After an outstanding win against Coleg y Cymoedd last week, Gower College Swansea were unable to make it two wins from two at Coleg Sir Gar this afternoon.
· Coleg Sir Gar scored five tries against Gower College
· The last time these two sides met was a month ago where the Gower College side triumphed 5-15 over the Coleg Sir Gar team in their own backyard.
Gower College were the first off the mark gaining an early advantage and a scrum on the halfway line. Strong defence from both sides forced a turnover putting Coleg Sir Gar in possession. A scrum awarded to the Llanelli side led to a burst of attack from the backs before wing Brandon Wood made an impressive steal giving Gower College the possession.
However they were penalised for holding on, allowing Coleg Sir Gar to kick to touch deep into Gower’s 22. Before long it was Coleg Sir Gar’s hooker Callum Jenkins who powered through the back of a driving maul for a try. Centre Scott Lloyd kicking the conversion giving the home side the lead.
At the restart Gower fired back, Coleg Sir Gar worked through the phases but quick work from centre Ben Cambriani stole it for the visitors and a quick kick to touch pushed Coleg Sir Gar back into their own 22.
Winning their own lineout and some quick work by Coleg Sir Gar put the home team back in control, but a clash of heads involving Gower College’s scrum-half Sam Cambriani halted play.
Back in possession, Gower College looked good in attack and returning to play, Cambriani kept hold of the ball well for his side. Eventually winning a penalty for causing Coleg Sir Gar to go off their feet.
Gower College were dealt another blow, this time fly-half Josh Thomas was forced off the field with a blood injury. But the visitors kept their composure, with a strong attack from Coleg Sir Gar taken into touch with a great tackle from centre Ben Cambriani. Strong runs followed but a clearing kick was charged down by Coleg Sir Gar’s flanker Dan Davies and taken over the line. Centre Lloyd adding the three points giving the hosts a 14-0 lead.
Some good pace from winger Jake Tucker looked to be the start of a fight back. But an eventual knock on and scrum going against them left the visitors with a 14-point climb going in at the break.
Half Time: Coleg Sir Gar 14 – 0 Gower College Swansea
With the second half underway the visitors looked strong in attack. Great work from in form centre Callum Carson, chasing down tackles and making his own little break only for the home side to knock on. A scrum won by Gower College eventually led to Coleg Sir Gar being penalised for pulling a player back without the ball. A kick to touch landed deep in Coleg Sir Gar’s 22 and a near try by centre Ben Cambriani was lost forward.
Coleg Sir Gar, back in possession, missed a kick to touch giving the Swansea side the ball. A superb break by Tucker and a quick offload to Carson put the ball over the try line, the visitors first of the afternoon straight under the posts. Corey Evans adding the extras narrowed the gap between the two to 14-7.
Minutes later Coleg Sir Gar were back in the driving seat, with a yellow card awarded to Gower College’s prop Ollie Quick for pulling the maul down on Gower’s try line. The one man advantage allowing Coleg Sir Gar winger Gino Setaro to score the hosts third of the afternoon, which went unconverted.
GCS looked sharped in attack despite being 19-7 down and forced Coleg Sir Gar back into their own half. The move almost led to Gower College’s second try only for them to lose it forward on the line.
A swift break caught the visitors off guard, Steffan Richards flying over the whitewash for their 4th try of the afternoon. Lloyd’s successful conversion making it 26-7.
A yellow card then went against Coleg Sir Gar, try scorer Steffan Richards sent off giving the visitors an advantage. One man up, Carson spotted the gap and ran for the halfway line only to lose the ball in a tackle.
At the death Coleg Sir Gar were able to make a break and score their fifth try of the afternoon. The conversion bringing the game to a close.
Full Time: Coleg Sir Gar 33- 7 Gower College Swansea