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
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 solo try with a lovely show and go.
At this stage it seemed a matter of how many we would score.
To their credit, Neath slowly began to get a foothold in the game and, when in possession, they had an outside half who looked a classy and intelligent player constantly turning the Newport backs with his cross field kicks.
It wasn't long before they got on the score sheet with a close range effort and added to this soon after when a bobbling ball eluded the cover defence.
Despite the 2 scores it was us who crossed next. Captain Finn G showing good speed to cross in the corner to give us a 25-10 half time lead.
Neath started the second half strongly as a mistake from the kick off gifted them good field position. From the resultant scrum they went over to reduce our lead to 2 tries.
They next 10 minutes was all Neath as they pounded away at our line. Some heroic tackling and poor passing stopped them from going over until perhaps the biggest turning point of the game. Good handling across the backs was well read by Jac C and his attempted interception slipped out of his grasp at the final second. However this was deemed to be a deliberate knock on and with a supporting player outside, awarded as a penalty try.
This gave Neath a huge lift, especially as they knew another try would see them through as the away side in the event of a draw.
With just one minute left on the clock it was indeed the visitors who scampered over in the corner to break Newport hearts. We still had one more play to try and get the winning try but another mistake from the kick off meant it was the visitors who progressed to the next round of the cup, while we go into the plate where we will play Blaenau Gwent.
A topsy-turvy game in which a draw was probably a fair result. A big thank you to Caerleon RFC for hosting and looking after us so well. Thank you also to parents for providing the food after the game.
A great advert for schoolboy rugby with the game played in great spirit and well supported by both sets of parents.
Training at Rogerstone Thursday.
Thursday 10th January @ 8:30pm
A good first session back tonight boys, lovely to see everyone again after the Christmas break.
It was a very difficult selection meeting post training to finalise a squad for Saturday with lots of boys impressing.
The squad is:
Taye S, Issac B, Bleddyn J, Oliver BF, Tom L, Ben D, Jasper J,
Jac C, Will T, Finn G, Theo M, Miles C, Eddie H, Madoc L, Danny B, Aidan B, Dylan L
Meet at Caerleon RFC by 9:20am.
Please can we provide food for after the game.
Any problems let Owen know.
Wednesday 9th January @ 8am
Unfortunately Neath will only be bringing one team on Saturday, so there won't be a B team game.
The cup squad will be picked after training on Thursday.
Any problems let Owen know.
Monday 7th January @ 8am
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.
Training will restart this Thursday at Rogerstone - 4:45pm.
2 games Saturday vs Neath including our DC Thomas Cup Match.
Friday December 14 th @ 12 noon
Thanks to all who came last night, everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Bleddyn was crowned Skittle Champion 2018 and everyone had plenty to eat.
Boys ”sang” Carols with gusto but we don’t think any boy bands need to worry about their career prospects !
The paid for raffle raised £86 which was donated to Aidan’s Cancer Support Fund, whilst the mass of remaining food was gratefully accepted by a local homeless charity.
Thanks to everyone for your generocity.
Everyone who attended should have a numbered sheet for our raffle for a very special prize.
Everyone who fills one whole sheet...30 entries, will go into a raffle for a second prize.
The one who sells the most will automatically get a second ” special” prize.
If you fill the first sheet keep a record of the names etc and enter them in subsequent sheets you can obtain from Owen.
Please do your best as this is the only fund raising we will do.
The draw will be made at the end of January.
The kit.....bags and outstanding teamwear, HAS arrived and is being embrodered/ printed.
It should be delivered to Owen next Wednesday and he will arrange a pick up point for collection, please chack site again next week.
Perhaps one person from each club could collect for all their boys.
Have a great Xmas and let’s all hope for a successful 2019
Keep fitness levels up as our first games are likely to be against Neath.
As we said last night, enjoy your Xmas Puds ....just don’t come back looking like one!
We will not be training on Thursday
There will be a Christmas Party at Pill RFC starting at 6pm
There will be games, carols, a raffle and prizes for everyone.
Can boys come dressed with the festive season in mind and bring food for the party.
Aidan Bridel has bravely taken the ” brave the shave ” challenge and has had a very severe haircut as a result.
He has done this in memory of his auntie Sue who passed away a year ago, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He has already raised a substantial amount of money so far but would appreciate any donations you might like to make.
He will bring his collection box along on Thursday, if you can, please make a donation, no matter how small.
We have been told that our suppliers are hoping to receive the outstanding kit and bags this week.
If so they should be available for collection next week.
Owen will be available at a venue tbc if they actually arrive in time!
See you Thursday.
Any problems let us know.
