Saturday, 17 December 2011

Xmas Grudge Match

Time to thank the kids for the generous opportunities they have provided to taxi them around and watch them play in all weathers...The Xmas Grudge Match.


1. the match is uncancellable whatever the weather. If the pitch is out it is on the training areas / caswell beach if frost
2.Fancy Dress is strongly encouraged but must be mud proof.
3. No generation or gender is spared- parents, grandparents, sisters etc welcome, hope for one player minimum/ pirate ( if more than one family member they can sub with each other at will)
4. Format will be family member plays opposite team same position as pirate- may have 2 games going if large numbers
5. Tag belts and tags for tackles (stops those competitive types cheating!), 3 steps to stop or off load
6. Size 17 ball, 6 tag turnover
7 the GRINCH's (John Benson) word is final
8 Port is served for >18s @ half time

Meet 10.30 football pitch Underhill
Can adult players bring a belt/ chord and a pair of long (ski ,rugby,walking etc) socks in case of tag shortage please

Con Club 1300

Friday, 16 December 2011

Parents vs Pirates match, Sunday 18 Dec

We think we have a pitch at Underhill on Sunday for the parents vs Pirates game.  The suggestion is to meet at 10.30 to avoid the rush.  Not sure of the rules, or the exact pitch; will update later.  If you're taking part make sure you've got the appropriate kit; I don't think Ceri or Guy want to be applying the magic sponge to pulled hamstrings on grown ups.  Fancy dress is optional.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Live Music at the Rugby Club!

The Contenders unveil their new line up this Saturday (17th Dec) at Mumbles Rugby Club. Come along for an evening of Rock and Roll. FREE Entry from 8:30.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Xmas Party

We are joining the U13 at the Con Club this Sunday at 1300 after the Pirates v Family game (weather permitting) . Food will be provided for kids (Mums and Dads leftovers). Special Guest expected (heard that before but fingers crossed)and Xmas gifts.

MUMBLES PIRATES NEEDS A SOCIAL SEC. Team spirit becomes increasingly important and paramount from now on and it would be great if any mums or dads would consider joining the coaching team to focus on team social events etc.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Training is ON in gym at 5.45 till 6.45

A bit of pre-christmas fun in the warm gym for some team games.  5.45 - 6.45.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Today's game at Uplands is rained off

Just got the word from Uplands that our U11 game is rained off, so no Rugby for us today.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Uplands v Mumbles Pirates

Late kick-off tomorrow for the game at Uplands, due to some of the Uplands team playing up from U10s.  Anyway, meet at Uplands 11.30am for a 12.00pm kick-off.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Sorry to report due to School Xmas Plays, work and illness we are unable (a first I think) to field sufficient coaches for a safe and effective training session tonight. On Sunday we are home against Uplands and will meet a little earlier to train pre-match.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Match v Penclawdd DEFINITELY ON, but 10:30 kick-off

Had to change the time on Teamer, it's a 10:30 kick-of, meet at Penclawdd at 9.45.

Final Teamer

Just sent out a final Teamer text to the two teams, after a few adjustments for lifts and what-not, to make sure everyone gets to the right venue.

Sunday 4th final squads

Penclawdd 9.45

Josh, Sean M, Matt S, Tom T, Tomos B
Morgan, Rhydian, Harley, Owen, Jon, Max, Sean A

Bishopston 10.15

Cian, Connor, Lucas, Matthew G, Tal, Luke
Liam, Jake S, Jake C, Rory , Jo, Will, Tommy H

Friday, 2 December 2011

Sunday 4th Dec v Penclawdd Away and Morriston Home

In view of the recent gap in matches we are keen to get everybody back into action with a full game. This will also consolidate positions and patterns of play which we have been working on. This is ambitious and is a first for the season hence the unusually persistent texting this week: we have arranged to field 2 sides of 12 at different venues both against quality opposition.

It is important we meet early to learn the positions and practice (Penclawdd only have 12 so they always know their positions).
Teams are listed as above:

Penclawdd 9.45am prompt for 10.30 ko
Bishopston 10.15 prompt for 11.00 ko

Thursday, 1 December 2011

West Wales tour

We need to know whether you want to reserve accommodation at Bluestone for Fri 20, Sat 21 and Sun 22 April. Larger accommodation @ £269 (sleeps 4, possible sofa bed for 1/2 more); smaller cottage @ £249 (sleeps 4). Deposit of £60 payable this weekend.

