Saturday 22nd September 2006
It was a great pleasure to get reacquainted with our old friends St Josephs RFC after not playing each other for a few seasons due to league restructuring. Being something of a local derby this always had the makings of a physical encounter and St Joe's continue to display the style of aggressive rugby that has endeared them to other teams over the decades.
But on this occassion they were taught a lesson that all out aggression can be overcome by skill, speed and open running rugby.
The Rhiwbina pack destroyed the Joe's scrum and took too many 'against the head' to count. The Squirrels lineout was on good form with the lineout drives causing the opposition all types of problems. With this kind of platform the backs cut loose and ran from eveywhere. The opponents indiscipline cost them dearly in this fixture with a huge penalty count against them.
Richy Saltmarsh started the scoring with an early penalty and that opened the floodgates as Rhiwbina ran in a number of tries with two for winger Paul Cooper, two for scrum half Dan Salter and one for centre Mark Lee. Captain Gavin Harris also weighed in with a try. Outside half Richard Saltmarsh sliced through the Joe's backline with a arcing run to score under the posts before departing with a knee injury. Salty also bagged a number of conversions and penalties. Richy Marshall came on for Salty and bagged a conversion late on. What was most pleasing was the resolute Rhiwbina defence which held out the very few efforts the Joes had on our tryline. Great back row work from flanker Ed Hampson who was first to every breakdown and a Man of the Match performance from 'birthday boy' Richy Saltmarsh who dictated the backline.
This turned out to be a great win for Rhiwbina and continues their 100% record in the league and keeps them top of the table as well.
From 1 to 15 all players gave a fantastic account of themselves and were a credit to the club with great discipline, comittment and a desire to win the game through a great style of running rugby that has been associated with Rhiwbina for many seasons.
St Josephs 0 Rhiwbina 44
'Come on the Squirrels!'
This weekend was a very special one for Rhiwbina RFC who put out three senior teams and a youth team on Saturday. This feat has not been achieved by the club for over 10 seasons and is an indication of how far the club has progressed in recent years. Great credit must go to all the committee who assist the teams and to Dave Hobbs for his endless phone calls 'persuading' the players to turn out for the club.
Also a big 'thank you' to all the players old and new who represented the club on the weekend.
The great news was that Rhiwbina 2nds continue their great run of form under Captain Dai Hobbs with an excellent win 17-27 away against Old Illtidians 2nds at Llanrumney. Great performances from Girth and Geraint in the backline and Geraint continues to get a hammering with even more bolters back at the club after the game.
The 3rds played a strong St Joes 2nds and lost 7-19 but it was fantastic that they got a team out considering all the other fixtures this weekend. Well done to Chucka for captaining the side in Tony Bartlett's absence and to Andrew Hughes for a great performance on the field.
The Youth played the very strong Llantwit Major team in the Youth Cup at Caedelyn and with a number of players away on 'Scout' duties and unavailable put up a tremendous performance to only lose by a narrow margin of 18-31 with a spirited fightback after conceding early points. Well done to Birdy and the lads.
P.S. If I've got any of the scores wrong let me know!