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
Wales u20...8pts...New Zealand 7 2019
Monday 21st October
Our team bonding event will take place at Hollywood Bowl in Cwmbran (NP44 1QS) on Thursday at 6pm. Please could we aim to meet there for 5:45pm.
The night includes: a game of bowling, food afterwards (burger/veggie burger/ hot dog and chips) and a mocktail / slush puppie. If there are any food allergies / intolerances please let us know.
There will be prizes on offer for the top bowling team and highest individual score.
We are offsetting the cost of this so ask for a contribution of £6 to be paid on the night.
Could you please confirm attendance below so I can get exact numbers for the night.
Thursday 17th October
Training will be at Rogerstone tonight.
See you there.
A report of last week's TPS schools tournament is in tonight's Argus.
Tuesday 15th October
Training, if on, will be at Rogerstone from now on.
It was decided at a WSRU meeting last night that schools that have not filled in an affiliation form and paid £20 fee by the end of next week will not be able to enter inter school fixtures/tournaments.
Districts will also not be able to select any players from any schools which have not affiliated.
Has your school affiliated?
Monday 14th October
Please can all parents complete the form below asap. Should only take a minute or so.
Friday October 11th
Due to the continuing poor weather and the forecast we have decided to cancel tomorrow's games.
See you at training next Thursday.
Can you please bring the usual selection of food for tomorrow, some paper plates would also be useful.
Thursday 10th October
Another concentrated defence session, hope we can put into the games on Saturday.
Two games v Bridgend...who beat Cardiff last weekend....this Saturday at Chepstow RFC.
Please meet at the club by 9.15.
We may need to provide food for after the game as usual.
Please check website tomorrow and Saturday for any updates.
Training tonight will be held at Rogerstone Primary from 4:45 - 6pm.
No metal studs allowed on the pitch.
Wednesday October 9th
The Glebelands are likely to be unfit tomorrow so are trying to get permission to use the 3G pitch at Rogerstone Primary.
The postcode is NP10 9YX
Unfortunately it will mean those of you travelling from Chepstow/Caldicot will have to endure the dreaded tunnels.
It is best to exit the M4 at J27 and then head for Risca, carry on to the first roundabout and take the 1st exit, down to the next roundabout 1st exit again....turning for school is first left, then left again.
Boys will need suitable boots or good trainers, they should also wear tracksuit bottoms and long sleeves.
Children should NOT enter the 3G area until a member of staff is there.
We are waiting to hear if we can use it so please check again tomorrow.
Monday October 7th
We are pleased to announce the Rougemont School, which has been a long time supporter of our half term inter school tournaments, have agreed to be our major sponsor of a new team kit.
This will see a return to the more traditional black and amber colours.
Total Teamwear also joined as one of our short sponsors...a big thank you to them both.
Rougemont are holding a whole school open morning this Saturday , 10-12.30, and are promising a warm welcome to any Newport school children.
Unfortunately we are due to be playing Bridgend which may mean few can attend.
Sunday October 6th
Newport A v Swansea
Our first ever district games at Chepstow RFC proved a great success even if the results were mixed.
We received a very warm reception from the club and hope to be able to return again in the near future.
Newport A v Swansea A
The powerful Swansea team proved just that in the A game as a mistake at the kick off led to a scrum back on half way followed by an early visiting score. A mix up up at the restart led to a second score and a dropped pass deep in the Swansea half saw them punish us with a 3rd swiftly followed by a 4th.
Things were looking bleak yet again but a thunderous run from near his own line saw George leave defenders sprawled everywhere as he scored a brilliant individual try to open our account and themn a fine brace from Ethan which unbelievably meant we trailing by only 5 points at half time.
That was as good as it got however as Swansea continued to dominate the contact area and our usual mixture of handling errors and passive/poor defence led to them scoring 6 more tries to ease into an unassailable lead.
To the team's credit they did have the last say following a rare accurate combined passage of play which saw Fletcher show his pace to cross in the corner.
The A's were followed by the B's who were still smarting after losing their first game of the season last weekend.
Again facing a bigger Swansea team they made a great start when Mostyn powered through several tackles to open our account.
