EX NSRU -11 HONOURS
WORLD CUP SEVENS WINNER
OXFORD UNIVERSITY CAPTAIN
2008 PETER CLARKE
(Peter became only the 2nd Welshman to captain Oxford
in the varsity match in its almost 150 year history)
ALEX JEFFERIES ( now with Ospreys)
James Benjamin (Pentrepoeth)
Angus O'Brien(Cerleon Endowed)
Both played for their school but not for District
Wales u20 Grand Slam 2016
Thursday June 20th@ 8am
At Pill RFC Saturday June 29th
Boys should meet at the club by 7.30 for an 8pm start.
They should wear trousers and their NSRU polo shirts please....no jeans.
Can they bring a piece of paper with their choice for Player of the a Year on.
If their school won one of the following major trophies from the following tournaments can they please bring them along too:
TPS Autumn, Christmas, Spring Norse, Nanopharm, FoNR 7s
The WSRU sevens squad should also bring their individual trophies too.
Please bring food for a post presentation buffet.
Any problems/ queries please let us know....see you there.
Monday June 17th @ 6pm
Congratulations to Lennon Greggains, Dafydd Buckland and Rio Dyer .....ex NSRUu11 players in Argentina with Wales u20s who today joined an elite club.
They joined those, very few, welshmen to play in a winning team against a New Zealand side.
Well done boys you made us very proud today.
Friends of Newport Rugby 7s
Our last tournament of the season will be held next Wednesday 12th at Rougemont School...12 noon start.
Twelve schools have entered and if the weather is kind we can look forward to a great afternoon’s rugby.
Hope to see many of you next week.
Friday May 31st @ 7 pm
Hi Everyone feels strange not seeing the usual faces on Thursdays and Saturdays...hope you are enjoying the free time....and lack of travel!
Just a reminder that the Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday June 29th at Pill RFC, probably a 7.30 for 8 event.
Check nearer the date for more concrete timings.
Can those year 5s who were with this season’s squad please keep an eye on this site for news of when we will want to see them trial for next season.
Can the three boys who were at the sevens but not able to come to Wrexham please arrange for the return of their jerseys please.
Tuesday 21st May @ 10:30am
BRAVE EFFORT ENDS IN DEFEAT
Siroedd y Gogledd 25 Newport 15
Wrexham RFC was the venue for our DC Thomas Plate semi final. Having made the journey north on the Friday afternoon, the boys were well rested and keen to make what would have been a 2nd final in 3 years.
From the first whistle it was clear the boys were up for the game as they forced the home side into a number of early mistakes. With Issac taking scrum ball against the head and some strong carries by Theo and Finn, it appeared only a matter of time before we opened the scoring.
Unfortunately it was the hosts who scored the games first try, against the run of play, as they pounced on a handling error to cross in the corner. Despite the setback, we quickly regained composure and hit back straightaway.
From a scrum near the halfway line, good handling from Jac and Miles put Eddie away and he dived over to level the scores.
The remainder of the half belonged to us as we dominated both possession and territory. But, as has been our 'achilles' this season, poor decision making and dropped passes at key moments stopped us adding further tries. We went into the break at 5-5.
The boys were very positive at half time and felt if we could get the first score in the second half it was give us a great chance of going on to secure the win.
Despite starting the half with a great Harri N run, we were very much up against it as the home side enjoyed lengthy spells of possession, using their big, powerful runners to good effect. We were unable to compete at the breakdown and when we did, we seemed to fall foul of the referee's whistle
It wasn't long before they scored as, despite some heroic tackling, we ran out of defenders and they went into the lead for the second time.
This was quickly added to as a chip and chase from the outside half saw the ball bounce kindly back into his arms and he raced away for a fine individual score. This meant we needed 2 scores to get back on terms.
Even though we tried hard to get back on terms, the home defence swarmed around our attack, knocking us back, time after time, as we tried to run from deep.
With only 14 players in the squad, it was inevitable that boys would tire and this proved the case as Siroedd crossed for 2 further tries.
To their credit, the boys did not let their heads drop and fought bravely until the end. We were rewarded for our efforts with 2 late scores from Oliver BW and Aiden to give a final score of 25-15.
Understandably at the end the boys were upset at the outcome, but were all very gracious in the way they congratulated the Sirioedd players.
The coaches were proud of the efforts all boys put in at the end of a very tough season.
Siroedd will play Rhymney Valley in the final at Llanidleos RFC on Thursday.
A big thank you must go to all the parents who made every effort / took time off work to take the boys to North Wales - it was greatly appreciated by us all.
Thank you also to Bob for arranging all the accommodation - not an easy task given the short time frame he had to work in and with many headaches thrown in along the way!
