Brecon basked in a 38-13 victory over Crymych at Parc de Pugh at the weekend on their final home game of their league campaign.

Crymych travelled east in the knowledge that they had given Brecon a stiff test earlier this season, and the home squad had prepared for an encounter that would need a concerted 80-minute effort.

Brecon started strongly, with the first scrum of the match seeing the home team drive the visitors back some 30 metres in the first few minutes. This set the tone for the first period of the match where they enjoyed territorial and possession dominance, yet were unable to transfer this to the scoreboard.

Crymych were able to weather some long periods of pressure, and started to claw back in to the game. The scrum was to prove an area that provided opportunities to attack, and relieve pressure. The line-out started to function well, with Geraint Powell showing strongly in this area.

The distinctive figure of Geraint Powell breaks from deep within his own half
The distinctive figure of Geraint Powell breaks from deep within his own half (Copyright: Mark Griffin)

The home backline was looking sharp and threatening, and yet had not quite produced the consistency to unlock the Crymych defence. The efforts were eventually rewarded as some controlled phases of attack, allied to some impressive handling of the dry ball, saw space created for captain Jake Crockett break through for his first try of the game - converted by Dion McIntosh.

This proved to be the lone scoring highlight of an otherwise entertaining half.

Jake Newman attacks the Crymych defence
Jake Newman attacks the Crymych defence (Copyright: Mark Griffin)

Brecon did add some further scores but there was a period where Crymych immediately fought back after home scores, and took their own chances clinically. Brecon added a couple more tries to their tally, although Crymych kept on adding points through penalty kicks at goal, and were also rewarded for their commitment and patience with a converted try of their own.

As the game moved into the final period, the score was 19-13 to the home team, with Brecon one try away from getting a bonus point, and Crymych one try away from taking the lead. This changed relatively quickly in the closing stages of the match, as the home team performance clicked, and they maintained their fitness to be able to finish strongly.

Forwards Geraint Powell, Logan McIntosh, Ioan Edwards, and Richie Davies all featured strongly whilst wingers Geraint Walsh and Ben Griffin were also prominent in possession.

The latter was to feature in one particularly good score where, from a scrum on half-way, Logan McIntosh broke and fed Griffin on the blindside. From there the winger ran powerfully and took on defenders such that he was able to feed the ball back in side to the supporting McIntosh to score a fine try.

Brecon’s forward superiority was rewarded with two driving maul scores for hookers Rhys Williams and Dewi Edwards, whilst skipper Crockett intercepted an ambitious Crymych pass to race away under the posts, where he also reappeared soon after as he danced through the last line of defence for a hat-trick score.

The focus now will be on the final game of the season, away to Ystalyfera, with a view to looking to finish the season in style.