Friday, 29 October 2010

Pontardawe Away Meet 1100 for 11.30 ko

All players welcome at Pontardawe RFC this Sunday, later kick off due to pitch space, practice and build up first. Ynisderw Road, Pontardawe, Swansea. SA8 4EG. 01792 864811

Take the A4067 out of Swansea, straight to Pontardawe. On the first roundabout at Ponty, take the second exit (still on A4067) then at the next roundabout (A474) take the exit on the right. This is a straight road, and a dead end, that takes you directly to the playing fields.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


Sadly given the hype and the rivalry South Gower can not field a team presumably due to half term. We will use the time again to work on team skills / ball retention and building the confidence and experience of our newer players. Please make every effort to attend Sunday and no training Tues.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Pirates vs Vardre

The match today against Vardre was the first competitive match for a number of our new Pirates including Joe, Tomos, Owen, Matthew and Cian. After an entertaining practice match they got a taste of the physical difference between practice and the real thing.

In the match Vardre started strongly and took an early lead. However, the introduction in the middle third of the game of some of our more experienced players helped to change the momentum of the match. The Pirates took the lead and continued to play some nice rugby at times, off-loading in the tackle and supporting well. A couple of nice turn-overs were won by Tal and Tom T competing at the breakdown.

The final score was 43-26 to the Pirates which was well deserved on the balance of play. Try scorers were Will, Jake and Sean with Liam and Jake adding conversions. It was only the second match Vardre had played, so they did well; South Gower next week will surely provide a sterner test. Player of the Week went to Joe for his efforts in his first full game. 

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Sunday 17th Home, Bishopston vs Vardre

Meet at 10,00 for warm up and full practice match. We will split the teams this week and next in order to give all our new players a taste of match action. I would like the full squad to train and take part in the training match concentrating on team work by passing or pencil/bulldog. It is also time to up the pace and power a level. Priority starting in the match tomorrow will then go to new and developing players this week, whilst next week we will front up to South Gower with a strong starting line-up.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Training 5.30 by swings Underhill Tues

New kit

I'm going to be getting kit for the new recruits (Cian, Rory, Joe, Owen, Tomos, Matthew). If anyone else needs a bigger shirt/shorts/socks - please let Ceri know at training or on my mobile.


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Training match at Bishopston

There was no game this Sunday so the team had a training session finishing with a match. In training the players worked on competing in the contact area with one of the highlights this week being the previously unstoppable Josh, finally being stopped by Rhidian.

In the game the orange bibs won 21-7. The Players of the Week were Thomas T and Freddie for commitment in the tackle area creating turnovers. Other good work included Jake S and Jake C for taking the ball at pace and Rhidian for organising his back line well.


Saturday, 9 October 2010

Training Match Bishopston 10:00

Penlan have no U10 and we intend to play match rugby with our full squad so as all our new players can gain valuable experience of the game situation.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Sunday vs Penlan, at Bishopston

The game this weekend is at home versus Penlan at Bishopston. Meeting time and kick-off to be confirmed.

Monday, 4 October 2010


Twelve hardy players, and travelling supporters, made the trek from windswept Swansea to equally poor weather in Clifton, where they competed with the elements and the English rules.

In the first game against Cleve we started brightly and scored a fine try by working Will into space. Unfortunately Cleve fought back to score two tries, one with the last play of the game to win 2 - 1.

The second game against the hosts was a hard fought encounter with chances on both sides. Clifton scoring the only try to win 1 - 0.

The third game was by far our best team performance against a well drilled and physical Redruth team.  Though Redruth scored two first half tries, we had a number of good passages of play recycling, running and passing well.  The second half was even better with Jake C and Tom T going close in the corner, but touch in goal was given. We drove their scrum off the ball and over their try line on their put in, but unfortunately weren't given the try. The match ended 2 - 0 to Redruth though we were unlucky not to get a result after a great effort.

In the final game an organised Bath team ran in three tries, but we continued to tackle our hearts out.

After a huddle of coaches and parents it was agreed that the team should share the player of the week trophy for the all round performance.  Key elements of play that were encouraging were the positional play of the wings, the scrummaging and the recycling of the ball.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

8.10.10. Clifton say it's on but unpleasant .

Friday, 1 October 2010

Clifton Oct 3rd

Wet weather warning
Please check blog after 1800 Saturday as Clifton have advised of a late pitch inspection for waterlogging

If OK:

CLIFTON MEET ready to train at 9.45 for 10.30KO 1st match(need to practice scrum & line-out properly)

9 per side (squad 14)
6 mins each way matches
3 man contested line-out and scrums, no kicking or conversions
scrums can push upto 1.45m!
scrum half can snipe/doesn't have to pass unlike WRU pathway


JOHN and Rhian have both driven past Newport between 8.30 and 9.30 today WITH NO PROBLEMS FROM RYDER CUP SO M4 SHOULD BE FINE

2. Admission to the ground will charged at £3 PER ADULT whether entering by coach, car or foot. Please make your parents aware so this doesn't come as a surprise and so as many as possible can have change ready to speed the flow into the ground.

3. NO DOGS are permitted. Again please make parents aware of this.

4. If you are driving to the club from the direction of the M5 there is NO RIGHT TURN at the FIRST ROUNDABOUT after the Shell garage : you should travel on to the next roundabout and double back following signs to the club.
Ground Arrangements / Parking
• The tournament will take place at Clifton Rugby Club, Station Road, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TT. Directions included below

• Parking at the ground is always a challenge on tournament days and you should advise all managers/ coaches / parents to arrive early. Car sharing is positively encouraged. Clifton Rugby Club does not guarantee any parking at the ground, and parking is solely on a first come first served basis. This applies to Clifton participants and visitors.

Directions to Clifton RFC:
The address for those that have Sat Nov is
Station Road
Cribbs Causeway
Bristol BS10 7TT

Take junction 17 off the M5 follow signs for A4018 Cribbs Causeway.
Follow the A4018 toward Bristol. Go straight over the first roundabout with Harvester on the right.

Travel a half-mile downhill (you will see a Shell garage on the right, and Dick Lovett on the left).

Veer left at the next roundabout following signs for Bristol. A right turn at this roundabout is NOT PERMITTED and you will not be allowed into the club by the Car Park staff.

Travel about 3/4 of a mile to the next roundabout (Crow Lane public house is on the right corner), U-turn back onto the dual carriageway you were on.

Travel north for about ¼ mile where beyond the railway bridge (roughly half way between the railway bridge and roundabout) there is a slip road (one way) on the left signposted Clifton Rugby Club. If you miss this road go to the next roundabout U turn and retrace your steps. A left turn at the roundabout is NOT PERMITTED.