Gowerton come away from Birchgrove with resounding victory
GOWERTON'S year 9 team travelled to Birchgrove for their third Welsh Schools Cup group game and came away with a 43-12 win.
Playing with the wind at their backs, the hosts were quickly out of the blocks and took the lead in the eighth minute when centre Kieran Beresford powered through several tackles to score a try that scrum-half Lewis Pritchard converted.
The visitors slowly began to come to terms with the wind and with scrum-half and captain Sam Cambriani dictating play intelligently, they cut the deficit when a fine run from centre Sean Collins created the space for co-centre Adam Fielding to cross. On the stroke of half-time the visitors were in front when lock Will Jones stole a Birchgrove line-out and more good work from Cambriani allowed flanker Jack Soproniuk to score.
In the second half, Gowerton took control and added five further tries. Good work by centre Collins and lock Jones allowed wing Rhys Edwards to cross in the corner. Full-back Elliott Rees converted.
Two minutes later, quick thinking by scrum-half Cambriani allowed lock Rhys Penry to cross. Full-back Rees again added the extras.
Then an excellent 60-metre break by centre Fielding set up a position close to the Birchgrove line and hooker Aled Simons powered over for a try that was again converted by Rees.
Flanker Joe Brightkey then scored twice. The first score followed good work by lock Jones and the second came after a strong run from No. 8 Adam Gammon.
The hosts finished strongly and deservedly grabbed a second try when Beresford showed his pace as well as his strength to complete the scoring. Gowerton are now joint top of the group with Ystalyfera and entertain them at Waunarlwydd RFC on Tuesday at 3.30pm in a game that will determine the group winners.