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Wales On Sunday - - PREMIERSHIP RUGBY -

MERTHYR made it four wins on the bounce fol­low­ing a hard-fought vic­tory over Swansea at the Wern.

It was the home side who were on the front foot from kick-off when Adam Hoskins made a break from a scrum, but he lost the ball for­ward un­der lit­tle pres­sure.

Swansea were able to work their way in­side the home 22 when the Merthyr pack was pe­nalised for off­side, although a prob­a­ble try-scor­ing pass to Nathan Trow­bridge sailed into touch.

Hoskins made a break through the mid­dle on a coun­ter­at­tack, but the promis­ing move came to an end when the Swansea de­fence re­grouped.

The vis­i­tors took a sur­prise lead when Cal­lum Car­son caught Merthyr asleep by tak­ing a quick tap penalty from his own 22 to race clear of the de­fence to score.

A late tackle by R Rhys Williams on op­po­site num­ber Matthew Jarvis gave Merthyr a penalty, but Josh Martin failed to find touch.

But the home side ran straight back at Swansea through Jarvis and Lewis Williams and earned a penalty, which Martin kicked to the cor­ner. The Merthyr pack was un­able to re­cy­cle pos­ses­sion from the maul, re­sult­ing in a turnover for Swansea.

The vis­i­tors re­sponded with a styl- ish try for Jay Baker when Hoskins spot­ted a gap in the mid­dle and found sec­ond row men Pa­trick McBride and Craig Locke in sup­port, be­fore the ball was fired out wide for the cen­tre to score.

It was end-to-end rugby with Baker rac­ing through a cou­ple of tack­les up to the Swansea 22, be­fore Ryan Grif­fiths picked up a loose ball to sprint deep in­side the Merthyr half, but the ex­cit­ing pas­sage of play came to an end when Lewis Williams got back to make the tackle.

The home side took the lead when Martin ran at the Swan- sea de­fence at pace and fired out a clin­i­cal long pass out to Evans, who sprinted clear to score.

And it got even bet­ter for Merthyr when Jack Perkins col­lected li­ne­out ball and fed Hoskins, who dum­mied past a tack­ler to score un­der the posts.

Swansea hit back when R Rhys Williams found touch with a penalty and Tu­dor Hughes rose high to claim pos­ses­sion.

The Whites inched closer fol­low­ing a high tackle on Trow­bridge, which ended his part in the game. From the li­ne­out, a pow­er­ful maul by the vis­i­tors re­sulted in a try for Char­lie Davies.

Then, Swansea were able to re­gain pos­ses­sion and race up­field, with Josh Guy squeez­ing over at the cor­ner.

And Swansea were handed a life­line when a loose pass was in­ter­cepted by Car­son, who raced clear from his own 22 to score.

The home side had the fi­nal say, though, when an ad­vanc­ing scrum five saw Phil Rees touch down un­der the posts to calm the Merthyr faith­ful’s nerves and seal a well-earned vic­tory.

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