Cherries claim second title in two years

South Wales Guardian: CHAMPIONS: Cwmgors celebrate winning Swalec Division  Four South West. the trophy was presented to the club last week by WRU Board Member Brian Fowler. Pic: Huw Evans Agency. CHAMPIONS: Cwmgors celebrate winning Swalec Division Four South West. the trophy was presented to the club last week by WRU Board Member Brian Fowler. Pic: Huw Evans Agency.

Cwmgors RFC have at last got their hands on the SWALEC Division Four South West trophy, courtesy of the convincing final day 34–7 home win over Pyle.

The win came as a relief for the boys, who unexpectedly lost against Cwmavon RFC the week before – going down by four points and keeping the title just out of reach for another week.

Despite the hold-up at Cwmavon, Cwmgors have had a great season, winning all but two of their league games.

The title triumph was aided by the impressive boot of fly-half Steff Rees - the club’s top points scorer - who broke a club record this season by scoring 338 points.

Rees was also quick on his feet in crossing the gain line as he was also crowned the club’s top try scorer, alongside Lloyd Watson with 11 tries each.

Rees and his colleagues were delighted to clinch their second championship success in successive seasons, having taking the Division Five title last year.

He said: “It means everything. It’s a close knit team. We’ve seen the boys develop through youth team rugby under the guidance of coach Chris Jones and Barry Morgan. All we want is to go up the leagues and play at a higher level of rugby.

“We felt how good last year was after winning the league and our aim this year was to go up again. Everyone plays rugby to win and that was our aim.

“We worked hard all season and the result came.

“As for next year, I’m not too sure. There are a couple of boys finishing. There might be a change in the coaching staff. We are going up to a tougher league next year and we have to take each game as it comes. We can’t aim too high. But, if we stick together as a team, we might be there again next season.”

Club captain Rob Clive added: “This means everything to us. It’s a great reward for us. We’ve been building for the last two or three years. It’s our second championship on the bounce, so it’s been a good season. We are not team of individuals. We have gelled together and it’s a real team effort.

“It’s a harder test next year tougher games, tougher opposition but I think we will be all right as long as we keep developing and keep building this team. I think we will take anybody on, especially at home.”

Cwmgors assistant coach and No8 Richard Greig said: “It’s been another great season coming on the back of winning the Division Five championship last year. The boys have stuck at it and trained hard. They are a band of brothers and they have pulled through at the end.”

Cwmgors assistant coach Barry Morgan, who is retiring from the coaching staff, said: “The boys have pushed on from last season. Winning Division Five and then Division Four is a massive achievement.”

WRU Board Member Brian Fowler, who presented the squad with the trophy, said: “Cwmgors have run an active Junior Section for many years and most of their current 1st XV have come through the junior ranks.

“It is testimony to the hard work carried out by the coaches of the teams in the junior section that after a few lean years that the club has now turned the corner.”

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