Porthcawl RFC race to top of league – Glamorgan Gem

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

By GEM Staff Reporter


Porthcawl went top of the division with a comfortable win over Tonmawr in a match which could have yielded many more points for the home side, were it not for a combination of bounce of the ball and wasted chances.

The home pack got a grip of the match from the outset as a solid scrum and outstanding forward cohesion saw Porthcawl take a deserved led when Mattie Davies, a major presence at No 8, grabbed a pushover try as the Tonmawr scrum creaked. The returned Nathan Townley, turning out at scrum-half, added the conversion and 7-0.

To their credit, Tonmawr showed a determined edge and when lax Porthcawl defence presented the opportunity, lock Al Lester grabbed an unconverted try.

With Porthcawl’s front row of Dai Saines, Jack Williams and Tim Lunn providing the beef, backed up by Lloyd Long and Nick Nutman at lock, it was the outstanding flanker James Burge-Davies who grabbed a deserved try to stretch the lead to 12-5.

Strangely, despite the possession enjoyed by the home side, they could not turn the pressure into points and at the break, Tonmawr were still in touch, with no further score in the half.

Nathan Townley’s early second half penalty made it 15-5, as Leon McNally came off the bench to replace Burge-Davies.

With flanker Jobe Owens proving to be a huge thorn in Tonmawr’s side with another huge display, always breaking the first tackle, the Seaweeds had almost total control of the match, with the visitors finding the going increasingly tough.

The loss of Lloyd Long for 10 minutes for a yellow card didn’t seem to clip the Seaweeds’ wings and the next score soon followed.

Centre Jacob Thomas, welcomed back to the side after some time on the sideline, showed flashes of his usual thrust and got into his stride to break through and provide fly-half Jordan Skidmore with the scoring pass. He scampered untouched for a super try, improved by Townley and at 22-5 there was no way back for Tonmawr.

With the match drawing to a close, it was Skidmore once more, securing the bonus point try from a tapped penalty, as prolonged pressure by Porthcawl on the Tonmawr line paid dividends.

Townley’s conversion made it 29-5 at the close of an entertaining match and a useful two week break should benefit the squad prior to the visit to Cwmgwrach on October 24. PF

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