The Dell win NSRU Christmas Cup
After being postponed twice due to poor weather the Christmas Cup was finally held in good conditions on the 3G pitch at Rogerstone School.
Unfortunately, due to school commitments only 4 of the original 14 schools were able to take part but thankfully they were 4 of the strongest 5.
Consequently the standard was very high and the games closely contested.
At the end of an enjoyable afternoon where every school enjoyed some success The Dell emerged as deserved winners of their first ever NSRU trophy after missing many seasons of inter school rugby.
Marshfield were runners up whilst Pentrepoeth and Rogerstone finished in joint 3rd position.
We look forward to the next tournament, The Spring Shield with relish.
We hope that there will be a report in The Argus this week or next.
Friday 7th December @ 5.30pm
As expected tomorrow’s game are off, they will now be played after Christmas.
Update on sports order:
Our suppliers are still waiting for their suppliers to supply them evidently !!!
They have promised to finalise the order as soon as they get a delivery.
We will update site as soon as we hear anything!
See you next Thursday now.
Thursday 6th December@ 9pm
Really good session tonight in far from ideal conditions, well done all.
We are supposed to be playing two games v Neath on Saturday but with the weather we have had and may have tomorrow they may not go ahead.
if they do all boys should meet at Caerleon RFC by 9.30.
Refreshments will be needed for after the games.
Please check website again tomorrow.
Training as usual tonight at Rogerstone.
See you there.
Wednesday December 5th @ 1 pm
Training tomorrow should go ahead but please check website for updates tomorrow.
There will be two games v Neath this week if the games are on.
Saturday 1st December @ 8am
This mornings game has been called off. It will hopefully be played next Saturday instead.
See you all at training Thursday.
NO TRAINING TONIGHT - APOLOGIES IF THERE HAS BEEN ANY CONFUSION
Friday November 30th @10am
Squad for tomorrow
After the much improved performance last week the same A squad will play tomorrow.
TomL, Isaac, Bleddyn, Jasper, Taye, Ben, Rhys
Danny, Jac, Will, Finn, Myles, Ollie, Theo, Madoc, Eddie
Oliver BF should also attend as reserve.
Anyone who is not able to play please let Owen know asap.
Can we please provide refreshments for after the game.
Meet at Caerleon RFC no later than 9.30am
Please check site again tonight and in the morning for any updates.
Thursday November 29th @ 8pm
Sorry about late update about training hope everyone was able to avoid travelling.
We still do not have contact numbers for all boys, if you have not done so can you please send yours to Owen.
DC Thomas Cup v Neath
At present this is due to be played at Caerleon RFC , 10 am ko , but this must be in doubt with the weather we are experiencing.
There will only be 1 match , so no B fixture unfortunately.
The squad will be posted tomorrow so please check the site then.
Outstanding kit delivery.
We have telephoned and visited our suppliers this week and they tell us that deliveries from VX3 are overdue but should be in soon!!!
Sorry problems with site
Training is cancelled
Training will hopefully go ahead tomorrow at Rogerstone but please check again for any updates if weather is poor.
Saturday November 24 th @ 9 pm.
Cardiff A 45 Newport A 20
With Cardiff having already secured a comfortable win in Newport several weeks ago there was little expectation of an upset in the return.
Cardiff must have been looking forward to an easy win and some early missed tackles can only have reinforced this belief as they took full advantage to lead by 10 nil.
However they were soon shocked by the ferocity of our play in both attack and defence and some outstanding combined play saw Finn G show blistering pace to make it 10-5.
Ollie T has been scoring tries galore recently and turned defenders inside out to add two more to his account and amazingly give us a 15-10 lead.
Unfortunately missed tackles again resulted in another Cardiff try but the half time scoreline of 15 all is something they could not have foreseen or indeed expected.
A good start to the second half was vital but once again some slipshod defence saw Cardiff add another two tries.
The experiment of playing Theo M at centre saw him much more involved in the game with some thumping tackles and powerful runs one of which left several defenders on the floor as he crossed for a well deserved try.
Once again we were on the wrong end of many fifty fifty calls which Cardiff took full advantage of to record another seemingly comfortable victory but one which was anything but.
This was undoubtedly the boys best performance of the season and one they can all be proud of.
If we can continue to work hard in training and eradicate those errors which still hinder our game we can look forward to the rest of the season in general and next Saturday’s Cup match with Neath in particular with renewed confidence.
Well done all.
Cardiff B 40 Newport B 15
In the previous fixture the team were comprehensively beaten in all aspects of the game but the hard work put in at the subsequent training sessions was evident by the improved performance which was not really reflected in the scoreline.
