Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Scorpions appoint new chairman and management committee

A new management committee has been set up at South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Football Club to ensure the smooth running of the club in 2015 and beyond.

Ian Curzon was appointed as the new chairman of the club, and Andy Birchall has taken up the position of vice-chair.

Curzon, a popular referee in South Wales, has an extensive knowledge of Rugby League and is already on the Wales Rugby League board of directors. Meanwhile, Birchall has been involved with the South Wales Scorpions Supporters Club since inception and this appointment means that he is handing in his notice as Supporters Club chairman.

When the Scorpions was set up in 2010, it was with a full strength board of directors but following the death of original director John Brennan and the resignations of founder Phil Davies and original financial director Rob Buckley, this board disbanded, and in 2014, the club was administered by Wales Rugby League.

Curzon said: “I am very proud and honoured to be appointed chairman of South Wales Scorpions. After the trials and tribulations off the field last year, the new management group is a major step forward to help stabilise the club and lay foundations for the future. We now need to start the hard work and get everything in place for the forthcoming season, and hopefully attract some new investors to the club.”

Mountain Ash RFC will also be represented on the Scorpions board with Martyn Ham, David O’Mahony and Mark Bennett all in attendance and they have agreed to assist where they can on matchdays while hoping to attend board meetings to provide a link from the Scorpions to their host club.

The finalised structure of the management committee will be published in due course, but it is envisaged that there will be a minimum of 14 volunteers, all contributing to the future success of Scorpions.

Curzon adds: “We’re delighted to have such fantastic hosts in Mountain Ash RFC and we’re pleased that they’re taking such a big interest. They really want the club to succeed and I think they were pleased with the steps that we’ve made off the field.”

Tickets for the biggest day of South Wales Scorpions’ 2015 season are already available. The Scorpions take on North Wales Crusaders in the Big Welsh Derby at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 10th May, part of a triple header of Rugby League. To buy, go to www.scorpionsrl.com.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Carl Field's Principality Premiership predictions

All Wales Sport's CARL FIELD looks ahead to tonight's action in the Principality Premiership, as well as tomorrow afternoon’s game at Rodney Parade…



Aberavon v Cardiff (7.30pm)

On paper, Cardiff should pick up a win at the Talbot Athletic Ground tonight, although the fact they haven’t played competitively since November 1 might work against them.

It’s up to Aberavon to exploit any rustiness and Jason Hyatt will be demanding a performance from his side after – by their own admission – some poor performances in recent weeks.

Prediction: Aberavon by 4 points


Bedwas v Llandovery (7.30pm)

Bedwas will be buoyed from their win at Bridgend last Sunday when they came from behind to steal the spoils late on – and I’m backing them to follow that up with another win against the Drovers at the Bridge Field this evening.

Prediction: Bedwas by 6 points


Bridgend v Ebbw Vale (7.30pm)

The Ravens undid the good work they’d done at Aberavon by surrendering a 16-6 half time lead on their way to defeat at home against Bedwas last time out – and they are likely to be in for a tough evening against the Gwent side this evening.

The Steelmen have lost their last two outings – albeit against the likely top two come the end of the season in Pontypridd and Carmarthen Quins.

Jason Strange’s men have won five out of eight since returning to the top flight and I expect that to be six from nine come full time at the Bridge Field.

Prediction: Ebbw Vale by 15 points


Cross Keys v Carmarthen Quins (7.30pm)

With seven wins out of seven, Carmarthen Quins have put an early marker down as the main challengers to champions Pontypridd.

Louie Tonkin’s side certainly had to dig deep at the Gnoll last Friday in order to see off a determined effort from struggling Neath with defeat staring them in the face.

And it’s that ability to dig deep that sets teams on their way to winning championships.

Quins face another tough game at Pandy Park against Cross Keys, who have been a bit hit and miss in the early part of the season and I predict another win for Quins, as they look to keep hold of Pontypridd’s coat-tails heading into another break for the British & Irish Cup.

Prediction: Carmarthen Quins by 8 points


Newport v Neath (Saturday, 1.30pm)

Having not played since November 1, a break should have given Newport time to regroup and get some of their depleted squad back and build on their home victory over Llanelli last time out.

Although standing in their way tomorrow will be a Neath side with renewed confidence having beaten Cross Keys and taken Carmarthen Quins to the wire in their last two games.

