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SWALEC League Division 1 East
RHYDYFELIN v RUMNEY
Hawthorn Recreation Ground, Pontypridd
Saturday 8th March 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney v Rhydyfelin 28.09.2013
Past playing record : played 7, Rhydyfelin 2 wins, Rumney 5 wins
Rumney : 15.Tom Silva 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul King 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Chris Milton 8.Lewis Mills 7.Ryan Sutton 6.Ryan Fenton 5.Michael Young 4.Sean Driscoll 3.Jack McAdams 2.Karl McCowen 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16. Simon Barry 17.Andrew Davies 18.Michael Feneck 19.Paul Niblett
SWALEC League Division 1 East
MERTHYR v RUMNEY
The Wern, Merthyr Tydfil
Saturday 1st March 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney v Merthyr 12.10.2013
Past playing record : played 30, Merthyr 15 wins, Rumney 12 wins, 3 draws
Rumney : 15.Ben White 14.Tom Silva 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul King 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Chris Milton 8.Michael Kelly 7.Simon Barry 6.Ryan Sutton 5.Michael Young 4.Matthew Way 3.Jack McAdams 2.Karl McCowen 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Lewis Mills 17.Andrew Davies 18.Ryan Fenton 19.Solomon Matthews
Merthyr : 15.Josh Flye 14.Cameron Gardner 13.Matthew Trowbridge 12.Sam Edwards 11.Owain Morgan 10.Steve Lang (Capt) 9.Martin Luckwell 8.Craig Everett 7.Ossian Davies 6.Chris Davies 5.Craig Lynch 4.Iwan Williams 3.Jonny Elly 2.Luke Harwood 1.Nicky Thomas
Replacements : 16.Gareth Way 17.Dafydd Morgan 18.Aaron Harris 19.Steve James
Referee : Gareth John, Monmouthshire
Merthyr 45 Rumney 10
Scorers for Rumney : Chris Milton try, Danny Clark conversion and penalty
Scorers for Merthyr : Josh Flye 2 tries, Cameron Gardner 2 tries, Sam Edwards try, Steve Lang drop goal, penalty and 2 conversions, Matthew Luckwell try, Chris Davies try
Rumney made a good start with powerful driving forward play and breaks by scrum half Chris Milton and winger Lee Bendon, but Merthyr scrum half Matthew Luckwell struck back with a searing burst and was only finally brought to ground by an excellent try saving tackle from fullback Ben White. White switched quickly into attacking mode and linked well with Bendon, while Rumney forwards Michael Kelly, Michael Young and Simon Barry, and then Matthew Way, Ryan Sutton and Karl McCowen, formed small attacking groups which gained territory and positions, since at this stage it was the visitors who were applying most of the pressure. Despite being faced by a much heavier pack, the visiting forwards were successful at the scrummages, Milton playing well going forward but also tidying up with No8 Kelly when The Ironmen's weight gave them the advantage. Merthyr steadied the ship and put on the pressure, flanker Chris Davies beginning to show the powerplay that he would demonstrate throught the rest of the game, and Luckwell conjured up another sixty metre high paced break, leaving tacklers grasping. Rumney's mobile props Jack McAdams and Captain John Leadbeatter gained useful ball, Leadbeatter's ability to rob oppoosition forwards proving particularly valuable in the loose, but in the thirteenth minute, a tumbling Kelly was deemed to have taken out a player in the air, and the important back row man was banished to the sin bin. Merthyr immediately siezed on their numerical advantage to implement a set move which they would successfully repeat many times in the match. Having gained lineout possession, first flanker Osian Davies and then hooker Luke Harwood, darted forward and quickly set up possession for outside half and Captain Steve Lang to fire the ball right across his threequarters, stretching the visitors' defensive line and creating space out wide for winger Cameron Gardner to race over the try line and score. Rumney second rows Way and Young battled hard to put their side back into contention, but the visitors started to concede penalties, leading to Lang forcing them back onto the defensive through accurate line kicking. In the twenty second minute, The Ironmen again used the lineout to secure usable ball and this time it was Chris Davies who set up second phase for Luckwell to release the backs, centre Matthew Trowbridge coming in at a clever angle, defeating tacklers with his speed and setting fullback Josh Flye away for another corner try, Lang's fine touchline conversion taking the home side into a 12-0 lead. There was plenty of effort from the Rumney backs, winger Tom Silva aggressive on the counterattack and centres Luke Fear and Paul King pounding the midfield, but the penalties which had already led to the two Merthyr tries, continued to be given away and in the twenty seventh minute Lang again kicked the Ironmen to the visitors' twenty two. Having secured the lineout, prop Nicky Thomas took the ball forward and on this occasion Lang chose to land a snap drop doal, the third succesive score coming from a lineout gained from a penalty. Silva counterattacked once more after fielding a difficult high ball and Milton chose to run a rare penalty, only for a penalty to then be conceded for crossing and pulling back, followed by another for entering from the side, and with the Ironmen now finding weaknesses and taking advantage of the visitors' tendency to waste possession, Chris Davies' hard work kept Merthyr on the offensive and Luckwell set off once more on a fifty metre burst past stranded defenders. With Rumney backs getting drawn into rucks and mauls, the home side exploited the free space that this created and Flye and winger Owain Morgan opened up huge gaps out wide. Although being pegged back frequently, Rumney looked very dangerous at times, Fear threatening to cut through the opposition defensive line with an excellent weaving break, Sutton and Barry chasing everything and Milton and outside half Danny Clark exploiting any gaps. The Ironmen stuck to their successful gameplan, Harwood, Osian Davies and Lang setting up phased ball and Luckwell's rapid delivery allowing his backs to attack the spaces at speed, an approach that was only blocked by vital tackles from Kelly, Way and Young. In the thirty eighth minute, when Milton tapped and went, he was immediately impeded by flanker Osian Davies, who was rewarded with a spell in the bin, and then second row Craig Lynch was sent to keep him company, after killing the ball on the floor, Rumney closing the half with a two man advantage and their best attacking movement, which saw Silva unlucky to not grab a try.
Following the restart, White put Rumney into attacking positions with some fine line kicking but in the forty third minute they were penalised for bridging and Lang landed the forty metre kick for an 18-0 lead. There seemed to be little prospect of the ball reaching the visiting wingers though both Silva and Bendon came infield looking for work whenever possible, and in the fiftieth minute Clark made a neat chip and gather and then slotted the penalty when the Merthyr defenders were caught offside. In the fifty fourth minute Merthyr second row Iwan Williams made a good take in the lineout and set up more phased possession, and with visiting players drawn in at the contact area, Chris Davies cut through a disorganised defence and covered thirty metres to score. Rumney brought on Ryan Fenton and Lewis Mills in the back row, and in the fifty seventh minute, following a rare mixup at the base of the Ironmen's scrum, Milton pounced to grab the ball and hare away for a good, opportunist try under the sticks, Clark's successful conversion narrowing the gap to 23-10. The visitors' scrum had stood up well to the heavy home pack all through the match and as the game moved into the final quarter they exerted pressure on their hosts, Leadbeatter, McCowen and McAdams working tirelessly and contesting everything in the contact area. Andrew Davies took to the field at prop and Solomon Matthews on the wing for Rumney, both battling hard to make good use of any possession, and although Silva again came close to scoring, support was lacking and the Ironmen were able to ward off the threat, then in the seventieth minute, still using the tactic which had served them so well from early on, they set up phases before rapidly working the ball out to the wing for Gardner to claim his second try. Three minutes later Luckwell blazed away from a midfield scrummage and sent Flye through a massive gap for a try, followed immediately by Merthyr's sixth try when, from the restart, their threequarters spread the ball at top speed and covered the length of the field in a fine handling movement, centre Sam Edwards finishing it off with the touchdown. Leading by 40-10, the game came to an end with a final score when Luckwell sprinted a full fifty metres to score a try of his own, capping his outstanding performance and presenting the Ironmen with a 45-10 victory.
