SWANSEA survived a late surge from Aberystwyth as the superb kicking of James Chau was enough to secure maximum points on a rainy afternoon in South Wales.
Swansea ran in three converted first-half tries and another unconverted in the second as they raced into a 20-0 lead against Aberystwyth.
However, Swansea were made to work for their victory as they were forced to endure a cavalier fightback from Aberystwyth, who slid in three tries in the last ten minutes.
Captain Martin Jones sang the praises of prop Chau, who was successful with three out of his four conversion attempts, “which in that weather was incredible”.
“If he hadn’t kicked those points, the scoreline would have been a lot closer.”
Speaking of his team’s performance, vice-captain Owain Morgan stated: “I’m proud of the lads, they were dropping like flies out there with cramp… The weather wasn’t great but we stuck at it and I’m proud of them”.
Swansea were truly dominant in the first half as they held on to the ball much better than their opponents in the testing conditions.
Captain Jones stretched across the line within sixty seconds of the match kicking off for the breakthrough, which Chau duly converted.
Morgan added another before winger Ryan Looker broke clear of the Aberystwyth line and made it three.
The first-half performance of Swansea was outstanding in all areas of the pitch as Aberystwyth failed to get within touching distance of their opponent’s try line.
The second half was largely similar as the first for the first thirty minutes or so as second-row Daniel Williams burst through to make it 20-0, although this time Chau could not find the target.
With 10 minutes left on the clock Swansea took their foot off the gas slightly and Aberystwyth looked to capitalise.
Aberystwyth broke clear of the Swansea defence three times as they brought the score back to 20-12; however, all three tries were unconverted as their kicker could not adjust to the conditions.
Despite this, Swansea did manage to weather the storm in more ways than one, as they took the spoils from bottom of the league Aberystwyth.
Swansea’s first win of the season will give them confidence as they travel to the top two teams in the league; Gloucestershire and Glamorgan in their next two games.