Emphatic win for Porthcawl RFC

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Rugby

Porthcawl RFC went on the road and took full advantage of great playing conditions and defying a late comeback to rack up an emphatic win at Glyncorrwg.

The Seaweeds struck first as their early dominance put Corrwg under pressure and Josh White slotted a fine penalty, his first contribution of an outstanding personal display on the day.

White’s sublime skills in handling are matched only by his kicking prowess and he extended the visitors lead shortly afterwards with a monster kick from five metres inside his own half, for 0-6.

The home side are always a determined outfit and they pulled back a penalty before the first try of the day, following a storming couple of runs from the rampant Tom Butcher, back to his best at No.8.

With the Porthcawl scrum causing Corrwg all kinds of problems, Porthcawl scrumhalf Aled Ball was able to drive over from close range for the try, again converted by White and a lead of 3-13.

Porthcawl’s pack, with skipper Richard Hnyda leading the way, kept supplying a welter of possession from the lineout, with only final touches denying the visitors further tries.

Glyncorrwg snatched a useful penalty to keep them in touch but they never really threatened to produce a try as Porthcaw’s stout defence held firm.

The Seaweeds dominance of the upfront battle paid dividends when a rolling maul over the home line, resulted in a try for Porthcawl, with flanker Jake Furness getting the touchdown and White’s conversion put the visitors ahead at 6-20.

Furness, having an impressive match at flanker further stamped his impression on the match with a smart break through midfield and perfectly timed his pass to the supporting Shawn Wilcox who glided in at the corner for a super try, bettered only by White’s touchline conversion for 6-25, as the match drew into half-time.

Shortly into the second spell, Glyncorrwg snatched a penalty for 9-25, before Furness was at it yet again, this time securing the try for himself and White’s monster conversion from right on touch made for a delightful seven points and 9-32.

White’s almost unerring boot added a smart drop goal as Porthcawl pressed deep in the home 22 but with options limited and at 9-35, the match seemed well in the bag.

That said, the home side’s pride seemed to appear and when the match went to passive scrums due to Glyncorrwg running out of front row players, it certainly helped their cause.

With Porthcawl tiring after a very good and workmanlike shift throughout the match, allied to home determination, Glyncorrwg produced two converted tries in the final two minutes but all too little too late and the Seaweeds moved to second spot in the league, with this bonus point win.

Gareth Rees and White were the pick of Porthcawl’s backs, with Hnyda, Butcher, Anthony Griffiths and Furness, in particular, seemingly everywhere up front and getting the man of the match award.

Porthcawl go in search of more points at local neighbours Bryncethin on Saturday.

PF

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