Mark Gains, Coordinator of Coaching, Rumney RFC : "After a lengthy lay off, it was good to get back on the park against a strong Merthyr team, who thoroughly deserved their win. It is not all dark clouds for us, we competed well in the loose, with Karl McCowen shining, ably backed up by Matthew Way, Michael Young and Captain John Leadbeatter, who led the team well. We must try to see how things are developing in our game and make the right decisions about where and when to attack. The boys will keep their heads up and be ready for the Rhydyfelin game next week, and I am sure they will put in a good display to get us back on the winning track. Today's Man of the Match was Karl McCowen."
Karl McCowen, hooker Rumney 1st XV : "We made a slow start and it was really frustrating in the pack, Merthyr are a big team. It took us a while to get into it and we did well in loose play, the lineout was brilliant, we only lost one, but we have to have that killer instinct. We need to work on the set piece, scrummage and lineout, so it's back to the drawing board in training, putting things right which didn't happen today, and take each game as it comes. Matthew Way had a great game in the second row and Luke Fear did well, he broke the line whenever he had the ball, but he wasn't used enough."
Above, left : Mark Gains, right Karl McCowen
Match photography by Norman Harwood
SWALEC League Division 1 East
GLAMORGAN WANDERERS v RUMNEY
The Memorial Ground, Ely, Cardiff
Saturday 25th January 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney v Glamorgan Wanderers 21.09.2013
Past playing record : played 15, Glamorgan Wanderers 10 wins, Rumney 5 wins
Rumney : 15.Tom Silva 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul Niblett 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Chris Milton 8.Michael Kelly 7.Ryan Sutton 6.Ryan Fenton 5.Matthew Way 4.Paul Bull 3.Andrew Davies 2.Michael Feneck 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Karl McCowen 17.Ben White 18.Jack McAdams 19.Simon Barry
Glamorgan Wanderers : 15.Sean Cochlin 14.Ray Bishop 13.Tom Perry 12.Mike Sole 11.Jack Sporcic 10.Matt Wilcox 9.Joe Sullivan 8.Ryan Davies 7.Lee Highgate 6.Dan Richards 5.Ross Gibbon 4.Owain Thomas 3.Rhys Jenkins (Capt) 2.Jake Conway 1.Joe Russell
Replacements : 16.Kyle Routley 17.Scott Britton 18.Owen Marshall 19.Gus Hogg
Referee : Jason Bessant, Nantymoel
Glamorgan Wanderers 3 Rumney 22
Scorers for Rumney : Lee Bendon try, Loren Quick try, Luke Fear try, Chris Milton try, Danny Clark conversion
Scorer for Glamorgan Wanderers : Sean Cochlin penalty
The torrential rain that had been threatening for days, arrived just at the kick off, but despite the worst efforts of the elements, the game proved to be exciting throughout, with many skillful passages of play. At the first breakdown Rumney infringed and Glamorgan Wanderers' fullback Sean Cochlin took the points with a successful twenty metre kick. The Rumney forwards were ferocious from the start in the rucks and mauls and demonstrated good handling skills, while scrum half Chris Milton was in his element all afternoon, the wind and water making him even more difficult to get hold of as he taunted the opposition and created gaps to dart through at speed. The Wanderers preference for the open game was clear in the early stages, as they chose to spread the ball wide for centre Tom Perry to make the first break and set up useful phased possession, but the visitors were also prepared for expansive play and although their forwards were already functioning efficiently and tightly as a unit, Captain John Leadbeatter and second row Paul Bull were making big gains, running and passing in the loose, with flanker Ryan Sutton and lock Matthew Way hitting the contact area at pace. Rumney outside half Danny Clark judged the conditions well to keep his side moving forward and Milton kept driving play upfield, while Wanderers' No8 Ryan Davies and second row Owain Thomas were becoming their main ball carriers with scrum half Joe Sullivan varying play and trying to release his backs wherever possible. In the thirteenth minute, crunching tackles by Way and centre Paul Niblett stopped a Wanderers attack on the halfway line, and quick thinking by Bull and Clark saw the ball worked rapidly to centre Luke Fear, whose blistering break and perfect final pass sent winger Lee Bendon sprinting for the try line, and although he still had a lot to do, Bendon twisted and forced his way over to grab an excellent score in the corner. Having moved into the lead at 3-5, the visitors continued to strengthen their grip on the game, the pack working even more closely together, with hooker Michael Feneck and prop Andrew Davies making the hard yards and Tom Silva bursting through from fullback. The Wanderers pressed hard for a lengthy period, making good use of a smoothly functioning lineout, and Sullivan and outside half Matt Wilcox crossing the gain line with high paced breaks, but the home side's attackers met up with Rumney flanker Ryan Sutton and Way, who tackled like tigers to break down the moves, and when the Wanderers' centres Perry and Mike Sole threatened to break through, Fear and Niblett cut them down for Clark to then clear upfield. Play swayed to and fro, the Rumney scrums and lieouts working well, Leadbeatter again carving out gaps in loose play and with Feneck, leading rolling mauls and drives. The Wanderers' defensive line was sound and resolute, but the visitors were becoming increasingly dominant, their outstanding No8 Michael Kelly creating all sorts of problems and taking several tacklers with him every time he had the ball, and Bull coming within an inch of the tryline. Both sides battled to progress territorially as the torrential rain came down even more heavily, and with Rumney generally making best use of the conditions, controlling the lineouts through Sutton and gradually tightening the screw, chances were appearing and winger Loren Quick and Silva carved out huge gaps for themselves, but as halftime approached Fenton was shown a yellow card, and neither team managed to improve their score before the break.
As expected, the Wanderers went on the offensive at the start of the second half, Captain Rhys Jenkins leading the charge, but more decisive tackling by Way and ripping work by Kelly sent them back to a position only fifteen metres from their line. In the forty fourth minute, home flanker Lee Highgate took clean possession at a defensive lineout, but things went badly wrong when the ball was fed back, and the Rumney forwards pounced to claim the turnover, Andrew Davies then driving on and setting up well, allowing Milton and Clark to perfectly time their passes and put Fear flyng through between tacklers to score a fine try. Rumney now had a 3-10 lead, but the Wanderers wanted to get straight back into it and Ryan Davies made a break, followed by two more from the dangerous Perry. The visitors however, were becoming more in charge, winning turnovers and keeping the home side on the backfoot, and with Simon Barry now on at flamker and Jack McAdams at prop, the pace and pressure was maintained, Barry and Way rampaging down field for Leadbeatter and McAdams to take it on and plant the Rumney forwards five metres from the line. At the attacking scrum, Kelly carefully controlled the ball at the base, before Milton picked up and darted over for a well deserved try, Clark's conversion stretching the lead to 3-17. In the seventieth minute, with play again switching back and forth between the twenty twos, Feneck led a foot rush out of his own half and with the tireless Leadbeatter once more setting up second phase, Niblett and Quick bustled down the wing and Quick neatly gathered to dive over for an exciting opportunist try. Ben White took to the field in the Rumney backs, covering effectively, along with Silva, and tidying up as the home side pressed for a try, flanker Dan Richards running hard but unable to reach the line and Mr Bessant bringing the proceedings to a conclusion at 3-22, with a timely blast of his whistle.
Mark Gains, Coordinator of Coaching, Rumney RFC : "It was a thoroughly enjoyable game, a keenly contested local derby, played in attrocious conditions but with both teams trying to use the ball and create opportunities, and it was an excellent, bonus point victory for us after some recent disappointing results. The main thing today was the players' attitude, from one to nineteen, and with an outstanding forward display, Captain John Leadbeatter lead from the front and Matthew Way again excelled in his new found position in the bolier room. It was the honest endeavours of the players that came through in the end, with total commitment in defense and a quite clinical approach in attack, and we are looking forward to the rest of the season. I think that the boys realise that with hard work and a good attitude, we can achieve better things. John Leadbeatter, Michael Feneck and Andrew Davies gave their all, Ryan Fenton did extremely well on his comeback and Matthew Way was the Man of the Match."
John Leadbeatter, Captain Rumney 1st XV : "Over the moon with the performance today - things haven't been going well of late and we all feel that we have been underachieving a little bit, but there's nothing better than a local derby to get us back on track, and this can be a turning point for us, so that we can push for a top three place in the League. A special mention goes to Paul Bull for stepping in to help us out and taking a break from his football career, his presence was felt in all phases of the forward play, and it was a great performance and attitude shown by the whole squad. On another note, all the boys would like to give our congratulations to Joe Mills on his debut for the Newport Gwent Dragons today, we wish him all the best for his professional rugby future."
