Gwyr's running backs give them the edge
GWYR'S Year 11 rugby team progressed to the semi-finals of the Swansea Schools' Cup thanks to a 36-20 victory over neighbours Gowerton.
Gowerton held the advantage up front where they were well led by captain Richard Keefe. Flanker Sam Winrow was a major presence, while the front row of Dylan Treharne, Marcus Besley and Keefe made up for their small stature with technical excellence that saw them gain the upper hand in the scrum.
The loose exchanges were evenly contested with Gowerton's No. 8 Joel Young turning in an energetic performance.
But behind the scrum it was the hosts who held a clear advantage, with the angles of running of Gwyr's midfield quartet of fly-half James Davies, centres Rhodri Wall and Rhys Gealy and full-back Tom Neale creating plenty of opportunities that they had the pace to finish off.
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Gwyr took the lead when Gealy sliced through for a try which fly-half Davies converted.
Gowerton bounced back when fly-half Mathew Protheroe landed a penalty, but the hosts' backs continued to threaten and Davies added a penalty in the 23rd minute and then on the half hour converted a try scored by Neal.
The visitors weren't prepared to go out of the competition meekly and a break by Protheroe took him into the Gwyr 22, and when he was tackled short of the line Young was on hand to pick up and drive over.
There was still time for fly-half Davies to score a try on the stroke of half-time and his conversion gave Gwyr a comfortable 24-8 advantage at the break.
Hooker Besley powered over to bring Gowerton back into the contest, but Gwyr added two further tries by Davies and Neale before Besley scored a late consolation with his second try of the match.
Gwyr will play the winners of the Bishop Vaughan-Morriston tie in the last four.