Cherries sit top of the tree

LEADING THE WAY: Cwmgors head Division Four South West on tries scored thanks to victory over Vardre.

LEADING THE WAY: Cwmgors head Division Four South West on tries scored thanks to victory over Vardre.

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Division Four South West

Cwmgors 15 Vardre 9

Cwmgors now head the Division Four South West table on try-count and with games in hand on their nearest rivals after a hard-fought victory against Vardre in this top-four clash at Parc y Werin.

The Cherries had suffered their only defeat of the season to date on their visit to Vardre earlier in the season, so were keen to turn the tables on the visitors.

A big, well-drilled Vardre pack proved a real match for Cwmgors in a tight first half, but - by the interval - Cwm had established a 10-3 advantage after notching two almost identical tries.

On both occasions a kick to the corner, a trademark catch-and-drive and rolling maul finished off over the try-line by the excellent Richard Gregg.

With prop Rhodri Rees giving a man of the match performance, Gregg and second row Liam Jones making some hard yards, and backrow man skipper Rob Clive leading by example, Cwmgors kept their heads in front.

Vardre reduced the arrears with a penalty, but the home side kept the gate closed at the back and earned some breathing space by nicking a third try inside the last quarter when winger Gavin Madge went over in the corner.

With two minutes remaining, Vardre kicked a penalty which gave them a consolation losing bonus-point, but Cwmgors fully deserved their victory overall with another excellent all-round team performance.

With eight league matches remaining, Cwmgors face a busy end of season backlog, beginning with a real test away against second-placed Nantyffyllon on Saturday on their alternative Maesteg Park pitch.

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