It wasn't the way we wanted to end the season but the whole squad can be proud of the way they've conducted themselves this year. We look forward to seeing you all again at presentation evening in a few weeks.
Wednesday May 15th @ 4.30 pm
We are hoping to hold a training run tomorrow for the Wrexham squad at Glebelands 5 pm
Please bring payment contribution for accommodation along if possible.
Check again tomorrow in case of any further updates.
Just to confirm that all accommodation has been booked for the squad.
Boys will be sharing a room with their parent, either a double room or a double room and z bed these will be allocated as and when parents arrive.
The cost of the rooms are £70 and we will be paying half the cost..... but have paid in full already.
Can everyone please bring an envelope, with your name on it, with £35 to cover half the cost.
We have not booked an evening meal at The Holt Lodge Hotel so if you require one please contact them.
We will need to have a group/ team meeting at 8.30pm in the lounge.
At present the game is planned to be a 10.30 ok at Wrexham RFC.
Any problems please let us know.
Due to staff issues we may not train tomorrow, if we do it will be 5pm session, if anyone is unable to make it let us know ASAP.
This will be confirmed later today/ early tomorrow.
”Pool of Death” proves too much for Cup defence.
After several excellent training sessions we headed for Dunvant with high hopes despite facing what was probably one of the toughest groups ever drawn in the event.
First up were this season’s DC Thomas Cup winners Cynon Valley who we felt were likely to be our toughest opponents.
We made a great start and Ollie opened our account with a typically blistering run which took him clear of the defence.
We had opportunities to increase our lead but tiny errors eventually led to Cynon levelling the match.
Another Ollie special restored our lead before a wickedly bouncing kick into our half ended with the scores level and after defending our line as if their lives depended on it we were happy to settle for the draw.
All five players who had not featured in the opening game took the field in our next game against a combined Dinefwr/ Mynedd Mawr team which we felt were likely to be the weakest in the group.
Once again chances were created but we only had a fine try from Jac to show for our efforts as we went down to a 5-10 loss.
It didn’t get any easier as Bridgend, who have won the Cup more times than any other district, were up next.
They proved too strong winning by 15-5, Eddie scoring for us.
Llanelli were our final group opponents and the boys made a great start, playing some fine rugby to lead by 10 points thanks to tries from Ollie and Finn.
Llanelli reduced the defecit but we appeared to have our first win of the day as the hooter sounded and the ball was kicked into touch.
Unfortunately the referee had failed to inform the boys that he was playing additional injury time and during this period Llanelli unbelievably managed to score twice to win by 15-10.
What was particularly disappointing was that apart from the Bridgend game we could, perhaps should have won the rest.
Finishing 5th meant that we entered the Vase semifinals for the very first time where we faced South Powys.
This proved to be another tough game where we had to come from behind before eventually winning by 15-5 thanks to tries from Aiden, Myles and Eddie.
So it was onto the final where a big Islwyn team awaited us.
An early Islwyn try looked likely to be added to only for a timely Ollie interception to level the scores.
Islwyn took the lead again and with the game in its last seconds Finn caught their restart on the full and beat player after player to tie the scores and ensure that we shared the Vase.
The strength of our group was underlined by the fact that Bridgend shared the Cup with Pontypridd whilst Cynon Valley won the Plate.
The effort of the boys could not be faulted throughout the day nor could the support of our small but vociferous group of supporters.
We hope for better luck next Saturday in our Plate semifinal against Siroedd y Gogledd at Wrexham RFC.
At present we are unsure if there will be training this week please check for updates later.
Friday 10th May @ 7pm
Just to let you know we are hoping to arrange for everyone...boys and parents to stay at The Holt Lodge.
We are hoping that boys will now be sharing a room with their parent.
The cost of the room with breakfast is £70.....we will cover the cost for the boys.
This has proven to be something of a logistical nightmare to organise but we will get there....hopefully!
7'S SQUAD UPDATE
Unfortunately, Madoc has had to withdraw from the squad due to a thumb injury. His place is taken by Will T.
Thursday May 9th @ 9.30 pm
A big thank you to every single one of the boys who have given their best over the season and the last few weeks in particular we cannot fault their effort.
As so often this season selection has been extremely difficult and many boys who have missed out would have made previous squads.
Squad for Saturday
Oliver BW, Ben D, Luca, Myles, Finn G, Danny, Jac, Madoc, Ollie T, Theo, Aiden,, Eddie.
Boys should meet at Dunvant RFC by 9.30 at the latest.
Please come prepared for a long day’s rugby and all possible weather conditions.
A packed lunch will be provided but will not be sufficient for the day so please bring your own too.
There will be a £5 charge for each car.
Any problem please let us know ASAP.
