Cherries slip from top of the pile
10:10am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Division Four South West
Vardre 13 Cwmgors 10
Cwmgors’ perfect start to the season and their seat at the head of Division Four South West slipped on Saturday.
Aberavon Green Stars now hold the only remaining unbeaten record.
The Cherries probably gave their most disjointed performance of the season; the Vardre pack was solid, and, thanks to the absence of big ball carriers James Varney, Liam Jones and Rob Clive, the Cwm forwards struggled to win enough quality ball.
It didn’t help that their normally reliable place kicker Steff Rees had a rare bad day at the office, missing a number of kickable efforts as his radar went on the blink.
Vardre opened the scoring with a penalty, but Cwmgors hit back well as outside-half Rees collected a neat interception before running in all of 50 yards for an unconverted try.
But the home side finished the half the stronger, slotting a dropped goal to regain the lead, before grabbing a converted try just before the break to lead 13-5.
Vardre edged the second half in the early part as Cwm again struggled for meaningful possession.
But they gave themselves hope with an excellent second try, as man of the match centre Lloyd Watson’s clinical break paving the way for wing Carwyn Lewis to take the try-scoring pass with ten minutes left.
Cwmgors could have pinched it late when Watson’s chip ahead could have paid dividends, but the ball bounced into touch instead of staying infield, and the chance was gone.
However, there no complaints in the end for Cwmgors, who take a break from league action when they travel to Blaenau in the Cup on Saturday.
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