Cardiff started strongly putting us under sustained pressure but were met by determined defence, however once again momentary lapses saw them score three quick tries as another rout looked likely.
Despite turning over ball on several occasions Cardiff bodies in dubious positions prevented us from putting this to good use.
Cardiff were full of running and soon increased their lead to 20 points but Luca in particular was causing the home team problems every time he had the ball and Oliver managed to reduce the defecit with a try just before half time.
With the offside line at rucks now being enforced we began to string several combined attacks together. Ellis was running hard creating scoring opportunities and Haydn was on hand to score our second try of the game.
Unfortunately we began to fall off tackles again which let Cardiff in for some soft scores and only good tackling by Logan prevented several more.
Ellis finished off a fine game with a well deserved try whilst we were unlucky not to add to our tally but can be pleased with many aspects of our performance whilst also accepting that there is still room for improvement especially in defence.
Luca received the honour of washing the kit for a fine all round performance.
Friday 22nd November @ 9am
Sorry for delay with post....problems with site.
Two games tomorrow at Rumney RFC , Cardiff k.o 10 am
All boys should meet at the ground by 9.30 am except for
Callum N, Gethin C, Haydn T and Rhys W ( Marshfield)
These boys will all be involved in the next games. Wewill be reducing the numbers for games in future to reduce the changes made to teams at half time and the numbers standing on the touch line in sometimes poor conditions.
If anyone is unable to attend please let us know so we can call up a replacement.
Wednesday 21st November @ 7:30pm
Islwyn 40 Newport 25
We travelled up to Islwyn on a cold, autumn night for a friendly match against our Gwent neighbours.
On a stunning 4G surface, the pitch and conditions were perfect for running rugby.
We made a strong start to the game with the forwards giving us a great platform to unleash the backs. It wasn't long before we opened the scoring when Theo crossed for his first try, which was quickly added to be Aidan who stepped inside the cover defence to go over.
We were now playing with confidence but too many handling errors and lack of support prevented us from adding further scores.
In fairness, Islwyn regrouped well and began to use their pwwerful forwards to gain territory. They were quickly level with 2 scores within minute of each other.
This gave them a lot of confidence and went into a 20-10 half time lead with a mix of slack tackling and letting the ball bounce from kick offs not helping our cause.
At half time changes were made to give the whole squad match time.
We started the second half by trying to run the ball from our own line but a handling error gifted Islwyn a 5m scrum which they duly scored from.
We soon responded with probably the try of game when Theo beat most of the Islwyn team to score a superb solo try.
Any thought she of a comeback were squashed however with 3 quick scores.
We did have the final say though with tries from captain Finn and Ollie.
Despite the loss there were positives to take from the squad performance - particularly the amount of chances we created, but we must be more clinical.
A big thank you to Islwyn for hosting us and the referee for giving up his time to officiate.
Thank you also to our parents for making the journey after school - much appreciated.
Training as usual tomorrow at Rogerstone.
2 matches Saturday against Cardiff at Rumney RFC.
Sunday 18th November @ 7pm
SQUAD MATCH WEDNESDAY
A game has been arranged for Wednesday against Islwyn. The match will be played at Islwyn High School (NP12 0NU) on the 4G facility between 5 and 6pm.
Please can we meet at the school by 4:30pm.
The squad is:
Bleddyn, Taye, Isaac, Rhys W (Pentrepoeth), Oliver W, Tom L, Haydn, Callum N
Charlie, Gwilym, Finn, Will, Miles, Madoc, Ollie T, Theo, Harri N, Aidan, Rhys W (Marshfield)
St Johns boys have not been considered for this game due to their school commitments.
Please confirm with Owen your availability, so someone else can be selected if needed.
Friday November 16th @ 10am
Excellent session last night just hope we can take improvements shown into next game which will be a week Saturday v Cardiff.
Great occasion tomorrow for NSRU when two of our ex -11 players, Leon and Tyler, will be playing for Wales v Tonga....the first time we have had more than one!
We wish them good luck.
Sunday November 11th @ 10am
Rhymney Valley v Newport
The late switch of fixtures was somewhat fortuitous as despite the horrendous weather leading up to the matches this had no effect on the 4G playing surface apart from making the bounce of the ball a little unpredictable at times.
Despite arranging for the B's to open precedings we found it was in fact the A's who had to play first.
Unfortunately their lack of preparation time meant that they were well off the pace in the first 10 minutes and consequently trailed by a clear 4 tries.
We began to claw our way back into the game but unfortunately the same old problems of struggles at the breakdown , handling and defensive alignment were plain to see.
As we appear to be physically smaller than just about every team we play we need to make up for this shortcoming with speed of thought and technique but just aren't at present.
