Div 5 SE League Fixture
Rhiwbina made the long journey up to Deri for our League encounter with the Broncos.
As usual some of the City Slickers got lost on the way and did not turn up until after 2pm.
With little time to warm up the players were engulfed by a hailstorm of Biblical proportions as they started the game and this turned the Deri pitch into a bog.
Despite a slow start Richy Saltmarsh slotted over a penalty to steady the ship after 10 minutes and the Rhiwbina pack began to pressure the bigger Deri 8 into making mistakes and penalties. This led to our first try for Roy Pesticcio from a driving lineout maul and duly converted by Salty.
Roy got into the action again as another series of penalties left the Deri side down to 14 players and Rhiwbina forced their way over with an impressive maul to get Spanish his second try. Roy also took a number of strikes against the head against his opposite hooker in an impressive all round game in the first half.
Not to be outdone prop James Huntley scored his eighth try in 8 games from another powerful driving maul and put the Squirrels into a heatlthy lead. James was forced off before half time with an injury and was replaced by the clubs oldest player Eugene Jordan who put in a stirling and solid performance.
Deri did not lie down and seized the initiative before half time to bag a try for their big no 8 who was assisted by his pack to get over the Rhiwbina line from a short penalty move.
The game got badly bogged down in the second half as the conditions became almost unplayable. Captain Gavin Harris got a try with a great break from the base of an attacking scrum converted by Salty and Salty got a great drop goal from way outside the Bronco's 22 to keep the Rhiwbina scores ticking over. Rhiwbina were excellent in the scrum and lineout and to be fair our backs did try to run it despite the conditions.
Rhiwbina rounded off the game with a try for centre Mark 'Rocky' Lee who cleverly controlled a Bronco's dropped pass with his feet to score under the posts after a long kick and chase. Salty converted.
By this time it was impossible to tell the teams apart and the final whistle ended the mudfest in the gathering gloom.
Deri must be congratulated for their part in a hard but fair encounter and they never gave up throughout the whole 80 minutes and tested our side to the limit. All the best to Deri on their 50th Anniversary Season and thanks for the commemorative shield.
Rhiwbina's unbeaten run extends to 8 games and keeps us top of the league.
We must be doing well as our League opponents are phoning us up now to get our scores after the games!!
Deri Broncos RFC 5-37 Rhiwbina RFC
Rhiwbina 2nds played St Peters 2nds in the East District Cup and beat them 22-8 in a hard thrilling encounter. Led by Capt Dave Hobbs fresh from his travels the Squirrels beat their opponents with 2 tries from Garth Adams who is in a rich vein of form and with impressive performances from Dan Hobbs and Dan Salter and veteran flanker Tony 'Black Eye' Bartlett.
S Llandaff North 2nds v Rhiwbina 3rds Richy
Rhiwbina 3rds were supposed to play Llandaff North 3rds but ended up having to play a strong Llandaff North 2nds which put us a a distinct disadvantage. But the boys did the club proud and got stuck in scoring 3 tries and giving the North pack a torrid time in the scrum.
I will quote Chucka: 'a great gutsy performance from the thirds
today-communications went skyward and we played llandaff north 2nd xv not
Llandaff North rfc 3rd xv-a loss 34-17 was a good effort-six of the pack were
very much the wrong side of 40 and the backs were well avge.the 20ish age
group.well stuck at it guys-a couple of seasons ago we would have lost that game
by 60 or 70 points so you can hold your heads high in the club!!!well done the
firsts for getting back on track in apalling conditions at deri-still top of the
special mention must go to the 2nd xv for beating st.peters away in the east district cup-agood away win over the rocks!!nice eye tony bartlett,that will teach you deserting your third team,but they managed well enough without you!!see you training monday,cheers chucka.
P.S. We have confirmed Simon Brockway is the
'Oldest Player' in the club.
Need to see everyone training this week as we have hugely important fixtures over December and into the New Year.
Great Weekend for the club,
COME ON THE SQUIRRELS!!!!