Sharp Gowerton run in 10 tries
GOWERTON School's Year 11 side scored ten tries as they demolished St Josephs, Port Talbot, 54-5 to reach the last 16 of the Welsh Schools' Cup.
Conditions were ideal for open, expansive rugby and that suited the hosts who looked to move the ball at every opportunity.
Half-backs Jonny Lloyd and Mathew Protheroe were on the look out for areas to attack, and the midfield trio of centres Jordon Liney and Leighton Lamb and full-back Keelan Giles posed a constant threat.
At the breakdown, the bravery and technique of lock and man of the match Kieryn Lewis and flanker Will Jones was outstanding and enabled their side to achieve a number of turnovers.
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Gowerton were in front in the fifth minute when No. 8 Joel Young gathered a misplaced kick on halfway and launched a counter attack. Centre Liney burst through the defence and found his centre partner Lamb, who put wing Rhodri Tyrrell clear to score in the corner.
Three minutes later Young was instrumental in the second try when he tapped a penalty quickly and fed full-back Giles, who created the space for wing Brooks to cross wide out.
Another quickly taken penalty saw fly-half Protheroe burst clear to sprint 60 metres to the line and two more tries were scored before St. Josephs threatened. The first came after a Lewis turnover secured possession, allowing flanker Jack Cambriani to score.
The second followed after good work from flanker Jones and centre Lamb created the space for full-back Giles to cross for the fifth try. Fly-half Protheroe converted.
The visitors had been badly affected by injuries and unavailability, but they played with great spirit. Centre Salman Khan ran aggressively and flanker Cuba Magdon defended strongly and they were rewarded with a try in the 23rd minute by flanker Charlie Purchase after a strong line-out drive.
Gowerton increased their lead when another turnover by flanker Lewis led to a try for scrum-half Lloyd.
In the second half, Gowerton added four further tries. Powerful running by lock Morris and flanker Cambriani set flanker Jones up for a score.
Seven minutes later wing Rhodri Tyrrell started a counter attack from within his 22 and fed centre Steffan Tyrrell Brooks, whose pace took him to the corner.
Brooks completed his hat-trick when pressure from flanker Cambriani created space for Brooks to cross in the corner.
In the final minute fly-half Protheroe completed the scoring when he sliced through a tiring defence for the hosts' tenth try.
Gowerton will travel to play the winners of the Gwyr and Brynteg tie in the next round.