We have decided that the squad should travel to Wrexham on Friday and stay overnight as to travel there and back in a day would be unreasonable for the boys.
Twin rooms with breakfast have been booked at The Holt Hotel for the boys.
We don’t know what other rooms are available, if you want us to reserve a room/s for you please let us know ASAP or contact them direct on 01978661002.
The squad selected is as follows:
Ollie S, Oliver BW, Bleddyn, Theo, Finn G, Aiden, Tom L, Ben D, Luca, Issac
Danny, Will T, Jac, Myles, Ollie T, Madoc, Eddie
This has been something of a logistical nightmare to organise re transport and accommodation.
As many parents were intending to travel up to watch the game we would be looking for boys to travel up by car with them on Friday.
If any boy has a problem with transport please let us know and we will sort something out.
Friday is not an ideal day to be travelling and it may be advisable that boys leave school early to allow extra time to travel, if you need us to speak to the school let us know.
Any other problems/ questions please let us know ASAP
Please check site for any further updates.
Wednesday 8th May @11pm
Plate Semi Final
We have now been informed that the venue is likely to be either Wrexham or Mold!
This would involve a very long coach trip whichever venue is finalised.
Therefore we are looking at possibly travelling up on Friday evening and staying overnight.
This may not be possible but this is just an early heads up to warn you of the possibility.
Tuesday 7th May @ 9pm
An excellent session tonight.
With so many boys putting their hand up for selection, which is proving extremely difficult, we will see everyone again on Thursday.
Wales u20 Squad for 2019 World Cup.
Congratulations to ex NSRU u11 players:
Dafydd Buckley, Anuerin Owen, Rio Dyer and Lennon Greggains on being selected for the squad to travel to Argentina....we wish them good luck.
7's training again tonight at the Glebelands - 4:45pm start.
All boys from Rogerstone are welcome to attend after their residential trip last week.
Friday 3rd May @ 8:30am
Siroedd y Gogledd beat Carmarthen last night so we will be travelling to North Wales to face them in the semi final.
No date or venue has been confirmed for the game as yet,
Wednesday April 24th @ 7pm
Hope you are all enjoying the break despite the recent change in the weather.
For the next two weeks will be concentrated on preparing a squad for the WSRU 7 s on Saturday May 11th.
To that end we will be looking to train on Tuesday and Thursday at Glebelands, 4.45pm, each week.
All those boys who were unable to make the first session....on Thursday April 11th, are welcome to come next Tuesday.
They will be joined by the following boys who did attend:
Tomas L, Finn, Bleddyn, Theo, Ben, Luca, Oliver, Danny, Jac, Harry N, Myles, Will, Ollie T, Eddie, Aiden, Gwillym, Logan and Madoc.
The training squad will be reduced to approximately 18 after Tuesday with the final squad of 12 being selected after the last Thursday session.
After the 7s we will switch our attention to our Plate semifinal which we hope will include a final B game but this will be confirmed later.
Let us know if you cannot make next Tuesday and in any case please check site nearer the date/ on the day for any updates.
If you have not made the 7s sessions please keep a regular check on the site for updates about the Plate game/s.
Monday April 8th @ 9pm
D C Thomas Plate semifinal
We have been drawn away to the winners of Siroedd y Gogledd v Carmarthen.
This will now be played on a date after Easter.
Will be at the Glebelands 4.45 and will be a trial session for the reduced 7 a side training squad which will be selected following the session.
Sunday April 7th @ 8pm
Pontypridd A 40 Newport A 10
The frustration we have all felt throughout the season continued on Saturday after another Jekyl and Hyde performance at Cilfynedd.
Pontypridd have traditionally been one of the strongest districts and have enjoyed a hugely successful season which many think should have seen them grace another Cup Final.
Unfortunately they suffered under the away team rule when they unluckily drew their semi final game against Cynon Valley.
We expected something of a backlash from them on Saturday on a perfect day made for running rugby.
We weren’t helped by only having two reserve players for both A and B teams due to illness ,injury .and unavailability.
As expected the bigger home team were soon on the scoreboard after some sparkling play ended with their winger crossing in the corner.
We were fearing the worst against a very well drilled team but a well timed interception by Ollie T near our line saw him leave the defence in his wake to level the scores.
Ponty were obviously stung by this and threw everything into taking back control but with our defence putting them under pressure they could only add one more try before half time.
Trailing by only 5 points and with the wind and slope in our favour we were quietly hopeful of pushing them all the way.
Unfortunately the usual gremlins began to appear as passes were dropped or not made,tackles missed and ruck ball not being secured.
The bigger home players began to make inroads into our defence and with only two of our smaller players available as substitutes the second half was one way traffic as Ponty produced the kind of rugby they have shown all season.
