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Match Report
14 March 2019 / Team News

One up to the Wanderers

Match Report


Rhiwbina RFC 9 Glamorgan Wanderers 35


Friday Night Lights – Clear Eyes, Full Hearts…


This encounter with the league leaders was the Squirrels’ biggest challenge this season.  It was clear from the start that the boys were up for it and the surface at Llanishen 3G provided a rare opportunity to spread the ball wide, and there was a large crowd to witness it.  The vocal encouragement from the touchline suggested this was a ‘must win’ game for the Wanderers and they had selected a very strong side to achieve that objective.


The Squirrels started well and turned the ball over a few times only for it to be knocked on or lost in the tackle.  Much of the possession in the first quarter was in Rhiwbina’s favour and was partly due to the ill-discipline of the Wanderers in the tackle and breakdown.  Lewis Pearce converted two of those penalties early in the half to take the Squirrels into a 6-0 lead.  There were some telling line breaks by Loren Quick, and Ben Shariff which were thwarted by a no-arms and high tackle respectively.  Olly Golden had the best chance of a Rhiwbina try with a powerful break from a lineout won by Dave Ponting.  From a scrum shortly afterwards, the ball was lost in a drive to the line and was hacked up field by the Wanderers’ scrum half.


The Wanderers finished the half strongly, spreading the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and despite some resolute defence from the Squirrels, they crossed over twice before the half time whistle with tries from Phil Payrio and Morgan Evans.  It was 9-14 at the break and all to play for in the second half.


The Wanderers showed in the second half why they were on a winning streak and are talked about as Champions in Waiting.  Despite Rhiwbina’s best efforts, they couldn’t penetrate the Wanderers’ defence and when the opposition strung some phases together, they were able to make them count.  A further three tries put the game to bed and the Wanderers headed home with a bonus point 9-35 win.


With (another) a break in the schedule, the next game for the first XV is against Ystalyfera in the Silver Ball quarter final on 20th March at Kenfig Hill RFC.  It’s a great opportunity for the boys to bounce back and show why we’re the side everyone wants to beat.  This time, it will be Wednesday Night Lights but hopefully a story of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”.











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