December 14, 2014, 11:28:58 AM by HonSec
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PENLAN THROUGH TO SWALEC PLATE ROUND 4 WITH AN AWAY WIN AT GOWERTON
A good team effort by Penlan away at Gowerton > picture from Colin Rush
Penlan had a lot to prove to themselves after their previous weeks below par game. It looked a particularly hard job as this Saturday they were away to Gowerton in round 3 of the Swalec Plate. Gowerton were unbeaten in the league although they had yet to have a game against Penlan.
It was a great day for rugby at the Starch ground although very cold as referee Mr. Jonathan Hardy from Llanelli prepared for the start. Before kick-off Penlan lined up with Gowerton and all spectators for a minutes silence in tribute to the passing of highly regarded Gowerton ex-player and clubman Mr. Roger Thomas.
Penlan join Gowerton in their silent tribute > picture from Colin Rush
Penlan took the kick off and in the initial stages worked to organize themselves to meet the first home attacks. Just before 10 minutes Gowerton won their lineout on the Penlan 5 metre and mounted a determined assault for the line. They managed to breach the defence and scored an important first try that went unconverted.
It was a discouraging start for the Penlan visitors but as the half progressed it became increasing apparent that their forwards had the edge on Gowerton. Penlan constantly kept up the pressure but they had to wait until 25 minutes before things paid off. Penlan advanced to the Gowerton goal line and eventually their power pushed the defenders back across their line to allow No. 8 Ian Scrine to safely land a try. Outside-half Scott Davies made a fine kick to edge the visitors ahead by 5 7.
Ian Scrine puts fire in the team with his fine try> picture from Colin Rush
Penlan stepped up their game with scrum-half Bobby Scrine looking especially sharp after he missed last weeks game. Every chance was taken in the Penlan efforts and just 5 minutes after the Penlan try they secured a lineout on the home 5 metre. Second row Kurt Velardo made a fine jump to secure the ball and a Penlan maul pushed for the line. The Gowerton pack were pushed back to allow Ian Scrine to land his second great try within just 5 minutes. Scott Davies made a second excellent conversion to give Penlan a safer 5 14 lead at half time.
Ian Scrine safely lands his second try for Penlan> picture from Colin Rush
It was an excellent first half for Penlan especially as they had been playing directly into the strong sunlight that significantly favoured the home side. In the initial stages of the second half the sunlight was to favour Penlan before it dipped.
Gowerton stepped up their efforts to meet the Penlan challenge but the visitors were on a roll. At 15 minutes another fine kick from Scott Davies secured a further 3 points from a penalty to edge the Penlan lead to 5 17.
Gowerton continued to look dangerous though and just 5 minutes later took a quick penalty deep in Penlan territory and managed to make their own push over to claw back some points to make it 10 17.
For the rest of the game Penlan never looked like giving up the win despite a determined Gowerton defence which kept them at bay until a further Penlan penalty in the dying minutes saw Scott Davies maintain his kicking tally and advance his side to a final 10 20 win.
It was an important win for Penlan as they needed to recover from their uncharacteristic bad display of the previous week and they succeeded in doing so with a vengeance by going through to the fourth round of the plate against the previously unbeaten Gowerton. There will be two more games in the league between the Penlan and Gowerton protagonists and whatever the outcome promise to be entertaining games.
It was an excellent Penlan team effort but the Penlan Man of the Match award was well deserved by scrum-half Bobby Scrine with brother Ian basking in the new nickname of "two tries Scrine".
Thanks to our photographers Colin Rush (his photos can be seen on our gallery) and Mike Evans (who will be uploading his in due course to his website www.mike322.com
Penlan now await to see who they will draw in the next round although perhaps a home draw this time may be too much to hope for ? Aberystwyth from Division 2 West are also through to the next round having beaten Kidwelly at home 17 to 12. The full results as presently reported are shown on our Fixtures page. There was just one league game played and that had been brought forward from 27th. December resulting in a 13 to 12 win for Pontarddulais against Haverfordwest.
A rest for Penlan firsts next week, although the seconds have an away game at Gowerton, before, on the 27th. December, Penlan travel away to Aberystwyth for the league encounter.