23 May 2018 / Club News


Porthcawl’s momentous season drew to a close on Saturday with a comprehensive victory over a spirited and committed Pontycymmer side, on a day when the weather matched the occasion of the Seaweeds being crowned League Champions by WRU Board Member Alan Jones.

The visitors have struggled this season but they should be proud of their efforts and all at Porthcawl would wish to see a strong and successful Pontycymmer side once more next season.

Jordan Skidmore got the Seaweeds on the scoreboard with a smart try after just two minutes for 5-nil and despite the visitors’ lively response, there followed an unfortunate incident after 8 minutes, where visiting forward Owen Whittingham took a very heavy knock that saw him laid prostrate on the turf, a pure accident which held up the match for some time whilst he received medical attention, necessitating a call for an ambulance as precautionary measure. Following discussion with the referee, both teams agreed to continue the match on the adjoining pitch and fortunately, Owen was later able to recover from his injury, the best news on the day, and all at Porthcawl RFC wish him well.

With the match resumed, No.8 Jobe Owens notched his first try of the day with a surging break for 10-0, the first of his hat-trick, and a super all-round performance.

He was quickly followed to the try-line by left wing Jake Thomas who flew over following great hands from scrum-half Morgan Haylock, centre Gareth Rees and outside half Ben Thomas, whose fine conversion from near touch, one of his ten for the match, brought the score to 17-0.

The Seaweeds play was all out total Rugby and they added a further 21 points before the break, with tries by Gareth Rees, Jake Thomas for his brace and Ben Thomas, who converted all three, his own right from the touch-line for 38-nil.

In the second half and with the home pack enjoying much the better of it, Owens nabbed his second try, converted by Thomas just after the break, before Owens again surged through midfield to find Ben Thomas whose magical flip out of the back of the hand saw Haylock grab the pass and score the try, improved by Thomas for 52-nil. Owens was in a purple patch now and it was no surprise when he took a quick tap penalty and flew through the defence to cross at the posts, with Thomas converting for 59-0, with 35 minutes still to play.

Gareth Rees kicked through for Jordan Fox to gather and score for Thomas to goal and 66-0 before Sean Wilcox waltzed through for his try, again bettered by Thomas at 73 points, with the match now a procession to the try-line. With the next score, a second try for Fox and conversion by Thomas for 80-nil, the referee and players all decided that all was said and done and the final whistle sounded, allowing the presentation of the League Trophy to be made to Porthcawl, warmly applauded by the Pontycymmer side and supporters alike and a great day for the Seaweeds home faithful.

Aside of the experienced players who have contributed so much to a played 22, won 21 season record season, Porthcawl were pleased to have given some vital senior team experience to Euan Manley, Will Lampard and Jack Palmer in this match, and that will stand them in good stead for next season alongside their older team-mates, with Division Two West Central the next destination.

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