Matthew Way, second row and flanker Rumney 1st XV : "The conditions were absolutely attrocious and basically, winning a local derby is all about who wants it the most. The pack was excellent and our defence was superb, we hadn't been able to train much this week, so it was all about getting out there and putting in the effort. The set piece, the lineout, was awesome and we kicked well, playing for territory, but we do need to be a bit more disciplined, we gave away too many penalties. Lee Bendon took his try brilliantly and Paul Bull was superb and especially aggressive on his one off debut."
Above, left to right : Mark Gains, John Leadbeatter, Matthew Way
East District 2nd XV Cup 2013-2014 Round 2
RUMNEY ATHLETIC v ST JOSEPHS 2nd XV
Riverside Park, Rumney
Tuesday 14th January 2014, k.o. 7.00 pm
Rumney Athletic 3 St Josephs 2nd XV 6
SWALEC Plate 2013-2014 Round 3
NELSON v RUMNEY
Shinrig Road, Nelson, Caerphilly
Saturday 11th January 2014, k.o. 2.00 pm
Nelson v Rumney 19.10.2013
Past playing record : played 2, Nelson 2 wins, Rumney 0 wins
Rumney : 15. Tom Silva 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul Niblett 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Chris Milton 8.Michael Kelly 7.Ryan Sutton 6.Chris Jones 5.Matthew Way 4.Sean Driscoll 3.Andrew Davies 2.Karl McCowen 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Michael Feneck 17.Michael Young 18.Jack McAdams 19.Simon Barry
Nelson : 15.Kurt Clabby 14.Ross Bevan 13.Chris Pitt 12.Ieaun Morris 11.Carl Maybank 10.Ryan Jones 9.Joel Knott 8.Matthew Williams 7.Alex Herbert 6.Liam Williams (Capt) 5.Chris Bax 4.Ryan Saddler 3.John Difford 2.Darryl Thomas 1.Micky Harris
Replacements : 16.B.Yates 17.M.Candy 18.L.Owens 19.A.Williams
Referee : Richard Brace, Maesteg
Nelson 6 Rumney 3
Scorer for Rumney : Danny Clark penalty
Scorer for Nelson : Kurt Clabby 2 penalties
After days of persistent rain and cold, this game was played in dazzling sunshine, but the damp conditions meant that the exciting opening period was error strewn and full of handling errors, though Rumney soon took a grip on things and second row Matthew Way, prop Andrew Davies and flanker Ryan Sutton were straight away looking for gaps with ball in hand. Both sides were ready to open out from the start, visiting scrum half Chris Milton hitting top speed immediately and home fullback Kurt Clabby sweeping infield on a long, weaving break. Rumney Captain John Leadbeatter led from the front, with more bursts from second row Sean Driscoll and Sutton and Milton continuing his sniping runs, but Nelson hit back and, prompted from scrum half by Joel Knott, pressed as far forward as the visitors' line where Rumney required the efforts of Way to counterattack and outside half Danny Clark to put in relieving kicks. Penalties were being conceded on both sides for various offences, and in the twenty first minute Clabby opened the scoring with a forty metre kick. Clark continued to carefully work the touchlines and in the twenty sixth minute levelled the score after Nelson were penalised for killing the ball, but barely two minutes later Rumney went behind again when they failed to release and Clabby made a successful strike from thirty eight metres. The set piece scrums and lineouts were even, but with passes going astray everywhere, Nelson produced a sweeping threequarter movement down the right wing, which was stopped fifteen metres out but resulted in Rumney's talented flanker Chris Jones making his way to the sin bin for a spell. Now a man down, the visitors had to defend with even more precision, No8 Michael Kelly, Davies and Driscoll beating back attackers and right wing Lee Bendon preventing a score with a try saving tackle. Despite the inevitable pressure, Kelly was excellent at the base of the Rumney scrum and although play was, not surprisingly, now mostly in the visitors' half, Nelson's most dangerous move, a powerful break by centre Ieaun Morris, was successfully contained and the teams reached half time with no further scoring.
The second half started with more midfield attacking from home centres Chris Pitt and Morris but their progress was snuffed out by decisive tackles from the Rumney centres Paul Niblett and Luke Fear, and further precise defensive work by Milton and flanker Simon Barry, who had taken to the field in place of Jones, kept Nelson out, and when the home side opted for a scrum rather than a kickable penalty, Barry was into everything, causing the disruption which led to a clearance and the chance for Bendon to streak down the right wing followed by an equally pacey effort from Loren Quick on the left flank and deep bursts from the visitors' outstanding fullback Tom Silva. Somewhat aimless kicking from both sides took up the next few minutes, before Rumney exerted a lengthy period of pressure, with Jack McAdams, now at tight head, harassing and getting involved in the contact area at every opportunity. Nelson produced a good counterattack and their big forwards started to present serious problems in the loose rucks and mauls, but they were unsuccessful with penalty kicks when isolated Rumney players infringed, and the visitors regrouped and, recognising that time was running out, they created their best attacking moves of the game. The home side however, also conceded penalties and Quick and Silva made the most of their limited opportunities with blistering runs, and as Rumney appeared to be taking decisive forward control, their opportunities increased with home flanker Liam Williams being consigned to the bin, followed two minutes later by second row Chris Bax. Michael Feneck took up the hooker position for the visitors, who found themselves lodged a few metres from the line, two men up and with eight minutes left in which to rescue the cup tie. Sutton secured a lineout and the Rumney forwards drove over the line but the touchdown was inconclusive, and with only two minutes now remaining, Kelly was also held up inches away from a try, before a final controlled drive was surprisingly followed by the ball being released to the backs, and Nelson held up the attack and cleared their lines, giving them victory and entry into the fourth round of the competition.
