Tuesday, 30 November 2010

RBS 6 Nations Home Games

The lists are up in the clubhouse for tickets although the times aren't the best for kids. Club will draw lots if demand exceeds supply. Any registered player has family membership and is eligible.

Friday 4th February 2011 Wales v England ko 19.45

Saturday 12th March 2011 Wales v Ireland ko 17.00

The bulk of the tickets are priced at £65 and £70

Training in the GYM

Tonight's training is in the Oystermouth School gym 6-7pm, Ceri has left her mobile at home so if you can contact other please do so!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Sun 28 Nov 2 Matches Weather Permitting

Skulls v Bryncoch @ home, Bishopston ko 11.00, meet 10.30 with John, Paul, Steve & Ceri

Props Josh B, Luke, Tomas
Hooker Sean M
BackRow Tal (Pack Leader), Freddie (Vice-captain), Matt S

Scrum Half Liam
Fly Half Rhydian (Captain)
Centres Harley
Wings Jon, Owen, Sean E

CrossBones v Morriston Away ko 11.30 meet 11.00 with Alex & Guy

Props Kian, Connor
Hooker Tomasz
Backrow Tom T (Pack Leader), Matthew G (Captain)

Scrum Half Jake C
Fly Half Jake S
Centres Morgan (Vice-Captain), Rory, Tommy H
Wings Will, Jo

please text 07814717334 if you cant make it

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

This weekend's games

We've had a selection meeting to organise two balanced teams for the weekend; one will be playing at home (Bishopston) against Bryncoch and the other away at Morriston (a chance for some revenge).  A few players need checking for availability before the teams are posted towards the end of the week, so watch this space.
The selection team (though there were five of us).

Training 17.30 by lights 23rd Nov

Please dress warmly as we try some "slow motion" rugby. Informal coaches meeting 9pm tonight clubhouse or Hancock if club closed, any parents welcome

Monday, 22 November 2010

Pirates v Lougher

After the late Adjustments for absentees and lifts just the bare minimum 10 pirates made it to Lougher but were fortunate with the more experience of our 2 sides. I am sure it is a first that the Pirates came from behind 3 times and is a triumph for commitment and spirit to come away with a good win against quality opposition. Gutsy performances from the engine room of Tom T, Tal and Matthew G with solid backing from Kian and Mat S. Jake C was at his battering-ram best and more structured back play from Jake S, Morgan, Tommy H and Will is a strong platform to build on as we develop more positional play. As always tackling can be better but our breakdown ball recycling won us the day. Pirates 30-lougher 15 (tries Jake C 3, Will 2, Tom t)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Tonna vs Mumbles Pirates

One half of the Pirates squad ventured past Neath up to Tonna and a match high on the hillsides. In the chill of the morning the Pirates made a fiery start with Jon, our captain for the day, scoring a trademark long distance try. Some poor first up tackling of committed Tonna runners saw a number of tries conceded, before Jon scored another try.

After the break the home team ran in a number of easy tries before the Pirates found another gear and upped their intensity. Some good individual tackles halted the Tonna charge and the game was very even for the middle period of this half. A number of good driving mauls (driving mauls I hear you say) gained a lot of ground for the Pirates and a third try was scored. However, further poor tackling lead to the final score being run up to 66 - 17 against the Pirates.

Our Player of the Week was Jon for a true captain's performance, in scoring all three tries. Joe added one of the conversions. Generally there was some good running, but at times this lacked support and, with the local rules allowing for 'bear hugs', this lead to turnovers by Tonna. The Pirates were out-muscled at the break down with 'guard dogs' and 'assassins' in scant supply. Some other positives were the backs hitting the scrum half's pass at pace and crossing the gain line from scrums, though lack support again lead to turnovers.

The lucky 13.

Sunday 21st Both Games are on-good luck Pirates

Saturday, 20 November 2010

AWAY vs TONNA and LOUGHER 2 Matches 2 Squads

Excellent to see so many committed to training and match attendence recently. We felt concentration suffered from the 4 'halves' option last Sunday so have arranged 2 matches as a better solution to ensuring everyone gets to play their 30 mins match time - this will only work if sufficient players come so please let us know if you are not available. Also get in touch if we need to switch things around for siblings/lifts etc.07814717334. Also if I have forgotten as I,m writting this without my list give me a call.

