23 December 2018 / Club News

01/12/18: Skewen vs Waunarlwydd

On Saturday the 1st December Skewen RFC welcomed Waunarlwydd to Tennant Park for the 1st meeting of the clubs this season. With a number of players unavailable Skewen were able to call upon 2 senior Neath players in Aaron Bramwell at full back and former All Black international Regan King at inside centre.

Skewen opened the scoring on the 5th minute following quick ball from a ruck on the Waun 22,scrum half Jaime Kirkhouse attacked the blind side feeding centre Regan King ,who noticing the space out wide floated the perfect pass to second row James Price who crossed in the corner for an unconverted try. Skewen 5 Waunarlwydd 0

The Waun responded almost immediately when from a Skewen attack the ball went loose enabling the Waun defence to kick ahead. The ball skidded and bounced in the wet conditions and all attempts to secure it failed. A further kick ahead saw the Waun score under the posts for a converted try. Skewen 5 Waunarlwydd 7

The remainder of the first measured out quite evenly with both sides defending the other out of the game

Half Time Skewen 5 Waunarlwydd 7

Within 4 minutes of the second half Skewen scored the second try. A well placed kick out of defence was chased by winger Tom Kingdom putting pressure upon the Waun winger forcing him into touch inside his 22. The subsequent line out was cleanly won and fed along the line drawing the Waun defence leaving space on the outside for winger Kevin James to score in the corner for an unconverted try. Skewen 10 Waunarlwydd 7

On the 20th minute Skewen scored their 3rd try. A penalty on the half way was kicked into touch inside the Waun 22. The ball was cleanly won with outside half Anthony Busselli attacking the line feeding winger Kevin James who took the ball up to the Waun 5 metres. The subsequent ruck and quick ball saw flanker Lee Dunsford cross the line for a try converted by Anthony Busselli. Skewen 17 Waunarlwydd 7

Skewen scored their bonus point try on the half hour mark when a line out outside the Waun 22 was cleanly won .Replacement Centre Tom Kingdom broke the Waun defence feeding fellow centre Regan King who gave the perfectly timed pass to now scrum half Anthony Busselli who slipped a pass to winger Kevin James supporting at speed on his outside to cross with an Ashton like dive near the posts for a try converted by Anthony Busselli.  Skewen 24 Waunarlwydd 7

 Skewen ended the game with a final try and hat trick by winger Kevin James. A scrum outside the Waun 22 was cleanly won with the ball being fed to replacement outside half Morgan Meacham, the youth team captain playing in his first appearance for Skewen 1st XV. Seeming to have all the time in the world he fed a perfectly weighted pass to centre Regan King who fed Kevin Kipper James for his try converted by Anthony Busselli 

Full time Skewen 31 Waunarlwydd 7

A very well fought game with both sides showing endeavour and spirit. A master class at centre by All Black Regan King, who by his weight of pass and clever use of space brought out excellent performances from his co three quarters and gave his half backs the confidence to play their games. His presence not only had a positive effect on the Skewen players but also on the Waun XV who must be praised for their efforts in both attack and defence.

A fine game at full back by Aaron Bramwell ensured that the Skewen pack was always going forward.

It was a privilege to have Regan King in a Skewen shirt but it was a lifetime experience for young Morgan Meacham in his first senior game to have outside him an All Black international.

Skewen Team

15 Aaron Bramwell

14 Kevin James

13 Lloyd Phillips Tom Kingdom

12 Regan King

11 Tom Kingdom, Morgan Meacham, Sam Collins

 10 Sion king, Anthony BUSSELLI, Morgan Meacham

9 Jamie Kirkhouse, Anthony BUSSELLI

8. Ed Price Dai Morgan

7 Lee Dunsford

6 Richard Davies  

 5 Reece Jenkins  

4 James Price

3 Mark Jones

2 Rhodri Hughes

1 Johnny Gethin Steffan Bond

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