WRU 2nd XV League
BEDDAU 2nd XV v RUMNEY ATHLETIC
Saturday 11th January 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney Athletic Squad : Michael Johnson Theo Monet Christian Edwards Lewis Andrews Ben White Solomon Matthews Lawrence Facey Alex Bodin Lewis Pearce Lloyd Rees Nathan Perks Chris Harris Steven Page Ryan Fenton Ryan Matthews Owain Hill John Delloyd Josh Bridson Joe Perks Anthony Leach Shaun Spavin Craig Fitzpatrick Joe Brown A.N.Other
Beddau 2nd XV 14 Rumney Athletic 10
SWALEC League Division 1 East
BEDLINOG v RUMNEY
The Recreation Ground, Bedlinog
Saturday 4th January 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney v Bedlinog 07.09.2013
Past playing record : played 5, Bedlinog 2 wins, Rumney 3 wins
Rumney : 15. Tom Silva 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul Niblett 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Chris Milton 8.Chris Jones 7.Simon Barry 6.Ryan Sutton 5.Matthew Way 4.Sean Driscoll 3.Andrew Davies 2.Michael Feneck 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Ben White 17.Ryan Fenton 18.Darren Fenton 19.Michael Young
Bedlinog : 15. Dale Evans 14.James Powell 13.Thomas Hiscox 12.Ben Grizseca 11.Jamie Lang 10.Bleddyn Corns 9.Marcus Clyne (Capt) 8.Andrew Murphy 7.Martin Jones 6.James Bull 5.Daryl Bucknell 4.Damon Jenkins 3.A.N.Other 2.Richard Rees 1.Leigh Bennett
Replacements : 16.Craig Davies 17.Leon Rees 18.Matthew Morgan 19.Geraint Cutlan
Referee : Simon Rees, Beaufort, Ebbw Vale
Bedlinog 3 Rumney 10
Scorers for Rumney : Loren Quick try, Danny Clark conversion and penalty
Scorer for Bedlinog : Ben Grizseca penalty
Rumney returned to winning ways with a hard fought victory against a resilient Bedlinog side, in very difficult conditions at the rain and windswept Recreation Ground. The forwards instantly showed that they meant business, second row Matthew Way, hooker Michael Feneck and No8 Chris Jones relishing their early opportunities to drive forward with ball in hand, and set it up for scrum half Chris Milton, who took the game to The Foxes from the very start and never slacked his pace for the full eighty minutes. The saturating conditions were always going to hamper handling but both sides showed a willingness to run with the ball and cool headed line kicking by visiting outside half Danny Clark kept play mostly in Bedlinog territory. The home forwards were as combative as ever, No8 Andrew Murphy leading the charge and working very well from the base of the scrum, while powerful scrum half and Captain Marcus Clyne directed operations and drilled the pack, leading to a lengthy period when they were camped in the Rumney half. The visitors' set pieces were solid and reliable throughout the game, flanker Ryan Sutton having no problems in the lineout, and the scrummaging technique of props John Leadbeatter and Andrew Davies, and Feneck, ensured equally reliable possession from the scrum, with Matthew Way, Simon Barry and Chris Jones continuing to prove to be handfuls in the loose play. Having weathered the storm, Rumney broke out with a Barry counterattack and steadily moved upfileld, and in the seventeenth minute a devestating tackle by centre Paul Niblett forced The Foxes to concede a penalty, and Clark opened the scoring through a twenty five metre place kick. This lead was to be short lived however, because within two minutes the visitors themselves had given away a penalty and home centre Ben Grizseca leveled the scores with an accurate strike. Rumney's well organised defensive line was to prove to be a vital feature of the match, especially when the big Bedlinog forwards launched a series of controlled drives from the lineout, and the visitors' back three, made up of fullback Tom Silva and wingers Loren Quick and Lee Bendon, were clearly seen to be a potent unit whenever they counterattacked. In the rucks and mauls the visitors benefitted from the tireless efforts of second row Sean Driscoll, who ensured that there was no way through for opposition loose forwards and also backed up all the Rumney attacks, and with Milton and Clark varying play, and Barry, Davies and Feneck hitting gaps, The Foxes were penned in for further lengthy periods. Despite the deteriorating surface and conditions, both teams attempted bursts of open play, Clyne looking to spread the ball for Bedlinog and Murphy thundering up midfield, and although the slipperiness underfoot threatened to make the set pieces something of a lottery, both packs stuck to it, with Rumney gradually gaining the upper hand. Milton managed some burglary at the base of the scrum and his non stop attempts to win ball made him a target for extra attention, and Niblett and centre Luke Fear made more excellent tackles in the midfield where Grizseca and fellow centre Thomas Hiscox constantly threatened to break through, home outside half Bleddyn Corns varying play and trying out different options in order to bring his pacey threequarters more into the game. In the thirty fifth minute Rumney made their first take against the head, and shortly afterwards Sutton cut loose from a lineout to eat up territory, supported by Leadbeatter, Clark and Fear, and the driving presence of Driscoll and Davies, but with Hiscox and winger James Powell looking particularly dangerous on the counter, and the driving Bedlinog forwards heading for the tryline, the visitors' defenses were tested once more, but held firm as the halftime whistle was sounded.
The second half started with Milton off like a whippet again, causing problems for The Foxes, and Fear counterattacking out wide, but Bedlinog were disciplined in their play and moved steadily back into the Rumney half, although the visitors also knew how to keep it tight at times, and when they regained possession, carefully manoeuvered away from danger so that Way could set off on a battering, attacking run. In the forty seventh minute the deadlock was finally broken, when Fear and Silva launched themselves at the Bedlinog line and the ball was then switched to Clark, whose perfect pop pass found Quick on the burst and put the mighty winger hurtling over to score, Clark carefully adding the conversion for a 3-10 lead. Quick was soon leading another aggressive counterattack, followed by a similar response by The Foxes as Murphy stormed back upfield, finally being hauled down with an excellent Driscoll tackle, but Bedlinog were enjoying another good period, with Rumney conceding penalties and relying on Chris Jones and Davies to keep the home side out through crunching tackles and clever turnovers. Michael Young took to the field in the visitors' second row and had to pull off an instant quality tackle as The Foxes kept up the pressure, but Bedlinog made an unexpected change when Captain Clyne was replaced at scrum half by Craig Davies. Rumney never lacked confidence during this time however, and with Ryan Fenton now making a welcome return at openside wing forward, they began to dominate territorially once more, knowing that Silva's excellent handling skills at fullback would deal with any high balls pumped downfield. The sixty seventh minute proved crucial in the game, when Davies was banished to the bin for a swinging forearm, and Darren Fenton, now in the tight head position for Rumney, pounded forward, Barry making a great break and Milton scorching over fifty metres to peg The Foxes back into positions from which they were never really able to escape. The extra player advantage gave the visitors virtually complete control of the set pieces, Darren Fenton needing several tacklers to bring him down, at a time when The Foxes were short on manpower and already struggling to deal with the efforts of Barry, Way and Chris Jones. Rumney added Ben White to the threequarters, where he covered everything when Bedlinog tried to break the stranglehold, and also posed a real threat on the counterattack, but the visitors were not going to let anything slip and with Leadbeatter exerting control over his forces and Clark carefully picking the spots for his accurate line kicks, Bedlinog were successfully kept on the backfoot until the final whistle.
Mark Gains, Coordinator of Coaching Rumney RFC : "It was a relief to get the game on, that defeat to Ynysybwl has been festering over the festive season and we really needed to put things right today. The attitude of the boys was everything that the coaches asked for, and to come up to Bedlinog and face the conditions we had to play in, that attitude had to be spot on, and it was. I now hope that we can move on from our recent defeat and enjoy the rest of the season, but only hard work and commitment will bring us any positives. Happy New Year to all the players, coaches and members of Rumney RFC. Today's Man of the Match was Chris Milton."
Sean Driscoll, second row Rumney 1st XV : "This was much better than the game against Ynysybwl, well done to the boys to come back, it wasn't easy but we grond out the win and the defense was awesome. It was good to have Darren Fenton back, he made a big impact, and Simon Barry was unlucky to lose the ball over the line. Bedlinog are a good side, with an excellent defense, our handling wasn't great but the weather conditions kept creating problems. It was difficult in the scrums because it was so slippery underfoot, but we took a few against the head and that lifted the boys, the scrum was our strong point and the lineout was pretty solid too. Simon Barry and Matthew Way played well, tackling hard, and Paul Niblett got stuck in and gave a very good performance."