Possibility of sharing accommodation for smaller groups, staying somewhere else locally (and getting day pass to Bluestone), just coming for the rugby on Sunday or discussing fundraising to subsidise cost of tour (see Alex's blog below for more info on weekend).

Please let me know via text whether you're interested or for more info.


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sunday's match

We have a definite match against Penclawdd and an offer of another match against Morriston. As we have a few more players now we may be able to play two teams. Please respond to the Teamer so we can get a feedback on how many are available.


I know you love the mud but it's getting ridiculous!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Training on Sunday 27 November

A short sharp training like last week, because the Swans are playing at home.  Meet at 9.50 for a 10am start and finish by 11.00am.  At Underhill on the junior pitch, or possibly football pitch.

XMAS & Tour

Xmas party will be after the family v boys game Dec 18, likely in Mumbles Con Club joint with our U13s. Likely bring food contribution, gift & special guest,


Weekend of April 20 th

Friday night BlueStone
Sat fun day Bluestone/Oakwood/ Heatherton etc details to follow
Sun match against Pembroke and Tenby RFC round Robin

Cost £around 250 for family cabin
Can also look at cheaper accom options on request and day attendees for fun day and match (1 hour away approx)

RSVP asap ( by Tues please)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Training 1730

Training 5.30 by lights
Focus- positions in the backs

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Parents get together

It would be great, if any parents can take some time during today's training session to have a chat about plans for Christmas and for end of season tours, etc. We could decamp to local cafe or just do it in the park (!) See you later. Ceri

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Sunday 20 underhill meet 9.50

Want to start at 10 for an hour focused training. See you then

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Training tonight by swings at Underhill. 5.30 pm.

Training tonight at the swings at 5.30pm (15 November 2011).

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Loughor vs Mumbles Pirates, Sunday meet at 10.15

We meet at 10.15 at Loughor RFC for a 11.00am kick-off on Sunday 13 November. See you there.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Training 1730 by Swings Underhill

Well done to all who trained on Sunday. Please can everyone let us know in future by text if you are unable to attend training or matches on Tues or Sundays to help with planning sessions.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Training today

Good work today in a very enjoyable training session. Full marks all round to the Josh, Liam, Jon, Jake S, Joe,Will, Harley, Jake, Cian, Sean M, Owen, Lucas, Rhyddian and Matt S.  Trainer of the Week, Josh for good performance, rucking, tackling (lower) and leading his team mates.  Well done to all.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Training tonight

Training tonight at the swings, meet at 5.30pm.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Matches vs Hendy and Vardre, Sunday 30 October

We have two visitors on Sunday Hendy and Vardre. Meet at the pitch Bishopston at 10.30. Exact format still to be decided for the matches.

Don't forget the clocks have gone back!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

No Training Sunday 23, Training ON TUESDAY 25 17.30 by Lights

Well done to all 18 players who all contributed to a good win. Strong running and some good passing in places. Again the contact area can be challenging. I would like ALL players to think about their job when they take the ball into contact.



2. if no then I have to go into contact, LOW BODY POSITION, drive with legs stay on your feet, BALL IN TWO HANDS until you are tackled by a legal tackle

3. As you are tackled, ask CAN I GIVE A SIMPLE POP PASS OFF THE GROUND TO A SUPPORT RUNNER, if yes and support runner is ready, hands up and calling GIVE THE PASS.

4. If not as you land after the tackle you must present the ball, actively and aggressively getting into PENCIL with an immediate body action. After placing the ball your job is done.


1.if there is no opposition, pick up the ball and go.However this is unusual as players from both sides usually arrive together.

2. You must become an 'angry Hungary bulldog" with hips overvthe ball guarding it as if it is your only chance of food that day. We ate technically OK at this but need the hunger to be more physical, low body driving any opposition off the ball in what is now a RUCK.
3. next player is acting scrum-half and must pass.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Player of the Week

Joe showed some very good running lines and the "STAT PAD" would show a lot of meters gained during the game... Well done Joe.

Stiff competition for the award as Tom T did some good rumble up front and was keen to get his hands on the ball. Jake C, Owen and Liam were in mentioned in our discussion.

Good win, helped by a ref who marshalled the off-side line and allowed us to play rugby.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Pontarddulais Away Sun 16th

Please meet at Pontarddulais Comprehensive school 10.30 for 11.00 kick-off. Everyone welcome

Caecerrig Road
Pontarddulais, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA4 8PD

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Training tonight, Tuesday 11 October at swings and lights, 5.30pm

See you there.