Pirates vs Lougher at Lougher RFC meet 10.45 for 11.30 ko (coaches Alex, Guy)

FORWARDS:Kian, Tom T, Connor, Matthew, Matthew, Tal
BACKS: Jake C, Jake S, Morgan, Will, , Tommy H, Josh H

Loughor Rugby Football Club
Place page
Villa Field
Belgrave Road, Gorseinon, Swansea SA4 6RF
01792 894 109

Pirates vs Tonna meet 10.20 for 11.oo ko
(John, Paul Steve & Ceri)

Josh B, Sean M, Luke, Owen, Freddie, Tomasz, TomB

Rhydian ,Harley, Jon, Sean E,jo, rory,

Tonna RFC

The Rugby Pavilion

Mount Pleasant



SA11 3HX

Tel: 01639 642804

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

New Mumbles RFC website

The club has a new main website and the Pirates page can be found at:


Training 1730 by lights 16th

Monday, 15 November 2010

Pirates vs Morriston

After two weeks playing away from home, this Sunday morning the Pirates returned to Bishopston for a match against Morriston. As usual a good turn-out from the Pirates meant that we could field different teams for each half, or as it turned out, all four halves of rugby.

Our opponents Morriston were more focused than the Pirates and started well; going into the first break we were already two tries down. Generally the tackling was committed, but the tries were conceded when we lost our defensive alignment after a fews phases of play. In the next 'half' Jake C scored from short range through a good half dozen of the Morriston team. However, good organisation from Morriston lead to further tries.

In the third 'half' good straight running from Will, up the blind side, led to a fine long distance try. In the final section of the game strong running from John, after good interplay with Rhydian and excellent recycling, was rewarded with a fine try. After that, the tackling fell away at the end of the game, as shoulders drooped in the Pirate ranks, and Morriston were able to run in a few more tries. After this marathon game the final score was 19-45.

Good points were again the recycling of the ball and positive driving runs. What let us down, and ultimately was the difference between the teams, was a lack of focus and organisation. Whilst it was nice to see everyone having fun and smiling, at times the high spirits interrupted preparations for the game, particularly when the teams were waiting to play their next half of play.

However, there were lots of good performances and the Player of the Week was shared again this week; the co-winners being Tal and Liam.

A final word on the photos.  Guy has excelled himself this week again with too many fabulous photos to post on the blog.  He's got them organised now, so speak to him if you want copies of the shots that didn't make it into the blog, and for the previous weeks.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Home Bish vs Morriston

Meet 10.30 all welcome and as many as poss back to Mumbles club house for a hot dog after

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Pirates vs Pontarddulais

The game this week was at Pontarddulais and played in brilliant sunshine. A good turnout meant the Pirates fielded a different team in each half and our captain for the day was Connor.  In the first half good work at the breakdown and good recycling meant that a number of try scoring opportunities were created. These were finished off well by Liam, Tommy and Jon. Good tackling across the team restricted the opportunities for Pontarddulais and at half time the Pirates led 5-0.

The second half started off in a similar way with strong running, good work at the breakdown and tries for Morgan, Will and Jake C. The match lost a little structure as more and more mauls were allowed by the referee and Pontarddulais came back into the match a little. The score for the half was 4-1 and for the whole match 9-1 to the Pirates.

After the match a short training match between the two Pirates' teams was played and this game being, if anything, was even more fiercely contested than the main match.

 The Player of the Week was shared by three players for showing some great progress and recepients of the illusive trophy were Matthew, Josh and Tomas.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Monday, 1 November 2010


The Pirates match on Sunday involved a pre-match treasure hunt to a mystery destination over the county border in Neath Port Talbot.  The magical mystery tour lead eventually to a windswept field in Pontardawe.  Once there, and once our hosts had managed to cobble together a team liberally seasoned with Pirates, we witnessed another entertaining game of rugby.

Some strong running led to first half tries for Joe, Jon and Jake C. A change-over of further Pirates players at the break led to a fight back from Pontardawe including a fine try from Morgan for Pontardawe and a further try for Jake C. The match finished with the Pirates edging the scoreline 4-3.


Well done for all the players that volunteered to play for Pontardawe and help make a game of it. This week's Player of the Week was Morgan for a fine performance against the Pirates.

Last week's Player was Matthew for his try from the wing and overall play in the training match forwards-backs switch around.  Below are some shots of last weeks practice match.