I’m going for a narrow away win here…

Prediction: Neath by 3 points

BUCS Match Report: Swansea University 3-37 Cardiff Met

Cardiff Met recorded just the second win of their BUCS Premier South A campaign as they ran out comfortable winners over basement boys Swansea University at Sketty Lane.
The foundation for the visitors' seven try demolition of an understrength Swansea side was built upon a totally dominant scrum, with referee Martyn Lewis forced to penalise the visitors at the set piece on numerous occasions.
Openside Jake Smith was a star performer for Met and provided the visitors with a number of turnovers, while fly half Owen Thomas also stood out on a day where the conditions made handling a tricky business.
For Swansea, despite being exposed up front, they were in the game until the last quarter when the hosts’ heads dropped but full back Josh Hammett and No. 8 Ollie Young still stood out for the Green and Whites.
The hosts had the wind advantage for the first 40 but it was Chris Davey’s outfit that found themselves ten points to the good after as many minutes.
Prop Thomas Concu opened the scoring after a powerful maul drove the visitors to within inches of the line before the tighthead burrowed over, with winger Tim Thompson doubling their lead after some incisive running from the backline.
At this stage the game looked like running away from the Green and Whites, but they regrouped and did well to exert some pressure of their own, coming away with three points thanks to the boot of Liam Crandon.
Both teams wasted further chances before the break and with hostilities threatening to spill over, official Lewis did well to keep a lid on the fraying tempers as the score remained 3-10 heading into the interval.
Swansea would have been delighted to be just a converted try away from their opponents at the break, but any hopes of a home comeback were quickly quashed by the capital based outfit.
The one-sided showing at scrum time continued and when Met packed down five metres out there was only going to be one outcome with No. 8 Oliver Bilton touching down for the simplest of tries. Thomas missed the extras but slotted a penalty moments later to stretch Met’s lead to 18-3.
The Green and Whites nearly hit back after a great break from Young saw them make a rare foray inside the opposition 22, but white line fever hit and the ball was lost forward.
 And there was to be no way back for the hosts-Met lock Charlie Hewitt drove over before great support play from Pierre Tucker saw the winger race beneath the posts, with replacement fly-half Tyler Williams adding the extras to the latter.
It was fast becoming a rout and Mike Sole completed the seven try haul as the inside centre ghosted through a number of weak tackles to cross unopposed, Williams once again added the extras.
 The hosts did press for a late consolation score but there was no way through the determined Met defence.
Star Man: Jake Smith (Cardiff Met)

Anscombe to start against Edinburgh

New recruit Gareth Anscombe will make his Cardiff Blues debut after being named at full back for the Guinness PRO12 clash with Edinburgh Rugby at BT Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 4pm).

The former Super Rugby star is one of five changes to the Cardiff Blues team that started the last league fixture with Munster Rugby at the start of November. Dan Fish is the other change in the back division as he is named on the left wing.

Macauley Cook comes in to partner Jarrad Hoeata in the second row while Ellis Jenkins is rewarded for his outstanding form in the LV=Cup with the number seven jersey in Scotland.

Kristian Dacey is named in the starting line-up at hooker, with Matthew Rees ruled out with injury, and Adam Jones will captain the region for the very first time.

Hot prospect Garyn Smith could also make his league debut for Blues with the Academy product named among the replacements after also impressing in the LV=Cup.

Director of Rugby Mark Hammett said: "We've enjoyed a good period of results in both cup competitions and now look forward to the resumption of the Guinness PRO12 for a crucial period of fixtures up until Christmas.

"We're well aware of the challenge we face up in Scotland against Edinburgh. They're well coached by South African Head Coach Alan Solomans and, from what I've seen of them, they have a strong territorial game and if you get that right it is hard to stop.

"We're keen to get Gareth (Anscombe) involved and so he will start the game at full back. A number of other players will be keen to step up, continue the good form of recent weeks and impress while others are away during the autumn international window.”

Cardiff Blues: 

15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Adam Thomas, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Dan Fish, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lloyd Williams; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Kristian Dacey, 3 Adam Jones (c), 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Macauley Cook, 6 Josh Turnbull, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 8 Manoa Vosawai

Replacements: 

16 Rhys Williams, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Chris Dicomidis, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Geraint Walsh

Friday, 14 November 2014

Principality Premiership predictions

All Wales Sport's Carl Field looks ahead to tonight's action in the Principality Premiership, as well as Sunday's game at the Brewery Field...