Mumbles Pirates vs Gowerton

A select band met on Sunday to do battle against a physical Gowerton team.  The Pirates battled hard but went down 9 tries to 3 (scored by Will and Conor).  Man of the Match this week was Josh who put in a hard stint at the coal face.

Things to work on for this week are taking the ball going forward, clearing out in the rucks and advancing to put pressure on our opponents and make the tackles on our terms.  Again the spirit was good to push forward and score the last try of the match with some good elements of play throughout.  See you tonight.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Mumbles Pirates vs Gowerton, 9th October 10am meet at Bishopston

A chance for some rugby at home this week.  So it's at Bishopston, versus Gowerton, meet at 10am and we'll be on the pitch to the front/side of the school (same place we played Bridgend).  I will ping round a teamer invite so see who can play as I gather there is some round ball event on as well.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Training tonight by the swings and lights

As the title says, training tonight by the swings and lights. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Clifton tournament

I will write a report, but for now just a short note. A fantastic day in the energy sapping sun. Four games played, two good victories, two close losses and for a moment a glimpse at possible silverware. I will wax lyrical and possibly use terms like "gladiators entering the field" and even "entering the lost lands to battle the Saxons" when I have five minutes.

As for the Teamer I think it has taken a life of it's own and has polled for the man of the tournament, but without all the players. So we can do it the old fashioned way and vote for player of the week on Tuesday.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Clifton on Sunday

The sun will be shining on Sunday so it should be a cracking day out at Clifton.  The revised squad, following late fitness tests for injuries, is currently confirmed as:

Cian, Sean M, Josh, Luke, Tom T, Tal,

Liam, Harley, Jake C, Rory, Jon, Sean A, Will

As before a team of potential champions ready for the off.  It's still not too late to join this select band for a day in the sun, just let me know.  I have posted the RFU rules on the teamer site, in our team documents, as a pdf.

Thanks for everyone letting us know on the teamer, it should make things easier going forwards.  To those coming on Sunday GO TO BED EARLY and get a good night's rest.  Up early, watch some of the Wales game then off to England.  To everyone else, take it easy and have fun in the sun.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


Ceri has added in all the details to teamer and sent you invites.  If we use this Clifton's tournament as a practice can you respond so we can see how well it works.

Squad for Clifton

The squad who have so far confirmed they are coming to the Clifton tournament are:

Cian, Sean M, Josh, Luke, Tom T, Tal,

Liam, Jake S, Harley, Jake C, Jon, Sean A, Will

So we have a cracking looking team, but we are a little short of players (no not little short players, read it again).  We can take 18 so if anyone else is coming or would like to come and needs a lift then let us know and we can update the squad list.  It will be an opportunity to try some of the things we don't currently do, such as contested lineouts/scrums, mauling and such like, though still NO HAND-OFFS.  I'll post up the rules when I can, they run to about 9 pages.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Clifton mini tournament

So here is the rest of the information sent through.  I plan to get there at around 9.00am to register the team (and miss the parking fiasco) so if you plan to come can you let me know so that I register you.  Play starts promptly at 10.30, so we need to be ready to go by around 10.00 am and it will take a while to get throguh the car park and find the team. 

Anyway here's what they said.

We look forward to seeing you at the Clifton Tournament on October the 2nd 2011. Full details for the tournament are as follows. Please read these carefully. These details may be freely distributed to your parents and coaches.

1.      Registration

Registration will take place in the clubhouse, and will commence at 9.00am and must be completed by 10.00am (to enable play to start promptly at 10.30am).

If for any reason a team has been delayed and is likely to be late in arriving, a representative of that team is responsible for notifying the Tournament Coordinator as soon as possible and under no circumstances later than 9.45am otherwise that team may be assumed to have withdrawn and their place will be forfeited. No refunds of tournament fees in that case will be made.

A registration form is attached. Complete a form for each age group, and bring these along on the day. (Let me know if you're coming so I can fill this out, we are a little light on numbers at the moment - PL)

Players’ registration cards must be shown at registration. Any player without one will not be allowed to participate in the Tournament. In exceptional circumstances alternative evidence of age and identity MAY be accepted. The decision to allow participation rests with the Tournament Coordinator in case of dispute. (I have all the cards, so we're good to go there - PL)

2. Rules

The Tournament will be played under the set of Continuum Rules (I have a set and will post the key bits later - PL) that are current on the date of the Tournament; a copy will be available on the day for reference.

