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PORTH­CAWL ............... 33 ABERAVON GREEN STARS ........................... 17

PORTH­CAWL wel­comed old foes the Green Stars to South Road, seek­ing to ex­tend their un­beaten record for the sea­son, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing the sound win at Aber­crave the pre­vi­ous week.

With hooker Jack Wil­liams un­avail­able, the re­li­able Gavin Wil­liams again stepped in as makeshift hooker, along­side Jamie Uren, en­joy­ing a start in place of sub Tim Lunn at loose­head.

The first half was a slow af­fair, de­spite Skip­per Richard Hnyda and fel­low lock Nick Nut­man, along with Leon McNally, con­trol­ling the li­ne­outs, with the Stars hav­ing a slightly bet­ter time of it at the scrums. There was just one try from Porth­cawl, scored by Mor­gan Hay­lock who stepped in at scrum-half.

Josh White con­verted for 7-0 be­fore the Green Stars got points on the board when a penalty was given for a Porth­cawl off­side, leav­ing the half-time score at 7-3 to the home side.

The sec­ond spell was a bet­ter half al­to­gether, with both sides man­ag­ing to get tries on the board.

With Man-of-the­Match Jon Phillips for the home side, lead­ing the way with an in­ter­cep­tion try, the Seaweeds racked up three oth­ers through re­turn­ing cen­tre Gareth Rees, skip­per Hnyda and McNally, with White’s ac­com­plished boot yet again pro­vid­ing the ex­tra con­ver­sion points to three of these.

The Green Stars them­selves prof­ited from some good for­tune for their ef­forts, forc­ing home er­rors into a cou­ple of in­ter­cep­tions, one lead­ing di­rectly to a try, the other lead­ing up to the ruck which set up the sec­ond try.

With both tries con­verted, a match that turned out to be some­what er­ratic in parts yet en­ter­tain­ing over­all at 33-17 to Porth- cawl at the fi­nal whis­tle, saw them hop back to the League top-spot as Brid­gend Sports went down heav­ily at Swansea Up­lands.

Porth­cawl and the Sports meet in the league again in two weeks at the Band­stand Field but in be­tween the Seaweeds visit Pon­ty­cym­mer in the next round of the WRU Bowl com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day. A good win at Lawrence Park, by no means an easy feat, could see the Seaweeds go­ing to Brid­gend still un­beaten, so plenty to aim for, with coach Rhys James stress­ing the need for con­cen­tra­tion on the chal­lenge ahead.

A re­minder to all club mem­bers and the rugby pub­lic, Eng­land and Lions leg­end David Duck­ham re­turns to Porth­cawl RFC on Thurs­day, October 12 for an evening of nos­tal­gia and rugby hu­mour from his glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

Tick­ets are just £12 – call the club on 784242 or Paul Field­ing on 07768 418308.


Jon Phillips

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