Div 5 SE League Fixture
Rhiwbina welcomed our friends from the seaside as Old Penarthians turned up at a very wet and windy Caedelyn for the clash between the top and bottom of the league.
Rhiwbina were only too aware of how the Old pens have proved our bogey side over the years and were determined not to underestimate our opponents. This proved a sensible decision as the Old Pens turned up with a new look heavyweight pack after drafting in a strong team for this fixture.
The opening quarter was a very scrappy affair before the game burts into life with glorious tries for Luke 'Bealey' Brazier and a scorcher for Gerwyn Neale who carved through the Seasiders defence with ease on his return to the scrum half spot after injury. The Pens pack caused some problems at the scrum with their weight advantage and their size suited the dreadful conditions-this was the weather for 8 man rugby-but Rhiwbina had dominance in the lineout with Matt Lord throwing accurately to find his jumpers this set up a number of strong rolling mauls which led to more tries for the Squirrels.
James Huntley was everywhere in a Man of the Match performance and bagged a deserved hat trick of tries from powerful set piece mauls and unstoppable runs in open play. Matt Lord continued with his try count also getting a try from a rolling maul.
As the weather got steadily worse the game got bogged down between the 22's and to be fair to Old Pens they did not look like a side at the bottom of the league. Their big pack caused problems throughout the 80 mins and held Rhiwbina short of the tryline on a number of occasions to limit the scores. Full credit to them for battling to the bitter end. Two conversions for Richy Saltmarsh completed our tally.
Rhiwbina will be very happy to be standing proudly on top of the table after 6 games unbeaten and with 3 points in hand at this stage of the season and averaging nearly 40 points a game and with an enviable defensive record of only 24 points conceded -the second best in the Asda Leagues!
We now have a number of weeks rest due to the Autumn Internationals before we resume League fixtures on 18th November away at Dinas Powys-a side we have not played for many seasons.
Rhiwbina RFC hope that the Old Pens player injured at the end of the game and taken to hospital was not too badly hurt and makes a speedy recovery. Thanks to all who assisted him with the ambulance crew.
Rhiwbina 34-0 Old Penarthians
The Brian ELLEND Award for services to Rugby went to Justin Silva for his Gordon Banksesque dive at the ball and for also thinking he had got over the line and scored in a maul-it was the 5 Metre line Silva!
The Phillip ENIS award went to 'Feet of Stone' Richard Saltmarsh for some interesting variations on how not to kick a conversion/penalty. Quality!
The Seconds led by Wayne Evans travelled across the City to Canton only to find that Canton only had 10 or 11 second team players. We arranged with the Ref to claim the League points before lending them our subs in order to play a 'friendly'.
In atrocious conditions we beat them 33-0 with a man of the match performance from Roy Pesticcio on his comeback game after paternity leave. Congratulations to Roy and Sian on the birth of baby Daniel from everyone at the club. Roy bagged a try to celebrate.
Rod at outside half had a great game kicking everything and dictating a strong back line of Vince, Casey, Geraint and with John Brinkworth proving unstoppable in the challenge they caused Canton all sorts of problems. Great to see Dil back and playing (although we lent him to Canton for the day). Dil has the longest name of any registered player in the WRU!
Ashy, Roy and Chucka with Jonny, Jon Payne, Dan and Wayne proved too strong for the Canton pack and took advantage of the conditions to run in a big score.
Another good win for an impressive 2nds who are also having the best run for many years!
BGreat to see the Under 8's at the Millenium Stadium at half time in the Blues v Tigers Heineken Cup game led out and supported by our very own mascot 'Nutter the Squirrel'
Well done to Jonny Bickell for donning the costume and walking out in front of 27,000 people!