Llanelli v Aberavon

Aberavon head coach Jason Hyatt will demand a reaction from his side after last Friday’s poor display at Bridgend – which he labelled the "worst" under his stewardship. Anthony Buchanan’s Llanelli play their first home for six weeks buoyed by their performance – albeit ultimately in defeat – at Cross Keys seven days ago.

Prediction: Llanelli by 12 points


Ebbw Vale v Pontypridd

The Steelmen have been a revelation since returning to the top flight and were only narrowly beaten at Carmarthen Quins last Friday. Champions Pontypridd, meanwhile, haven’t been at their brilliant best in recent games and, although once again hampered by players off on regional duty, should just edge this one to remain top of the pile.

Prediction: Pontypridd by 3 points


Llandovery v Cross Keys 

Both these side have been a little bit Jekyll and Hyde so far this season with three wins and three defeats from their respective six games. It’s a difficult one to predict but I’ll just give it to the Drovers who will be looking to make full use of home advantage.

Prediction: Llandovery by 6 points


Neath v Carmarthen Quins

Neath will be looking for a repeat of their last outing a fortnight ago when they came from behind to record a stunning win over Cross Keys, which turned out to be Rowland Phillips’ last game at the Gnoll. Patrick Horgan will be looking for another positive result having taken on team affairs, although standing in their way are the mighty Quins - and it would take a brave punter to back against them maintaining their 100 per cent record.

Prediction: Carmarthen Quins by 16 points


Bridgend v Bedwas (Sunday)

Bridgend recorded a morale-boosting win at Aberavon last Friday and showed they have the ability to hurt teams, particularly when they get the ball out wide. Bedwas are likely to provide much stiffer opposition head coach Steve Law felt his side were unfortunate not to pick up a win at Pontypridd in their last game two weeks ago.

Prediction: Bedwas by 4 points


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Maesteg to face Tondu in inaugural Austen Howells Memorial Cup match

THE inaugural Austen Howells Memorial Cup match takes place tomorrow evening (Friday) between Maesteg and Tondu.

Austen Howells, a rugby player who died in August. Picture: Wales News Service 


The game is a tribute to the late Howells, who died aged just 40 while on a stag weekend in Manchester back in August.

Howells, who had just taken a coaching role at his hometown side Maesteg before his death, also represented Tondu during a distinguished career.

The game, which will be played annually between the two clubs, will also help support the respective junior sections.

Tomorrow night's fixture – which is being played at the Old Parish – kicks off at 7.15pm.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Principality Premiership predictions

All Wales Sport's Carl Field looks ahead to tonight's action in the Principality Premiership...



Aberavon v Bridgend (7.15pm)

It looks like it could be a long hard winter for the Ravens, who are up against it after a tough start that has seen them lose four out of five while the Wizards, who have the same record, have targeted this game and home advantage should pay dividends for Jason Hyatt’s side tonight.

Prediction: Aberavon by 15 points


Carmarthen Quins v Ebbw Vale (7.30pm)

This is the pick of this evening’s games with Ebbw Vale – with five wins out of six so far – the surprising front runners in the Principality Premiership. The Steelmen have won all three of their games on the road so far and another win here would be the biggest scalp of the lot. However I expect the Quins to record another win against the Gwent side and maintain their 100 per cent record.

Prediction: Carmarthen Quins by 7 points


Cross Keys v Llanelli (7.30pm)

Cross Keys will be looking for a reaction after their shock defeat at Neath where they tossed away a 19-7 half time lead before eventually going down 32-19 at the Gnoll. Llanelli head coach Anthony Buchanan admits his side looked rusty in their defeat at Newport – their first game for nearly a month – having started to look as if they were clicking into gear before the break for the British & Irish Cup.

Prediction: Cross Keys by 5 points


Llandovery v Pontypridd (7.30pm)

The champions haven’t been in rip roaring form of late – and only squeezed past Bedwas at Sardis Road last time out. I predict their 100 per cent record will go at Church Bank tonight – where they also lost in pre-season. Wing Richard Williams – who bagged a brace that day – will be looking to inspire the Drovers once again.