For the avoidance of doubt all games will be of the following duration assuming a minimum of five teams per pool:-


5 mins each way

5 mins each way

6 mins each way

6 mins each way

7 mins each way

7 mins each way

In the finals, if the score is level at full time the following will occur:-

U7s, U8s & U9s Each team will receive a trophy

U10s, U11 s, & U12s – In the event or a tie the “Silver Try” rule will apply, (the first team to have scored in normal time will be the winners).
In the event of a nil, nil draw both teams will receive a trophy*.
*The Teams managers with the referee will toss a coin to determine who will take the trophy on the day. Arrangements will be made for a duplicate trophy to be sent to them.

(* Teams will toss a coin to determine who will take the trophy on the day.)

Arrangements will be made for a duplicate trophy to be sent to the other team following the tournament

Maximum squad sizes for the tournament are as follows:


12 players

12 players

14 players

14 players

18 players

18 players

3. Referees
Each club shall supply one nominated suitably qualified referee for each age group.  (I've tolod them we aren't bringing a referee and they said no problem - PL)
There will be a briefing meeting for referees of each age group on the relevant pitches at 10.15 am.

Each team is to nominate a touch judge for each game in which they play who must make themselves known to the referee officiating that game.

The referee will be the sole judge of time and is responsible for reporting the scores to the relevant pitch marshal. The pitch marshal is responsible for filing the scores to the Tournament Coordinator, and for ensuring ground control.

Should there be any dispute regarding the refereeing decision then the Tournament
Coordinator will support and uphold the decision of the referee.

Any complaint made by a referee to the Tournament Coordinator concerning abuse (let's keep cool out there folks - PL) in any form from players, coaches, or spectators could result in disqualification of the team concerned.

4. Tournament Play
Each age group will be divided into two pools and play will take place on two pitches for each age group. Details of the pitch layout will be available in the tournament programme together with the times of each game. All supporters must remain behind the ropes at all times.

All teams must report to the correct pitch and be ready to play at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start. If teams are late the pitch marshal has the authority to award the game with a score of 2 points to 0 to the team waiting following a wait of a minimum of 5 minutes from scheduled start. This is in the best interests of all concerned.

Each team will play against every other team in its pool, 3 points will be awarded for a win and 1 for a draw. In the event of a tie the order of teams will be decided by count back of tries scored. If teams are still equal then a try difference count (tries for minus tries against). If the teams are still level then the result will be decided on the toss of a coin.

The pitch marshals are responsible for the smooth running of the pitches and will ensure that the timetable is adhered to as far as practical. No game will start before the scheduled start.

There will be no conversions at any age group

Finals will be played as follows:
Cup Final: Winner Pool A v Winner Pool B

Winner receives the Cup and the Runner-up the Plate

Shield Final: Runner-up Pool A v Runner-up Pool B

The winner receives the Shield.

In this way the top two teams in each pool will be competing for three pieces of silver ware. All participants in the Cup and Shield Finals will receive a medal. (So folks if you want a medal, and I no some do enjoy the silverware, then you have to finish in the top two in the pool - PL).

All trophies and medals will be presented at the conclusion of the Tournament.

Travel directions for Clifton RFC's mini tournament 2 October 2011

Ok, here is the first of a number of posts about the tournament on Sunday.  First up is parking and travel and I would get there early to avoid as much hassle as possible.

5. 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.

If you intend to arrive by coach please notify us as soon as possible. You will be directed where to park by marshals. This may or may not be within the Club’s grounds.

Generally the early arrivals will be parked the furthest distance away to ensure an efficient car parking operation.
Please do not park on the road as any cars may be liable to be booked / towed away by the Police.


In the interests of hygiene and safety NO DOGS are permitted on any part of the Club’s grounds. Please make parents aware of this rule.

Parents are welcome to bring picnics but NO INDEPENDENT BARBECUES, OPEN FIRES OR COOKING APPLIANCES are permitted on any part of the Club’s grounds.

I would ask you to make all your coaches aware of the above arrangements and would ask that if anyone wishes to make comment or has a concern with any of the arrangements to please contact me. I look forward to welcoming you to the 2011 Tournament and wish you all a successful and enjoyable day.
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.

Take this road until it ends, and take a right. Station Road is one way towards the roundabout BUT with a contra flow bus lane.

Clifton RFC is 100m on the left. Please have your admission fee of £3.00 per adult ready.

Please park in the Club car park as directed by the marshals. Please respect the aisles which are needed for free circulation, and in case of emergency access.

