Porthcawl RFC starts new season with a close away win

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

– Rugby

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The new league season kicked off with an enthralling encounter at Heol-y-Cyw, the home side welcoming Porthcawl for the first time in many years.

On a bright sunny afternoon that invited running rugby, the home side set about taking the game to the Seaweeds and following some well-fought opening stages, it was the Cyw who struck first when they profited from a period of sustained pressure to nab an unconverted try, their huge pack having set the platform.

There really was little to choose between two sides intent on playing – but with contrasting styles – as the driving play of the home side matched up to the attacking intent of the Porthcawl backs.

Seaweeds fly half Josh White tried a monster penalty from wide out on halfway but his kick fell just under the bar. Porthcawl lost lock Will Robinson after 39 minutes, replaced by the returning Paul John as the Seaweeds shuffled their pack, with skipper Leon McNally leading from the front all game.

With half-time imminent, Porthcawl got on even terms as a flowing back movement saw right wing Jake Thomas crash over for a superb corner try, unconverted for 5-all at the break.

The second half couldn’t have started better for Porthcawl as ace play-maker centre Jon Phillips sped away down the right touchline and when finding his way blocked, he kicked ahead, winning a thrilling chase to re-gather and touch down for a super individual try and 5-10.

Porthcawl, having weathered much of the home side’s endeavour upfront, started to exert pressure that saw Heol y Cyw yielding silly penalties, and when White’s 22-metre penalty made it 5-13, the home side needed to find some other answers.

They did reduce the Porthcawl lead to 8-13 with Hartlett’s penalty goal and he repeated the feat minutes later for 11-13, the result now again in the balance.

As the Cyw continued the forward-orientated driving game, the Porthcawl answer was once more to spread the ball wide and when full-back Ben Thomas supplied a sublime pass to substitute winger Ethan Walsh, the young flyer crashed over for the match-winning try and 11-18.

In an enormously unfortunate twist of fate that brought an unwelcome end to the match when home No 8 and talisman Jordan Hawkins, who had a fine match throughout, suffered a double injury, affecting his ankle and a clean break to his leg in the most unfortunate of accidents in the final minute of injury time.

All at Porthcawl RFC wish him the speediest of recoveries from the cruellest of injuries.

The incident saw the referee call an end to proceedings and Porthcawl now move on to the eagerly anticipated local derby against Pyle at South Road on Saturday.

Report by Paul Fielding.

Photos by Tracey Williams.

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