Despite these problems we did manage to cause problems on the flanks with both wingers looking dangerous every time they got the ball.
Ollie Tugwell in particular put the little possession that came his way to good use to land another outstanding hat trick of tries which ensured we "only" lost the last 3/4 of the match by 4 tries to three.
There were some bright spots in terms of individual performances but until we eradicate the mistakes, both individually and more especially collectively, we continue to make, we will struggle against the bigger ,better teams we will face.
The B's played some delightful rugby in the opening 10 minutes of their match but failed to finish off several promising attacks and ultimately paid a heavy price.
Once again the same errors that littered the A game were evident here as we were " bullied" at the breakdown and struggled against more powerful opponents.
An outstanding individual effort by Eddie Hilman was all the B team had to show for their efforts as they again went down to a heavy defeat.
However several individuals stood out in difficult circumstances and may very well get an A chance in the near future.
Most boys received their new kit yesterday, we hope you are all happy with it.
Several did not receive theirs or had some missing this should be arriving soon.
The team bags are on order and will be given out as soon as we have them.
Any problems please let us know.
An early notification;
Our Christmas Party is due to be held after our last training session on Thursday December 13th.
Thursday 8th November @ 9pm
Details for Saturday
As Neath let us down last minute, we are now playing Rhymney Valley at Ystrad Mynach on the Dragons 4G pitch. (CF82 7EP).
Please meet at the ground by 9:30am. The B game will kick off at 10am with the A game straight after.
Owen is unavailable Saturday due to family commitments so please let Bob know if you're unable to play.
Tuesday 6th November @ 9:30pm
South Powys 20 Newport 55
Full report to follow tomorrow.
Just a quick update to congratulate all the boys on their effort and commitment in very testing conditions tonight. Some superb skills on show and plenty of positives to take from the game.
A big thank you also to the parents who made the journey to support the team - very much appreciated.
Monday 5th November @ 8pm
Harri N is looking for a lift to tomorrow's game. If anyone can help out please let his dad David know 07941 207801.
Saturday 3rd November @ 8am
Hope everyone had a lovely half term break.
Details for mixed A/B squad match vs South Powys on Tuesday.
The game will be played at Gwernyfed RFC (LD3 0DT)
Meet at the ground by 5:30pm. KO is at 6pm and there will be food for the boys after he game.
Jasper, Taye, Issac, Oliver BF, Oliver S, Harley, Haydn, Harry W,
Charlie, Ellis, Will, Finn, Miles, Ben D, Luca, Madoc, Ollie T, Harri N, Reagan, Aidan.
Anyone unavailable please let Owen know and we can select somebody else to play.
Training as usual Thursday at Rogerstone Primary.
Friday October 26th @ 9am
Good session last night thanks to all those boys who were able to attend.
There will not be training during half term, next session at Rogerstone first Thursday back.
We would ask that boys work on the areas we have identified during the break.
We will be playing South Powys away on Tuesday November 6th , 6 pm ko.
Details/ squad to follow.
If you haven't already done so can you please send Owen boy's details
Name , d.o.b, school attended and at least one contact number.
We also need to receive payment for the kit, if you have any problem with this please contact us in the strictist confidence.
We must emphasise that no boy will miss out because of financial problems.
Tuesday October 23rd @ 7 pm
Will be at Rogerstone School , 3G pitch.
NP 10 9 YX
Best way to get to school is from M4 J27 High Cross exit.. Head for Risca, take first left at roundabout then follow sat nav directions.
Please try to arrive asap after 4.45 pm
Boys should not enter training area until a member of coaching team has arrived.
If anyone has still not paid for their new kit can they please do asap.
Monday 22nd October @ 9am
We have some tickets available for the Scotland game on Saturday 3rd November. They are priced at £35.
If you are interested please let Owen know.
Sunday October 21st @12 noon
D C Thomas Cup
Newport A 25 Merthyr A 20
A beautiful Autumn morning greeted the teams at Pill on Saturday and all four teams produced rugby to match the weather.
First up were A’s who made a perfect start when some good combined play was finished off in typical barnstorming fashion by Theo adding to the three tries he scored in tha last game against Cardiff.
Ollie T on the other wing has also threatened to score whenever he has had the ball and showed blistering pace to grab a brace.
Unfortunately despite dominating the first half several clear cut opportunities were squandered and Merthyr took full advantage to reduce the deficit to 15-5 with a well worked try of their own.
This was disappointing but even more so was the loss of Jimmy ,who had been in outstanding form,who sustained a serious injury which will keep him sidelined for some time...we wish him a speedy recovery.
