Div 5 SE League Fixture
Rhiwbina finally got to play Canton on a day of wild weather at Caedelyn Park after the disappointment of them not turning up for the fixture 2 weeks ago. The game got off to a scrappy start with Rhiwbina trying to force passes and not getting into a rhythm-but that all soon changed as the set piece moves began to take effect.
Rhiwbina had a new look to the pack with starts for Liam Neal at second row and Pumpkin and Ben in the back row and another start for the impressive hooker Matt Lord.
Prop James Huntley opened the score with a typical barging run crashing through the Canton defenders.
The backs soon began to find gaps in the Canton defence and began to run in tries from all parts of the field including a cracker for Luke 'Bealy' Brazier who collected a kick deep in his own 22 and under pressure but whose elusive running and deft kick and chase ended with him crashing over for a try.
More pressure led to touchdowns for Salty after some nimble footwork and Dan Salter from a well worked move with Captain Gavin Harris off the base of an attacking scrum. Canton tried hard to slow the ball in the tackle and rucks with their No 8 Andy Church giving a masterclass in the art but the Squirrels began taking the upperhand and the game was effectively finished as a contest by half time with Rhiwbina controlling events.
The second half saw the Rhiwbina rolling lineout mauls to be particularly effective with 2 tries for hooker Matt Lord from set pieces. The biggest cheer of the day came when all action prop Chris Vanstone crashed over the line from a yard out to claim his first try for the club-quality Vanny! A great backs move led to a good try for full back Dave Brockway after great work from Mark (I'll pay on Monday) Lee.
Paul Cooper kept up his try scoring run with another 50 yard effort.
Richy Saltmash kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty and 5 conversions to add to his haul. To be fair to Canton they never let their heads drop even when they were down to 14 men and in the last action of the second half amidst a lightning storm and driving rain they got a well earned consolation try under the posts from a quickly taken penalty which they converted.
Rhiwbina will have been glad to have run in 9 tries and see their points tally go over 200 this season.
Rhiwbina 58-7 Canton
Rhiwbina are now 3 points clear at the top of the league and unbeaten in 5 games. We play our old mates Old Penarthians next week at home and we hope to continue our good run of form.
Thanks to our loyal supporters who braved the highly unusual weather .
A good night was had by all including the first showing of the DVD of last weeks Buns game courtesy of Bealey and some pole dancing in the Toad by Chrissy Boughton after a few bevvies in Dempseys!
The seconds travelled the short distance over to Bishops field to play Llandaff 2nds in a friendly.
The Squirrels were withou some of their regulars with Geraint, Girth and Hughsey out of action but the team that they fielded did magnificently well beating a well drilled Llandaff side 24-19.
Rhiwbina had dominance up front with a front row of Eugene, Champy and Ashbin helping us to get 2 pushover tries. The Llandaff backs were very skillfull but resolute performances from Rod and Richy Marshall in the centre helped us win the day. Going into the last few minutes we were trailing 19-17 but a late try and conversion helped us get the spoils and a noticeable scalp.
Chucka came on at second row (Ha Ha)and debut appearances for Alex on the wing and a man of the match performance from Freddy at scrum half got us the win.The Webster boys were also in fine form and Captain Wayne Evans came back a very happy man.
Good to see Sean Legge at the game.
The seconds are looking forward to their Mallet Cup match on 9th December with the Glamorgan Wanderers 2nds/Development side.
Bargoed Youth v Rhiwbina Youth
The Squirrels Youth team travelled up the Rhymney Valley (The Jewel of the Valleys as it has been described) to play Bargoed youth in a friendly. The youth had to contend with a number of players not showing up through injuries/etc but managed to field a strong side that took on the valleys team and pressured them from the off.
A strong front row of Mousey, Nicky and Tom helped Rhiwbina dominate the game and inspirational Capt James T Bird dictated the tempo of the game. Coach Tony Bartlett was pleased with his young players.
A 'man of the match' performance from debutante Spud and tries for Marchy and Birdy helped us to a convincing 28-0 win and helped Rhiwbina to another great weekend of senior rugby with all 3 teams winning.
Let the good times roll!
'Come on the Squirrels!!!'