SWINDON St GEORGE A 28 – 52 ALL GOLDS
Chris Wilson At Supermarine Sports Club, Swindon
Photography credit of Lewis Mitchell.
Swindon St George put up a real fight against the Pool C leaders, the All Golds, who eventually completed their fifth straight win thanks to two tries in the last ten minutes from loose forward Brandon Lamb.
The All Golds led by just two scores when Lamb struck to ensure the points were safe and the All Golds remained unbeaten in 2018.
Smarting from their 100-0 defeat by the All Golds just three weeks ago, Swindon attacked from the start, forcing their opponents into conceding penalties and making errors. They took the lead after four minutes when Ben Bridson powered over, Will Grant adding the first of his four goals in an eventful afternoon for the centre who was shown the yellow card three times in the second half.
As is the way with a reserve squad, Swindon had made plenty of changes with only four players remaining from that humbling loss at St Peter’s and the new men set about the All Golds with vigour. They were good value for their lead but it lasted just four minutes as Connor Jones ran a superb line to take the scoring pass from Callum Merrett.
Merrett was unable to convert but four minutes later, he fended off would-be tacklers to go over for his 13th try of the season and add the extras to put the visitors in front.
It seemed that normal service had resumed when, shortly afterwards, Jack Uren brushed off defenders to score and then Merrett’s perfect kick out wide picked out Lamb who scored his first try of the game.
Swindon’s powerful centre Simon Addis blasted through the defence for a well taken try to keep his side in touch but the All Golds responded when Ash Lewis’ angled run took him to the line.
But Swindon had the last word in the half when the All Golds lost possession cheaply and Addis raced away to score.
The All Golds survived five minutes of almost constant pressure on their line at the start of the second half but when Grant was sent to the sidelines for the first time, the siege was lifted.
Michael Holden then went in at the corner for the All Golds but was fouled in the process allowing Merrett to convert the try and add an extra two points from in front of the posts.
Merrett then scored his second, just keeping ahead of the chasing defenders on a 70-metre run to the posts but an error on the next set allowed Swindon to build play towards Addis who completed his hat-trick with a strong finish.
Swindon were back on the All Golds line with their next set and a neat switch saw Joe Jones crash over to cut the lead to two converted tries.
The final quarter became increasingly tetchy and Grant was given another rest along with Jack Uren as tempers frayed.
Play was scrappy as the All Golds held on to their lead, but Lamb rose above it all as he bumped off one defender and forced his way over to ease the All Golds to a three score lead before sealing matters by collecting Jack Uren’s offload and showing good pace to beat the cover to the posts.
There was just time for the referee to show another card to Grant as well as one to Kieran Webb for an altercation at the ruck, but Swindon had restored their pride while the young All Golds side had their fifth straight win and progress to the Super Fives, starting in a fortnight.
SWINDON: Jared Dixon; Liam Rowe, Simon Addis, Will Grant, Isoa Raione; Greg O’Brien, Rob Currie; Matt Young, Gareth Davis, Richard White; Cameron Vanaldo, Steve Oxley; Ben Bridson; INTERCHANGE: Brad Weston, Joe Jones, Ratu, Henry Webster, Nathin Smith, Nathan Hayes, Tom Lee.
Tries; Bridson (4), Addis (28, 38, 56), Jones (60)
Goals; Grant 4 from 5
ALL GOLDS: Josh Llewelyn; Ben Roche, Aedan Coleman, Joe Uren, Michael Holden; Kieran Webb, Callum Merrett; Mitchell Dent, Jack Uren, Ash Lewis (Capt); Ryan Tanner, Dean Cooper, Brandon Lamb; INTERCHANGE: Connor Jones, Hector Silva, Josh Foster, Aseri Lewasaru, Gareth Morris, Marcus Brown.
Tries; Jones (8), Merrett (12, 53), Jack Uren (18), Lamb (23, 70, 76), Lewis (32), Holden (49),
Goals: Merrett 8 from 10
Scoring sequence: 6-0, 6-4, 6-10, 6-14, 6-20, 12-26, 18-26, (HT), 18-34, 18-40, 24-40, 28-40, 28-46, 28-52, (FT)
Referee: Malcolm Holmes
Our next fixtures will be in the Super Fives and our fixtures are below:
All Golds Super Fives Fixtures
Rd 1 – 30 June: Bye
Rd 2 – 7 July: Oxford Cavaliers (A)
Rd 3 – 14 July: Reading Raiders (H)
Rd 4 – 21 July: Somerset Vikings (H)
Rd 5 – 28 July: Swindon St George (A)
4 August: Semi Finals
11 August: Grand Final