Once again it was Ollie who repeated his first half trick with an interception of the final Ponty pass near our line to again race the length of the field.
So another game which promised so much ends in disappointment and we can only hope that the first half performance can be repeated....but for the whole game....in the Plate semifinal.
Pontypridd B 40 Newport B 5
Friday 5th April @ 7:30pm
Postcode for tomorrow - CF37 4SF
Friday 5th April @ 10am
Well done to all those who attended last night good attitude and session in poor conditions, lovely to see Logan back after his injury!
With so many missing can anyone unable to play tomorrow please let us know asap.
Thursday 4th April @ 1:30pm
Training as usual tonight at Rogerstone.
2 Games Saturday vs Pontypridd at Cilfynydd RFC. Both games will kick off at 10am. Meet at the ground by 9:30am. There will be food in the clubhouse afterwards so please make every effort to stay.
The A team will be competing for the 'Roger Stokes' Cup - an annual game played between the 2 districts.
The draw for the semi final will be conducted on Monday at the Welsh Schools Junior Group meeting. Already in the draw are ourselves, Rhymney Valley and Bridgend. The other team will come from Siroedd-y-Gogledd, Llanelli or Carmarthen. As soon as we have any details they will be posted on here.
Best wishes to 'The Dell' as they represent Newport at the National 10 aside competition in Swansea tomorrow. Hope the day goes well for you all.
Sunday March 31st @ 11am
D C Thomas Plate 1/4 Final
Newport 35 Pembroke 20
What a difference a week makes.
After last week’s poor display it was obvious during the warm up that the team were determined to put in a better performance this time.
Pembroke had accounted for Merthyr, who had given us a tough match in the Cup earlier in the season and made their long trip with causing another upset firmly in their mind.
We made a sparkling start, pressurising the visitors from the kick off and scoring an excellent opening try from Madoc.
We dominated possession and territory but again wasted many clear cut scoring opportunities through the usual mixture of unforced errors and/ or poor decision making and only extended our lead when Finn crossed just before half time.
Missed opportunities can prove costly in matches and so it proved when Pembroke made it 10-5 at the break when they scored after a rare incursion into our half.
Restarts have been another Achilles heel for us this season and after yet another mix up between two players the ball bounced kindly for a Pembroke player who showed power and pace to level the scores.
As the visitors only needed a draw to progress things were now a little “interesting” but to the boys credit they then regained and extended the lead with some fine play which brought tries from Myles, Theo, Jac and Eddie.
Pembroke had played their part in an entertaining game and had some dangerous runners who reduced the defecit to 10 points with two good tries of their own.
Eddie had scored an incredible first try beating the defence in the tightest of spaces and showed it wasn’t a fluke by repeating it a second time to seal a place in the semifinals.
A much better attitude and performance this time boys, well done, but if we are to reach the Final we must eliminate the errors we continue to make.
We have 2 games at Pontypridd on Saturday and will probably use the A game to give other boys a chance to press their case for a semifinal place.
Due to clashes with Club events this has been rescheduled for Saturday 29th June, please let us know if there is still a problem.
Friday March 28th @ 5 pm
Sorry for delay with posting...problems with site.
Very difficult selection for tomorrow.
The squad is:
Tom, Isaac, Bleddyn, Rhys W ( Pentrepoeth), Ollie S, Taye,
Danny, Jac, Will, Theo, Finn, Myles, Eddie, Ollie T, Madoc, Luca, Aiden
Please meet at Pill by 10.15 am
A hot meal is being provided after the match all boys will be expected to attend if possible.
Please let Owen know if anyone is unavailable so that a reserve can be called up.
Update on Logan’s injury.
We are pleased that Logan “ only” sprained his elbow ligaments last night. We are glad it is not more serious and wish him a speedy recovery.
Sunday March 24th @ 9 pm
Newport v Rhymney Valley
What a morning of mixed emotions yesterday was.
A beautiful morning saw us looking forward to finally playing again after so many weeks of good training sessions but no matches.
We had emphasised to the boys that they could expect another tough physical encounter against a Rhymney team enjoying a very successful season.
Not for the first time we made the worst possible start by conceding two early tries only for Finn G to reduce the deficit by finishing off a superb counter attack.
Unfortunately that was as good as it got as the errors and mistakes we thought had long since been eradicated emerged again.
Rhymney took full advantage to seemingly score at will as they dominated every part of the game to record a comprehensive victory.
With no positives to take from the game this was the worst possible way to prepare for next week’s Plate game with few boys doing themselves justice.
Next up were the B team who had been soundly beaten in their previous encounters with the visitors.
Once again an early try was conceded and another heavy defeat looked likely.
