Cwmgwrach started the season with intent with a 12-5 win over Pontardawe. Head player/coach Daniel Morgan told us ‘it was a really tough game. They went up 5-0 and then we came back with two good tries. Both sides could have scored more to be honest but it was a real battle for 80 minutes. Scrum after scrum, very physical.’
The Neath valley side have welcomed back a few players living in the village who have played at higher levels and trusted younger players coming through. ‘To be honest, we’ve signed a few boys, looking to push on and are aiming for a top 3 finish. We’ve had a good summer, load of different activities, down the beach, cycling etc.. if the team can get it right off the pitch then it shows on it.’
Both Ponty and Cwmgwrach have the potential to mount a promotion challenge this campaign but Daniel was quick to point to the importance of the social side of a club ‘we enjoyed a couple of pints with them after the game. We recorded the Wales game and then watched that together in the club after the match.’
The result will be disappointing for Pontardawe who ended last season so well but expect both sides to be up there come the Spring.
Pontycymmer drew 14 all with Cwmtwrch in their first matches. The home side had a torrid campaign last year as they were relegated from 3B and both sides will be pleased to have started the campaign with some points on the board. For those interested, Cwmtwrch bring an evening with former Grand Slam winning coach Mike Ruddock to the club later in the year for their gentlemans evening. Get up there and support the club!
Tonna thumped Fall Bay 47-20, ‘Bay already seem to be leaking tries as they were last season but will be buoyed from their scoring ability. Positives to be taken for both clubs in this very early stage of the campaign.
Penybanc narrowly beat Rhigos 10-7. Both sides were relegated last season, although Penybanc swapped over from the West league. The bruising contest could have gone either way and its difficult to see from this result where either side will lay as the season goes on.
South Gower put down a real marker with a 56-0 home victory over Pantyffynnon. There was little between the sides last season but the Gower side seemed to have certainly spent the summer better. But this is very, very early days!
Other West Central League Round-Ups:-
RUGBY DIVISION ONE WEST CENTRAL ROUND-UP
RUGBY ROUND UP OF DIVISION TWO WEST CENTRAL
RUGBY ‘WEST CENTRAL DIVISION THREE A’ ROUND UP
RUGBY DIVISION THREE B WEST CENTRAL ROUND UP