Porthcawl dominate promotion rivals – but will they rue missing out on a bonus point?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

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Porthcawl RFC Firsts finally got round to playing one of the two sides that have outpaced the others in the division this season, and they had a comfortable win against the Uplands, with a committed display.

The Porthcawl defence is by a mile the meanest in the league and they kept a further clean sheet as they prevented the second side in the division from getting anywhere near a score.

With captain Richard Hnyda on holiday in Australia, it was down to Jon Phillips to skipper the side and he put in another masterful display of leadership and general play.

It was Phillips’ outstanding midfield break that set up the first try as left wing Jake Thomas sped in wide out for 5-nil.

Fly half Josh White found his range with a penalty, as Porthcawl forced the visitors to transgress at a ruck 40 metres out, for 8-nil within 15 minutes.

It was White again, this time with a punishing kick over the advancing Uplands defence, which saw Phillips speed through unopposed to grab the unconverted touchdown for 13-nil, with Uplands wondering what was afoot.

With Porthcawl’s relentless pack, in which flanker Owen Thomas gave an awesome display, proved to be a brick wall first line of defence, and then charged at will into the visiting half.

With this platform, White again showed superb vision to produce another kick over the Uplands defence and left wing Thomas and centre Gareth Rees both gleefully dived on the ball for Porthcawl’s third try, converted superbly by White from the touchline and the half-time whistle signalled some breathing space for Uplands, already looking a beaten side at 20-nil.

As can sometimes happen, however, Swansea got their act together a little more in the second half and frustrated all the Seaweeds’ efforts to secure the bonus point try, with centre Aled Davies continually probing for Porthcawl, only for his industry to go unrewarded as chances came to grief.

No 8 Lean McNally made a superb 40-metre break for Porthcawl deep into the opposing half but a knock on prevented the try.

The impressive Matt Cooke came on for Jamie Uren, who had again had a fine match for Porthcawl, and White came off for Jordan Fox who went to full-back, with Phillips switching to pivot.

However, stubborn resistance from the visitors, coupled with ineffective finishing from the Seaweeds,, saw the match peter out into a mute conclusion as the pitch proved heavy going for both sides.

For Porthcawl this was a crucial win however and with matches in hand, the Seaweeds can overtake Uplands to move into second place and an automatic promotion spot.

However, this will take a mighty effort to make each match count and confidence is good. Porthcawl welcome Pontycymmer to South Road next on March 3.

PF

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