Porthcawl RFC take top spot in league after emphatic win

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Rugby

Porthcawl RFC flew to the top of the division with this resounding 42-0 win at local rivals Bryncethin, their second on the road this season.

Playing with an intensity that’s hard to match, the Seaweeds got off to a flyer as centre Tom Bluck zipped in for an early try inside five minutes for 5-0.

Josh White got his reliable boot into action as a deliberate knock-down, strangely un-carded, by the home defence presented the penalty opportunity and he duly knocked it over for 8-0, before popping over his second shortly afterwards, following a thunderous tackle by hooker Jack Williams on the home outside-half, and at 11-0 within as many minutes, Porthcawl were already cruising.

Scrum-half Ross Parsons, back from a stint playing in France, was a huge presence at the heels of his rampant pack and when he latched onto the ball 15 meters out, he drove over, aided by his pack, for the visitors second try, improved by White from wide-out and 18-0.

With the bulldozing Tom Butcher, returning open-side Leon McNalley and skipper Richard Hnyda leading the Porthcawl charge upfront, allied to White pulling the strings effectively behind, a drive deep into the Bryncethin half brought a further penalty which White’s metronomic boot turned into three points.

Hlf-time provided a breather for the home side, who had done their best in patches to stem the flow from Porthcawl’s relentless pressure, the score at this stage 21-0.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first and with second Row Ford Cooper providing plenty of dependable effort upfront for the Seaweeds and his drive in Porthcawl’s scrum proved unstoppable.

The home scrum folded and the referee awarded a penalty try to Porthcawl, duly improved by White, for 28-0 and the match was effectively over as a contest.

Hard-running wing Jake Thomas suffered an ankle injury and left the field for Porthcawl, along with his team mate prop Tim Lunn, suffering from a calf injury, but this failed to blunt the Seaweeds’ clinical approach.

When a scything midfield break by fullback Gareth Rees carved a gaping hole in Bryncethin’s line, there was Bluck, skipping over for his second try, goaled by White for 35-0.

Butcher, who had a big game at No.8, and when he stole a home throw at a lineout near halfway, there was McNalley, galloping through Bryncethin’s now desperate defence, before handing on to Bluck who gleefully completed his try hat-trick.

White’s unerring boot provided the crowning conversion to complete the scoring at 42-0 and maximum points.

Coach Rhys James has now got his side playing an intensive, controlled yet free-flowing brand of rugby, and with Banwen visiting South Road on Saturday, home supporters will be expecting another sound display to consolidate the top-of-the-table position.


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