Gower College Swansea claimed another victory over their Ospreys rivals Neath Port Talbot College in the Wednesday Under 18 League this afternoon.
WithNeath Port Talbot having a tough year in the league and still looking for their first win of the season, they travelled to a windy Swansea Uplands this afternoon to try and finally claim inter-regional bragging rights over Gower College Swansea. The visitors got off to a good start and put early pressure on GCS but a knock on eventually stopped their attack.
Showing confidence from the off, Gower, despite being deep in their own 22, opted to run the ball rather than kick and it worked out well for them. They read the NPTC defence perfectly and with some good passing, Ben Turner was able to run all the way from inside his own half to score. Lawrence Thomas adding the conversion.
Gower College Swansea were attacking as soon as they got their hands on the ball from the restart and Callum Carson made the first of his many impressive breaks but handling errors cost them several chances and both sides play started to get a little messy.
As they entered the second quarter Carson made another break and NPTC had to race back to defend as Gower charged their try line. However they couldn't hold out the attack for long as GCS slipped over for their second try that, in high winds, went unconverted. NPTC's problems were swiftly added to when Sam Evans received a yellow card for his attempts to defend the try.
Neath Port Talbot College started to come back into the game but struggled to make any use of their possession as the home team pushed them backwards.
Instead it was Gower that made the most of their opportunities with try number three coming just before half time. Turner again gaining GCS a lot of territory before being taken into touch. Gower then successfully stole the resulting line out and a hugely impressive run from second row James Ratti saw him go from half way to score. Thomas adding his second successful conversion of the afternoon.
HT: Gower College Swansea 22 - 0 Neath Port Talbot College
Gower College Swansea started the second half as they had ended the first. They stole the ball from Neath Port Talbot in the scrum and despite some improved defence from the visitors, Brandon Owen and Ratti gained a lot of ground for GCS before George Mbofana slid over in the corner for the bonus point try.
Standards from both sides then started to slip and there were plenty of mistakes being made. Neither GCS or NPTC really got into the game and struggled to make any progress. for quite some period.
Eventually Gower College Swansea started to show some of that earlier flair with chances for Mbofana and Carson but bad passes and handling errors cost them any more tries. There was also a late opportunity for Neath Port Talbot College but despite huge efforts to power over the try line, they just couldn't break through the dominant Gower defence.
FT: Gower College Swansea 28 - 0 Neath Port Talbot College