SWALEC Cup quarter-final round-up

28 Mar

Cardiff RFC produced a late rally but it was not enough to prevent them losing 19-17 to Aberavon in the SWALEC cup quarter-finals.

Visitors Aberavon took the lead when flanker Aaron Bray’s interception allowed wing Chris Lewis to touch down under the posts.

With the usually reliable fly-halves, Scott Sneddon for Cardiff and Matt Jarvis for Aberavon, both missing kicks, the Wizards led 5-0 at the interval.

Jarvis extended the lead after the break with a penalty which Sneddon replied to.

But two further kicks from the Aberavon number 10 and a second try for Lewis appeared to have put the game to bed.

Aberavon's Chris Lewis bagged two tries as his side beat Cardiff 19-17

Trailing 19-3 as the game entered injury time, Cardiff almost pulled off a sensational comeback as Sion Hopkins and Richard Smith crossed for tries which Sneddon converted.

Despite referee James Jones playing 14 minutes of injury-time, Aberavon held on to move into the last four.

Premiership leaders Pontypridd also reached the last four but were given an almighty scare by One East side Merthyr.

The Ironmen had stunned Glamorgan Wanderers in the previous round and pushed their illustrious opponents to the brink.

Neil Burnett gave hosts Merthyr an early lead with a penalty before Matthew Nuthall and Dean Gunter both touched down for Pontypridd. Five points from Gunter’s boot put Ponty 15-3 ahead.

But Merthyr hit back through Gareth Williams and Tom Griffin to trail 17-18 at the break.

Nuthall grabbed a second try after the break but Merthyr again hit back as Darren Harris crossed. Burnett and Pontypridd replacement fly-half Simon Humberstone exchanged penalties to leave the score 31-30 heading into the last 10 minutes.

Fly-half Simon Humberstone came off the bench as Pontypridd progressed

Full-back Gareth Wyatt grabbed the decisive score which Humberstone converted to spare Ponty’s blushes.

Llandovery shocked Tonmawr 23-13, and Swansea reached the semi-finals with an epic 39-34 comeback win against Newport.

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