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SWALEC League Division 1 East

GARNDIFFAITH v RUMNEY

Lasgarn View, Pontypool

Saturday 28th February 2015, k.o. 1.30 pm

Garndiffaith 31 Rumney 41

RUMNEY : 15. Loren Quick  14. Lee Bendon  13. Tom Silva  12. Paul King  11.Ryan Bevan  10. Danny Clark 9. Chris Milton  8. Michael Kelly 7. Ryan Sutton  6. Anthony Wilson  5. Sean Driscoll  4. Matthew Way  3. Joe Brown  2. Owain Hill  1. Jack Mc Adams   Replacements  16. Adrian Leach   17. Andrew Davies  18. Chris Slocombe  19. Lewis Andrews  20. Ben White

Rumney travelled to the Tump with a side showing six changes from its last outing and a few positional changes. This is displaying the club mantra of giving people there chance of playing and experiencing lie in the cauldron that is the 1st XV, and those given their chance did not disappoint giving the coaching team headaches in the future. Two people also got the first run outs so congratulations to Ryan Bevan and Chris Slocombe, it would appear the future is bright.

From the KO Garn started the brighter putting together some good phases, the Garn Scrum half Matthew Davies (who was to be a menace all game) directing the show getting his side going. Rumney seeming content to absorb the pressure and settle into the game. An early change came from Rumney as Lee Bendon was forced off after 7 minutes bringing Lewis Andrews into the fray albeit out of his favoured position of scrum half. With the game being played in high winds the ball was kept close to hand meaning tackling from both sides had to be at its best, in the first 15 minutes this seemed to be the case. Some handling in the ruck gave Garn an early shot at goal which was unfortunately missed.

This became the catalyst for Rumney to up the intensity and apply lots of pressure to the Garn line. However it became very lateral with not much ground being made, Rumney showing good discipline and ball retention, a stray pass picked out by the Garn centre sent him scampering the length of the field with Rumney lock Matthew Way in pursuit, Way caught the centre 3m from the Rumney line and had the tenacity to not only tackle the man but get over him and jackal the ball to give Rumney the chance to clear the danger. Once again Matthew Way displaying a gargantuan effort and showing pride in the badge he wears on his shirt. Garn were not about to let this slip up deter them and a few minutes later the Garn Scrum half Matthew Davies took matters into his own hands and stormed through the defence to score his sides first try 7-0 after 27 minutes.

From the restart Rumney showed determination to make amends playing some good rugby with Danny Clark calling the shots giving Rumney good field position, the Garn defence were, at this point, more than up to the task showing commitment and good line speed to prevent the try line being broken. Eventually after a period of sustained pressure Rumney got the breakthrough they deserved with some good interplay with forwards and back leading to Rumney try machine Paul King crossing the try line. Given the blustery wind it was not going to be a day for kickers and the conversion was missed, 7-5 after 36 minutes.

Garn recovered possession from the restart and were pressing the Rumney line but strong defence from Rumney forced the error as they turned defence into attack resulting in a great try from Tom Silva right on half time 7-10 at half time.

The second half got underway and what ensued can only be described as a game of rugby tennis with both side committing the cardinal sin in rugby of scoring and then letting the opposition back into the game by scoring themselves. Good early pressure from the Rumney pack led to a stolen lineout and quick hands from the backs lead to a try on his debut for wing Ryan Bevan converted by Danny Clark 7-17 after 46 minutes. Right from the restart Rumney attacked again and some silky running from flanker Ryan Sutton, whose work rate was impressive, saw him go infor the bonus point try, 7-22 after 48 minutes. With the bonus point in the bag Rumney, it appeared, sat back and almost let Garn back into it with Garn 2nd Row (4) Owen Howells leading the charge with bullocking runs forcing the Rumney defence to work hard to keep him at bay. Rumney did however play some good stuff of their own with Michael Kelly, Joe Brown and Anthony Wilson rampaging around the park causing problems for the Garn defence. This ultimately gave the hard working Anthony Wilson a well deserved try, 7-27 after 58 minutes.

Showing no sign of giving up Garn went straight down field from the restart and scored a well deserved try for Garns stand out man Second Row Owen Howells, 12-27 after 60 minutes. Garn again came to the fore with some strong runs and the elusive (shane Williams like) No. 11 proving you still need a good side step and awarenss to play rugby. Garn again scoring a well worked try despite Rumney organising well and damping down the attack. 19-27 after 66 minutes.  The game then went to passive scrimmaging meaning any pressure either side applied early in the game had been negated and the game really opened up. Rumney came out fighting with Danny Clark putting the ball in the right areas allowing Rumney to attack, giving Paul King his brace of tries as Rumney tried to halt the Garn fightback. Converted by Danny Clark, 19-34 70 minutes. Garn kept at it and were rewarded with a try almost from the KO 24-34 72 minutes. Rumney responded with a hat-trick try for Paul King gifted to him by Danny Clark, 24-41 74 minutes. Garn showed a true never die attitude ensuring they finshed the game well with yet another try for their winger Teague. 31-41 78 minutes. Garn kept pressing right to the end but the referee had the final say ending the game. It had to be said the referee let the game flow today with good advantage being played to both sides as and when required; however going to passive scrimmaging (which cannot be helped) upset the patterns of both sides but did open the game up.

Final Score Garndiffaith 31 Rumney 41.

Rumney RFC DoR Mark Gains  – I felt we deserved win the win today. We are a top 3 or 4 side in this division but if we wish to be there at the end of the season we must learn to compose ourselves and close games out. At times today we very good showing good determination and ball skills but we must learn when and whether to run or kick. Its great that two people made debuts today, showing our ethos and commitment to give people a chance and develop at this level.

