Swansea 26 RGC 1404 34

By Dave Dow | 08/09/2018





By: Paul Hopkins


The All Whites fell to a second defeat of the season, but showed good character to secure a fourth try bonus point at the death against much fancied RGC 1404.


It was a positive start for the visitors as their backs had an early run at Swansea, earning a penalty when the home pack killed the ball. Fly half Billy McBryde chipped to the corner, but his forwards lost possession at the maul.


A poor error by full back Nathan Trowbridge on his own line let centre Tom Hughes in for a soft try under the posts after he chased down a kick. McBryde converted.


Just minutes later the lead was doubled when scrum half Efan Jones broke loose in midfield and left the Swansea defence behind as he sprinted home to score. McBryde converted.


A scrummaging infringement by RGC in their own twenty-two gave centre R Rhys Williams an opportunity to find touch near the try line. Prop Tom Sloane collected the lineout, but the ball became trapped, giving the All Whites an attacking scrum five.


The Swansea forwards inched towards the line, but ill-discipline conceded a penalty and RGC were able to clear.


Winger Ryan Griffiths thought he had scored after a well worked scrum on the twenty-two, but referee Ben Breakspear brought play back for an earlier knock on.


An outstanding move by the Swansea backline saw play switched between the two wings, before lock Owen Morgan popped up in midfield to power over for a try. Fly half Foard Cooksley converted.


But the North Walian side responded immediately when winger Rhys Williams chipped into space with the bounce favouring fellow winger Sam Jones, who scored in the corner. McBryde converted.


Swansea were soon back on the front foot and a quick penalty by number eight Jon Fox sent centre J Rhys Williams crashing over for a try under the posts. McBryde converted.


Half-time:-   Swansea   14   RGC 1404   21


Swansea were very quick out of the blocks after the interval and R Rhys Williams danced through a couple of tackles to score under the posts. Cooksley converted.


Winger Joe Jenkins made a break into the twenty-two, but failed to find the support on his shoulder and the visitors were able to clear long.


RGC were penalised for failing to roll away after the tackle and R Rhys Williams turned down the kickable chance to chip to touch. It almost proved a disaster, but McBryde spilled forward his attempt at an interception.


The visitors retook the lead with a McBryde penalty goal after the Swansea defence strayed offside in midfield.


McBryde found touch deep inside the Swansea twenty-two and replacement flanker Dan Owen rose high to collect the lineout, but hooker Evan Yardley failed to throw straight.


Lock Tudor Hughes stepped offside, giving McBryde another chance to find touch inside the twenty-two. The visitors inched towards the line, but the Swansea defence gave away a penalty, which McBryde duly converted.


Swansea threw everything at the RGC defence, but every door was firmly shut by an outstanding defence.


Replacement scrum half Cam Davies sealed victory in style after an RGC scrum marched forward and he was able to loop around to score under the posts. McBryde converted.


In the dying seconds, the Whites went in search for a losing bonus point and were rewarded with a pushover try for replacement hooker Paul John. Cooksley missed the chance to secure a second bonus point.


Next up for Swansea is a trip to Bridgend, while RGC face a home match against Ebbw Vale.


Full-time:-   Swansea   26   RGC 1404   34




Tries:-   Owen Morgan (29), J Rhys Williams (38), R Rhys Williams (43), Paul John (80+8)

Cons:-   Foard Cooksley (30, 39, 44)


RGC 1404:


Tries:-   Tom Hughes (7), Efan Jones (10), Sam Jones (32), Cam Davies (79)

Cons:-   Billy McBryde (8, 11, 33, 80)

Pens:-   Billy McBryde (57, 69)


Yellow cards:-   Nick Butterworth (80+7)


Match facts:


Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Ben Breakspear

Weather:-   Light rain, 17C

Man of the match:-   Billy McBryde

Attendance:-   500


Swansea team:


15 Nathan Trowbridge (rep: Andrew Claypole 45)

14 Joe Jenkins

13 R Rhys Williams (rep: Ben Cambriani 70)

12 J Rhys Williams

11 Ryan Griffiths

10 Foard Cooksley

9 Josh Guy (rep: Tom Ham 70)

1 Tom Sloane (rep: Jack Powell 78)

2 Sion Jones (rep: Paul John 56)

3 Greg Cunniffe (rep: Tom Harper 60)

4 Tudor Hughes

5 Owen Morgan

6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Ben Davies 60)

7 Callum Bowden

8 Jon Fox ©




16 Paul John

17 Jack Powell

18 Tom Harper

19 Ed Cousins

20 Ben Davies

21 Tom Ham

22 Ben Cambriani

23 Andrew Claypole


RGC 1404 team:


15 Dion Jones

14 Sam Jones

13 Tom Hughes

12 Danny Cross (rep: Bailey Rae 80+2)

11 Rhys Williams

10 Billy McBryde

9 Efan Jones (rep: Cam Davies 49 (rep: Nick Butterworth 80+4))

1 Joe Simpson (rep: Jordan Scott (74)

2 Evan Yardley © (rep: George Roberts 70)

3 Sam Wainwright (rep: Joel Ringer 56)

4 Bryn Jones

5 Robin Williams

6 Andrew Williams

7 Mei Parry (rep: Dan Owen 56)

8 Tim Grey (rep: Ilan Rowlands 56)




16 George Roberts

17 Jordan Scott

18 Joel Ringer

19 Dan Owen

20 Ilan Rowlands

21 Nick Butterworth

22 Cam Davies

23 Bailey Rae



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