However the boys never once gave up despite trailing by three tries at one stage.
They harried their bigger opponents at every opportunity and forced them into mistakes time and time again.
They also produced some outstanding rugby to score some sparkling tries through Aiden (3) Rhys W (2), Myles, Eddie and Reagan to earn a 40 point draw.
Both sides played a full part in a thoroughly entertaining game of end to end rugby and the Newport B team certainly lifted the gloom after the A setback and put smiles on lots of faces as did Luca’s mishap with the sole of his boot!
Several boys undoubtedly made a very strong case for an A place in next week’s Plate March.
Friday 22nd March @ 9:30am
2 games tomorrow against Rhymney Valley.
Meet at Pill Harriers by 9:30am, the first game will kick off at 10am.
Please can we provide food for after the games.
If anyone is unavailable, let Owen know.
Tuesday 19th March @ 10:30am
FIXTURE THIS SATURDAY
Saturday we welcome Rhymney Valley to Pill Harriers for 2 matches. Details will be given at training on Thursday.
Our plate match against Pembroke has been confirmed for Saturday 30th March.
Thursday 7th March @ 11:30am
Monday March 11th @ 7 pm
Newport Honour Caps
Several parents have asked how much they still have to pay for their Newport Cap.
We believe these are the individual amounts.
Ellis....£10, Dylan....£25, Reagan....£24,.
Tom L, Luca, Madoc, Logan, Ollie T, Jimmy, Luke and Eddie all have £30 to pay.
If you do not wish to order one can you please let us know ASAP, otherwise can you please arrange payment so that we can finalise the order.... to ensure they arrive in time for our Presentation.
Our account details are Lloyds Bank....30-91-59.....01013286
If you think we have made a mistake (entirely possible!) please also let us know.
See you at training on Thursday.....weather permitting!
Friday March 8th @ 8pm
Interesting article in today’s Western Mail.
It tells the story of two boys who played for Llanelli u11s in the D C Thomas Cup Final many years ago.
Those two boys just happen to be Josh Adams and Steff Evans now senior Welsh internationals.
Perhaps there may be a similar story in the future about some of our boys!
Dreams can come true.....with a lot of hard work, talent and luck.
Thursday 7th March @ 11:30am
Unfortunately the games tomorrow have been postponed. The game will be played on Friday 22nd March.
See you at training.
Wednesday 6th March at 11 am
Pembroke have confirmed they can play this Friday.
Two games at Caerleon RFC 5 pm ko ( weather/ ground conditions allowing)
Boys will need to meet no later than 4.30 and those coming from Chepstow/ Caldicot may need to leave school early.
If anyone needs us to telephone their school to arrange this please let us know.
Anyone unavailable please let us know ASAP.
See you tomorrow....check site in case of inclement weather.
Tuesday 5th March at 5:30pm
We are hoping to play our Plate match against Pembroke at Caerleon on Friday - waiting on confirmation from them.
As soon as we get any news it will be posted on here.
Training as usual Thursday at Rogerstone.
We are looking to order these in time for our presentation.
These should cost £45 plus but as in previous years we will be subsidising this.
The cost will be £30 and all those boys who sold £30 of raffle numbers will have paid for their cap.
All those who raised less than £30 should pay the difference between what they sold and the required amount.
We will need to have the outstanding payment by this Thursday .....payments can be made by cheque , made out to NSRU-11, or cash, but should in an envelope with a name on it.
You can also make a bank transfer into our account, if you want to do this please ask for our bank details.
If you have any problems or do not wish to order one please let us know on Thursday
Friday February 22nd @ 6 pm
The boy who sold the winning number also sold the greatest number of numbers.
Consequently Aiden Bridel was also the recipient of the special prize and was able to purchase two tickets for tomorrow’s game.
We hope he has a fantastic day.
Taye was very close to Aiden so we have decided to give him a special prize too.
We will let him know what is in due course.
Thursday February 21st @8.30 pm
Good session again tonight lots for boys to take in.
No game Saturday,or training next week, enjoy the half term.
Winning number was:
Sheet 2 ( sold by Aiden Bridel) line 8
Bought by Vicky Bennett
A big thank you to those boys who took part.
All those who sold one sheet (£30) have now paid for their Newport Caps....though these cost nearer £40!
Wednesday February 20th @ 5.30 pm
Training tomorrow as usual.
Please remember to bring them as the draw will be made tomorrow night.
D C T Plate
We will be playing Pembroke at home in the next round.
This likely to be either March 8/9 th or March 15/16th
Sunday February 17 th @ 10 am
Newport A 20 Newport B 25
So near yet so far!
This was another game which could have been a Win rather than a Loss !