Further tries came at regular intervals through Joe, Jack H and Callum before the visitors crossed to reduce the deficit to 20-5 at the break.
Swansea started the second period in much more determined fashion and put us under much greater pressure but a long kick from them was returned with interest as Elliot turned their defence inside out before crossing for a fine individual try.
The visitors did reduce the deficit with their second try before Jack H scored his second and though Swansea managed to score a 3rd the B team held on for another fine win.
So a mixed bag in terms of results but again several B players made a good case for an A place and may get the chance against Bridgend next weekend.
Defence is still a great cause of concern despite the concentration on it in training, with players continuing to be drawn towards the ruck area instead of holding their place in the line.
Body positions and aggression in the contact area is also poor...though this is something we intend to work on too.
However with only just over an hours training a week available we would ask that boys and girls work on other areas such as handling( giving and taking a pass) kicking out of hand, scrum half feed into the scrum and pass from scrum, lineout and ruck in their own time too.
Unfortunately in our section of fixtures easy games are a rarity and unless we improve in these areas we are going to continue to struggle against the calibre of opposition we will face.
Thursday October 10th
Great turnout and good session tonight in poor conditions....could boys come dressed for the likely weather in future.
Two fixtures v Swansea at Chepstow RFC....please meet at the club by 9.30am
Food will be provided after the games so can all players please make sure they attend.
Can boys also bring a towel to shower after the match.
A pair of Newport shorts were left in the changing rooms last weekend, unfortunately there was no name on the tag.
Can everyone please make sure their name IS on their shorts....unfortunately if anyone loses them they will have to pay for a replacement.
Please check site and Facebook for updates.
See you there
Saturday 12th October
Saturday 9th November
South Powys (Away - DC Thomas Cup)
Saturday 16th November
Rhymney Valley (Away)
Saturday 23rd November
Saturday 7th December
Further fixtures will be added when arranged. Some possibly being played midweek.
We have a private group set up on Facebook - Newport District Schools under 11s rugby.
Details about training etc, will also be posted on there.
Sunday September 29th
Cardiff v Newport
What a change in weather conditions to the first two weekends of games.
Despite the awful weather of the previous day and indeed overnight the pitches were in remarkably good condition.
We had spent the whole if our last training session on defence and it was thoroughly tested in both matches.
Cardiff A v Newport A
With George feeling unwell prior to the match it was decided it would be unwise to start with him so an early reshuffle saw Eddie move from the wing.
Straight from the kick off, and despite our supposed game plan, we spent the first few minutes trying to run the ball from our own line and this inevitably led to us conceding an early try.
Unbelievably we tried the same strategy again with the same result, our problems being compounded by Fletcher receiving a nasty blow to his knee which meant he played no further part in the match and yet another reshuffle.
Thankfully we began to settle down after this and enjoyed more of the game.
Even at this early stage the speed of the home defence whenever we had possession was in stark contrast to ours which despite Thursday's work was slow and hesitant in comparison.
Under intense pressure every time we had the ball our passing was also below par and we soon conceded a third try.
On the one occasion we did give Cardiff a taste of their own medicine it paid dividends when Ethan's pressure saw the home centre lose the ball which was snaffled by Eddie to make the half time score 5 -15.
After seeing how successful quick aggressive defence could be it was hoped we would continue in the same vein in the second period.
Unfortunately it was not to be as we fell back into the passive defence which had caused us so much trouble in the first half.
Where the speed and handling skill of Pontypridd the previous week had caused us problems on the wing all Cardiff had to do was run hard and direct to cross our line.
The few occasions we did threaten the speed of the home defence ensured our handling skills were tested to the full and unfortunately often found wanting.
The second half was hard to watch as we were almost continually on the back foot and whilst some desperate defence did prevent several scores we did concede 5 more to round off a thoroughly disappointing morning.
Last season we lost even more heavily to Cardiff in one of our early games but by the end of the season they were lucky to win a much closer return match.
We always say to the team (and parents) that it is not where we are now that counts but where we are at the end of the season.
We will put in the hard work at our sessions but boys and girls also need to work on areas of their individual game that may need it in their own time too....they also need to study how senior players work when they don't have the ball.
The B team's successful start came to an end in much the same way yesterday...Masaki crossing for our try.
