Thursday, 2 May 2013

Penlan see off Tycroes to claim the Brains SA Plate

Penlan produced a clinical display to see off Four West Champions Tycroes 26-8 in the Brains SA Plate final at Broadacre on Wednesday night.

Penlan celebrate with the Brains SA Plate trophy

On a beautiful evening for running rugby at Dunvant, it was Tycroes that opened the scoring with a well struck penalty from Grant Williams.
However, the Four South West high-fliers regrouped, with flying wing Dafydd Pritchard sending centre James Jenkins clear before full back Scott Davies added the extras. After the breakthrough, it was one way traffic until the interval with Penlan’s expansive game and deft interplay causing all sorts of problems for Tycroes.
The Swansea side crossed twice further before the interval to take a comfortable 21-3 lead into the break, with Davies touching down for a well-taken score, while wing Pritchard put on the afterburners to run in from his own 22. Davies was once again on target with the extras.
Tycroes winger Mickey Hopkins in full flight
Tycroes started the second half with a much higher tempo and a comeback looked on when they crossed after five second half minutes.  A period of forward pressure saw John Ogden drive over but the conversion was wide of the target.
Penlan didn’t panic and regrouped with defences very much on top for each side. Although both teams had chances, a combination of strong tackling and some basic errors ensured the score remained the same.
Man of the match Dominic Cambriani was a threat for Penlan all evening.
As time wore on, Tycroes prodded and probed but were left increasingly frustrated, and when man of the match, scrum-half Dominic Cambriani, crossed five minutes from time, the victory was well and truly sealed by Penlan.
Tycroes will be comforted by the fact they have secured the Four West title and will now look forward to proving their credentials at a higher level next season.
Penlan on the other hand will look to round off a great season with the Four South West crown, but face opposition from Glyncorrwg.


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