T The Youth season finally got off to a start after weeks of cancelled fixtures and not helped by the fact that a school fixture had been arranged on the same day and deprived our squad of two key players.
In drizzly conditions a hastily rearranged Rhiwbina Youth led by Captain Tom Meatyard took on a much bigger Penarth Youth side who had already played 4 or 5 games this season and soon found themselves 6-0 down after indiscipline let the home side into the game against the run of play. The Penarth outside half-who had an excellent kicking game all day-easily slotted over the 2 penalties and the Squirrels found themselves down to 14 men after getting a yellow following a flare up in a scrum. Rhiwbina had looked very sharp in the backs during this half with some great runs from Slogger, Josh and Lowey.
This was the wake up call for Rhiwbina who suddenly began to put pressure on the seasiders and got a well earned try for 'Flanker' James Bird after some good work from forwards and backs in closing down their opponents. Birdy converted from in front of the posts.
The lead was further increased by Birdy with a penalty before half time making it 6-10 to the visitors.
A half time team talk identified the tactical rustiness of the Squirrels gameplan and it was hoped they would exploit the slope and conditions in the second half .
A further penalty by Birdy extended our lead to 6-13 but then Penarth came back strongly into the game and had us pinned down on our own tryline for 15 minutes before getting a well deserved try at the corner from a quick penalty. Unfortunately for them they could not get the conversion.
Rhiwbina finally got their gameplan going and began to gain territorial positions deep in Penarth's 22 which inevitably led to an error from the home side and gave us a 5 metre scrum. From a series of strong pick up and drives from that scrum Captain Tom Meatyard crashed over for a good try that wrapped up the game.
Birdy got the conversion before more pressure gave us another penalty in a kickable position that we also slotted over to end a hard fought and keenly contested game.
Thanks to Penarth for a great welcome and best of luck for the future and we look forward to the rematch in Cardiff later in the season.
Penarth Youth RFC 11-23 Rhiwbina RFC
A good night was had by all back at the Rec with the Youth joining the 3rds on the winners table for a fantastic game of WHIZ-not!
RHIWBINA PLAYERS SELECTED FOR CARDIFF BLUES REGIONAL CLUB XV
Congratulations also to First XV Captain James HUNTLEY and Second Row Jonny BICKEL who have been selected to represent the Cardiff Blues Regional Club XV which is picked from players in Div 1-5 Teams to play at the Arms Park against the equivalent Ospreys Regional side.
A fantastic achievement for both players and in particular for Jonny who is only playing his first full season in the Firsts!
Full details of when this match is to be played will be put up on here!
COME ON THE SQUIRRELS!!!!