Above, left to right : Mark Gains, Sean Driscoll, Mr Bedlinog Fox
BEDDAU YOUTH v RUMNEY YOUTH
Saturday 4th January 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm
Beddau Youth 26 Rumney Youth 12
SWALEC League Division 1 East
YNYSYBWL v RUMNEY
The Recreation Ground, Ynysybwl
Saturday 21st December 2012, k.o. 2.30 pm
Ynysybwl v Rumney 17.11.2012
Past playing record : played 4, Ynysybwl 0 wins, Rumney 4 wins
Rumney : 15. Tom Silva 14.Christian Edwards 13.Luke Fear 12.Loren Quick 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Lewis Andrews 8.Michael Kelly 7.Matthew Way 6.Ryan Sutton 5.Chris Jones 4.Sean Driscoll 3.Tom Cross 2.Jack McAdams 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Simon Barry 17.Chris Harris 18.Andrew Davies 19.Chris Milton
Ynysybwl : 15.Lewys Ryan 14.Gareth King 13.Nathan Ellis (Capt) 12.Sean Ireland 11.Dale Stuckey 10.Jonathan Gough 9.Joel Raikes 8.Alun Thomas 7.Ricky Thomas 6.Oliver Rees 5.Robert Jones 4.Mike Connor 3.Alex Taylor 2.Daniel Watts 1.Dafydd Davies
Replacements from : 16.Andrew Lloyd 17.Neil Griffiths 18.Dewi Voyle 19.Sam May 20.Nathan King 21.Liam Price
Referee : Mike Griffiths, Cross Keys
Ynysybwl 56 Rumney 0
Scorers for Ynysybwl : Lewys Ryan 2 tries, Sean Ireland try, Dale Stuckey try, Joel Raikes try, Robert Jones try, Ricky Thomas try, Alun Thomas try, Nathan Ellis 8 conversions
Ynysybwl were up and running from the start, spinning the ball across their threequarters for winger Dale Stuckey to set off on a long, penetrating break, and although Rumney did well to absorb the pressure and eventually clear their lines, it was only because of an efficient first lineout, followed by a penalty, that they managed to keep the homeside from making a very early score. When Ynysybwl next attacked, flanker Ryan Sutton provided the visitors with relieveing lineout ball and second row Chris Jones conjured up the first of the many important, elusive breaks that he would make throughout the game, to get their side out of immediate danger. The home team kept up the pace, scrum half Joel Raikes repeatedly firing the ball out to his backs, while their heavy pack moved forward like a tank, forming a tight, driving unit, with flanker Ricky Thomas getting down on the floor to secure possession. Rumney did well to defend against this and scrummaged efficiently at the first set piece, but Ynysybwl kept up their organised forward effort, using No8 Alun Thomas and second row Mike Connor as lineout jumpers, and outside half Jonathan Gough seeking out gaps and spaces to make use of. In the twelfth minute the visitors' pack succeeded in containing the opposition in a series of five metre scrums, but when Raikes decided that enough was enough, he sent the ball wide and bustling centre Sean Ireland burst through the midfield to score the first try, Captain Nathan Ellis adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead. Rumney captain John Leadbeatter, hooker Jack McAdams and prop Tom Cross continued to scrummage well in the front row, and the visitors benefitted from the ability of centres Luke Fear and Loren Quick to get back quickly in order to tackle and counterattack, with fullback Tom Silva joining them from deep positions, while Alun Thomas's battering bursts and Gough's line kicking kept up the momentum for Ynysybwl. This pattern seemed to continue for lengthy periods, Rumney under pressure but defending stoutly, and using the special ability of talented No8 Michael Kelly to actually make advances with possession gained from a retreating scrum, but as an increasing number of errors and fumbles appeared in their play, some outstanding covering by Chris Jones and long kicks from outside half Danny Clark were needed to keep the home side at bay. Most play was taking place in the Rumney half, Ynysybwl fullback Lewys Ryan monitoring high balls and pegging the visitors back, but the sturdy defence continued, Way, McAdams and second row Sean Driscoll slicing down driving forwards, and when Silva set off on a superb weaving run from near his own line, it looked as if the danger was over, but support was slow in arriving and the home side regained possession for Gough to cut loose, scattering tacklers and putting Raikes in for a high paced try. Ellis added the conversion and soon Alun Thomas and hooker Daniel Watts were again running fast and hard, making life easy for the home threequarters, while Rumney lacked clinical finishing in their passing and as the pressure came back on, flanker Ryan Sutton and Chris Jones had to tackle like demons to blunt these offensives. The visiting forwards maintained a high standard of play, Way and Leadbeatter eating up hard yards, and scrum half Lewis Andrews and Chris Jones making vital breaks, and while this good period continued, Clark almost snatched a charge down try, and Silva pulled off another devestating run, but in the thirty sixth minute Ynysybwl had a scrum eight metres from the Rumney line, and with a slight, turning manoeuvre, Alun Thomas found ample space to pick up and cross unopposed for his side's third try. Ellis added the extra points, and with Ynysybwl grabbing turnovers and Rumney now living off scraps of possession, McAdams and Driscoll defended aggressively to prevent any further score before half time, the scoreboard reading 21-0 at the interval.
The second half opened with Chris Milton at scrum half for Rumney, Clark expanding play in an attempt to bring in his flying wingers Lee Bendon and Christian Edwards, and make further use of Silva's ability to find ways through the Ynysybwl defensive line, but Ynysybwl countered, with Ireland able to canter almost the length of the field, turning defense into attack, and in the forty fourth minute, an unpredictable bounce at a lineout ten metres out, allowed flanker Ricky Thomas to pounce for an opportunist try. The reliable Ellis slotted the conversion, but the visitors came back strongly, Milton working hard and fast, eager to get Rumney back into the game, Fear and Quick adding pace, Leadbeatter and Cross driving on, and Way, Kelly and Driscoll involved at every breakdown and contact situation, and although the threequarters looked very dangerous, there was a tendency for last passes to go astray. In the fifty third minute a scintillating midfield break by Gough led to winger Dale Stuckey crossing and Ellis inevitably securing the conversion, but despite one more huge counterattacking break by Silva, indiscipline led to the home side being given an attacking lineout where second row Robert Jones took rapid possession and Alun Thomas sliced through the midfield before sending Ryan in under the sticks. Ellis took the extra points to stretch the lead to 42-0, but the visitors refused to give in and Chris Jones was stopped only inches from the tryline, and in the sixty first minute, following more strong attacking, Rumney conceded a turnover and found themselves racing back to defend their own line, only to see Robert Jones rip the ball away in contact and scamper off to score. Following the conversion, the visitors were 49-0 down and being stretched by the pace of the home side's back and forward interplay, where Ynysybwl's outstanding performer Alun Thomas maintained his high workrate, and although the entrance of Simon Barry in the visitors' back row heralded substantial possession at the breakdowns, and Quick's speed and elusiveness offered hope for a score, Rumney still found difficulty in gaining much ground against their far heavier opponents. In the sixty seventh minute a simple, planned lineout tactic gave Ireland time and space to cut straight through the centrefield and offload to Ryan, who completed the move by scoring his second try, Ellis keeping up his consistent success rate with a difficult conversion, to take the score to 56-0. Somewhat surprisingly, Rumney finished the game playing their best rugby of the afternoon, Edwards, Bendon and Silva trying their hardest to nab a try, Chris Jones creating yet another weaving run, and Way and Barry battling to the end, but at the final whistle there was no denying the comprehensive nature of Ynysybwl's victory.
SWALEC Plate 2013-2014 Round 2
RUMNEY v RHYDYFELIN
Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 14th December 2013, k.o. 2.00 pm
Rumney v Rhydyfelin 28.09.2013
Past playing record : played 7, Rhydyfelin 2 wins, Rumney 5 wins
Rumney : 15.Tom Silva 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul King 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Lewis Andrews 8.Michael Kelly 7.Simon Barry 6.Ryan Sutton 5.Michael Young 4.Sean Driscoll 3.Andrew Davies 2.Michael Feneck 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Chris Jones 17.Jack McAdams 18.Chris Harris 19.Chris Milton
Rhydyfelin : 15.Kristian Norman 14.Gavin Close 13.Liam Watton 12.Lewis Egal 11.Chris Tottler 10.Lewis Smith 9.Ross Lucas 8.Euan Parsons 7.Sam Studley 6.Sam Evans 5.Josh Hawkins 4.Stuart Williams 3.Dale Green 2.Scott Pritchard 1.Martin Morris
Replacements : from the squad
Referee : Jason Bessant, Nantymoel
Rumney 29 Rhydyfelin 17
Scorers for Rumney : Lee Bendon 2 tries, Loren Quick try, Ryan Sutton try, Danny Clark penalty and 3 conversions
Scorers for Rhydyfelin : Gavin Close try, Kristian Norman try, Lewis Egal try, Ross Lucas conversion
Rhydefelin made a lively start with well organised driving mauls which were finally brought to an end by positive tackles from Rumney No8 Michael Kelly and fullback Tom Silva. The home side seemed to have problems when their first scrum went backwards but Kelly was once more to the rescue and the threat appeared to have been cleared, only for the visitors to attack again through their backs, but this time the move was anticipated by Rumney right wing Lee Bendon who neatly intercepted a long pass and sprinted seventy metres to score a fine opportunist try. Outside half Danny Clark added the conversion for a 7-0 lead, with only five minutes gone. The Rumney forwards settled and second row Michael Young and prop Andrew Davies gained good yards to set up second phase, scrum half Lewis Andrews' booming pass giving Clark time to produce an excellent pass to centre Paul King, who tore upfield at speed. The home side were surprised however when, from the next scrum, Ryhydyfelin No8 Euan Parsons raced away for a full sixty metres, and although most of the early play was still in the home half, flanker Ryan Sutton's command of the lineout and Andrews' passing steadied the ship and Clark cleared effectively with the boot. Some scrappy play from both sides led to turnovers but Rumney were now looking far more confident and in the tenth minute the front row technique of Captain John Leadbeatter, Michael Feneck and Davies, powerfully supported by their back five, sent a Rhydyfelin scrum in reverse, causing confusion and the opportunity for Clark to make a charge down, whip the ball out to centres Luke Fear and King, and put flying winger Loren Quick in at the corner for a 12-0 lead. The visitors came back with more close forward drives, a technique that would work well for them throughout the game, and put on a lot of pressure in the home twenty two, with Parsons coming close to grabbing a score. Rumney soaked up the pressure and also gained relieving penalties but Rhydyfelin used their big men, second rows Stuart Williams and Josh Hawkins, and prop Dale Green to burst forward again, bringing out excellent tackles from home second row Sean Driscoll, Leadbeatter and flanker Simon Barry. As Rhydyfelin continued their phased build up, Kelly and Sutton blotted out their advance with decisive tackles too, Sutton also fielding high balls and taking opposition lineout possession. The visitors' strong running centre Lewis Egal made his first break of the afternoon, linking neatly with winger Chris Tottler, coming infield and only being stopped by more decisive tackling. In the thirtieth minute, from a Rumney scrum twenty metres into their own half, Andrews snapilly released Clark, whose half break was followed by a perfectly timed pass to Bendon, who sailed away on a weaving, seventy metre sprint for his second spectacular try of the day. Clark added the extra points for a 19-0 lead and was soon bobbing and weaving once more, connecting with the powerful, battling King and linking with the hard working Kelly and Feneck, while Andrews probed and distributed at speed, providing chances for Fear, Silva and Quick to chace up any opportunities that came the home side's way. Rumney were now clearly playing with more aggression, guided forward by Leadbeatter, in an increasing number of attacks and beginning to set up camp in the visitors' half. In the thirty eighth minute however, Rhydyfelin produced another of their favoured, close forward drives and gained a scrum on the home ten metre line, from which livewire scrum half Ross Lucas fed out quickly to Egal on the burst, who drew in two tacklers and offloaded expertly to Tottler in a repeat of the move they had tried earlier, but this time the winger went wider and cleverly switched to Close, travelling at top speed and unstoppable on his way over the try line. The visitors again looked to their big forwards to set up their effective rolling mauls, but Feneck and Leadbeatter were now pouncing and stealing balls, leading to breakouts, and Barry and Sutton were increasingly disrupting the work of outside half Lewis Smith, but when Clark and Mr Bessant agreed to disagree on a point of law, the outside half was awarded ten minutes in the bin and the half came to an end at 19-5.
