2012/2013 SWALEC National Championship
Newbridge 57 v 14 Wanderers
08 September 2012 - Welfare Ground, Newbridge
Glamorgan Wanderers

Match Report

Wanderers struggle

Newbridge 57

Wanderers 14

“Some people on and off the field need to take a look at themselves otherwise this season is going to feel very long” commented head coach Matthew Bolton after another heavy defeat for the Wanderers.

“At the moment too many players are coming in and out of the squad every week. That needs to be addressed” added manager Luke Burton.

On a sunny afternoon at the Welfare ground the home side were on the scoreboard early with a Neil Burnett penalty but both sides struggled to establish a pattern to the game as handling mistakes were rife. The game moved from end to end and the visitors showed that if given space they could pressurise the home side. Owen Thomas levelled the scores with a penalty after 13 minutes but Newbridge started to find their feet and the game became camped in the Wanderers 22. Some excellent defence kept the home side at bay for several minutes but eventually the wall was breached and Trevor James scored. Burnett converted 10-3. Back came the Wanderers but poor handling often let them down. On the half hour a Newbridge attack and chip ahead was thwarted by the bounce of the ball. Josh Hurley gathered and a counter-attack was mounted. Good support by the forwards took play deep into the Newbridge half and when a ruck was killed Thomas added his second penalty 10-6. The game appeared to be developing into real contest but another break by the home side backs, something which became all too easy as the game went on, resulted in a try for Craig Hill. Thomas did add to his tally with a penalty but before halftime Hill had added his second try which Burnett converted to give the home side a lead at the break 24-9    

The second half was all Newbridge. Despite the Wanderers set piece being strong the home side found ball easy to come by at turnovers and in loose play. The visitors defence seemed to be as porous as a chicken wire fence as the Newbridge backs enjoyed some freedom in the sun. Tries from Burnett, Robert Lee and John Morris extended the lead to 43-9 before a late consolation try from Josh Jacas, son of old Wanderers stalwart Frank, gave the Wanderers supporters something to cheer about. It was short lived as two further tries from Tom Edwards and Trevor James rounded off the scoring for the afternoon. An emphatic victory Newbridge 57 Wanderers 14.            

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