DUNVANT REACH FINAL AFTER BEATING SKEWEN
Dunvant 2nds beat Skewen in a tightly contested Vaughan Sound Cup Semi Final winning 27-20
Dunvant 2nds travelled to Morriston (Neutral Ground) where they played their Vaughan Sound Cup Semi against Skewen. Dunvant had met Skewen earlier in the season in a Friday night Friendly where they came out winners 7-24, however this encounter had much more meaning and there was a good atmosphere at Morriston as the evening light reduced prior to the 7pm Kick Off.
Dunvant started the game playing up the slight slope towards the club house and had a breeze into their faces. It was clear to see from the off that this was going to be a tight game, both sides having possession with the tackle area being contested fiercely. The first scrum showed the strength of the Skewen pack and Dunvant were rocked back on their heels. However Dunvant soon settled and started to win some territory and get parity in the set piece. This early territory resulted in a penalty to Skewent in the Dunvant half which they slotted over to open the scoring. Dunvant were as dangerous without the ball as they were with it as they kept Skewen on the back foot with some superb defence. This defensive pressure saw Skewen forced into some mistakes, one of which resulted in the first try when Mark Robins picked up a spilt ball in his own 22 and had a gruelling foot race with the Skewen full back which lasted the length of the field but resulted in Mark holding his pace and fitness to score. This try was unconverted and saw Dunvant move into a 5 – 3 lead. Dunvant continued to grow into the game and with some more pressure picked up another penalty before half time, which was accurately converted by Jac Newbury, stretching Dunvant’s lead to 8-3.
At half time Owen Williams replaced the Ben Ley, who could not shake off a late tackle that he took within the first minute of the game and also Jonny Jones left the field for Nathan Vaughan. The half started as did the first with both teams having a fair share of possession, however Dunvant manage to pick up another penalty again converted by the dependable Jac Newbury which moved them on to 11-3. However it was Dunvant that made the next mistake when a simple clearing kick was in order from a 22 scrum, but a mix up in mid field caused a knock on and the ball was turned over to Skewen in an excellent attacking position. This gave rise to a period of 15 mins of pressure from Skewen, who hit back with a penalty and also a try and conversion of their own, leap frogging them into a 11-13 lead with 25 mins to go.
Dunvant however almost immediately hit back with another penalty goal from Jac Newbury which was expertly converted from the 10 yard line putting Dunvant back in front. Fresh legs were brought on with Callum Bradshaw replacing Jamie Fletcher and also Adam Williams coming on for Jac Newbury. Dunvant with an attacking scrum on the 22 saw Adam take his first touch, his pass was then delayed enough for full back Sam Hawkes to pick an outstanding angle which cut through the Skewen defence for him to score untouched under the posts which was easily convert by Adam Williams. Skewen seem to see the game slipping away and upped a gear and from the restart were camped in the Dunvant 22. Although Dunvant showed some heroic defence Skewen manage to eventually score at close quarters which was converted and again took the score line close at 21-20 to Dunvant. Both players and supports were feeling the tension as the clock ran into the last 10 mins. Adam Williams managed to give Dunvant some cause to relax when he kicked a fantastically struck drop goal with 5 mins to go, meaning Skewen had to score a try. Skewen threw everything into the last few plays but Dunvant managed the game well with some great kicking into the far left hand corner which kept Skewen pinned in their own half. With Skewen chasing the game and desperate to regain possession they infringed at a ruck and gave Dunvant a final penalty which taken converted by Adam Williams. The final whistle came soon after the restart and finished an extremely entertaining game. Dunvant came out winners 27-20 and can look forward to a final against Bonymaen. The date and venue of this final will be announce in next few days. Hopefully we will have another good showing of support wherever it is.