Sunday, 29 September 2013

Swalec Championship Round Up

Defending Champions Ebbw Vale maintained their 100% record and moved top of the Swalec Championship, courtesy of a hard-fought 27-9 victory over 14 man Cardiff Met at Cyncoed.

The Students, who were unbeaten before today, were ahead early on through a Mark Cook penalty, before flanker Tom Hall was dismissed after 20 minutes for an alleged tip tackle on Ebbw’s Leighton Bellamore.

The Steelmen made sure the man advantage paid off, crossing four times through Wes Cunliffe, Ronny Kynes, captain Damien Hudd and a penalty try.

Pontypool moved up to third with a comfortable 32-23 victory over league strugglers Bonymaen. Pooler crossed four times through Josh Hurley, Chris Laing, Mark Thorley and Trevor James, as they notched up their third triumph of the season.

Meanwhile, North Wales region RGC 1404 returned to winning ways with a 56-10 trouncing of Blackwood at Glan Yr Afon.

The visitors helped themselves to eight tries with Kelvin Davies grabbing a hat-trick and Lewis Banks bagging a brace, while Tom Blackwell's effort was also amongst the tries.

Narberth bounced back from their drubbing at Eugene Cross Park last week to dish out a whipping of their own, as they dismissed last year’s runners up Bargoed 33-7 at the Lewis Lloyd Ground.

The Otters had a narrow 9-7 lead at the break thanks to three Ianto Griffiths penalties, but turned up the tempo in the second half to run in four unanswered tries through Adrian Killa, Morgan Griffiths, Wayne Williams and Richard Davies.

In a tight encounter at Pandy Park new boys Tondu edged past Llanharan 20-17, despite trailing at the break.

The Waterwheelers' points came courtesy of touchdowns from Mark Roberts, Joe Heatley and Matthew Morgan, while Matthew Murphy added a conversion and Gareth Powell fired over a penalty.

The Dairymen’s Codey Rees notched up 12 of his side’s points as they had to settle for a losing bonus point.

Elsewhere, Tata Steel put Beddau to the sword as the Port Talbot outfit recorded an emphatic 49-10 victory.

Simon Evans bagged 17 of the Saints’ points including a 60 yard touchdown, while captain Gareth Edwards and second row Ben Evans were also amongst the scorers.

Finally, Newbridge claimed the second win of their campaign with a 38-20 home success over Bridgend Athletic.

The hosts struck six times through Ryan Lee, Andrew Evans, Luke Crane, Ethan Doyle, Matthew Howells and Matthew Llewellyn.


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