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xx SWANSEA DISTRICT DANKS GOWERTON CUP QTR FINAL SAT 19 APRIL
Yesterday at 09:37:41 AM by HonSec | Views: 4 | Comments: 0

The Draw for the Qtr Final of the Danks Gowerton Cup on Saturday 19th. April at 2.30pm is as follows :-

ABERCRAVE v NEATH ATHLETIC
GORSEINON v PENLAN
PONTARDDULAIS v GOWERTON
SEVEN SISTERS v TREBANOS


xx PONTYCYMMER v PENLAN SAT 12 APRIL 2014
April 13, 2014, 11:50:15 AM by HonSec | Views: 30 | Comments: 0

PENLAN SETTLE FOR A ONE POINT BONUS POINT AWAY TO PONTYCYMMER

Penlan were against a heavy front row  > picture from Colin Rush

Pontycymmer had obviously pulled out all the stops to re-dress the 19 – 3 loss they sustained in their away meeting against Penlan.  It was a heavier side that greeted Penlan in their away fixture at Lawrence Park and with some temporary team shortage the visitors were up against it.

Referee Mr. Matthew Burford from Aberdare got the game underway with Pontycymmer taking the kick-off on a cold but mainly dry day.  Penlan looked slow to settle down and it was obvious that the heavy Ponty pack were determined to deprive them of ball.  First points went to the home side at just 12 minutes from a penalty Penlan conceded in front of their posts for a 3 point lead.

The pressure on Penlan continued with a too and fro game until the 35 minute mark when Pontycymmer had a scrum on the Penlan 22 and began to push for the line.  They were held back but a quick pass out saw a successful run through and over the line for a firm touch down near the posts.  The conversion failed, to make it 8 – 0.

Pontycymmer supporters had turned out in numbers and maintained constant verbal pressure on the referee.  Whatever the effect, the majority of decisions seemed to go against Penlan which heaped on the pressure.  Just before the half time whistle another penalty awarded against Penlan at their posts gave Ponty 3 more points to stretch their lead to 11 – 0.

In the second half at just 3 minutes Penlan were pleased to have their own penalty award which full back Jack Harris made short work of to slot the ball between the posts and make it 11 – 3.

Penlan looked brighter in the second half but the battle to win ball was constant.  The faster rugby was coming from the visitors but some mistakes and the heavy defence from Ponty deprived them of score.  At 15 minutes though Penlan were on the charge and a fine kick ahead by outside-half Steven Williams was securely gathered up by Centre Dafydd Pritchard who sprinted through the defence to off-load to Full Back Jack Harris on the wing who sprinted clear up the touchline and land a great try near the corner flag.  This gave Penlan a better chance at 11 – 8 with plenty of time to go.

Jack Harris sprints clear up the touchline  > picture from Colin Rush

Jack safely takes the ball over for a fine try  > picture from Mike Evans

With renewed spirit Penlan stepped up their game and continually put Pontycymmer under pressure with a constant battle of the forwards for possession.  The Lawrence Park supporters increased their vociferous pressure and it seemed that almost every decision went against the visitors.  Nevertheless they kept up their pressure and looked the side most likely to score but it was not to be.  The game could easily have gone Penlan’s way but Pontycymmer were to succeed in holding them at bay and it was a relief for them when the final whistle sounded.  The Lawrence Park side were well satisfied with a useful win with Penlan having to be content with knowing that they had pushed the game to a slim margin and at least earned one bonus point.

Next week Penlan look forward to a great home game against unbeaten Ystalyfera who have already soundly secured the League Championship this season.  It will be a tough game for Penlan who will need to raise their game to meet the challenge.

As ever our very grateful thanks are due to Colin Rush and Mike Evans for their action photographs.  Colin’s have been uploaded to our gallery page and Mike’s will be uploaded to his website www.mike322.com

All Division 3 South West results are presently reported as :-

Bryncoch 10    Maesteg Celtic 34
Glyncorrwg 14    Taibach 8
Morriston 20    Brynamman 42
Neath Athletic 25    Pencoed 17
Pontycymmer 11    Penlan 8
Ystalyfera v Resolven postponed




xx TAIBACH V PENLAN SATURDAY 5 APRIL 2014
April 06, 2014, 12:06:27 PM by HonSec | Views: 68 | Comments: 0

A SEVEN TRY WIN FOR PENLAN AWAY AT TAIBACH

Penlan proved too much for Taibach > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan travelled to Taibach for their away fixture at The Plough on Saturday.  Luckily the rain eased off shortly after the start although conditions for both teams were muddy and distinctly greasy underfoot.  Both sides had their problems with player absences which saw Taibach having to include three of their youth players.  Although the Port Talbot side were keen to redress their 27 – 13 loss at penlan back in November, it was always going to be a uphill task despite the Penlan shortages.

