Year 9 team book place in next round
GOWERTON'S Year 9 team secured a place in the next round of the Under-14s Welsh Cup with a 29-5 win at Penyrheol.
They join fellow Swansea schools Bryntawe, Gwyr and Bishopston in the last 32.
The game started at a ferocious pace with both teams applying themselves to the tackle area with tenacity and vigour.
The initial exchanges saw possession and territory change hands several times, with most of the game played in the middle third.
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Gowerton looked the slightly stronger of the two with some strong running from centre Lloyd Dudley-Jones and flanker Ewan Brown setting the standard for the remainder of the game.
They were well supported by lock Callum Batcup and flanker Lukas Kelly.
Penyrheol were competitive with hooker and captain Liam Kissick and lock Llewellyn Richards both working hard in defence and carrying well.
Gowerton sneaked into the lead when centre Dudley-Jones crossed after some strong defensive work from No. 8 Will Griffiths secured possession.
Scrum-half Tom Ham was increasingly pivotal to everything that Gowerton created with swift passing and sniping runs that kept the defence on their toes.
Before half-time Gowerton added two further tries, the first coming at the end of an arcing 60-metre run from wing Sam Knight that saw him beat several defenders.
The second was scored by flanker Brown who powered over from short range. Fly-half Kieran Charles added one of the conversions.
Despite Gowerton leading 17-0 at the interval, Penyrheol had threatened on a number of occasions in the first half with fly-half Liam Williams a constant threat with ball in hand, while centre Kalem Dennis was a powerful runner.
Gowerton started the second half well and stretched their lead when an excellent entry into the line by full-back Jordan Penhalagon created space for flanker Brown to cross for his second try.
Ham added the conversion before an excellent passing move instigated by Charles allowed Knight the space to score his second try.
The hosts continued to provide a stern test and deservedly got on the scoreboard when captain Kissick powered over.
No. 8 Griffiths showed exceptional leadership qualities throughout, but was edged out for the man-of-the-match award by Charles, who controlled the game well from fly-half.
Gowerton have been drawn to play Pencoed at home in the next round.