Dunvant fought back form a 13-5 half time deficit with two quick tries after the break and then capitalised with a try bonus point 18-30 win.
Bont kicked off with a strong swirling wind in support. Within a few minutes Dunvant lock forward Jaen Botes had a lecture from the referee, and only two minutes later received a yellow card for a repeated offence. Pontarddulais took advantage of the extra man and when awarded a 5 metre scrum, easily pushed over the line for their first try, converted by the outside half for a 7-0 lead. ( Bont’s programme had a squad of 20 shown with no numbers, and with no sound system, supporters haven’t got a clue who is who, not good enough in this modern era!). Dunvant responded with some good attacking forays and outside half Adam Williams threw a long pass out to full back Mitchell Ford who scored in the left hand corner. Adam was unable to convert in the strong wind for 7-5, and Dunvant were also back to 15 men as Jaen returned from the sin bin. Bont had the next opportunity to score with a penalty kick from the 10 metre line, but the outside half hit the post, Adam Williams caught the rebound and cleared Dunvant’s lines. Bont had a further penalty on 25 minutes, again on the 10 metre line but in front of the posts and this time the kick was successful for 10-5. Three minutes later Dunvant had a penalty kick about 26 metres out but the strong wind took it away from goal. The final score of the first half again came from Bont with another penalty kick for a half time lead of 13-5.
Would Dunvant slip up against bottom placed Bont or would the second half give them the win needed for promotion?
Almost immediately from Dunvant’s restart, a superb break by Jaen Botes cleared three defenders, and when he went to ground the ball was rucked out, passed to outside centre Sam Crowley who ran over in the right hand corner. Adam Williams was unable to convert but Dunvant had narrowed the score to 13-10. Our next score came on 46 minutes, when from a penalty kick to touch for a lineout near the 22, Jaen Botes secured the ball, and replacement flanker Rhys Tucker, on for Oscar Savage, ran in under the posts, Adam Williams converted, and Dunvant led for the first time in the match 13-17. On 54 minutes, Dunvant were awarded a penalty our 22, which failed to find touch but took us into Bont’s 22 in the strong wind, Bont infringed and Adam Williams had an easy penalty in front of goal for 13-20. Bont however were not giving up and having got down near our right hand corner worked the ball right across the pitch to run over and score in the left hand corner, unable to convert, but the scores were back in touch at 18-20. Just on the hour, Dunvant had a penalty kick 25 metres out but the strong wind veered it wide of the left hand post. Almost immediately a further penalty on the 10 metre line was awarded and this time Adam Williams stroked it over for 18-23. Bont continued to attack, choosing to kick penalties to touch for lineouts but Dunvant’s defence held firm on several occasions. The final score of the game came from Dunvant’s winger Joe Carney Withers who made a darting run down the right hand flank to run nearer the posts, Adam Williams converted for 18-30, a try bonus point and a magnificent away victory, so rare this season, which guarantees Dunvant’s return to Division 2 West.
On behalf of Dunvant’s Management Committee, I offer wholesome congratulations to our 1st team Squad, the Coaches, Physios and all the backroom staff who have contributed to such a successful season. Thank you one and all. Next weekend we host Tenby United at Broadacre, coached by former Dunvant favourite Fijiian Emori Katalou, in our last game of the season. Come on down to show your appreciation to our winning squad, and don’t forget to put your ”Supporter’s Player of the Year” voting form in the box behind the bar.
Conversion: 1 no 10
Penalties: 2 no 10
Tries: 15 Mitchell Ford, 13 Sam Crowley, 17 Rhys Tucker, 11 Joe Carney Withers
Conversions: 10 Adam Williams (2)
Penalties: 10 Adam Williams (2)
Backs: 15 Mitchell Ford, 14 Sam Gallagher, 13 Sam Crowley, 12 Danny Davies, 11 Joe Carney Withers, 10 Adam Williams, 9 James Richards
Forwards:1 Gareth Williams, 2 Alex Griffiths, 3 Ryan Shoemark (Capt.), 4 Jamie Nicholas, 5 Jaen Botes, 6 Oscar Savage, 7 Jon Arnold, 8 Mark Loughlin
Replacements: 16 Darren Goddard, 17 Rhys Tucker, 18 Nathan Vaughan, 19 Greg Davies
Match Official: Adrian Lewis
Results for Saturday 7th April
Swalec League Div. 3 West
Cardigan 52 Tumble 11
Haverfordwest 20 Lampeter 14
Llandeilo v Gorseinon
Newcastle Emlyn 11 Penclawdd 13
Pontarddulais 18 Dunvant 30
Pontyberem v Tenby Utd
Carmarthen Tyres League
Carmarthen Druids 31 Narberth 12
Carmarthen Tyres Cup ¼ Finals
Bonymaen 22 Morriston 17
Mumbles v Whitland -postponed
Waunarlwydd 14 Carmarthen Quins 20
Ospreys OE Youth League
Gowerton v Vardre -postponed
Pontarddulais v Penclawdd
Swansea Uplands v Bryntawe