Referee Mr. Justin Evans from Aberdare got the game under way on time and well managed the flowing game which led to a good display of rugby with no discipline problems.  Taibach took the kick off and were the first to put points on the board from a penalty kick at four minutes safely slotted by their outside-half Mike McSweeney.

From early on it was evident that Penlan were dominant up front both at the scrum and lineout.  At 10 minutes Penlan secured the ball from their lineout on the Taibach 22 and set up the push back straight towards the goal line. Taibach managed to wrestle the ball free and looked like bursting through until penlan flanker Rob Green literally snatched the ball directly from a defender’s hands, turned back and left Taibach stunned as he sprinted over the line at the corner for a fine try.  Outside half Steven Davies made short work of a difficult conversion kick to give Penlan the 3 – 7 lead.

Rob Green scores Penlan’s first try > picture from Mike Evans

Penlan had settled down and were playing well and at 15 minutes the backs showed that they were also playing the part with some great passing at pace which got the ball swiftly across field to reach full-back Jack Harris on the wing who made a fast weaving sprint to leave defenders behind as he safely landed the ball.

Jack Harris in full flight for his try > picture from Colin Hill

For a time Taibach managed to hold Penlan back but the visitor’s upper hand surfaced again at just before 30 minutes when they won ball again at their lineout on the 22 and with constant ruck and maul pushed Taibach clear back over their line to allow flanker Robert Di’Lulio to securely land a try.

Rob Di’Lulio safely grounds the ball > picture from Mike Evans

Just before the half time whistle Penlan were continuing the pressure with their scrum on the Taibach 5 metre line.  A great push by Penlan pressed the defenders back over their line until Ian Scrine at No. 8 peeled off to dodge over for a great try and gain his teams 4 try bonus point.

Stalwart Ian Scrine lands Penlan’s fourth try > picture from Mike Evans

At half time with the score at 3 – 24 for Penlan, both teams scrapped off some of the mud and rallied for more of the same.  In the second half Penlan continued the pressure with Rob Green scoring his second try after a determined charge saw Rob Di’Lulio make a fast and accurate off-load to Rob who dived over the line.

Rob Green leaves leaves defender at the post > picture from Mike Evans

Steven Davies made his third safe conversion to extend the Penlan lead to 3 – 31.

The safe boot of Steven Davies extends the lead > picture from Colin Rush

To their credit Taibach never dropped their heads and managed to turn the action back in Penlan territory for a while.  At about 20 minutes their backs showed some fine passing at pace to out manoeuvre Penlan after constant pressure which led to youth player left-wing Nathan Waters sprinting free over the Penlan whitewash and score a try in his debut senior game and move the score to 8 – 31.

Jack Harris at full-back for Penlan always looked threatening, just waiting for half a chance to make his move. At the 30 minutes mark Penlan won ball near the halfway line which saw Steven Davies make a swift great across field kick towards the wing. It was safely secured by Jack Harris who promptly sprinted clear up the wing to cross and land near the corner.

Jack Harris safely lands his second try > picture from Mike Evans

Penlan still had plenty more to give and sustained the pressure on the home side right up to the final whistle. In the final moments with Penlan again pressing for the line, Ian Scrine made a quick pass to second row Robbie Watkins who charged free to land a fine seventh try for Penlan at the posts.  Steven Davies made his fourth safe conversion kick to leave Penlan the emphatic winners at 8 – 43 as referee Mr. Evans blew the final whistle.

Robbie Watkins heads for the posts > picture from Colin Rush

Robbie Watkins lands a fine last try for Penlan > picture from Mike Evans

It was a great display and win for Penlan which advances them just one point behind third table place Maesteg Celtic and 5 behind second place Brynamman but with a game in hand on both.
It was a true team game with all players showing great commitment to play their part but centre Stephen Davey impressed spectators with his constant work throughout the game that saw him repeatedly win ball for his side and deprive Taibach of possession when he tackled with tenacity and accuracy.  His work deservedly earned him the Penlan Man of the Match award.

Thanks to Colin Rush and Mike Evans for their fine photographs, some of which are above.  All Colin’s have been uploaded to our gallery page and Mike will be adding his in due course to his website www.mike322.com

Next week Penlan are away again, this time to Pontycymmer, who Penlan beat 19 – 3 at home in their first meeting.  Yet another side who will be looking for revenge.

All results in Division 3 South West are currently reported as :-

Brynamman 16    Ystalyfera 20
Glyncorrwg 7    Neath Athletic 6
Maesteg 13    Morriston 10
Pencoed 40    Bryncoch 12
Resolven 16    Pontycymmer 17
Taibach 8    Penlan 43




xx RESOLVEN HOME SAT 29 MARCH 2014
March 30, 2014, 12:05:42 PM by HonSec | Views: 54 | Comments: 0

FINE BONUS POINT WIN FOR PENLAN HOME TO RESOLVEN

Penlan forwards proved a match for Resolven > picture from Colin Rush

Many thanks to the match sponsors BSS Spares

Penlan’s away encounter against Resolven in early November was played in monsoon conditions and led to a narrow 22 – 17 loss for the visitors.  It was a game that they thought that they should have won so were keen to meet Resolven again for the return match on home soil.  Thankfully the weather was fine but with a strong diagonal wind for the encounter as referee Mr. Steve Curtis from Ebbw Vale got the game underway with Penlan taking the kick.