We have always said to the boys it is not where we start but where we end in a season that is the true measure of our success.
After losing heavily in our first game against Cardiff and doing much better but still falling some way short in our second encounter this was the first time we can really feel disappointed with the result.
Things looked bleak from the start when, yet again, the visitors scored three early tries due to poor inner defence which left our winger facing two or even three Cardiff players.
The boys were looking shell shocked but to their credit they didn’t let their heads drop but produced some excellent approach play which Ollie T finished off in his usual lethal style and this was soon followed by another one after a thunderous run from Theo M which saw us go into the break trailing 15-10.
Once again some sloppy defence this time from a penalty 5 metres from our line saw Cardiff increase their lead only for another mesmerising finish by Ollie T to again reduce the deficit.
Cardiff then scored their best try of the match to seemingly seal the win only for us to hit straight back with some lovely combined play which saw Theo M finish score his second in fine style.
Pushing for the equaliser to earn the draw which was probably the least we deserved we unfortunately came up just short....again!
The boys should be very proud of their efforts in what was a thoroughly entertaining game played in great spirit by both sides.
We undoubtedly played some of our best rugby of the season in this match.
However they must realise that we must improve our play at the breakdown where we were once again second best as well as our defence where we “ gifted” Cardiff 3 or 4 tries.
If we can do this we will begin to win games we are presently losing.
We are certainly good enough to win the WSRU Plate ...but only if these areas are addressed and rectified.
Newport B 20 Cardiff B 30
This was a great advert for schoolboy rugby and another indicator of the improvement made by the boys over the course of the season.
It was ourselves who started the quickest and tore into our opponents from the first whistle, forcing them into a number of mistakes in their own half. It wasn't long before we scored the first try of the game, with Charlie P crossing for a deserved score.
This was quickly added to, when great line speed forced Cardiff to throw some wild passes, one of which was picked off by Luca B who raced away to give us a 2 try advantage.
Cardiff ,however, soon regrouped and used their powerful forward runners to get good field position. With tacklers being sucked in, they released the ball wide for their winger to cross and reduce the deficit.
This didn't last long as a great kick off by Ellis R was regathered and the ball was worked to winger Dylan L who showed good speed and strength to score our third try.
The game continued to be played at a fast pace and some sloppy tackles allowed Cardiff to score 2 quick tries and level the game.
Again, we hit straight back when good work by Callum N released winger Rhys W to edge us ahead as the first half drew to a close.
This wasn't the final score of the half though, as Cardiff once again hit back to level the scores at 20 all.
The second half was always going to struggle to keep the pace and intensity of the first, and it became a tactical battle with both teams trying to play in the opponents half.
Despite some half chances, we were unable to get much continuity in our play, particularly at the breakdown where we lost the ball in key areas at crucial times.
Cardiff finished the game the stronger with 2 tries to earn a very hard fought 30-20 win.
Despite the loss it was undoubtedly a vastly improved performance and, given the result of when we last met at Rumney in November, shows we can be very competitive.
A big thank you to Dave Nottley for refereeing the game - much appreciated.
Many boys were given raffle sheets yesterday, in some cases their second one.
This is the only fund raising effort we ask boys to take part in and will also go towards their NSRU caps.
The first prize is either £100 or the winner can swap this for a very special prize they and one other can use next Saturday !!!
Please do your best to support this.....sheets must be given in next Thursday ....the draw will be made that night.
Friday 15th February @ 6pm
Thank you for the many messages regarding the website today - thankfully all working again now.
Details below about the matches tomorrow.
GUARD OF HONOUR.
We have been invited to do this by Friends of Newport Rugby who are one of our sponsors and great supporters of schoolboy rugby.
It would be great to show them our support so please make every effort to try and attend.
Thursday 14th February @ 9pm
2 matches Saturday vs Cardiff at Caerleon RFC.
All players to meet at the ground by 9:30am. Both games to kick off at 10am.
Please can we provide food for after the game.
Anyone unavailable please let Owen know.
If you haven’t given yours in yet please do so on Saturday.
GUARD OF HONOUR
As mentioned last week, we have been invited to act as 'Guard of Honour' for Newport RFC against RGC on Sunday.
All squad members are welcome to attend. We need to meet at Rodney Parade by 1:50pm.
The boys tickets are complimentary but adults will need to buy tickers on the day.
The match will kick off at 2:30pm and should be finished just after 4.
Please can you confirm your attendance with Owen at training tomorrow.
Wednesday February 13th @ 6 pm
Training as usual tomorrow.
Please remember to bring your RAFFLE SHEETS
DC Thomas Plate
It cannot only have been the coaches who were surprised to learn that the games at Ebbw Vale were on!
