Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Swalec Championship Weekend Review

Fighting for their Swalec Championship survival, Blackwood boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a gritty performance to see off Cardiff Met 19-11 at Glan Yr Afon.
Blackwood started the day bottom of the pile but a spirited showing in muddy conditions saw them outscore the Students three tries to one. Gareth Williams crossed in the opening half, with no 8 David Brake and a penalty try added after the interval, while Anthony John converted two.
Club Official Lyn Hall is hopeful Saturday’s win will prove to be the turning point in their season.
“After the heavy defeat the week before to Narberth, a few harsh words were dished out and the players reacted positively with a great performance against Met on Saturday.”
“We are just off the bottom now and hoping that win will be the catalyst for us to kick on.”
The Glan Yr Afon outfit have two games in hand over their relegation rivals and, with games against Beddau and Bonymaen to come, Hall believes they will still avoid the drop.
“Obviously, one of our games in hand is against Ebbw Vale on Friday night which will be very tough for the lads, but like our rivals we have games we are targeting as must-win against the clubs around us.”
Blackwood’s visitors on Friday night, Ebbw Vale, continue to blow away all opposition as they stretched their lead at the summit to 25 points, thrashing Tondu 59-6 at Pandy Park.
The Steelmen helped themselves to nine tries in this one-sided encounter- Luke Davies and Cameron Regan bagging braces for the visitors.
Meanwhile, second placed RGC 1404 were made to work hard for their 22-15 win at Newbridge.
The North Walians crossed three times through Richard Hopkins, Tallis Karaitiania and Ollie Cracknell as Chris Horsman’s troops notched up their 12th win of the season.
Elsewhere, Tata Steel moved up to third in the standings as they heaped more woe on struggling Bonymaen with a 48-15 drubbing at their Margam base.
Jordan Creelock bagged a try-treble while Simon Evans, Iwan Edwards, Ceri Jones and Lloyd Rogers also went over.
Pontypool claimed their first win since the end of December as they battled past high-flying Narberth 31-16 at Pontypool Park.
Clayton Gullis notched up 16 of his side's points from the tee, while Josh Hurley, Luke Dyckhoff and Mike Burke touched down.
The Otters' points all came before the break with a try from Jon Morgan and 11 points from the boot of Ianto Griffiths.
Bridgend Athletic recorded the double over Bargoed as the Newbridge Field outfit ran out 20-12 winners. Lindsay McCausland and Ben Howe went over for Athletic, while Steve Lewis added the extras to both and also fired over two penalties.
Finally, Llanharan inflicted Beddau’s fourteenth defeat of the season with a 17-10 away success. 


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