Div 5 SE League Fixture
Rhiwbina travelled over to Dinas Powys on a blustery day for a first League encounter between these sides for many seasons.
The day was saddened with the news that our former President and current WRU President Keith Rowlands had passed away earlier that morning. As a mark of respect both sides held a minutes silence before the game in tribute to Keith and his enormous contribution to Rhiwbina RFC and Welsh Rugby as a whole. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
The game itself turned out to be a poor affair with lots of mistakes on a heavy and uneven pitch. Rhiwbina scored an early try through flying wing Justin SILVA who danced through a line of defenders to touch down. This was converted by Richy Saltmarsh. The Squirrels scrum demolished their opponents but although they dominated the half Rhiwbina let in a sloppy try after a kick through and chase from the Dinas wing which was converted to level the score 7-7 at half time.
The second half became bogged down with errors between the 22's and it took a massive 35 metre driving maul from Rhiwbina's pack to set up a try for prop James Huntley and another great conversion from Richard Saltmarsh to break the deadlock and put Rhiwbina ahead 14-7.
Richy Richy Saltmarsh put the game beyond Dinas with a clever drop goal deep into the second half and although our opponents threatened our line on a number of occasions with some slick backs moves they failed to cross.The Autumn International layoff was blamed for a inconsistent Squirrels performance but the unbeaten run in the League extends to 7 games and keeps us top of the table.
A hard earned win that shows that Rhiwbina can win even when not firing on all cylinders. A Man of the Match performance from Second Row Liam Neal who was everywhere around the park and went on a number of great runs with ball in hand-Well Done Deckchair!
The Final Score:
Dinas Powys RFC 7-17 Rhiwbina RFC
Rhiwbina played Barry at Whitchurch Hospital in the preliminary round of the Youth Cup and came away deserving winners 25-12 after two late tries from Nicky Diamond and helped by a strong showing from Mousey. The score could have been greater if the Young Squirrels had capitalised on their dominance at the set piece but left it late to put the game beyond doubt.
Well done to everyone.