Prediction: Llandovery by 3 points

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Kidwelly blitz Carmarthen to extend lead

Kidwelly extended their advantage to two points at the summit of One West as the Black and Ambers blitzed past Carmarthen Athletic 51-10.
Hat-trick hero Luke Marshall in action for Kidwelly
The league leaders helped themselves to nine tries in all with efforts from Luke Marshall (3), Dafydd Lewis (2), Richard Rees (2), Andy Francis and Jason Smith.
Kidwelly's Jason Smith breaks through the Athletic defence
Hot on the pacemakers' heels are Newcastle Emlyn, who also picked up their sixth win of the season with an 18-12 success at Loughor.
Emlyn had three yellow cards in the match but came through thanks to tries from Sean Leonard and Alun Howells, while Dan Davies added eight points from the tee.
At the other end of the table, Amman United recorded the maiden win of their campaign as they defeated Gorseinon 20-17 at Cwmamman Park.
Amman’s tries came courtesy of a Liam Mangan touchdown and a penalty try, while Rhys Thomas converted both and slotted two penalties.
Luke Cross got Gorseinon’s only try while Andrew Steele fired over four penalties from the tee.
Trebanos moved to within three points of the One West Central leaders Kenfig Hill as 'Banws dispatched Dunvant, while the pacemakers slumped to a 19-22 home defeat to Skewen.
'Banws crossed twice through Matthew Edwards and Richard Davies while Christian Jones fired home a solitary penalty.
Skewen inflicted leaders Kenfig Hill’s second defeat of the season as they edged a close battle 22-19 at Croft Goch Playing Fields.
The visitors went over three times through Tom Kingdom, Jamie Kirkhouse and a penalty try, while Ricky Buselli added the extras to two and also slotted a penalty.
For the Mules, Lewis David, Alex Cunnick and Matthew Staniel went over, with Nicky Giles adding two conversions.

Elsewhere, Bonymaen, who were relegated from the Championship last season, recorded their fifth win with a 17-5 triumph at Seven Sisters. Bony’s only try of the match came through Jacob Clement while Mark Simons landed four penalties.

Rhiwbina in red-hot form

RED-HOT Rhiwbina made it seven wins out of seven in One East as skipper Brett Chatwin’s try treble inspired a 41-22 home bonus-point success over near neighbours Cardiff Quins.

Rhiwbina's Sam Watkins makes a break against Cardif Quins.
Photo courtesy of FidoPics
Chatwin was in scorching form, with two of his tries starting from the half way line, while Sion Summers, Louis Millar, Chris Hole and Joe Casella also crossed the whitewash in a magnificent seven-try salvo – with Chatwin also adding three conversions for good measure.

Although Quins deserve credit for their late rally, which saw them score three tries in the final 15 minutes through Xavier Thomas, Lewis Haines and Paul Adams – with Adams converting two of them – after his earlier penalty.

Rhiwbina sit second and two points behind leaders Penallta – who maintained their own 100 per cent record as they ran out 29-20 at Garndiffaith- with Rhys Silcox, Elliott Keep and Joeseph Scrivens all among the scorers for the Pitmen.

Elsewhere Senghenydd are five points back in third after they made it five wins out of six with a 29-18 home win over basement boys Llanishen – who remain winless.

Glamorgan Wanderers were 44-8 home victors against Fleur De Lys while Nelson were 30-21 home winners over struggling Blaenavon, who themselves are still searching for that first win. Rumney, meanwhile,  recorded a 26-21 win at Risca.

In One East Central, Gilfach Goch ended leaders Beddau’s unbeaten start to the campaign as they edged out the Green and Golds 10-6.

The home side’s Matthew Llewellyn went over for the only try of the game while Josh Lewis added the extras and a penalty as they secured just their third win.

Meanwhile a hat-trick from Luke Studley helped second-place Rhydyfelin to their fifth win of the season as they dispatched Ynysybwl 32-17.

Mountain Ash – in third - only trail Rhydyfelin on points difference after their 34-7 home defeat of second bottom Dowlais.

Treorchy beat bottom side Llantrisant 24-17 with the struggling visitors slipping to their seventh straight defeat.

Elsewhere in the division there were also wins for Bedlinog and Ystrad Rhondda over Llantwit Fardre and Heol y Cyw respectively.

Gerwyn Davies, David Gratton and Ryan Howells went over for Ystrad Rhondda with Rhys Truelove adding two conversions and a penalty.

