Cwmgors RFC claim SWALEC Division 4 South West title

Cwmgors RFC have lifted the SWALEC Division 4 South West trophy after a convincing (34 – 7) home win over Pyle RFC last week (Wednesday 14th May 2014).
The win came as a relief for the boys, who unexpectedly lost against Cwmavon RFC the week before – going down by four points and keeping the title just out of reach for another week.
Despite the hold-up at Cwmavon, Cwmgors have had a great season, winning all but two of the league games that they’ve played.
Cwmgors RFC’s league victory has been aided by the impressive boot of fly-half Steff Rees - the club’s top points scorer - who broke a club record this season by scoring 338 points.
Rees was also quick on his feet in crossing the gain line as he was also crowned the club’s top try scorer, alongside Lloyd Watson with 11 tries each.
Steff Rees said the Cwmgors players were delighted with their second championship success in successive seasons, having taking the Division 5 title last year.
He said: “It means everything. It’s a close knit team. We’ve seen the boys develop through youth team rugby under the guidance of ‘Stan’ (coach Chris Jones) and Barry (Morgan). All we want is to go up the leagues and play at a higher level of rugby.
“We felt how good last year was after winning the league and our aim this year was to go up again. Everyone plays rugby to win and that was our aim. “We worked hard all season and the result came.
“As for next year, I’m not too sure. There are a couple of boys finishing. There might be a change in the coaching staff. We are going up to a tougher league next year and we have to take each game as it comes. We can’t aim too high. But, if we stick together as a team, we might be there again next season”
Cwmgors RFC Club Captain Rob Clive, who plays in the back row said: “This means everything to us. It’s a great reward for us. We’ve been building for the last two or three years. We are still a young squad. Stan (coach Chris Jones), Barry (Morgan) and Richard Greig have worked hard with us. It’s our second championship on the bounce, so it’s been a good season. We are not team of individuals. We have gelled together and it’s a real team effort.
“It’s a harder test next year tougher games, tougher opposition but I think we will be all right as long as we keep developing and keep building this team. I think we will take anybody on, especially at home.”
Cwmgors assistant coach and No8 Richard Greig said: “It’s been another great season coming on the back of winning the Division 5 championship last year. The boys have stuck at it and trained hard. They are a band of brothers and they have pulled through at the end.”
Cwmgors assistant coach Barry Morgan, who is retiring from the coaching staff, said: “The boys have pushed on from last season. Winning Division 5 and then winning Division 4 is a massive achievement for us. The boys have a very good attitude and work hard as a team.
“I’m taking a step back. I won’t be involved in the coaching next year. But it’s a good way to go out and I’m really chuffed and happy for the boys. Two championships in two years isn’t a bad way to go out.
WRU Board Member Brian Fowler added: “Cwmgors have run an active Junior Section for many years and most of their current 1st XV have come through the junior ranks. It is testimony to the hard work carried out by the coaches of the teams in the junior section that after a few lean years that the Club has now turned the corner. Following on from winning promotion from 5 South West last season as Champions they have gained a second promotion, this time from 4 South West, and again as Champions. My congratulations go to Cwmgors RFC.”

Photo above: Cwmgors captain Rob Clive and chairman Jeff Bright with the trophy.

SWALEC is the national community partner of the Welsh Rugby Union and sponsors both the SWALEC Leagues and SWALEC Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions.
Jonny Petrie, head of sponsorship strategy at SWALEC, added: “Our strong partnership with the WRU and its clubs goes back a number of years and we’re very pleased to be doing more for grassroots rugby in Wales through our sponsorship of the SWALEC Leagues. It has been another strong season for Welsh rugby as a whole and we have seen some impressive performances at club level. Many congratulations to Cwmgors RFC on claiming the title.”
SWALEC became National Community Partner of the WRU in 2008, which saw them sponsor both the SWALEC National Leagues and SWALEC Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions. The partnership was extended in 2011 through until 2015 and sees the energy firm continue its significant investment into grassroots rugby. The partnership between SWALEC and the WRU has been a great success and the renewal agreement is testament to the strong relationship that has been established between the two organisations.
SWALEC, part of SSE plc, employs over 900 people at the company’s Cardiff Gate headquarters. SSE plc, the second largest energy company in the UK, is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity, energy trading, the storage, distribution and supply of gas, electrical and utility contracting and telecoms. SSE plc supplies more than nine million customers through its retail brands, SWALEC, Scottish Hydro, Southern Electric, SSE and Atlantic. It transmits and distributes electricity to over 3.6million customers in the north of Scotland and the south of England. SSE plc is the largest non-nuclear electricity generator with over 10,000 megawatts of capacity from the most diverse portfolio of power stations. It is also the leading
generator of electricity from renewable resources.

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