Thursday, 1 May 2014

Swalec Championship Weekend Review

Blackwood are within touching distance of retaining their place in the Swalec Championship for next season.
The Glan yr Afon outfit need just one point from either of their remaining two matches after they drew with basement rivals Beddau 45-45 in a rollercoaster encounter at Mount Pleasant Park.
The Green and Golds knew anything less than a bonus point win against their visitors would see them relegated, and agonisingly for the Pontypridd outfit, fly half Rhys Morgan’s penalty hit the upright with the last kick of the match.
In a tenacious clash, both sides ran in seven tries and slotted five conversions but ultimately it was Blackwood that live to fight another day. Rhys Watkins was at the double for the Gwent side, while Matthew Hutcheon, Sean Higgins, Gareth Williams, Dean Gibbs and Mark Curtis also went over.
For Beddau, Dan Fox, Bradley Coombes, Chris Francis, David Francis, Rhys Morgan and two penalty tries completed their seven try haul, with Morgan adding the extras to five.
Blackwood have two matches remaining and will look to secure their place in the league Saturday when they travel to Llanharan before a final day encounter with relegation rivals Bonymaen, who are the only team that could deny the Gwent side of a place in the Championship.
However, Bonymaen will need to pick up a try bonus win against Blackwood after they slipped to their 19th loss of the season, going down 33-0 at home to champions Ebbw Vale.
The Steelmen, who are just two wins away from an invincible season, crossed five times through Ashley Sweet, Cameron Regan, Gareth Rusby-Davies, Chris Thomas and Dai James.
The race for second in the division is still unclear after both Cardiff Met and RGC 1404 suffered losses.
The Students went down 16-3 at Bridgend Athletic, Iestyn Merriman and Luke Hollyman going over for Athletic’s tries.
Meanwhile, Bargoed weathered a first quarter onslaught to record a six try 36-17 demolition over the North Walians.
Tries from Gavin Ferguson, Gareth Dare, Nicky Coughlin, Grant Rogers, Ian Jenkins and Gareth Gunter saw Bargoed record their 15thwin of the campaign.
They will be looking to end their season on a high on Saturday when they will hope to end Champions Ebbw Vale’s undefeated campaign.
Elsewhere, a try treble from Lloyd Lewis helped Pontypool thrash Tata Steel 38-5 in Port Talbot, Narberth remain fourth thanks to a narrow 22-17 triumph over Llanharan while, Newbridge notched up their seventh win of the season as they edged past Tondu 17-15 at the Welfare Ground.
In Wednesday night's clash, Bridgend Athletic recorded their 12th win of the season with a 10-0 home victory over Newbridge.


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