Swalec Plate 1st Round

Senghenydd 24 Caerphilly 3

Two tries during injury time in either half was the difference between the two sides as Caerphilly and Senghenydd played out the first round of the Swalec Plate competition park at the Welfare Ground last weekend.

The heavy ground was not conducive to running rugby as both sides spent the first quarter of the game mainly in the middle of the park. Testing each other, it was the home side that took the lead on 24 minutes.

Taking play up to the Caerphilly line, the home side sucked in the defence out left before spreading the ball wide to the right, winger Michael Hunt collecting the pass with a clear space to eventually cross under the posts, scrum half James Hallett adding the first of his 9 points with a successful conversion.

Caerphilly grabbed their only points of the day winning a penalty centre field during a move that caught the home team offside in centre field as they attacked out wide. Centre Will Worthington slotting the kick between the posts.

With the end of the half looming, a series of penalties helped Senghenydd work their way up to the 5mtr line, before winning a scrum left field as Caerphilly failed to clear their lines. From the set move, centre Lewis Bowden entered the line at pace, breaking through his opposite number Damian Corns to cross under the posts, Hallett adding the spoils as the first half closed with a home lead of 14-3.

The home side enjoyed the comfort of territory and possession for the third quarter, but some steadfast defence from Caerphilly kept them at bay as they were restricted to a solitude Hallett penalty after 48 minutes. In fact as much as Senghenydd failed to break down the visiting defence, equally, their own defence held firm as Caerphilly lay siege on the try line for the final quarter.

It was during one of these attacks, deep into injury time, that Senghenydd broke through the centre. Recycling the ball centre Josh Jones crossed the line,bursting through the tackle, Corns again guilty of a weak tackle in centre field, Hallett adding the conversion with the last kick of the game and a 24-3 win for the second division side. The gap was not as big as the score line suggested and the young Caerphilly side can take heart at their performance the home side sitting 17 places above them in the leagues.

Caerphilly travel to Pill Harriers next weekend, resuming their league 3 East fixtures prior to the Autumn Internationals, whilst, Senghenydd welcome Abercynon in their 2nd Division clash at the Welfare ground. Kick off 2:30pm for both games.