Friday, 21 November 2014

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)


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