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Glamorgan Gazette - - Rugby Union -

PORTH­CAWL ............... 14 PYLE ............................... 3

THEY say that lo­cal der­bies and bad weather can be great lev­ellers and so this lo­cal derby of the day proved to be, with a huge crowd gath­ered at South Road.

De­spite their re­cent prob­lems, the last thing Pyle would do was fail to show their pride in the shirt and they ran Porth­cawl might­ily close with a com­mit­ted dis­play.

The home side, fresh from their de­mo­li­tion of Neath ath­letic, for­tu­nately found all the re­solve they needed to take the spoils at the end of the match, one where nei­ther side let up, yet with the Seaweeds greater re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence the main dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides.

It was all Pyle in the open­ing ex­changes, with a ner­vous at­mos­phere as nei­ther side could af­ford to lose the match. How­ever it was Porth­cawl who had the first op­por­tu­nity for points but Josh White’s 43 me­tre penalty faded just wide.

Porth­cawl soon got on the at­tach hav­ing weath­ered the ini­tial storm and with Matt Cooke, Jack Wil­liams and Jamie Uren form­ing a strong front row, Porth­cawl start­ing get­ting a hold at the scrum. Uren par­tic­u­larly, against his for­mer club, put in a fine per­for­mance and is a good ac­qui­si­tion for the Seaweeds.

In­deed, at a scrum just out­side the Pyle 22, Porth­cawl shoved their op­po­nents back­wards and the ref­eree awarded a penalty which White slot­ted from 27 me­tres for 3-0 on 12 min­utes.

Pyle scrum half Rory Bodenham did his best to in­spire the troops, show­ing great prow­ess in snip­ing from the base of the scrum and had a fine match through­out, keep­ing the home de­fence on its toes and he was well sup­ported by flanker Jack Dry­den whose strength in the loose was first class.

Pyle were re­warded for pres­sure near the home 22 and for­mer Porth­cawl out­side half Wil Gal­lafant put over the 20 me­tre penalty square the scores.

The mo­ment of the half saw Porth­cawl come out of de­fence as White punted well up­field and near touch.

As the Pyle de­fence dithered, Seaweeds full­back Alex Davies raced up and kicked through be­fore gath­er­ing to score an op­por­tunist try at the cor­ner and 8-3 at half-time.

It was Pyle on the at­tack first again in the sec­ond half and within min­utes Porth­cawl suf­fered the blow of los­ing White who needed to be helped from the field af­ter tak­ing a heavy knock, Jon Phillips mov­ing from cen­tre to out­side half and Ol­lie Ban­ner com­ing on in the Porth­cawl reshuffle.

Pyle had a great op­por­tu­nity to grab some points back from 30 me­tres but Gal­lafant’s penalty sailed wide, as Jake Furness came on in the home back try from sec­ond row Ben Cord­ing ex­tended the vis­i­tors lead be­fore Jenk­ins slot­ted his sec­ond penalty to give the Ath a 11-3 half­time lead. The sec­ond half be­longed al­most all to the home side and mid­way through the sec­ond half hooker Jake Lewis crashed over for his sec­ond try in two games, Tatchell added the ex­tra points from wide out to bring Tondu back within a point. De­spite a pow­er­ful fin­ish from the wa­ter­wheel­ers the only other points came from row. Porth­cawl eased the Pyle pres­sure as he clev­erly took a short drop out and gath­ered again to hand on to No 8 Leon McNally who broke like a stag up­field, hand­ing to Gareth Rees, then Phillips again, cov­er­ing 80 me­tres.

How­ever at the ruck, Porth­cawl were pe­nalised and it was Pyle clear­ing their lines this time.

As the match moved into the fi­nal 10 min­utes, Porth­cawl fi­nally moved clear as the reli­able Phillips, kick­ing in White’s ab­sence, saw the ben­e­fit of An­thony’s Grif­fiths fresh legs on at prop, Porth­cawl again forc­ing Pyle into er­rors near­ing the end of a hard fought match.

Firstly from 30 me­tres then 27, Phillips slot­ted two late penal­ties, both for off­side at rucks to put Porth­cawl clear at 14-3 into in­jury time.

This win was cru­cial for Porth­cawl to keep up with lo­cal ri­vals Brid­gend Sports, only one point sep­a­rat­ing th­ese two at the head of the ta­ble.

As fate would have it, Porth­cawl visit the Sports this com­ing Satur­day, how­ever in a WRU Bowl match. This should give a good in­di­ca­tion of how the league match be­tween the two may pan out.

A re­minder that Rugby icon David Duck­ham re­turns to Porth­cawl RFC for an evening of rugby nos­tal­gia on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, tick­ets just £12 with food. Call the club on 784242 or Paul Field­ing on 07768 – 418308, all are wel­come, in a mixed au­di­ence. an­other Tom Jenk­ins penalty for the vis­i­tors, but when Tondu full back Aled Jones was up­held with a high tackle in the dy­ing mo­ments a few me­tres out with ref­eree An­drew Moule award­ing a penalty and a yel­low card it was a mys­tery how a penalty try was not awarded. The Ath­letic then held on for a mem­o­rable win over their neigh­bours. Tondu sec­onds lost 14-8 at Cefn Cribbwr and the youth went down 15-10 at Porth­cawl, there have been bet­ter days for Tondu.

TRACEY WIL­LIAMS

Alex Davies scores for Porth­cawl

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