Swalec Championship Weekend Round-Up

Brilliant Bargoed stretched their lead at the summit of the Swalec Championship to nine points as they dented Swansea’s title hopes with a 27-6 victory at St Helens.
The Blues have been in inspired form so far this season and made it nine wins from nine in a dominant performance on Swansea’s patch.
The Whites opened the scoring through a Nicky Thomas penalty, but that’s as good as it got for the hosts as a dominant Bargoed pack ran Richard Lancaster’s side ragged.
The buoyant Blues took a 17-6 lead into the interval with touchdowns from wing Lewis Protheroe, lock Geraint Edmunds and flanker Steffan Jouxson, while fly-half Josh Prosser added the extras to one.
To make matters worse for Swansea, they were forced to request uncontested scrums after the break after suffering a series of injuries.
A Prosser penalty tightened Bargoed’s grip on the match and a late try also from the outside half ensured Bargoed took home maximum points before the five-week Autumn International break.
Bargoed chairman Neil Carter was understandably delighted with the win.
“We would have taken any sort of win but to win in the way that we did, dealing with a disrupted second half through no fault of our own, was just outstanding.
“I have to pay great credit to the coaches, team management and of course the players for making it nine in a row - eight of them with bonus points. The team can take a well earned break now for the Autumn internationals.”
Merthyr continue to impress in their inaugural season in the league as they bagged their seventh win with a 15-9 success over Newbridge at the Welfare Ground.
The Ironmen crossed twice through Aaron Howard and Harry Millard, while Steve Lang converted one and also slotted a penalty.
At the other end of the table, Glynneath secured back to back wins as they edged out Tondu 25-21 at Abernant Park.
Centre Jack O’Reilly was the hero of the day for the hosts as he fired over six penalties and added the extras to Jordan Griffiths’ touchdown for a personal haul of 20 points.
The Waterwheelers remain third from bottom but did pick up a losing bonus point thanks to touchdowns from Jonathan Humphries and Tom Jones, while Paul Smithson added eleven points from the tee.
In a war of attrition at Cyncoed, it was Cardiff Met that picked up the slenderest of victories with a 19-18 triumph over Llanharan.
Owen Thomas bagged 14 of the Students' points from the tee while winger Pierre Tucker crossed for their only try.
The Dairymen, who have struggled so far this season with just one win to their name, did come away with a losing bonus point.
Meanwhile, in a tight battle at Newbridge Fields, it was Pontypool that came out on top as they did just enough to see off hosts Bridgend Athletic 16-13.
Pooler outscored their hosts two tries to one with efforts from Dan Haile and Nathan Brooks, with the former landing a penalty, while Tom Hancock was also on target from the tee.
Elsewhere, Tata Steel  picked up the sixth win of their campaign, dispatching North Walians RGC 1404 20-13.
Chris Cobiesero bagged a brace for the hosts, while Steve Lewis was on target with both the extras and also landed two penalties.
In the day’s other fixture Narberth came out on top in a ten try thriller at Glan-yr-Afon as the Otters saw off hosts Blackwood.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Carl Field's weekend predictions

PRINCIPALITY PREMIERSHIP

Bedwas v Newport (Saturday, 2.30pm)

Bedwas return to action after three weeks off and are looking to pick up their first win at the Bridge Field this season having lost their first three home games. Although they will have been buoyed – by the performance at least – against Carmarthen Quins last time out, when they scored two tries inside the first three minutes, before eventually going down 44-29.

Newport have been in Premiership action in recent weeks and, although they’ve suffered defeats at Cardiff and then at home against Gwent rivals Ebbw Vale in the dying moments last week, they have been unlucky not to turn at least one of them into a win – and are due a bit of luck.

Prediction: Newport by 3 points


BRITISH & IRISH CUP

Pool One – Pontypridd v Bristol (Saturday, 2.30pm)

Premiership powerhouses Pontypridd go into Saturday’s match level on nine points with Bristol at the top of the pool – but with a superior points difference – having hit Connacht for six last weekend.

This match could go a long way to determining both clubs’ destinies in this season’s competition, with the hosts keen to avenge their defeat the last time these two sides met – a 36-25 loss in their B&I semi-final at Sardis Road back in 2010/11.

Prediction: Pontypridd by 7 points


Pool Two – Yorkshire Carnegie v Aberavon (Saturday, 2.30pm)

The Wizards came crashing back down to earth at Rotherham last Saturday having defeated Ulster Ravens the week before – and another tough afternoon is expected for Jason Hyatt’s side at Brantingham Park – home of Hull Ionians – on Saturday.

It’s the second successive season these two sides have been grouped together, with Josh Griffin the star of the show in the corresponding fixture last year as he grabbed a hat-trick in a thumping 72-0 win for Carnegie.

