Plasmawr 15 – 5 Bassaleg: Report

3 Nov

On a filthy day in Fairwater, a resurgent Plasmawr side recorded their first win of the season against Bassaleg of Newport.


A dominant midfield performance helped the home side cope with raging winds and sweeping rain, as they came from behind to win 15-5.

Tries from Ieuan Jones and Josh Crocker secured victory for Plasmawr, whose greater precision was key to an improved second half display.

Number eight Rhys Owens carried tirelessly and, ably supported by openside Rhydian Roberts’s aggressive breakdown work, they set a platform for midfield three Jones, Crocker and Carwyn Huws to totally dominate the second period.

After knock-ons and needless penalties blighted the first half performance, Owens set the tone by pounding the visiting defence with a series of explosive carries that pushed the Bassaleg defence onto the back foot.

One such carry paved the way for outside-half Jones to slot over a drop goal early in the second half to get Plasmawr on the scoreboard at 3-5.

Owens then sucked in several Bassaleg defenders with another bulldozing drive, allowing Jones to throw a neat dummy and score under the posts.

The Plasmawr midfield were consistently threatening with Crocker running hard and Huws in particular making some incisive breaks.

And this partnership was at its cutting best when Huws burst through the visitors’ defence before offloading to Crocker, who crashed over the line from 20 yards out.

Jones missed the conversion but the 15-5 lead proved decisive.

Bassaleg had led through a Curtis Parsons try after Plasmawr wasted early pressure, but the visitors failed to threaten thereafter.

Plasmawr coach Sion Wyn Davies said: “Considering the conditions, it was a good game. Our forwards controlled the game, and I thought we were worthy winners.”

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2 Responses to “Plasmawr 15 – 5 Bassaleg: Report”

  1. LTGG Chris November 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Hmm nice article. Sounds like Plasmawr did well in greasy conditions. Is the XV going to pass comment on Welsh chances (or any other home nation for that matter) ahead of this year’s Autumn Internationals?

  2. David Simons January 28, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I thought fly half Jones and outside centre Huw played magnificently in horrible conditions. They controlled the game and ran hard lines respectively, showing that they should be playing at a higher level. Truly a class above the rest.

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