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
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 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.
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