Porthcawl back to winning ways in emphatic fashion – results round-up – Glamorgan Gem

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

By GEM Community Correspondent

Porthcawl RFC got their first week blues firmly out of the system as they went on the road and comfortably beat a Banwen side that had accounted for Vardre the previous week, the final score 37-8.

The Seaweeds started strongly and Josh White soon got the scoreboard ticking over as he banged over a 32 metre penalty into the wind for 0-3.

However Banwen also wanted part of the action and right wing Dai Saunders grabbed an unconverted try after making the extra man wide out and ran in from 40 metres for 5-3.

With the Porthcawl pack doing well at the early scrums and with loose head Tim Lunn producing some great driving runs, hooker Jack Williams, superb so far this campaign, broke away from Richard Hnyda’s telling break, for a great try improved by White’s reliable boot for 5-8.

Dan Heatley, on permit from Kenfig Hill at scrum half, was quite outstanding for Porthcawl with a swift and long service although he took a bang on the nose and left for treatment, but thankfully returned.

Josh White, who produced a masterclass of tactical kicking for Porthcawl throughout the match, extended the visitors lead to 3-11 with an easy penalty, with home kicker Steve Thomas grabbing a penalty for Banwen, to close the half at 8-11.

Porthcawl’s lead was extended early into the second spell as centre Gareth Rees’ thumping tackle dislodged the ball from the Banwen ball-carrier and flying wing wing James Phillips zipped in from halfway for a delightful try near the posts for, with White’s conversion putting Porthcawl 10 points clear at 8-18.

Porthcawl lost influential ball-winner Leon McNally with a leg injury; however the visiting eight galvanised and with 15 minutes remaining, White produced a magical piece of skill, as his brilliant cross kick to the corner was taken by speedster Callum Walters, who gleefully plucked the ball out of the air to touch down for the try and 8-23, White’s conversion shaving the posts from the touchline.

The Seaweeds superior platform up front had long reduced the home scrum to tatters and when another almighty effort produced a penalty try for White to improve at 8-30 the match was effectively finished as a contest.

That said, substitute Anthony Griffiths, on at No.8 for Porthcawl, had other ideas and profited from another almighty scrum and drove over for the try, again goaled by White, and a final scoreline of 8-37, to cap a great afternoon.

Coach Rhys James was well pleased with how his team had performed and with Bridgend Sports the visitors to South Road for a local derby on Saturday, that match could be a cracker.

Paul Fielding

Under 9s – Llantwit Fadre 6, Porthcawl 5

We came so close to our first win but our defence let us down at the end after a great comeback in the last 10 minutes, where we showed our good passing and running skills, deserving of at least a draw.

There were a few more players getting used to contact and stepping up a gear such as Rose, who was awarded top tackler. She made some great tackles to save certain tries and also showed up well with ball in hand.

Ryan also got back into the groove with his mazy runs and back on the scoresheet, Ryan would have been close to getting top tackler award if only he held onto the tackler but instead walked away with try scorer award for great determination to get over the line.

Another making his mark was the new boy Mackenzie, who was awarded best effort award for some silky running, taking ball at pace and making some telling tackles covering back to save his team mates.

Piers again made his mark in the game, picking up the making a difference award, tracking highest tackle count and making some telling strong runs and straightening our attacking lines with ball in both hands.

There were strong all round games from Dylan, Dewi, Lewis and Lex, who all made good runs and made their tackles count all day. The try of the match came after a number of passes out of tackles with Dewi taking the ball close and piping the ball up to Lewis, running a good supporting line, to cross to give us a chance for a draw.

Try scorers were Dewi (3), Lewis and Ryan.

Rob Hooper

The under-13s notched an impressive 50-0 win against Bridgend Sports, while the under-8s went down 14-9 against Llantwit Fardre. In the under-7s, Porthcawl won their first game against Llantwit Fardre 11-3 and their second 10-4.

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