However we were pleased to find the pitch in almost perfect conditions.
With no sign of the appointed referee for the A game it was the B’s who had to take the field at short notice.
Facing a stiff breeze we made the worst possible start when a brave/ foolhardy attempt to run fro our own line inevitably resulted in a home try.
Despite this set back the B played some fine rugby which eventually saw Luca B level the scores and then Rhys W finish off some good combined play to take the lead.
Camped on the home line we were looking for a third when a loose pass led to an interception and another home score.
The referee had been incorrectly informed that it was 25 minute halves and it was during this extended period that another attempt to run from our line led to the third Blaenau try.
With the wind in our favour Ellis R produced a lovely show and go which totally fooled the home defence to level the game.
With the team finding it hard to adapt to the referee’s interpretation of the breakdown they soon trailed again but battled back to equalise through Oliver BW’s first ever Newport try.
With the game seemingly deep into injury time the home team snatched the winning try to deny the B team the draw their efforts deserved.
Certainly if we can be a little smarter with our game management we will win more if these games than we will lose.
So much, much later than expected the A’s took the field against a big Blaenau Gwent side.
Playing into the wind the first half was something of an arm wrestle with both sides making errors and defences on top.
Once again we created chances, only to see them missed through inaccuracy or poor decision making.
Nil nil at halftime but with the wind in our favour things looked promising but again chance after chance went begging and it was not until deep in the second half that some rare combined play saw Finn G cross for the opening score.
Unbelievably, straight from the restart one of the Blaenau props took advantage of some weak tackles to present perfect ball which was swept along their backline for the winger to cross for a superb equaliser.
We immediately forced our way back into the home half and Isaac seemed to have secured the vital second score only to be ruled out for being touch in goal.
With time running out and the powerful home runners looking dangerous every time they got the ball the boys threw themselves into every tackle to earn the draw which this time saw us go through as the away team.
We now face a home tie against the winners of Pembroke or Merthyr but will need to play better than this if we are to progress.
There is a famous WW2 film called The Longest Day.....this was probably our Longest Morning so a big thank you to all this B players and parents who stayed to support tha A and also attend the refreshments.
Two games Saturday v Cardiff...who lost v Carmarthen in the Plate yesterday.
Can boys please bring their sheets to training Thursday...in an envelope with their name on.
If anyone needs another sheet please contact Owen and he will e mail one.
Saturday 9th Februaru @ 9am
Just had confirmation that the game is on. See you all up there.
Friday 8th February @ 8:15pm
Blaenau Gwent have informed us that a decision will be made about the games tomorrow at 9am.
As soon as we have any information it will be posted on here. Please check the site before leaving.
Thursday 7th February @ 8pm
Goof effort tonight boys in testing conditions.
2 matches Saturday vs Blaenau Gwent in Ebbw Vale. The postcode we have for the venue is NP23 5AB - but we're hoping for more specific directions tomorrow.
All boys to meet at the ground for 9:30am. The plate match will kick off at 10am with the other game straight after.
There will be food after the game so please make every effort to stay.
We only know of 1 boy currently unavailable - so if anyone cannot play please let Owen know,
Wednesday 6th February @ 8pm
Training as usual tomorrow in Rogerstone.
2 games Saturday vs Blaenau Gwent - more details will be posted tomorrow.
NEWPORT GUARD OF HONOUR
The squad have been invited by Friends of Newport Rugby to act as guard of honour for Newport REC against RGC on Sunday 17th February at Rodney Parade. Further details will be given closer to the date.
Friday 1st February
GAMES CANCELLED TOMORROW
Hopefully will be played next week instead.
Congratulations go to 2 former NSRU players in Aneurin Owen and Tom Hoppe who both start for the Wales U20's on Sunday against France. Good luck boys.
Thursday 31st January@ 10 am
Training is cancelled tonight.
Wednesday 30th January @ 7:30pm
Totalteamwear have informed us that all kit will be available for collection on Friday. This will then be given out on Saturday if the games are on.
A decision will be made by lunchtime tomorrow as to whether training will go ahead.
Monday 28th January @ 8am
Newport A 15 Llwchwr A 30
Saturday saw us travel west to play Llwchwr Schools at Penclawdd RFC. Following their impressive win at Pontypool the previous weekend, it was certainly going to be a tough test for the boys.
Despite the picturesque setting, it was a blustery and wet morning which meant mistakes needed to be kept to a minimum.
Playing against the wind first half, it was the hosts who started the better and were quickly making inroads into our half. Some superb defence from Jac C and Oliver S denied certain tries as we struggled to get out of our own half.
The first try came from a charge down on our line and this was added to by a well taken try to extend the lead.