Ollie soon achieved his hat trick in the second period to stretch the lead to 15 points again only for the visitors to again reduce it to 10.
With Merthyr only needing a draw to progress the game was now finely balanced but from the restart Jac caught the ball on the fly and showed a clean pair of heels to score a fantastic individual try.
We had conceded a high number of penalties at the breakdown throughout but seemed to be pinged at every one now. The constant flow of penalties eventually told as Merthyr crashed over for their third try and then their fourth. The last 10 minutes appeared to last for 16 at least but eventually the final whistle brought the first win of the season that the boys efforts thoroughly deserved.
Newport B 25 Merthyr B 15
Next up were the B’s who were obviously determined to follow their A counterparts example.
Yet again a poor start saw us concede an early try but some good combined play saw Aidan show great pace to equalise with a try from deep in our half.
Madoc then finished off a counter attack he had started in his own half to give the B team a 10-5 lead, though the visitors levelledthe scores just before half time.
We continued to play some excellent rugby in the second period and Harri N restored the lead with a fine individual try.
Logan then showed both fantastic pace and incredible strength for one so small to make it 20-15.
There was no way the boys were going to let their first win of the season slip out of their hands and Harry W, who had an excellent first game in the forwards produced a blistering run to seal a well deserved win.
Several B team players also made strong claims for A places which is exactly what we are looking for.
Well done everyone.
What was pleasing was the improvement shown in both games with the hard work being put in at training sessions bearing fruit.
Obviously there are still many areas where we can continue to improve and we look forward to doing so in the coming months.
Training will now switch to the 3G pitch at Rogerstone School...details to follow.
Finally Aiden lost a pair of Newport track bottoms yesterday, if anyone has them can the let us know.
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Details for Saturday
2 matches vs Merthyr at Pill Harriers RFC
Please meet at the ground by 9:30am.
The cup match will kick off at 10am with the B game straight after.
Please can we provide food for after the matches and also make every effort to stay for a while to socialise together.
Anyone unavailable please let Owen know.
Please find current fixtures for the season on the right, as requested.
Wednesday 17th October @ 6:15pm
Training tomorrow will be at the Glebelamds 4:45pm.
Friday 12th October @ 10am
MATCHES CALLED OFF.
Tomorrow's games against Merthyr have been postponed. They will be played next Saturday instead, again at Pill.
Training as usual on Thursday.
Please can you email Owen the following details ASAP.
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Newport A 25 Cardiff A 50
Our first midweek game of the season saw local rivals Cardiff make the short journey to Pill Harriers RFC. On a glorious Autumn evening, conditions were perfect for running rugby. Despite conceding 2 early tries, we didn't let our heads drop and continued to play in a positive manner. After a good passage of play involving many players it was speedster Theo who crossed for our first try. This was quickly followed by a second where his opposite number showed him the outside and he duly took it. Even better was to follow when Theo soon crossed for his hat trick powering over after good work by Will and Finn. Confidence was oozing at this point and it looked as though there was only one team in the game. However, the lead was quickly lost when soft tackling allowed Cardiff to level the scores. anec The next 5 minutes saw us concede 4 tries through a mix of quick Cardiff thinking and poor positioning by ourselves as we went into half time 35-15 down. After the break the game was pretty even with Cardiff adding to their lead with 3 quick scores. It was ourselves though who had the final say with 2 tries, firstly by Isaac after excellent work by Charlie and Miles and finally through Ollie in what was the last play of the game. It was another improved performance and the boys appear to be growing in confidence. Let's hope we build on it further and record our first win of the season in the cup match on Saturday against Merthyr.
Newport B 0 Cardiff B 50
The B team started the game strongly against Cardiff and spent a lot of the opening 10 minutes camped in the opposition half. A mixture of brave defence and sloppy play meant we were unable to cross the line for a deserved score. After weathering our early storm Cardiff hit back and controlled the game. They competed well at the breakdown giving us no platform to go forward and were very clinical in attack running out convincing winners. Plus points for the B's were strong carries by Jasper and Harri, while it was pleasing to see Madoc return after injury. We have a chance to put right some of our wrongs on Saturday when we face Merthyr B. A big thank you to Mr Nottley for giving up his time to referee this evening - much appreciated.
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Tomorrow's game have been postponed until next weekend.
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WE ARE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN! Apologies for the page going AWOL today. Mount Pleasant have been updating their website, hence the new look. A big thank you to them for their continued support and allowing us to use this page.. Details for tomorrow. Meet in Pill by 4:30pm. Kick off will be at 5pm. Please can we provide food for after the game. Any help in setting out pitches will be greatly received. Any issues please let Owen know - 07969 689167
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