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Bargoed register first win in battle of the new boys; BARGOED........................29 SWANSEA..........................9.

BARGOED registered their first success in the Principality Premiership as they ran in four tries to defeat fellow new-boys Swansea at Bargoed Park.

Both sides went into the match on the back of successive defeats - but tries from lock Bryce Morgan, centre Darren Humphries, No. 8 Ross Coombs and full-back Jordan Purcell proved enough for the hosts in the battle of the newly-promoted sides. Jac Wilson slotted a trio of penalties for the visitors who remain without a win since being promoted from the Championship. It was the visitors who took an early lead through the boot of outside-half Wilson who split the posts with a ninth minute penalty.

But the hosts responded in devastating style after gaining good field position with a penalty of their own which allowed Morgan to crash over after several phases for the game's first try - which Sam Withers converted.

Wilson notched his second penalty midway through the opening half after missing with his previous effort in what was largely a scrappy opening quarter.

The All Whites grew in confidence as the half wore on and, after a succession of penalties, went ahead with Wilson's third penalty.

But Bargoed hit back in stunning fashion once again as centre Humphries burst through the heart of the Swansea defence to cross over the whitewash - with Withers' conversion giving the home side a fivepoint lead at the break.

The hosts had centre Phil Price sin-binned shortly after the restart following a string of penalties - but Bargoed frustrated Swansea.

And it was the home side who went further in front with 15 minutes left on the clock as back-rower Coombs barged over the try-line for his side's third try which was once again converted by Withers.

Withers notched another penalty before Purcell raced over at the death for Bargoed.

BARGOED: Tries - B Morgan, D Humphries, R Coombs, J Purcell; cons - S Withers (3); pen - S Withers SWANSEA: Pens - J Wilson (3)

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 18, 2016
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