Division One West: Gorseinon 20-44 Whitland

It was another impressive display from Whitland as they ran in seven tries to outclass hosts Gorseinon last night.

Doubts had surfaced during the week about whether the game would go on given the inclement weather forecast, but it turned out to be a dry evening for rugby and The Borderers took full advantage as their expansive play yielded a fourth straight league win.

Things didn’t start well mind as flanker Declan Norman touched down for the home side and Jack Gronow converted.

But then The Borderers upped the ante and it was Gino Setaro, on his return to the starting XV, who went over out wide and cousin Nico converted.

And as the visitors continued to go wide it was then the turn of the other winger, Dan Evans, to get on the try sheet to out his side 12-7 up.

Gronow landed three points for Gorseinon but moments before the break Setaro got his second after the centre pairing of Josh Thomas and Liam Price had utilised an overlap out wide.

Nico Setaro kicked three points early in the second half to make it 20-10 but The Gors kept themselves in it when a driving lineout resulted in a second try for Norman that went unconverted.

But again The Borderers were able to go up a gear and prop Jimmy Buirds, a candidate for man of the match on the night, took a crash ball to score from close range and although Nico Setaro couldn’t land the extras – the No 10 then rounded off a flowing attack by going under the posts. This time he did convert and at 32-15, the contest appeared over.

And so it proved as No 8 Jack Mason came off the bench to score from a Setaro pass, the latter again adding the two points, before flanker Ryan Morgan got try number seven for Whitland when he caught lineout ball and then strolled over unopposed with the home pack caught unawares.

Gorseinon did get a third try through second row Nicky Southgate, but it didn’t take the gloss off a great night for Whitland in a game that was superbly officiated by 22-year-old Andrew Moule.

“It was a great win,” said Whitland coach Gareth Bennett.

“Boys are now reaching the potential we know they are capable of. There were some great tries scored under the lights and the referee let the game flow.

“But the best part was our discipline.”

Next Saturday Whitland, now up to fifth in the table, go to Aberystwyth.

Whitland: James Stephenson, Gino Setaro, Liam Price, Josh Thomas, Dan Evans, Nico Setaro, Adam Davies, Aaron Mayne, Marc Jones, Jimmy Buirds, Raf Williams, Courtney Bowman, James Thomas, Ryan Morgan, Scott Buirds. Replacements: Gethin Lewis, Michael Ryan, Ben Kirk, Jack Mason, Jonathan Thomas.