Dewar Shield success for Swansea

Swansea Schools U15's are celebrating after being crowned Welsh champions following a narrow victory over Rhondda Schools at St Helen's.

The Swansea side were presented with the Dewar Shield following a 13-10 win, revenge for defeat at the hands of Rhondda earlier in the season.

Number eight Jamie Davies opened the scoring for Swansea with an early unconverted try that came from an attacking scrum, and they went in at half time holding a 10-0 lead after second row Michael Parmenter and scrum-half Daniel Brooks combined to put Joseph Thomas through a gap in the Rhondda defence to score.

Fly-half Liam Popham's penalty from the touchline extended the lead after the break, only for Rhondda to hit straight back, Kieron Belmont scoring a fine try in the corner. Rhondda threw everything at Swansea in the closing stages, who managed to hold on for the victory despite a late try from Drew Priday which ensured a nervous final couple of minutes before the celebrations could begin.

Ospreys Elite Performance Director, Andrew Hore, offered his congratulation to the Swansea Schools side:

"To be Dewar Shield winners and Welsh champions is a great achievement, and it is only right that on behalf of the Ospreys I offer our congratulations on their success. We are working hard to ensure that our relationships with the Schools rugby set-up in the region are strong and productive, just as we are with the clubs and the District set-up, and I'm delighted to say that we are certainly working together to ensure that the production line of young local talent remains strong.

"These players are young men setting off on the way towards what they hope will be a long and prosperous rugby career. We have in place a clear development pathway which allow them every opportunity to fulfil their clear potential. Whatever the long term prospects though, right now it's about enjoying their hard earned success, which everybody here at the Ospreys is very proud of."

Swansea squad: Adam Beard, Scott Beard, Daniel Brooks, Michael Parmenter (all Birchgrove); Liam Bell, Mark Griffiths, Matthew Terry (all Pentrehafod); Tom Crowley, Colby Jenkins (both Gwyr); Jamie Davies (Cefn Hengoed); Bradley Evans, Alastair Hewins, Matthew Lane, Jack Lee, Steve McMorran, Adam Williams, Ciaran Williams (all Olchfa); Sam Evans, Sam Martin (both Gowerton); Chris Forshaw, Lee Regola, Joseph Thomas (all Morriston); Jonathan Fox (Bishop Gore); Lewis Greenslade, Lewis Jonathan, James Wild (all Bishopston); Keiron Kelly (Dylan Thomas); Tom Maggs, Daniel Owens, Cameron Smith, Tom Williams (all Bryntawe); Liam Popham (Penyrheol).