Stiff test of Alltwen overcome by Porthcawl – Glamorgan Gem

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

By Tim Chapman

There are times when sides that have struggled find a performance from somewhere and so it proved on Saturday as lowly Alltwen provided a somewhat stiffer than expected test for Porthcawl.

That said, a win on the road is always welcome and the result was never in doubt as the Seaweeds maintained their position at third in the table.

Porthcawl got the scoreboard ticking over inside three minutes as No.8 Jobe Owens started a fine personal performance by securing a smart try as the visitors’ hooker Jamie Fry took one against the head and Owens drove over for 0-5.

Alltwen got back three points with a smart penalty from Steve Jones before Josh White replied with a similar effort for Porthcawl for 3-8.

Indeed, the home side then took advantage of some sleepy defence from Porthcawl following a good driving maul for a surprise 10-8 lead, with John Davies grabbing the unconverted try.

Centre Gareth Rees ensured that Porthcawl went in ahead at the break as he profited from swift possession as his pack provided off the top at a lineout.

Following a tremendous thrust, centre Ben Thomas provided Rees with a beautiful pass to put him clean through for the try, which White converted for 10-15 at the half-time whistle.

The second half saw Porthcawl prop Tim Lunn go into the sin bin soon after the restart, yet White kicked his third goal, a penalty from 40 metres, to make it 10-18.

Mattie Davies arrived on the flank as substitute for Leon McNally for Porthcawl before White’s third successful penalty goal from fully 47 metres, stretched the lead to 10-21.

Centre Ben Thomas left the field with Gareth Richards coming on to replace him, and with Porthcawl now seemingly in control and Alltwen tiring, some great work by the Seaweeds eight, driving into the home 22, saw Owens dive through for his second try, as he picked up near the line.

White’s successful conversion put the match beyond doubt at 10-28 with time ebbing away.

With just minutes left on the clock, disaster struck for Porthcawl as White, who’d been outstanding once again with his general play and goal-kicking, suffered what appeared to be a possible wrist fracture and left proceedings in some pain.

His loss will be vital for the Seaweeds as Tonmawr visit South Road on Saturday, in a 1.30pm kick-off, with Wales playing Australia later and coach Rhys James, although satisfied with another win on the road, will be looking for a better all-round performance from his troops in front of the home crowd.

Paul Fielding

The under-13s defeated Hendy 41-5, the under-12s were 7-5 winners against Bridgend Athletic; the under-8s were defeated 12-3 against Bridgend Athletic while the under-7s defeated the same opposition 19-3.

Under 9s – Porthcawl 4,

Bridgend Athletic 8

The team played some great rugby at times, passing into space with plenty of runners looking for the ball.

Bridgend brought a strong running game cutting good angles and at times too strong for our defence with two of their players causing damage to our line early on racking up the tries.

What was pleasing was that some of the defensive training drills began to pay off with players starting to move up in line at pace.

A couple of notable tackles came from Neeson, again fearless executing the side tackle to perfection, Oscar, who after a bump on his leg got back up and made two strong tackles in short period of time, Piers for his relentless strong running and coming top of the tackle count again, picking up making difference award for his efforts, and last but not least Lex, who really led the line of defence flying in fearlessly, taking players nice and low showing the way forward.

Taylor and Dylan not only put in some powerful runs but also made some good up front tackles while driving forward.

On the front foot we showed some great skills with Lewis and Samuel running some great angles after Dexter, Taylor, Dylan made the hard yards and poping ball off with good runs from Mackenzie, Oscar, Theo and Ryan, who finished off a great try using those great feet to wrongfoot the opposition.

Another player making good runs was Scott – for his first game he showed up strongly with a number of runs and deservedly was awarded clubman individual effort award for his strong runs and tackles.

Dewi was pleased to be back on the scoresheet with a variety of tries, one using strength to power over with other two showing his side stepping skills to cut through the defence.

This was good but what was great was the the offloading into space with Joel popping up on one move three times taking ball forward and drawing the player before passing.

We nearly saw the try of the game after three or four offloads as Dewi picked up the ball, passing two players with one to beat, drawing in the last attacker and floating ball out, but we just failed to hold onto the pass which would have finished off a great phase of play.

It was nice seeing our players take ball on with confidence and using their side stepping and passing with Matthew, Taylor, Samuel, Harrison, Lex and Lewis all popping balls out of the tackle keeping the ball moving which showed great skills which will pay dividends in coming weeks.

This week we are away to Kenfig Hill.


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