After the interval Chris Jones took to the field in the Rumney second row and was straight into the action with a long break in which he scattered tacklers to left and right. Some loose play presented Rhydyfelin with opportunities and brave tidying up by Fear was all that prevented them scoring, but the visitors also conceded useful possession through hasty decisions, and the pacey Rumney back three of Quick, Bendon and Silva counterattacked from deep positions. More midfield bursts by Jones, King and Fear were backed up by very good rolling mauls, which Rumney formed out of loose play, and with Chris Milton now at scrum half, the home side started to create gaps and find spaces. Barry took ball at the back of lineouts, Leadbeatter and Feneck mauled forward and Driscoll and Jones formed a dynamic powerhouse, leading to Clark varying play and attacking down both flanks, the threequarters now really beginning to click and stretching the opposition defences, but King unfortunately suffered a nasty head injury and had to leave the field, Chris Harris joining the rearranged back division at fullback. In the sixty seventh minute, following a lot of attack and counterattack, Sutton emerged from a contact area on the half way line, and proceeded to race fifty metres for a remarkable solo try, Clark adding the conversion to take the lead to 26-5, but a good period for Rhydyfelin followed and they worked their way back to the home twenty two. Jack McAdams came on at prop for Rumney and put in one tackle after another as the visitors pressed forward, but more hard work from Sutton, Barry, Driscoll and Davies blocked their progress, until the seventy second minute when Bendon was binned for a late tackle and the home side was caught knapping, failing to reorganise quickly, while Lucas tapped and sent Norman over for a snap try. Though time was no longer on their side, Rhydyfelin threw everything into the cause, using the impressive Parsons to gain the hard yards, but opportunist breaks by Clark and Harris led to them conceding a penalty, and Clark took the three points on offer. With only fourteen men on the field, Rumney found it hard to get out of their twenty two and from a successful lineout and drive, Rhydyfelin spread the ball to Egal, their best player on the day, who cut through with the hint of a dummy, scattering tacklers on his way to score the try, Lucas' conversion then bringing the game to a close at 29-17.
Mark Gains, Coordinator of Coaching, Rumney RFC : "A lot happier this week, at the prematch meeting we talked about going out and playing rugby, and the team made their best effort to do just that today. The heavy conditions didn't make for a great spectacle of a game, but some very good things did happen, like moving the ball wide, which we have been trying to promote in training over the last few weeks, and which resulted in two Lee Bendon tries. We competed and fared well in the scrums and our lineout was again excellent, Ryan Sutton was outstanding, making a try scoring return after seven weeks out due to injury. For us now, it's onwards and upwards, hopefully with a home fixture in the next round. We can take a bit of confidence from this win when we travel away to Ynysybwl next week, I hope the boys take on board our approach of moving away from contact and releasing our potent backs, we are getting there. Ryan Sutton and Michael Feneck had excellent games today with Ryan Sutton becoming the Man of the Match."
Ryan Sutton, wing forward Rumney 1st XV : "It was nice to be back and get my foot in, I enjoyed it, the boys did well, we wanted it more than Rhydyfelin did and this will get morale up a bit. It was a gutsy performance from the pack, we dominated in the scrums and lineouts, our game plan was to push them back and not put our hands in. It was a bit windy in the lineout so it was always going to be front or middle ball, but for my try, the ball came from loose play, Michael Kelly did all the hard work and popped it out to me and I ran it in. We switched off for two tries but the boys kept their heads and fronted up, though I was glad to hear the final whistle. The front row dominated, Simon Barry was outstanding and Danny Clark did well, breaking through gaps and getting his confidence up, and Chris Jones played an important part when he came on. Playing that kind of cup rugby, its who wants to win most that counts, if you want it, you can have it !"