Man of the Match today was difficult choice given the manner in which the game was played. Paul King grabbed a hat trick, Ryan Sutton and Anthony Wilson put in great performance working tirelessly, Loren Quick against showed he is fearless in defence, but once again Matthew Way got the nod for not only a great work ethic and a willingness to do the ground work but the effort and tenacity he displayed in his try saving tackle gave him the edge. Well done Matthew Way.

YOUTH FIXTURE

RUMNEY v ABERDARE

Ruverside Park, Rumney

Saturday 28th February 2015, k.o. 1.30 pm

 

Rumney 3 Aberdare 35

SWALEC League Division 1 East

RUMNEY v SENGHENYDD

Riverside Park, Rumney

Saturday 21st February 2015, k.o. 2.30 pm

Rumney 33 Senghenydd 7

 

RUMNEY : 15. Tom Silva  14. Loren Quick  13. Wayne Dacruz  12. Paul King  11. Soloman Matthews  10. Danny Clark  9. Chris Milton  8. Anthony Wilson  7. Ryan Sutton  6. Ryan Fenton  5. Michael Young (C)  4. Matthew Way  3. Harry Jarrett  2. Carl Fish  1. Jack Mc Adams   Replacements  16. Owain Hill  17. Andrew Davies  18. Michael Kelly  19. Lewis Andrews  20. Ben White

MATCH REPORT

Rumney welcomed the Saints to Riverside Park, on a day where the weather seemed to have it own micro-climate, for a 3rd v 4th clash. From the kick off it was clear both sides wanted play rugby with the ball in hand. Both sides having strong initial defence lead to a number of forced errors while the sides sized each other up. A stolen lineout on the halfway and quick ball from Rumney Scrum Half Chris Milton allowed the backs to display their prowess, a neatly weighted kick from Wayne Dacruz allowed Soloman Matthews to gather and race away for Rumneys first try, converted by Danny Clark. 7-0 after 10 minutes.

Directly from the restart the forwards gathered the ball and maintained good possession keeping the ball tight. Again good ball for the backs allowed Rumney 10 Danny Clark to glide a lovely pass to centre Paul King who powered up the field in solo break to grab Rumneys second try in the corner. 12-0 after 14 minutes. Rumney then came under a lot of pressure from the Saints with No.8 Josh Evans and 13 Josh Jones proving to be strong ball carriers and difficult to bring to ground. However the Rumney defence again proved strong and forced the turnover allowing wing Loren Quick to score a well deserved try, converted by Danny Clark. 19-0 after 21 minutes

The Saints again came back at Rumney showing some good skills with scrum half James Hallet distributing the ball well allowing forwards and backs to surge forward. A stray pass well spotted by eagle eyed Paul King lead to an interception, with King finishing in style. The conversion scored and the bonus point in the bag after 32 minutes. 26-0. The remainder of the first half saw the possession changing hands with neither side gaining an upper hand.

Half time Rumney 26 Senghenydd 0

Right from the off it was apparent the Saints had upped the intensity attacking Rumney from all angles, unfortunately the game boiled over allowing the Saints prop and Rumney hooker to have a 10 minute rest. With both sides down to 14 men the Saints continued to push hard, but well organised and structured defence from Rumney held firm with youth product Harry Jarrett and Matthew Way popping up all over the place to fill the gaps to prevent the resolute defence from being breached.

The saints finally broke the lock to the Rumney defence after continually pressing and a gap appearing, allowing Saints No.8 to scamper over for their try, which was converted. 26-7 after 65 minutes.That seemed to spark Rumney back to life with Loren Quick working hard to upset the Saints defence, kicking through and winning the foot race to grab his second try of the day. Convereted by replacement 10 Ben White 33 – 7 to end the scoring for the day.

Credit must be given to the Saints and there army of supporters who gave a good account of themselves, not giving up at anytime and always looking to run with ball in hand. However they came up against a Rumney side also looking to play rugby with a good platform from the pack and captain Michael Young continually urging his side on at all times. The backs were guided by Chris Milton and Danny Clark, always looking a threat with the ball in hand.

Rumney RFC DoR Mark Gains said – In the first half it was an excellent performance, putting all the efforts of the training ground into practice. We created lots of chances and finished our tries well. The second half, Saints put more into the game, competing at the breakdown and dragging us into forward orientated game. We must focus on keeping to our game plan, move the ball into wide positions where our strength lies.

Man of the Match was Rumney lock Matthew Way who worked tirelessly and at times it appeared there might be two of him on the park.

YOUTH FIXTURE

CAERPHILLY v RUMNEY

Virginia Park, Caerphilly

Saturday 21st February 2015, k.o. 2.30 pm

Caerphilly 20 Rumney 7

 

SWALEC League Division 1 East

RISCA v RUMNEY

Stores Field, Risca
Saturday 1st November 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Risca 21  Rumney 26

SWALEC League Division 1 East

RUMNEY v GARNDIFFAITH

Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 18th October 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Rumney 37  Garndiffaith 10

SWALEC League Division 1 East

SENGHENYDD v RUMNEY

The Welfare Ground, Senghenydd
Saturday 11th October 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Senghenydd 49  Rumney 5

SWALEC League Division 1 East

RUMNEY v PENALLTA

Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 3rd October 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Rumney 13  Penallta 35

SWALEC League Division 1 East

RUMNEY v LLANISHEN

Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 19th September 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Rumney 50  Llanishen 25

SWALEC League Division 1 East

CARDIFF HSOB v RUMNEY

Diamond Ground, Whitchurch
Saturday 13th September 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Cardiff HSOB 31  Rumney 30

SWALEC League Division 1 East

RUMNEY v BLAENAVON

Riverside Park, Rumney
Saturday 6th September 2014, k.o. 2.30 pm

Rumney 32  Blaenavon 26