Newport B Cardiff B
The B team kicked off hoping to build on two successful performances in previous weeks.
A frenetic start saw mistakes made by both sides as conditions affected handling skills.
Cardiff were soon on top, using their big, powerful forwards to good effect, spending lots of time in our half.
It wasn't long before they opened the scoring as a static Newport defence allowed one of the big runners to crash over.
This continued to be the theme for the half, where some poor tackling and line speed allowed Cardiff to dictate matters and cross for further tries.
To the boys credit, they didn't allow their heads to drop and tried hard to play in what were testing conditions.
Some good runs by forwards Archie and Adam were soon undone by a lack of support resulting in turnovers for Cardiff. We also didn't help ourselves with some loose kicks down the middle of the field, inviting the dangerous Cardiff full back to run back at us, often with great success.
The second half continued in the same way with us allowing Cardiff too much space to run into and them scoring some easy tries.
We did however have the final say as Masaki showed good pace to cross in the corner.
It was certainly a wake up call which showed the ruthless nature of district rugby with mistakes punished on a regular basis.
We are certainly a lot better than we showed yesterday - I'm sure we'll see a better performance next week.
So a lot hard work to do before we face another powerful district, Swansea, at Chepstow RFC next Saturday.
Hopefully training will be at Glebelands again in Thursday however if the weather/pitch is poor we may sitch to the 3G at Rogerstone Primary.....check nearer the day for updates.
Thursday September 26th
A good defensive session tonight lots of work put in...hopefully it will bear fruit on Saturday.
Well done all.
Two tough games v Cardiff...both kicking off at 10am .
Boys should meet at the club by 9.15 am
As well as the usual squad the following year 5s should also attend
Otis, AJ, Dan and Rhys B...can they please confirm they will attend.
Boys have been given affiliation forms to give to their school.
WSRU regulations state that only boys attending affiliated schools are allowed to play their district.
It is vital that these are returned to Owen asap.
Venue for Saturday
Rumney RFC, Riverside Park, Hartland Rd, Lanrumney, Cardiff CF3 4JL
See you there.
Sunday September 22nd
Newport v Pontypridd
Another beautiful morning at Pill saw us welcome the powerful Pontypridd district, who have consistently been one of the strongest sides in Wales.
Once again the A team opened proceedings but despite the concentration on defence in our last training session the visitors found it all too easy to find space on the wings and soon led by 3 tries to nil.
A powerful burst from George saw him score an outstanding individual try from deep in our half to reduce the defecit...5-15.
Once again simple handling along the line led to two further Ponty tries and though they scored another one two of our own from George and Drew made it 20-30 at half time.
Things improved a little in the second period as despite conceding a further try early on two more tries from George, who caused Ponty trouble every time he had the ball, brought the scores to 30-35.
The visitors had the last word however and they deservedly won a thoroughly entertaining game by 40-30.
Newport B Pontypridd B
This was another exciting game and one in which we were never behind.
The effort of every single boy could not be faulted in a game played at breakneck speed.
Tries from Mason (2), Masaki (2) Elliot and Archie S were enough to give the B their second win of the season by 35-15.
With two boys deservedly earning A places after their performances for the B in the last game, several boys showed they could be joining them in the near future, which is the whole purpose of the B team.
It was especially pleasing to see four u10s make their debut for the district and all acquited themselves well.
So much to be applauded by both of the teams then but once again players NOT holding their position on the pitch caused us problems in defence, especially out wide, and this will again need to be addressed in our next session.
It doesn’t get any easier as we play another of the “big “ districts Cardiff in the city next Saturday.
See you on Thursday... but please check site for any possible cancellation due to weather conditions.
Thursday September 19th
An excellent session lots of effort shown by every player particularly impressed with those u10s who have recently joined us, well done all.
Two very tough games v Pontypridd on Saturday at Pill RFC.
Games will be played back to back and boys should meet at the ground by 9am.
Can they bring food for after the matches....paper plates would also be appreciated.
Any problems let us know.
See you there.
Monday September 16th
Most of the boys were given Newport shorts on Saturday, we have ordered more for those that didn't receive any.
These were to be kept as part of their issued kit, however three boys who played in the A game obviously didn't know this and left their shorts with their jerseys in the changing rooms.
