Gowerton run out winners in memorial match for teacher
GOWERTON School's first XV beat Christ College Brecon 34-7 in a memorial match for Gowerton's former head of PE Robert Evans, who passed away two years ago.
The game was refereed by former pupil Nigel Whitehouse and provided the former teacher with a fitting tribute of open, running rugby.
Gowerton started well with lock Sam Winrow and props Sam Grunhut and Richard Keefe all impressing with their work up front.
Gowerton raced into a 17-point lead in the first 13 minutes. Wing Callum MacDermott opened the scoring in the sixth minute after a break from scrum-half Jonny Lloyd. Two minutes later, fly-half Matthew Protheroe sliced through the visiting defence inside his own half and fed centre Luke Jenkins, who outstripped the cover to score in the corner.
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Flanker and captain Tom Wedlake then sprinted away from a maul 35 metres out to score beneath the posts, with Protheroe converting.
Gowerton appeared in control, but Christ College, spurred on by their back row of Sam Jones, Jacob Lewis and Rupert Gwillim, responded impressively.
They controlled the next 30 minutes and cut the lead when fly-half Ben Wigmore sliced through the defence for a try that full-back Davy Jones converted.
The visitors were only denied another score thanks to excellent defence by centres Lewis Keen and Scott Richards and wings Rhodri Tyrrell and Shane Harris.
After defending strongly for the first 20 minutes of the second half, it was the hosts who scored next when good work by flanker Chris Ross allowed lock Ethan Hopkins to power over.
Gowerton added two further tries in the last two minutes. The first came after hooker Rhys Cherry burst through the defensive line to score a try that Protheroe converted.
Protheroe then ended the game by scoring a fine individual try to cap an excellent personal performance.
Meanwhile, Gowerton School's Year 10 side eased to a 43-10 win at home to Christ College.
Gowerton crossed for seven tries with No. 8 Morgan Morris (2), props Tom Northey and Steffan Gibbon, hooker Jordon Liney and centres Phil Jones and Tom Howell all scoring.
Howell added a conversion and fly-half Jesse Howes kicked three conversions.
Christ College centre Trystan Williams scored a try which was converted by full-back Ieuan James. James also added a penalty.
A Welsh Schools' Cup tie at Gowerton saw the home side's Year 9 team beat Morriston 48-14.
The visitors applied the early pressure, but it was Gowerton who took the lead when centre Kieran Charles converted a penalty from 20 metres. This gave the hosts the impetus and they crossed three times before half-time, with tries from flanker Ewan Brown, wing Nicholas Williams and No. 8 Lloyd Dudley-Jones. Charles added two conversions and Gowerton held a 22-point advantage at the break.
Gowerton began the second half in confident mood and flanker Brown scored his second try straight from the kick-off following good work from fly-half Sam Cambriani.
Two minutes later, a tap-penalty by scrum-half Tom Ham released wing Said Mohamed and he powered over from 50 metres. Charles added both conversions.
The visitors were not going to go down without a fight and they responded with two good tries of their own.
The first followed an elusive run from wing Jack Smith and the second by hooker Connor Edwards came after a powerful surge from a short penalty.
Fly-half Matthew Elliot added both conversions.
Gowerton finished the better and, in the final ten minutes, flanker Brown completed his hat-trick before centre Sam Knight crossed. Charles kicked one conversion.