In the first half Penlan made it hard for themselves and looked unlikely to get the better of the strong visitors.  At 5 minutes and then 30 minutes Resolven full back David Felton slotted two penalties conceded by Penlan in front of their posts.  In the very last minute of the first half Penlan clawed back 3 points from their own penalty safely slotted despite the high winds by Outside-half Steven Davies, to make it 3 – 6 at half time.

The half had proved to be a lack lustre display by Penlan as they had struggled to get the better of Resolven.  They came out for the second half determined to raise their game and a classic game of two halves resulted.  In stark contrast they looked the sharper and fitter side which paid dividends after just 5 minutes.  Resolven had the scrum put in within their 22 which wheeled and saw Penlan take possession.  Scrum-half and captain Bobby Scrine sprinted through the defenders to safely place the ball near the posts.  Outside-half Steven Davies made the safe conversion kick to let Penlan go in front at last by 10 – 6.

Bobby Scrine safely lands the first try for Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

The Penlan dominance continued and just 10 minutes later some fast passing between Bobby Scrine and Centre Jason Phillips got the ball from a scrum in the visitors 22 out to left wing Stuart James.  Stuart powered down the wing in an unstoppable sprint to go over near the corner flag for a second Penlan try.

Stuart James leaves defenders behind to cross at the corner > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan continued the pressure and for a time the visitors held them at bay but they were weakening and at about 30 minutes were repeatedly having to defend their line. After two pushes for their line Penlan were awarded a penalty try by Mr Curtis for continuing Resolven infringements.  Steven Davies safely landed his second conversion kick to give his side a useful 22 – 6 lead.

Top season try scorer and flanker Robert Green had been missing from the score sheet for a few weeks although constantly in the action.  He resumed his tally at the 35 minute mark from a well worked move from a Penlan line-out on the visitors 22.  A great take by lock Kurt Velardo was deftly offloaded at speed to Rob Green who charged through the defence and leapt over the line to secure a fourth bonus point winning try, his 9th. this season, just two ahead of both Bobby and Ian Scrine.  A third safe kick from Steven Davies advanced the score to 29 – 6 for Penlan.

Man of the match Rob Green scores the bonus winning try > picture from Colin Rush


To their credit Resolven never gave up and in final injury time succeeded in gained their one try when their hooker Nicky Reed found a way through the Penlan defence to score a fine touchdown.  Full-back David Felton secured the conversion to leave the final score at 29 – 13 as the final whistle went.

Penlan had made a slow start but had secured a fine important win that saw them advance closer to Maesteg Celtic in third league place now just 2 points ahead with Penlan having a game in hand. Rob Green was justly awarded the Penlan Man of the Match award.

Next week Penlan are away to Taibach who they beat 27 – 13 in November.  In mid table place and no doubt keen to win, Taibach should prove to be another challenge for Penlan.

Yet again we must thank resident photographers Colin Rush and Mike Evans.  Colin’s action pictures have been uploaded to our gallery and Mike’s will be added to his website www.mike322.com

All Division 3 South West results are currently reported as :-

Glyncorrwg 41    Bryncoch 0
Morriston 7    Pencoed 36
Neath Athletic 25    Taibach 21
Penlan 29    Resolven 13
Pontycymmer 13    Brynamman 30
Ystalyfera 21    Maesteg 16

Unfortunately Morriston had to postpone our second team away game.



xx SDRU VAUGHAN SOUND CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS
March 27, 2014, 04:27:54 PM by HonSec | Views: 47 | Comments: 0

Arrangements have been made for the SDRU Vaughan Sound Challenge Cup sem-finals to be played as follows :-

Tuesday 1st. April at Gowerton RFC 6.30 pm ko – MORRISTON v MUMBLES

Wednesday 2nd. April at Morriston RFC 7pm ko – PENCLAWDD v TREBANOS

 





xx UP & COMING
September 15, 2008, 08:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 9180 | Comments: 0

LUCKY FOUR DRAW 13 APRIL
Winning numbers  5. 7. 13. 20. £241

No winner so rollover to 20 April
APR 19 YSTALYFERA HOME
JUDGEMENT DAY 20 APRIL 2014
APR 26 GLYNCORRWG HOME
MAY 3 MORRISTON AWAY
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SUNDAY BEER OFFER

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING
THURSDAY 24 APRIL 7.30pm


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