Station Road has parking restrictions so do not park on the road as any cars may be
liable to be booked / towed away by the Police.

Training 530 junior pitch, please confirm if going To Clifton or not

Monday, 19 September 2011

Sunday 25th September, mini-festival at Llantwit Fardre

We have been invited to a festival at Llantwit Fardre on Sunday, which should give everyone a bit more game time, as we are scheduled for 4 games (rather like the Gower Cup format).  We can discuss this tomorrow after training, but the details provided so far are:

Location - festival will be on our Cae Fardre pitch. From Swansea leave M4 at Llantrisant junction. Drive about 1 1/2 miles to Talbot Green roundabout. Take 3rd exit for Pontypridd. At first roundabout go straight on. At next roundabout go straight on (this will take you onto new bypass and may confuse any sat navvers!). Straight on at next roundabout. At next roundabout take 1st exit . Travel up hill to traffic lights. Go straight over the junction and the pitch will be on the right after 200 yards. There will be parking available at the local schools and parking marshalls will hopefully be able to assist. It shouldn't take more than an hour from Mumbles. If you look on our website there's a google map which might help.
Registration - from 10.00am. First games will be on at 11.00am and we would expect to finish by 2.30pm - 3.00pm.
Playing rules - Pathway rules to apply save that games will be 10 a side. No conversions. At coaches meeting before 1st games we'll decide on whether we'll allow kicking. It will be round robin (no semi finals / finals). Programme will contain details of how winners will be decided in event of a tie etc. The other teams coming are Abercwmboi, Ystrad Rhondda and Pontyclun.
General - food and drink will be available throughout the day.

Mumbles Pirates vs Bridgend Athletic

A good challenge on Sunday for the Pirates and although Bridgend ran out 31-44 victors there were some heartening signs from the Pirates.  After a traditional slow start gifting the visitors a good lead, the second period of three saw the Pirates roar back with tries from Tal, Jake C (2) and Luke; conversions from Jake and Joe.  Going into the last third it was 24-29, but Bridgend again upped the pressure to score three more tries.  A fine final try from Sean A (which he converted), rounded off the scoring.  Hugely impressive fight back from the team and a very good final try.

Jake C and Sean A were the joint players of the match; they both delivered perfect passes for each other to score on the overlap.  Glorious rugby, not just because the sun was briefly shining between the downpours.  Good performances all round and very entertaining to watch.

Lots of good tackling and rucking all round, but utlimately let down by being too passive in defence at key stages in the game.  We need to get up together quicker to put pressure on our opponents and make the tackles on our terms, not wait for them to build up a head of steam.  When we did that we won the second period 24-0 against a good team; something to think about for training tomorrow.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Game is ON today

Just checked with Bishopston and the pitches are fine, so see you at 10.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Sunday 18 September 2011 vs Bridgend Athletic, Bishopston 10am

Meet at Bishopston at 10am for a 10.45 game, again this will give us a little time to get organised and focussed.  Our opponents will be Bridgend Athletic so we will have to tackle well and contest at the break down; it should be another good early season test.  The pitch will not be our normal one, but a different one behind the school, though we park in the normal car park.

Don't forget set your recorders for the Wales vs Samoa game (4.30am kick-off).

Pirates training, Tuesday 13 September

More good work tonight keeping the ball alive in the tackle.  Another game, to get our match practice up to speed before Sunday, featuring the Skulls and Crossbones:

Conor’s Skulls
Front row: Matt G, Matt S, Conor
Second row: Tal
Scrum half: Tommy
Fly half: Rhyddian
Centre: Jake C, Owen
Wing: Sean A, Joe

Rory’s Crossbones
Front row: Luke, Sean M, Josh
Second row: Tom T, Tom
Scrum half: Morgan
Fly half: Jake S
Centre: Harley, Rory
Wing: Jon, Will

A much closer game this one finishing with the Crossbones on top 5 tries to 3 (some good converting all round).  Good strong running all round, but some weaker tackling at times.  Recycling improving and the Trainer of the Week was Sean M for his good recycling of the ball, popping up for the support runners (there were many contenders this week).  Also some good clearing-out this week, from Josh and Luke.  All in all, very entertaining to watch.

