the Whites continued to attack, but his side ran out of patience and R Rhys Williams was penalised for holding on after the tackle on the stroke of half time.
Half-time:- Swansea 3 Aberavon 7
The Wizards almost added a second try when full back John Phillips chipped through, but Evans superbly got back to defuse the situation to prevent the score.
The home side were awarded a penalty following a Whites scrummaging infringement. Garland opted to chip to the corner and the Whites committed an offside offence at the lineout. This time the Wizards opted for a close range scrum and a couple of offences in a row saw replacement prop Eddie Drake yellow carded.
Aberavon chose for the scrum to be reset and the visitors took advantage of the extra man to outmuscle their counterparts for a penalty try.
Quick ball out wide almost saw Rees break through a tackle and he was well supported by Ratti. The Wizards gave away a penalty and quick thinking by replacement scrum half Chris Morgans sent substitute flanker Ifan Phillips crashing over for a try. Steffen Williams converted.
The home side took the lead in spectacular fashion as Morgans raced 50 metres upfield from inside his own twenty-two and quick ball out wide saw Rees exploit a four man overlap to score. Steffen Williams converted.
Swansea gained the upper hand up front and earned a penalty at the maul. R Rhys Williams chipped to the corner, but Kiley failed to take the lineout. However a fight broke out and prop Rowan Jenkins was yellow carded.
Steffen Williams kicked to the corner and the ball was fed out down the blindside for winger Tom Williams to score. Steffen Williams converted.
The Swansea forwards camped on the Aberavon line in the dying seconds, but R Rhys Williams was unable to release the pass out wide and Tom Williams was penalised for holding on after the tackle.
Full-time:- Swansea 24 Aberavon 14
Tries:- Ifan Phillips (62), Gareth Rees (68), Tom Williams (79)
Cons:- Steffen Williams (63, 69, 80)
Pens:- Steffen Williams (16)
Yellow cards:- Eddie Drake (58)
Tries:- Joe Gage (12), Penalty Try (60)
Cons:- James Garland (13)
Yellow cards:- Rowan Jenkins (79)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Weather:- Light rain showers, 11C
Man of the match:- Charlie Davies
15 Gareth Rees (rep: Nathan Trowbridge 80+2)
14 Tom Williams
13 Mike Evans (rep: Callum Carson 49)
12 R Rhys Williams
11 Ryan Griffiths
10 Steffen Williams
9 Tom Ham (rep: Chris Morgans 49)
1 Jack Powell (rep: Eddie Drake 47-70, Shawn Howard 70)
2 Paul John (rep: Ifan Phillips 47)
3 Alex Jeffries (rep: Greg Cunniffe 60)
4 James Ratti
5 Sam Kiley (rep: Tudor Hughes 80+4)
6 Ben Davies (rep: Jack Powell 58)
7 Callum Bowden
8 Charlie Davies
16 Shawn Howard
17 Eddie Drake
18 Greg Cunniffe
19 Tudor Hughes
20 Ifan Phillips
21 Chris Morgans
22 Callum Carson
23 Nathan Trowbridge
15 John Phillips
14 Alex Varney
13 Will Price
12 Joe Gage (rep: Gwyn Parks 51)
11 Stef Andrews (rep: Chris Banfield 70)
10 James Garland ©
9 David Pritchard (rep: Dan Hiscocks 80+1)
1 Rowan Jenkins
2 Luke Davies (rep: Ieuan Davies 80+1)
3 Geraint James (rep: Chris Davies 70)
4 Ben Thomas (rep: Sam Williams 70)
5 Rhodri Hughes
6 Lee Purnell
7 Luke Joseph (rep: John Thomas 80+4)
8 Ashton Evans
16 Dan Hiscocks
17 Chris Banfield
18 Gwyn Parks
19 Ieuan Davies
20 John Thomas
21 Sam Williams
22 Andrew Waite
23 Chris Davies