Both sides have four points going into this weekend’s round three fixture, with Carnegie full of confidence after their impressive 22-17 win at Ulster Ravens last time out.

Prediction: Yorkshire Carnegie by 15 points


Pool Four – Cornish Pirates v Cross Keys (Sunday, 3pm)

Cross Keys got their campaign back on track with a narrow 23-22 win at English Championship side Bedford Blues last week – snatching the game in the dying seconds having trailed 19-3 after 16 minutes.

However the group was blown wide open week with the news that Cornish Pirates, who had beaten Bedford 35-34 in their pool opener, had breached the rules related to uncontested scrums which means the result was overturned and a 34-28 victory was latterly handed to Bedford.

Pirates also lost 29-25 at pool leaders Doncaster last week so another win for the Gwent club could really make things interesting – particularly if Bedford also win at Doncaster.

Prediction: Cross Keys by 5 points


Pool Five – Carmarthen Quins v Leinster A (Saturday, 2.30pm)

A Scarlets development XV in everything but name, a composite Quins side ran out 29-16 winners over English Championship side Plymouth at Parc y Scarlets last Saturday and bouncing back having lost at Jersey the week before.

The reigning champions are in town this weekend – with the game being played at Carmarthen Park – and a third straight win for Leinster would see them open up a sizeable lead at the top of Pool 5.

Two hard-fought victories against Plymouth and Jersey puts Leinster on eight points after two rounds. Jersey are second on five, Quins have four and Plymouth two.

Prediction: Leinster A by 10 points


Match Report: Swansea University Women's RFC 32-5 Plymouth University Women's RFC

Swansea University Women’s recorded the first win of their BUCS Western 1A campaign with a comfortable home success over Plymouth at Sketty Lane.
The Green and Whites, who went down 14-0 at Bristol last week, had too much experience across the park for their opponents in what was at times a training game.
Despite dominating the first 40 minutes, Swansea were perhaps guilty of switching off after the break as the game's continuity was broke up by changes and injuries.
Swansea were cruising at the interval and were 25 points to the good, but the second half was a much closer fought affair with Plymouth frustrating their hosts for large periods.
Despite the disjointed nature of the match, a number of players stood out on both sides. For Swansea the half back combination of Rhian Perry and Meg Griffiths worked well, while the back row of Lydia Shelton, Kate Jones and Roz MacRow-Wood were dynamic in both the loose and at the breakdown. For Plymouth outside half Kat Smith and flanker Lucy Robinson were the catalyst for everything positive from the side.
A scrappy start saw both sides guilty of turning over quality possession but a quick tap penalty from scrum-half Perry got the hosts moving, with Griffiths making good yardage in support. After several phases the ball was recycled with centre Becca Cottam guilty of fumbling the ball with the line at her mercy.
The pressure was building on the visitors' line-Beth Sheen was scragged just short for Swansea and it was a case of when, not if, Swansea would score with Perry on hand to dart over.
The hosts' lead was soon doubled after the centre partnership of Cottam and Nicola Jones combined well with the latter touching down.
It was one way traffic now as Plymouth struggled to get out of their own 22 let alone their half and Swansea were soon adding to their tally first through Shelton and then prop Stephanie Evans.
With Plymouth unable to clear their lines, another Swansea score before the break was inevitable and came through Shelton as the flanker showed great strength to barge over from five yards out.
The second half began as the first had ended with Swansea well on top and when Griffiths converted her own score, the match was all but over as a contest.
With the match won Swansea’s structure began to fade and they failed to do the basics correctly with forced offloads, dropped passes and turnovers blighting their game.
The English outfit continued to battle hard-Robinson broke from 60 metres out and only a brilliant last ditch tackle from Griffiths was able to deny her.
Plymouth now had their tails up and began to press for a consolation - winger India Roberts was held up but the visitors eventually got their reward when Molly Humphries drove over the Swansea whitewash.
Swansea should have had the final say but were unable to find the final pass, with support play a real issue as players began to flag.
Despite the game fizzling out, prop Evans did produce one moment of magic with a hand off and step to elude a number of defenders before being tackled.
Swansea host Bristol University next Wednesday and with Welsh Varsity rivals Cardiff in the same league as the Green and Whites, this year all eyes will be on that derby on November 19.

Player of the Match: Lydia Shelton (Swansea University)