Betws crash out of Bowl
4:11pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Betws 12 Burry Port 30
Betws played host to high-flying Burry Port in the second round of the Swalec Bowl but came up just short.
The visitors included Darren Daniel in their half-back division and the former Scarlet showed his experience in organising the well-drilled Port.
Daniel’s men started confidently and opened the scoring with a penalty from outside-half Scott Charlton. They followed up with a quick try from wing Owen Thomas and the conversion settled them in with an early ten-point lead.
The new home front row of Rhys Phillips along with Wayne and Gareth Comley managed to gain the upper hand in the scrums and with Paul and Gareth Rees adding some height the hosts also enjoyed parity in the line-outs.
An excellent break from young scrum-half Steffan James deep inside his own half saw athletic Number 8 Gareth Rees appearing in support to power his way through the visiting full-back to the line for a crucial score.
Burry Port added a further penalty, but the visitors were fortunate to remain 13-5 ahead at the interval as Betws stormed the Burry Port line, with wing forward Luke Stratford prominent with a series of rampaging charges.
Unfortunately,, Betws failed to gather after the restart and they were made to pay for the error as visiting full-back Adam Ruddle entered the line at pace for a confidence-boosting score.
A long-range counter attack quickly followed from the lively Ruddle which put wing James Perry clear for a further try and a 23-5 lead.
Betws battled gamely, but it was 30 minutes into the half before they reduced the arrears when the visitors received a yellow card.
Another strong scrum enabled the forwards to press and young on-loan prop Phillips burst through to claim his first senior try.
The conversion, by Rhys Williams, reduced the deficit further, but the homesters were unable to sustain the pressue and Burry Port crossed for a late try to seal their passage into the next round.
Betws entertain Division Four South West leaders Aberavon Green Stars on Saturday.
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