Slick Green Stars make it seven wins in a row
ABERAVON Green Stars, who last week became league leaders of division four south west following a 36-13 derby win against Cwmavon, maintained their good form in the second round of the Swalec Bowl.
They enjoyed a 51-0 home win against five south central side Porthcawl.
The win was the seventh in as many games for the Green Stars.
Although they took the lead in the opening minute with a penalty by fly-half Ryan Compton, it took them half an hour before they crossed for the first of their seven tries.
This was by centre Kevin Thomas, converted by Compton, and just before half-time their captain Nathan Flynn at scrum-half went over for their second and a 15-0 interval lead.
The home team took total control in the second half with tries coming at regular intervals.
A great break by centre Craig Addington put over fellow centre Kevin Thomas, who then got his hat-trick soon afterwards. Lock Sean Howells then stormed over the line, followed by winger Karl Meyers and centre Addington. Compton converted four of the tries and added a second penalty.
Penybanc, fourth in division four west, went down 20-19 at home to Glais, who are second in five south west.
Last season the Ammanford villagers put 60 points on Glais.
Penybanc had been struggling to select a team all week because of injuries and then had a few pull-outs on Saturday morning, meaning several second-team players were called up.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in front of the posts in the second half but went for the line instead and failed to score, a decision that in the end proved crucial.
Glais requested passive scrums from the outset, which curtailed Penybanc's attacking abilities. Banc's one try was scored by centre Matthew Brayley, converted by fly-half Mathew Lloyd, who also put over four penalties.
South Gower pulled off a surprise with a 17-13 defeat of Swansea Uplands in Bishopston.
Gower, mid-table in six west, played the heavy conditions much better than their four west opponents.
Anticipating the conditions, the home side picked a large pack and played big centre Rhys Davies at scrum-half and were happy to play 10-man rugby, a tactic that proved very successful.
Hooker Nick Gwynn scored two tries for Gower and openside flanker James Rewbridge got the other, with fly-half Ollie Jenner converting one of them.
Flanker James Brannigan and lock Tom Turner replied with touchdowns for the Uplands, with scrum-half Sam Jones adding a penalty.
Crynant, joint bottom of division five south west, failed to raise to the occasion against visitors Cwmavon from the division above them, conceding eight tries in a 48-6 defeat.
Flanker Darryl Thomas, wing John Michael Petty, hooker James Simpkins, full-back Jay Baker, wing Adam Summerfield, cNo. 8 Luke Gronart, centre Ashley Davies and lock Steve Evans got the scores.
Fly-half Cameron Bamford converted four of them, while for the home side, hooker Josh Wellington put over two penalties.
There was an exciting game at Cwmtwrch where Hendy squeezed through on try count after an 18-18 draw.
Ystradgynlais reversed last season's heavy Bowl defeat against Fall Bay by walloping the same opponents 49-0 in Scurlage.
Ystrad, for whom former Wales and Scarlets lock Vernon Cooper, now coaching his home-town team, turned out for the first time this season, ran in seven tries.
Wing Liam Harris, centres Sean Harries and Ian Evans, locks Scott Davies and Matthew Owen and wing Emyr Addey (2) got the touchdowns, and Tom Blizzard landed two penalties and four conversions.
Trimsaran were pushed hard by Bynea before eventually pulling clear in the second half.
Bynea, a division below Trimsaran in five west, led 6-5 after 25 minutes before the visitors eased to victory.
Scrum-half Ioan Jones crossed for two tries and flanker Andrew Thomas and second row Lee Thomas also scored. Lee Thomas kicked a penalty and wing Dan Griffiths put one conversion over.
Tonmawr of five south west failed to beat opponents from a division one above them, losing 36-16 at Pyle, while Llandybie, second in six west with a 100 per cent record, did claim a scalp from a higher division.
They won 21-15 at home to mid-table division five west side Llangadog.
Pontardawe lost 44-12 at Bridgend Sports, Briton Ferry went down 28-24 at home to Cowbridge, and Cefneithin went out 15-9 to visitors Nantgaredig.
New Dock Stars have been going great in five west, topping the division with a 100 per cent record, but they came unstuck at Abercrave, who are fourth in five south west, as the Swansea Valley side won 20-13.
Cwmgors, who missed last season's competition, had a Bowl walkover after Blaenau pulled out. Vardre also had a walkover against Tonna.
The games at Alltwen (against Nantyffyllon) and Baglan (against Cefn Cribwr) were postponed because of waterlogged pitches. They will now take place this coming Saturday.