Pirates training match, Sunday 11 September

The Pirates played a training match against themselves on Sunday and it turned into a full blooded affair.  The teams were:

Front row: Luke, Sean M, Tom
Second row: Matt S
Scrum half: Liam
Fly half: Jake S
Centre: Jake C
Wing: Tommy, Joe

Front row: Matt G, Tom T, Josh
Second row: Tal
Scrum half: Morgan
Fly half: Rhyddian
Centre: Harley
Wing: Jon, Owen

After a close opening with one converted try a piece the Skulls pulled away to score a good victory.  Key to this was good work at the breakdown and direct running.  The Crossbones had many good phases of play, but lost the ball at key times.  Try scorers for the Skulls were Luke, Matt S, Liam, Jake S and Joe to the solitary try from Matt G.  Player of the week was Liam who fell well a popped the ball up to keep it alive, plus a good all round game.

Training, Tuesday 13 September 5.30pm.

Training on tonight on the pitch by the car park.  See you at 5.30pm.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Sunday 11 September, training at Underhill 12-1pm

After the Welsh victory against South Africa (fingers crossed) a chance for a run out to emulate our heroes.

Training this week

Trainer of the week was Owen for some more committed tackling and direct running.  Lots of other good work in the rain focussing on attacking straight with pace and moving the ball along the back line.  Also defending by pushing up quickly in a line and putting on pressure.  Good to see some committed rucking and good handling even with the rain tipping down.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

South Gower v Mumbles Pirates

The Pirates arrived at South Gower for the first match of the season to continue the rivalry against a well drilled opposition. Taking to the wide open spaces of the South Gower pitch the Pirates started well recycling possession and moving the ball well. However, the hosts soon began to exert some pressure and, despite some fierce tacking from the Pirates, they moved the ball wide to score a couple of tries.

After the break there was more of the same with some static play and lack of penetration letting the Pirates down after good passages of play. Two further tries followed for South Gower and they led at this stage 20-0. The Pirates then moved the ball wide releasing Will to score from distance, lifting the heads of the flagging Pirates. With the bit between their teeth they exerted pressure on South Gower with some aggressive defence. This created two tries for Sean A, one after a period of pressure on the host's line and one fine try from distance when Sean straightened the line and cut right through the defence; one converted by Jake C. A final rousing effort left Jon and Rhyddian just short in the corner (a better marked out pitch and the Pirates may of snatched a late winner).

Although it finished as a 20-17 loss it was a hugely impressive fight back and South Gower were glad to hear the final whistle. A great effort from everyone, particularly with lots of players slotting into less familiar positions. A lot to look forward to for the season.

The team on Saturday started with:

Props Josh B, Luke
Hooker Sean M
Second Row Tal, Conor
Scrum Half Morgan
Fly Half Rhyddian
Centres Jake S, Harley
Wings Sean A, Jon
Full Back Jake C

..and rotated on Tom T, Tom, Matt G, Owen, Will and Matt S at the quarters. This weeks Player of the Week was Luke, though there were a lot of contenders with Sean A, Jake C and Will having good games and every player tackling well. A good all round team performance.

Training on Tuesday at Underhill and Next week-end there's no game so it we're looking to train after the Wales v South Africa match (9.30am kick-off).

Thursday, 1 September 2011

South Gower v Mumbles Pirates, 4th September

We have our first match of the season this Sunday at South Gower.  They have requested a 10.30am kick-off so if we could be at their ground by 9.45am that will give us a chance to get organised.  We will look to pick the starting team from the trainers from Saturday and Tuesday, but we will endeavour to get everyone the same game time.  It may take a little juggling with 12 aside and some different postions to fill. See you Sunday.

Training feedback

A good session on Tuesday with Jon being our Trainer of the Week, though there were a lot of contenders.  So nice passages of play from Jon, Matt S, Tom, Will, Sean M, Morgan, Conor, Josh B, Tal, Harley, Tom T, Sean A, Rhydian, Luke, Matt G and Jake C (if I have missed anyone let me know).  Key elements this week learning how to fall when tackled, tackling below the waist, base pass and taking a pass. With more work we could be the best knee rugby team in Swansea (if you missed it you'll get another chance to play).

Monday, 29 August 2011

Training 5.30 at Underhill

A chance to get to grips with this year's rules variations and to run off some summer pounds.  Here's a couple of pages from the latest WRU pathway and FAQs.  More to follow and see you tomorrow.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Family Fun Day, Underhill Saturday 27th

Meet at Underhill at 10:00 (although if you can help setting up, come from 9.00 onwards). Depending on numbers we will have a game amongst ourselves learning all about the new rules, and also with some of the under 10s, at 10:15 on the main pitch.

