National League Division 2 West

Tycroes – 22

Mumbles – 17

TYCROES secured their second win of the season as they hosted a Mumbles side low on confidence.

Tries from Lee Evans, Mickey Hopkins and Shaun Jones helped secure a 22-17 victory against a visiting side that sat bottom of the table coming in to the game.

Tycroes fielded a young-looking side for the matchup, but they wasted little time finding their feet, getting off to a flying start when scrum half Evans forced his way over from short range.

The same man added the extras and put the home side 7-0 up early.

That lead doubled soon after as wing, Mickey Hopkins, raced over in the corner, and Evans was again successful with his conversion.

Mid-way through the first half, Mumbles finally started to get a foothold in the game.

After a decent spell of pressure, they got their first score of the game in the form of an unconverted try.

They had the chance to draw even closer when the referee awarded a penalty straight in front of the posts.

However, the attempt sailed well wide, and Tycroes compounded the miss by converting a penalty of their own following a Mumbles infringement on the stroke of half time.

The hosts went in to the break with a 17-5 advantage but were pegged back immediately in the second half.

An early try brought Mumbles back into the game, but their place-kicking woes continued as the conversion was again missed.

Tycroes responded in style with a try of their own.

Centre and captain, Luc Rees cut through the Mumbles back line, before giving the scoring pass to Shaun Jones to touch down.

Evans missed the conversion, but Tycroes had restored their two-score advantage.

That was to prove important as the game entered its final ten minutes.

Following numerous scuffles, one of which saw a bloodied Tycroes prop helped off the field, Mumbles crossed the line for their third try, this time adding the conversion to move within five points.

However, it was too little too late for the visitors, and whilst they may have grabbed a bonus point, they were unable to grab the win.

Tycroes ran out 22-17 winners, moving them up fourth in the Division 2 West table.