Above, left : Mark Gains, right : Ryan Sutton in magestic jumper finery
RUMNEY YOUTH v PONTYPRIDD YOUTH
Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 14th December 2013, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney Youth 13 Pontypridd Youth 24
SWALEC League Division 1 East
RUMNEY v TREORCHY
Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 7th December 2013, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney v Treorchy 12.01.2013
Past playing record : played 21, Treorchy 9 wins, Rumney 10 wins, 2 draws
Rumney : 15.Tom Silva 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul King 11.Solomon Matthews 10.Danny Clark 9.Lewis Andrews 8.Michael Kelly 7.Simon Barry 6.Matthew Way 5.Michael Young 4.Sean Driscoll 3.Tom Cross 2.Michael Feneck 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Karl McCowen 17.Jack McAdams 18.Ryan Sutton 19.Lee Bendon
Treorchy : 15.Luc Rees 14.Ross Jones 13.Celyn Ashton 12.Trystan Lazarus 11.Peter Hutchings 10.Jordan Lloyd 9.Stefan Jones 8.Wayne Davies 7.Ben Hughes 6.Rhys Gillard 5.Josh Lewis 4.Luke Brennan 3.Greg Williams 2.Robert Jones (Capt) 1.Meurig Davies
Replacements : Dan Morris Dewi Waldin Matthew Evans Ben Williams
Referee : Luke Haskins, Rugby Football Union
Rumney 6 Treorchy 3
Scorer for Rumney : Danny Clark 2 penalties
Scorer for Treorchy : Jordan Lloyd penalty
The Treorchy pack set off on a powerful drive from the first lineout and were finally halted by a decisive tackle from Rumney Captain John Leadbeatter, but with their next drive prop Meurig Davies gained hard yards only for his fellow forwards to go over the ball and give the home side a relieving penalty. The Zebras were cantering upfield, well into the Rumney half and linking effectively, but home hooker Michael Feneck waited for the right moment and stole the ball, followed shortly after by a similar piece of larceny by prop Tom Cross, so that Treorchy were denied any profit from their early pressure. Though initially on the backfoot, the home side suddenly counterattacked out of defence, fullback Tom Silva firing the ball deep into the Zebras' half where winger Solomon Matthews charged down the clearance and took play into the visitors' twenty two for the first time in the game. The first scrum however saw Rumney pushed off the ball, allowing Treorchy outside half Jordan Lloyd to clear, and then a poor lineout gifted possession back to the Zebras, who gratefully returned to the offensive. It was not long before Rumney rallied and battered their way back to the Zebras' twenty two, where phased play and mighty burts by No8 Michael Kelly brought out the best in the visitors' defenses. Treorchy used reliable lineout possesssion from second row Luke Brennan and flanker Rhys Gillard to set up more drives, but when the ball went out, Rumney centres Paul King and Luke Fear rapidly closed down the midfield with fierce tackles, and Silva and Matthews kicked and rushed upfield looking for work and opportunities. With almost a quarter of the game gone, the home side finally steadied their lineout, giving second rows Michael Young and Sean Driscoll the chance to drive on and set up phases, and although they were still being forced backwards in the scrums by the heavy Treorchy pack, the Rumney forwards looked more together and composed, the Zebras needing powerful No8 Wayne Davies and flanker Ben Hughes to get them out of trouble, but drastic measures led to penalties and in the twentieth minute home outside half Danny Clark opened the scoring through a penalty awarded for holding on. Treorchy came back straight away when centre Celyn Ashton was held back and Lloyd kicked the points to level the scores, but Rumney were now addressing their problems at the set piece and their scrummage was holding its own, providing Kelly with more room and time to manoeuvre, and Driscoll and Young battling on to gain territory. In loose play the home side also showed more confidence, flankers Matthew Way and Simon Barry making breaks and linking with Clark and Matthews. The home side was now operating mostly in the visitors' half, scrum half Lewis Andrews controlling everything around the scrum and releasing a long, quick service, while his forwards, having finally started to dominate the scrums, set off on a Kelly led, controlled drive which travelled a full fifteen metres before being frustrated by Treorchy scrum half Stefan Jones who claimed the touchdown the moment the ball reached the tryline, and consequently prevented a score. Rumney continued to put on the pressure and although the lineout still contained problems, it was clear that Leadbeatter, Feneck and Cross had the upper hand in the front row exchanges and the home pack was now able to push the visitors backwards, which allowed Clark, King and Fear to open up more and spread the ball in the threequarters. In the thirty fourth minute, Treorchy strayed offside in the midfield and Clark took the lead with the subsequent penalty, but as halftime approached, heavy rain started to fall and playing conditions deteriorated, although Lewis was still firing effectively on all cylinders, giving the Zebra back row all sorts of problems, and when needed, Fear stopped a dangerous attack with a fine tackle, followed by the acquisition and clearance of the ball. Clark continued to open up play, setting Matthews away on a break and supported by Silva, who stole opposition ball and carried on the attack, but Treorchy still defended stoutly and fullback Luc Rees dealt with the threats through accurate linekicking, although their cause was not aided by indiscipline which led to Mr Haskins marching them back and administering stern warnings. Clark expanded play further, sending it wide for the first time and bringing strong running winger Loren Quick into the attack, and feeding Matthews and Silva for bursts through the centre. Cross also put in some admirable ripping to keep possession with the home side, who went in at half time with the 6-3 score in their favour and looking as if they may have taken charge of the game.
The second half started with Andrews once more performing at top speed but Rumney conceded an unnecessary penalty for holding on, in a kickable position, and were lucky to escape when Lloyd's kick drifted wide. Both sides were playing in a similar style and tending to cancel each other out, but the home side had addressed their lineout issues and were now enjoying steady possession from Way and Barry. Treorchy gradually opened up more, winger Peter Hutchings scorching down the flank, and centres Trystan Lazarus and Ashton attempting to batter their way through. This would in fact prove to be their best period of the game, Brennan coming close to a score and only being denied by Clark and Silva's scramble defence, Clark then relieving the pressure with a long kick to touch. Ryan Sutton took to the field in the Rumney back row, combining well with Leadbeatter and Way in a loose passage of play, but the Zebras still had the upper hand, lodging in the home half of the field with Ashton dominating tactics, and although Matthews made a good counterattack, it was the Rumney defence which made the difference, Silva in particular covering back and cleaning up, and finally snuffed out the repeated threats. Sutton took clean lineout ball and linked neatly with Andrews but Treorchy scrum half Jones put in a menacing burst and when Rumney hands were spotted in the loose, the home side breathed again as the visitors missed another kickable penalty. Hooker Karl McCowen came on in the home front row as the Zebras once more stepped up their campaign, this time Hutchings' dangerous burst calling for a try saving Quick tackle, but they did themselves a disservice by picking up a yellow card for dissent, losing out on a very strong attacking position. At this point Rumney produced their first really creative movement, working their way downfield in a controlled manner and then moving it wide at speed, but Quick's dive in at the corner was judged to be the result of a final forward pass and no try was allowed. Treorchy knew that a try could seal the game and Stefan Jones tried a number of variations, using prop Greg Williams as the ball carrier and then releasing wing Ross Jones on two separate breaks, either of which could have brought a score were it not for determined Rumney tackling. Virtually the whole game had been played between the twenty twos and four minutes from the end Ashton stepped up for another penalty attempt at goal when the home side entered a ruck from the side, ten meters into their own half. Having been Rumney's nemesis in past seasons, on this occasion the centre's kick was just short and a relieved home side ran down the clock to bag the points through their narrow 6-3 victory.
Michael Feneck, forwards coach Rumney 1st XV : "After our last match, at Heol Y Cyw, this was a must win game and the result was all that mattered. We played well in patches but we just need to up our confidence a little bit more and believe in what we are doing. The back row scavaged well today and at some stages, they kept us in it. The Man of the Match was Michael Kelly, his experience showed, he led from the front to win turnovers and his tackling was second to none."
Michael Young, second row Rumney 1st XV : "It was really scrappy, for a change we started off quite well but after ten minutes we gifted Treorchy many chances and we were lucky to come away with a win. We have got to get it right in training and although we deserved the win, nobody will be happy with that result. On a positive note, we are working well in training and only conceded three points."
Above, left : Michael Feneck, right : Michael Young
WRU 2nd XV League
RUMNEY ATHLETIC v GLAMORGAN WANDERERS 2nd XV
Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 7th December 2013, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney Athletic Squad : 15.Luke Clarke 14.Christian Edwards 13.Lawrence Facey 12.Paul Niblett (Capt) 11.Theo Monet 10.Ben White 9.Chris Milton 8.Josh Bridson 7.Sion Hutchings/Joe Perks 6.Anthony Leach 5.Sam Jones 4.Steven Page 3.Ryan Matthews 2.Chris Harris 1.Dan Ford/Lloyd Rees
Replacements : Mikey Johnson Alex Bodin
Referee : Khalid Falvey
Rumney Athletic 18 Glamorgan Wanderers 2nd XV 24
Scorers for Rumney : Christian Edwards 3 tries, Ben White penalty
Mark Gains, Coordinator of Coaching, Rumney RFC : "This was a good, fiercely and keenly contested local derby against Glamorgan Wanderers. Rumney looked very good when we moved the ball wide, Christian Edwards, Theo Monet and Luke Clarke showing a lot of pace and ability. We struggled up front due to a lack of front row forwards, but the eight never gave in and losing Sion Hutchings in the first half was a blow, but Joe Perks had an excellent game. A special mention goes to Josh Bridson who was dynamic all the way through. I think the Wanderers deserved the victory because of their superiority up front but it is pleasing that for the last two weeks the coaches and myself have been able to field a strong second XV and it bodes well for the future. Keep it up lads, we appreciate it. The Man of the Match was Josh Bridson."
