Banc pay price for poor discipline
4:02pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Division Four West
Gowerton 35 Penybanc 19
Banc travelled to joint league leaders Gowerton knowing they faced their toughest game in recent years. The battle proved just that with both sides getting stuck.
The hosts kicked an early penalty before Tigers fly-half Mathew Lloyd responded with two of his own.
That was the way it stayed for a long period before big home centre Gareth King burst through a gap to score.
Banc discipline was not great once again and the homesters slotted another penalty for a 13-6 half-time lead after the visitors had been reduced to 14 men.
Banc were the n further reduced when Lloyd suffered at the hands of the Gowerton forwards and Owen Higgins was forced to take over at outside-half for the second period.
The Tigers started brightly with plenty of territory and, as a result, Higgins was able to slot two quickfire penalties to bring the visitors back into the game.
But Gowerton hit back with a well-struck penalty before Banc received a hammer blow when King powered over for his second.
The converted score took the hosts 23-12 up, but Banc refused to buckle and after a neat break from scrum-half Ioan Jones, flanker Cellan Harris was on hand to go over. Higgins converted to make it to 23-19 with 15 minutes to go.
But yet more indiscipline saw Banc again reduced to 14 men, allowing the hosts to score two late tries to make the game safe.
Banc welcome Glais in the second round of the SWALEC Bowl this week.
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