Porthcawl RFC make it three wins from three

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

– Rugby

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Porthcawl RFC went back on the road and comfortably recorded their third win from three starts against a very determined Nantymoel outfit, to be nicely placed in third position in the league.

The match proceeded to become a game of two definite halves but it didn’t appear that way early on as the Seaweeds racked 19 unanswered points in just 10 opening minutes.

In a determined plan to move the ball from almost any playable position, Porthcawl got off to a flyer with the pack, particularly prop Jamie Uren, making hard yards into the heart of the Nanty defence.

Wing Jordan Skidmore got matters moving with a fine break, handing on to the irrepressible Owen Thomas at flanker whose 30 metre surge allowed the ball to go wide.

Centre Aled Davies latched on to the final pass to cross for a try out wide and 0-5, outside-half Ben Thomas’ conversion just wide.

Thomas made up for this three minutes later, however, as his brilliant break through midfield and deft inside pass found scrum half Ben Roach, who cantered in under the posts, Thomas converting, making it 0-12.

Immediately from the kick-off, full-back Gareth Rees turned on the gas before kicking ahead over the cover defence and there was wing Jake Thomas grabbing his first try of the afternoon, and Thomas converting for 0-19 with just 10 breathless minutes gone on the clock.

Porthcawl kept up the incessant attacks despite best efforts of Nanty flanker Graham Morgan to stem the flow, aided and assisted by scrum half Connor Walker.

However, the Seaweeds extended their lead when following good yards by prop Tim Lunn, flanker Owen Thomas was driven over for the try from a lineout but the referee awarded a penalty try, so seven points and 0-26.

When a mighty Porthcawl scrum and good work by Skidmore brought an unconverted second try for Jake Thomas, the game was effectively in the bag for Porthcawl at 0-33.

However Nanty’s Lewis Carson nabbed a try back for 5-33 approaching half-time.

Porthcawl wing Jake Thomas was denied his hat-trick try after a fabulous length of the field move out of defence, the referee ruling the pass forward despite it looking fine.

The second half saw a real turnaround as the home side began with a greater purpose, driving Porthcawl back with some determined play.

Veteran Dai Stacey came off the bench to score an early try converted by skipper Ryan Davies and 12-33.

Porthcawl somehow contrived to sit back amid some committed play by Nantymoel and the momentum shifted hugely to the home side, with only the finishing touches deserting them as at least the Porthcawl defence stood up.

Gareth Rees brought cheers of relief from Porthcawl supporters as his corner try, converted brilliantly off touch by Ben Thomas, moved the score to 12-40, yet it was Nanty who had the final say as James nabbed another try to bring more respectability to the score at 19-40 at the final whistle.

Porthcawl await the arrival of unknown quantity Morriston, to South Road on Saturday and will be looking to home advantage to bring win number four.

PF

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