RUMNEY YOUTH v MERTHYR YOUTH
Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 7th December 2013, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney Youth 0 Merthyr Youth 21
SWALEC League Division 1 East
HEOL Y CYW v RUMNEY
Highfields, Heol Y Cyw, Bridgend
Saturday 23rd November 2013, k.o. 2.30 pm
Heol Y Cyw v Rumney 24.04.2013
Past playing record : played 2, Heol Y Cyw 1 win, Rumney 1 win
Rumney : 15.Lawrence Facey 14.Loren Quick 13.Luke Fear 12.Paul King 11.Lee Bendon 10.Danny Clark 9.Lewis Andrews 8.Michael Kelly 7.Simon Barry 6.Matthew Way 5.Michael Young 4.Sean Driscoll 3.A.Davies 2.Carl Fish 1.John Leadbeatter (Capt)
Replacements : 16.Neal Ritchie 17.Jack McAdams 18.Ryan Sutton 19.Tom Silva
Heol Y Cyw : 15.Keegan Rees 14.Ryan Griffiths 13.Chris Howe 12.Gareth Howells 11.Paul Songhurst 10.Mike Huckridge 9.Matthew Pound 8.Kyle Lowry 7.Josh O'Driscoll 6.Zac O'Driscoll 5.Wayne Howe 4.Jordan Hawkins 3.Andrew Cooper 2.Luke O'Driscoll 1.Darren Oram
Replacements : 16.Liam Callaghan 17.Sam Pick 18.Stuart Nation 19.Rhys Thomas
Referee : Jason Griffiths
Heol Y Cyw 35 Rumney 18
Scorers for Rumney : Loren Quick 2 tries, Danny Clark conversion and 2 penalties
Scorers for Heol Y Cyw : Matthew Pound try, Chris Howe two tries, Paul Songhurst try, Mike Huckridge try and 2 conversions and 2 penalties
The game started with Heol Y Cyw's flanker Zac O'Driscoll gathering the high ball and setting off on the offensive, Rumney counterattacking through fullback Lawrence Facey and winger Lee Bendon, but having been turned over at the contact area, the visitors were sent back into their own half and committed an offside offence, allowing home outside half Mike Huckridge to kick the penalty with only three minutes gone. From the restart Heol Y Cyw again exerted pressure and made all the attacking advances, then in the seventh minute, having gained another penalty when Rumney killed the ball, livewire scrum half Matthew Pound took a quick tap and spun over to score, before the visitors realised what was happening. Rumney scrum half Lewis Andrews was an important catalyst in getting his side moving forward, presenting Heol Y Cyw with plenty of problems around the scrums and made best use of the good lineout possession provided to him by flanker Matthew Way, but the rolling mauls and forward drives lacked tight organisation and tended to come to an end with errors which the home side seized upon to regain territory. In the fourteenth minute a speedy Heol Y Cyw threequarter movement put winger Paul Songhurst flying down the flank, and with Pound rapidly recycling the ball, huge gaps appeared in the Rumney defences and centre Chris Howe coasted over untouched for his side's second try and a 13-0 lead. Zac O'Driscoll again took the restart effortlessly, the home side quickly returning to the opposition half of the field as the visitors' counterattacks stalled through handling errors, crossings and fumbles. Rumney No8 Michael Kelly was outstanding at making progress from the base of retreating scrums and second row Sean Driscoll put in repeated, vital tackles in the midfield with fellow second row Mike Young and flanker Simon Barry making great efforts, battling forward to gain attacking footholds. In the twenty third minute Rumney lost a scrum against the head and despite Sean O'Driscoll's tireless tackling once more cutting down Heol Y Cyw attacks, further infringements by the visitors resulted in Huckridge stretching the gap to 16-0 with a thirty metre penalty for not rolling away. Two minutes later however, Rumney struck back, grabbing a turnover at a breakdown, and with Andrews on hand to instantly snap the ball out wide, prop Andrew Davies was ideally positioned to take it on and supply a good pass for winger Loren Quick, who shook off three tackles and crossed in the corner for a well deserved try. The visitors were now looking far more threatening, Captain John Leadbeatter in particular driving back the opposition with powerful bursts, and Way and Kelly making ground through strong drives, but overall, both sides entered into a period of scrappy play. Home No8 Kyle Lowry was becoming ever more influential, forcing his way through the gaps created by poor tackling, but with Barry and Quick succeeding at midfield breaks, and the forwards now holding their own at the scrummage, Rumney exerted pressure and outside half Danny Clark put over a penalty in the thirty second minute, which brought the difference down to 16-8. This was followed up only four minutes later with another well struck Clark penalty, after Facey had sliced through from depth and the visitors had Heol Y Cyw really on the backfoot for the first time in the match. Four minutes from halftime and with a gap of now only five points, the visitors again lost concentration, making errors and missing tackles, a situation which Heol Y Cyw immediately exploited, working Songhurst wide for the second time to streak down the wing, the second phase stretching the Rumney defensive line and Howe racing through another gap for his second try. Rumney centres Paul King and Luke Fear, and hooker Carl Fish, fought hard to break out and counterattack, but Heol Y Cyw's fast, open play gave them the edge and at the halftime whistle they led by 21-11.
Clark's linekicking had the visitors moving forward at the start of the second half, but erratic lineouts cost them dear and it was only Andrews' persistent harassing at the scrum that allowed them to gain anything very much from the set pieces, but in the forty eighth minute Songhurst casually appeared from a maul, ball in hand and made light work of several weak tackles to run in under the sticks for Heol Y Cyw's try bonus point, Huckridge adding the extras to stretch the lead to 28-11. More errors and misjudgements allowed the home side back into the visitors' half and despite the tireless efforts of Leadbeatter, Fish and Davies in the front row, the Rumney pack found it problematic to contain Heol Y Cyw's weight and power in the scrummage, though they did make progress with occassional sweeping threequarter movements. It was in fact one of Rumney's best periods however, Tom Silva making a welcome and powerful return on the right wing, and with Kelly, Fish and Barry driving on and setting up phases, Andrews fired the ball out to the left and neat passing put Quick away for his second try, Clark's excellent touchline conversion pegging the score back to 28-18. Only ten minutes remained on the clock when the visitors brought on two dynamic players in flanker Ryan Sutton and prop Jack McAdams, whose contributions brough fresh impetus to their attack, but Heol Y Cyw still controlled the territorial battle and in the seventy eighth minute, when Rumney attempted to counter from within their own twenty two, Pound pulled off a charge down and fed the supporting Huckridge, who cruised over for the last try of the game, the outside half's successful conversion being the final score and fixing the winning margin at 35-18.
Mike Morgan, Head Coach Rumney RFC : "An unsettled performance by Rumney, leading to mistakes which Heol Y Cyw successfully capitalised upon. In patches we showed positive phase play and impressive movement of the ball, however, continuity would come and go, resulting in areas of the game where we were chasing the scoreboard. This was the first game in a few weeks and is a strong reminder that time spent on the training paddock is essential in order to prepare for the pre Christmas games. It was a disappointing performance but we will definitely turn this around in a few weeks. Loren Quick finished well and scored two very good tries, Michael Kelly put in a huge performance at No8 and was the Man of the Match."
Loren Quick, wing Rumney 1st XV : "It was very frustrating, we were rusty after the break we've had but there was still some positive play out there, and little mistakes gave Heol Y Cyw the advantage. The fact is that we didn't get up any real momentum, but we were dangerous at times and we need to take the positives into the next game. The first try came from a ruck, it was a two to one with the second row, and Andrew Davies' good hands set up a delightful finish for me to cap it off. We need to cut out the mistakes and stick to our structures, the coaches have good ideas and when we stick to them we are hard to deal with. We are hardest to cope with when we get fast ball from the rucks but our levels often drop and we get sucked in. If we listen and stick to our structures we'll be ok."
Above, left : Mike Morgan, right : Loren Quick
RUMNEY ATHLETIC v PENALLTA 2nd XV
Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 23rd November 2013, k.o. 2.30 pm
Rumney Athletic Squad : Mikey Johnson Theo Monet Alex Bodin Chris Maton Ben White Warren Milton Anthony Jones Christian Edwards Shaun Spavin Dan Ford Neal Ritchie Ryan Matthews Joe Perks Anthony Leach Chris Harris Josh Bridson Sam Vaughn Craig Walton Neil Coles Paul Niblett Gareth Niblett Steven Page Chris Jones Sam Tondu Mark Gains
Rumney Athletic 35 Penallta 2nd XV 12
RUMNEY RFC YOUTH 2013-2014
All new and old players are very welcome.
Team management are making perpetrations for the highlight of the season - the tour to Magaluf.