There will be a barbecue, beer tent, ice cream, soft drinks, teas, coffees, sweets, bouncy castle, and games run by individual sides. Brendan (Josh's dad) is running a Nerf Gun target game to raise funds for the Pirates - so come and support him.

The Main Pitch Rugby Programme is:
09.45-10.15 - Mumbles U12's Training & Crossbar Challenge
10.15-10.45 - Mumbles U11's & U10's Combined Training Session
10.45-11.15 - U13's Training Session
11.15-11.30 - Mumbles U8's v Gowerton & South Gower
11.30-12.00 - Mumbles U9's v Gowerton A & South Gower A
12.00-12.30 - Mumbles U9's v Gowerton B & South Gower B
12.30-13.00 - Mumbles U7's v Gowerton & South Gower
13.00-13.45 - LUNCH / Raffle presentation/ Adults & Coaches, Tug Of War.
13.45-14.00 - Non-registered mini's fun session.
14.00-14.30 - Adult's & Coaches TAG Rugby Match, Full Pitch.
14.30-15.00 - free play

Next training session Tuesday 30 August at 17:30, car park pitch.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Training Sessions 2011/12

Training will start on Sat 27th Aug (Underhill Junior Festival), details and times to follow and mid week training will take place on Tues 30th Aug 17.30 Underhill.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Gower Cup

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the weekend's rugby, I think every member of our squad should be very proud of their performance and positive progress this season. Our strength in depth and large squad is the envy of our opponents and will proove a fantastic foundation for the future as the team expands to 12 next year and then 15 aside form U12 on. Training will likely start in the last week or two of August. Have a great Summer.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Photos of Luctonians

Thanks for the photos guys.  Here are some shots of the day at Luctonians; I'll put together some words when I've got 5 minutes.

The squad

Try against Worcester
Line out versus Gwernyfed
Power scrum against Gwernyfed
The Interceptor chased by Stourbridge
Rucking against Stourbridge
The big Rhwbina team

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Weekend Plans

There is a match on saturady against a touring Gwernyfed team at Underhill. Meet 1100 for 1130 kick off. There will be a BBQ during the game and after run by the U8s.Unless the weather forcast is wildly wrong we will not now go to the beach on sat afternoon but meet at Mumbles Cricket club for drinks at 1830.

On Sunday meet 9.30 at Penclawdd for 1000 kick off. The last match is potentially 15.00, again BBQ and bar available.

Monday, 18 April 2011

No training Tuesday 19 April 2011

As we've no game this week-end and we're into the holiday season, there's no training for a few weeks. Next training will be on Tuesday 3 May 2011 at Underhill getting ready to play:

Saturday 7 May, Mumbles Pirates vs Gwernyfed (10.30 ko)
Sunday 8 May, Gower Cup at Penclawdd (ko tbc)

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Coach to Luctonians

There are some spaces left of the 11s coach if anyone is interested.  Speak to Mike.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Luctonians 17 April

The final squad for Luctonians is:

Tom T, Matt G, Tal, Matt S, Connor, Cian. Josh B

Rhydian, Morgan, Sean A, Will, Jon, Harley, Jake S, Liam, Joe

First matches kick off at 11:00 and we aim to be there for 10:00 as it's a large tournament and it may take a while to get together, organised and focussed on the first match. Ceri, Guy and I are aiming to get there for 9:30 (gasp) as registration closes at 9:50.  Luctonians will be charging a £4 entry fee for each spectator over 14, so be ready!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Mumbles Pirates at the Dunvant Festival

Clash of the Titans

A glorious sunny Sunday in Dunvant and an even bigger feast of rugby. After a slow start, with losses in the first two games to London Irish (25-10 with tries by Will and Joe) and Farnham 2 (10-5 with a try by Sean A), the Pirates charged into action for the third.

Their opponents were Farnham 1 and revenge for the slights of Saturday were the order of the day. Playing to 'local rules' the Pirates aggressive defence and committed counter rucking drove the tourists off the ball on many occasions. Once the Pirates scored the first try Farnham never looked like recovering. The Pirates finished winning 10-0 with tries from Will and Liam.

For the final group game the Pirates lined up against a very good Pencoed team yet to concede a try in their games. The Pirates competed at the breakdown, but were out powered and gave away a number of tries. The match featured a mix of committed tackling and rucking, but some disorganised defensive alignment and missed tackles. A few heads dropped leading to a final scoreline of 6-0.