However, we slowly began to keep hold of possession and strong carries by Taye S and Tom L gave us some good momentum and field position. Soon after Theo burst his way through the home defence to reduce the deficit to one try at half time.
During the break the boys seemed confident that the game was there for the taking, particularly with the wind at our backs,
The second half started with us playing all the rugby in their half. Again it was good work by the forwards, who carried tirelessly throughout, to get close to the Llwchwr line. After a number of penalties it was Oliver BF who crashed over to level the scores.
This clearly shocked Llwchwr and they began making unforced errors as they tried to get a foothold in the game.
It wasn;t long before we took a deserved lead, when good handling from a scrum by Jac C and Finn G put Eddie H in a bit of space and the winger showed superb pace to cross in the corner.
With less than 10 minutes to play hopes were high of securing a win.
To their credit, Llwchwr quickly regrouped and were soon on the scoresheet to level the game. Unfortunately for us, this was then added to with a further three tries to give a flattering final score of 30-15 to the hosts.
Huge credit must go to the boys for the performance in testing conditions and the fact no substitutions were made. There were lots of excellent performances but Oliver S took the man of the match award. He is testament to the squad ethic and has been rewarded for the hard work he has put into training. There is always scope to make the A team and Oliver certainly took his chance on Saturday.
Newport B 20 Llwchwr B 45
The B team only had 11 players before the start of the game - so Issac offered to help out in the unfamiliar role of full back.
Again we played against the wind first half and found it difficult to get any territory.
The Llwchwr B team had lots of big boys and crossed for three quick scores. The floodgates could have opened at this point, but to the boys credit they stuck at it and began to play themselves into the game.
Following some good work by Ben D and Luca B the ball was spread wide to Rhys W who despite being tackled close to the line, popped the ball up to supporting Aidan B who crossed for a superb team try.
With Llwchwr having the luxury of being able to rotate boys, they quickly put us on the back foot and added another three tries before halftime.
With the wind at our backs we started the second half well, playing in the right areas of the field and competed well at the breakdown.
Despite the hosts scoring the first try we soon responded with a well taken solo try from Eddie H, who must be one of the very few Newport players to score for both the A and B team in the same morning.
We enjoyed a lot of possession after this and showed good handling skills in testing conditions as the weather deteriorated.
There was still time for Aidan and Eddie to both cross for their second tries and finish the game on a high.
Despite only having 23 boys available on the day, they each deserve a lot of praise for the effort and commitment shown. It was certainly an improved performance and we showed glimpses of our potential.
Training as usual Thursday at Rogerstone - 2 matches this week vs Blaenau Gwent in Ebbw Vale
Friday 25th January @ 2pm
Gethin C is looking for a lift to the game tomorrow.
If anyone is able to help out, please contact his Mum Kate on 07843290684
Thursday 24th January @ 8:30am
Training as usual tonight at Rogerstone.
DETAILS FOR SATURDAY
2 matches vs Llwchwr Schools at Penclawdd RFC (SA4 3LE)
The A game will kick off at 10am with the B game straight after.
There will be food in the club at the end so please make every effort to stay.
Please meet at the ground by 9:30am
Any problems let Owen know.
Monday 21st January at 6:30pm
WALES U20 SELECTION
Congratulations to our ex Newport Schools Boys on their selection for the Wales u20 Six Nations squad.
Dafydd Buckland (Marshfield)
Rio Dyer (High Cross)
Aneurin Owen (YGG Casnewydd)
Tom Hoppe (Glasllwch)
Rio has also been selected in the Wales's Sevens squad to play in Australia and New Zealand.later this month.
Good luck all - maybe some of our current squad will take the same path in a few years!
Swansea are unable to play Saturday due to cup commitments, so instead we have arranged to play Llwchwr Schools at Penclawdd RFC.
Further updates will be posted later in the week.
Thursday 17th January @ 1pm
Training as usual tonight.
Unfortunately Bridgend have requested to cancel the game on Saturday.
One of the coaches has had a medical emergency in the family and so it will be played later in the season instead.
From all at Newport Schoools, we wish them a speedy recovery.
Sunday 13th January @ 8pm
Newport 25 Neath 25
Newport bow out of the cup in dramatic draw.
After 2 postponements, we finally entertained Neath in the DC Thomas Cup at Caerleon RFC, our first home game at the venue in nearly 8 years.
Having not played for 6 weeks it was us who made a fast paced start, with hooker Issac B pouncing on a mistake from the kick off to open the scoring. This was quickly followed with a fine effort from centre Theo M who crossed to double our advantage.
A shell shocked Neath were struggling to keep hold of any possession as we forced them into a number of mistakes. We extended our lead even further as good handling put Miles C in at the corner and then outside half Will T scored a fine s
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