Roberts the hero for Swansea who leave it late to see off Exeter

Matthew Roberts was the hero for the men’s rugby 1sts last Wednesday after scoring the crucial try 10 minutes from time in the away victory at Exeter.

Roberts was only making his second appearance for Swansea, but he was aware that Swansea have struggled in Devon in the past.

“I’m a fresher but I know from the boys that it’s been a few years since we have taken points from Exeter,” Roberts said.

“I had a quiet game up until then, so it was nice.

“It’s nice to come here in my first year and take the points.

“We knew we could take them then and it was just a case of digging in.”

The last few minutes of the match saw Exeter extensively pushing for the try line and Roberts admitted that it was a tense finish.

“When we lost the scrum on our own line, it was gut-wrentching,” he said.

“Fair play though, the boys dug in and we got there in the end.”

Head coach Richard Lancaster made six changes from the side that lost to Cardiff as Swansea looked to claim their first win of the season.

Swansea started slowly when a chip wide into space allowed Exeter to take the lead, but they missed the conversion.

Swansea began to make an impact on the match with good width play, and were rewarded for their efforts when Jackson Szabo when over in the corner, Aled Lewis added the extras to take a narrow lead.

Exeter made it difficult for the away side as they fought back with a penalty.

Szabo added to his earlier try with a neat chip and chase before going over to the elation of his fellow team mates.

Exeter kicked another penalty before a controversial decision denied Swansea the chance to regain the lead, allowing the home side to break the length of the pitch to run in their second try.

Lewis’ penalty gave Swansea hope and excellent width play led to Roberts bustling through the defence to score the winning converted try.

“There are still things to work on, lots of positives to take out of it,” added Roberts.

“But it’s a win at the end of the day.

“It was a four hour journey down there, but the win is all that matters.”

Exeter University 1sts 18-23 Swansea 1sts

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