The groups favoured the Pirates who finished second in group 2. They were then drawn to face Pencoed again in the semi-final. After a collective drawing of breath the Pirates marched out ready for battle.

Pencoed scored early, but were soon driven backwards by more awesome defensive effort from the Pirates. A full bloodied contest at the breakdown led to Pirates ball, through the back's hands to Will to finish for the first try scored against Pencoed. The Pirates pressed again and had a try disallowed. When the referee blew for the end of the game the scores were tied 5-5, so the teams changed ends and played extra time seeking the 'golden try'.

Pencoed started well and were denied a number of times by crunching team tackles with the Pirates putting their bodies on the line to hold out. After more than 15 minutes of defending the Pirates could repel boarders no more and were finally beaten by a try from Pencoed's stand out player. Plaudits for the Pirates came from Pencoed who knew they'd been in a very tough game and from Dunvant who thought it was the game of the day.

Pencoed went on to beat London Irish in the final and the only try they conceded on the day was to the Pirates.

All in a fantastic squad performance across all the games on Saturday and Sunday with a total of around three hours of quality rugby played.

Mumbles Pirates vs Farnham/South Gower

The Marathon Men

We had 10 Pirates for the day who all played 3 half hour games, so big hearts all round.  If I get any of the scorers wrong let me know (I was too busy cheering)

In the first game the Pirates were unlucky to lose 3-2 against Farnham 2. At times it looked like we would win, but unfortunately Farnham had enough in the tank to pinch this one (tries from Jon and Sean A). 

For the second game we lost 4-2 against a stronger Farnham 1 team (Jon scored the first one I think).  The second try was a strange uncontested effort scored by one of our borrowed players (it appeared more than a little disrespectful of the effort the Pirates were putting in).   

The final match, against what looked like a very strong South Gower finished 8-2, but the Pirates dug very deep to move down the pitch and score a second try when they were already 7-1 down.  Luke hit the line like a bull on a 5 yard penalty which he REALLY wanted to score.  The try in the first half was a fine team effort with Sean A finishing in the corner.   

The refereeing was as you'd expect at South Gower, tackling was high and ripping was the order of the day, but  the Pirates were all up for it.  Good commitment all round with Jon in particular playing through some nasty knocks.  Well done all round.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Dunvant Tournament, Sun 10 April

Grateful if you could arrive by 9:30 (9:45 latest!) as things usually get pretty hectic when there are hundreds of rugby boys milling around. It'll take a while to find each other and where we're meant to be! Don't forget to bring lots of water and snacks. See you tomorrow.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

More information on the Dunvant festival

The word from Dunvant is that our first game kicks off at 10:02, and last one at 1:30 in the group stages.  We will have 4 games and we play approx once per hour.  The matches are 15 min games one way, ie each match is the equivalent of one half of rugby.

Their website says:

"On April 10th Dunvant welcome Farnham Rugby club, (Johnny Wilkinsons home club) who will be hosting a minis tournament under 7's to 12's involving 9 clubs including Blackburn, London Irish and Waterford from Ireland, there will be over 120 games of rugby throughout the day played by 50 teams within excess of 600 players. The first matches played over 6 mini pitches and one full size pitch kicks off at 9:30 and it is anticipated the final games will be around 3:30. Food will be available, starting with bacon rolls for breakfast, burgers later on , and a hog roast from 3 o clock, there will also be a band on from 4 til 5, so everyone come and show their support of junior rugby, where playing and enjoying is the name of the game."

From what I have been told we will be playing Farnham, Blackburn, London Irish and Waterford (though as with most plans this may not exactly be our opponents) so that's an international week-end for everyone.  As with Saturday parking is limited so get there early, but you may still need to park up and walk to the ground.

Parking on Saturday morning

Here's a note from South Gower about the parking arrangements for Saturday morning:

"We're having to keep one of the car parks closed and the other restricted for the day due to the number of people etc... and are asking that people use the primary school car park for the day.  We have agreed with the school and the gates will be left open for the day.  The reason behind this is that we have received complaints from residents about the parking on match days and also had a visit from the local police.  We have been advised that parking enforcement officers will be around on the day so the school is the best place to park.  We are currently looking at possible means of transporting people from the car park to Pyle Corner.

As for the day, I've been advised that the fixture schedule has been sent out, along with the games their will be hot-dogs as usual for the players and more food and drink on sale, along with other activities, during the day."

So get there early.  I'm thinking of parking at the secondary school and walking down.