They can pick them up on Thursday at training.
Has anyone found Masaki's polo shirt?
Sunday September 15th
Newport v Rhymney Valley
A beautiful warm, sunny day saw us welcome Rhymney Valley to a Pill ground in superb condition and the glorious weather was reflected in two thoroughly enjoyable games of running rugby.
Newport A 25 RV 10
The A team opened proceedings and though we knew that the team possessed speed and skill, with so many players making their district debut we did not really know how they would gel.
The first half saw us create a host of chances producing some superb handling which led to an early try from Zac which was followed by three more from captain Eddie, Fletcher and Ethan.
With a good half time lead all four substitutions were made and with the visitors obviously reinvigorated by their half time pep talk they began to have much better of the game.
Nevertheless the speed in our backline was a constant threat and some excellent combined teamwork put Jacob over in the corner.
Rhymney were really stung into life by this and had the better of the remainder of the game scoring two tries of their own to make the final score 25-10.
Newport B 35 Rhymney Valley 20.
This was another exciting match and with every one of the B team making their debut we were immediately on the back foot and trailing by 10 nil after trying to play too much rugby near our line.
To the boys great credit they began to claw their way back into the game and with skill and speed in the backline not only levelled the score but went into the break leading by 20-10 after tries from Isaac, Jack H (2) and Iuean.
The end to end flow of an enjoyable match continued as the visitors enjoyed the better of the second period to level the scores at 20 all.
Once again the boys dug deep and produced some sparkling running rugby to score three more tries, again all by backs, Joe, Jack H with his third and Deri to seal a well deserved opening win.
So a thoroughly enjoyable mornings rugby and two welcome results....well done all.
Both teams showed the danger they pose with ball in hand but as was evident in both matches a lot of work still needs to be done in the contact area and especially defence.
Several B players made a strong case for A places which is exactly what we are looking for.
A big thank you to all those parents who helped on the morning and for providing so much (too much!) food.
Finally could everyone check their kit please as Masaki set what is probably a record by misplacing his polo shirt BEFORE he had chance to wear it, let us know if you have it.
Two game v Pontypridd next week...see you Thursday.
Thursday September 12th
Good session today but still lots to work on especially poor passing out of contact and defensive alignment.
Two games on Saturday which will be played after each other to give selectors a good chance to watch players, first game at 9.30 am.
Hope everyone is happy with their kit...apologies to those boys missing an item ...we will order it tomorrow.
Boys should wear their new kit to the game but have their own training top to wear during the warm up.
We are hoping to give everyone a pair of shorts on Saturday but boys should bring their own in case we don't have their size.
Can boys please all wear plain black socks too.
As mentioned can each boy bring some food for the after game "feast"...paper plates would also be helpful.
Everyone should meet at Pill RFC by 9 am.
See you there.
Friday September 6th
Very good first session last night, lots of good skills on show.
Hopefully everyone will begin to adapt to the pattern and style of play we are aiming for.
Still a lot of hard work ahead though and tough opening fixtures to come.
We will be holding a meeting in the clubhouse after next Thursday's training session.
During this meeting we will explain the requirements and expectations for the coming season.
We will also take payment for each player's kit and then issue it.
Once again, thanks to sponsorship, this will be subsidised and will be the same cost as last season.
This will be £80 which we appreciate is not an insignificant amount.
Therefore, if you have a problem paying for the kit please contact us as we do not want any player to miss out due to financial reasons and will do our best to help.
Any such requests will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
As you can see we use all sponsorship monies for the benefit of players and schools in Newport and are always keen to welcome new partners on board.
If you know of any individual or company possibly interested in joining us please let us know.
Monday September 2nd
Hope you have all had a good break and are looking forward to the new season.
As stated in previous postings our next session will be this Thursday ...5th...at Glebelands at 4.45 pm, our first games will be a week Saturday..14th ...v Rhymney Valley.
Any problems let us know...see you there.
We have a few spaces available on our new kit still available.
If you know of any individual or company that might be interested please let us know.
Friday July 12th @ 5pm
Our extensive trials for next year’s Newport squad have now been completed and all coaches were informed last night of the selected players.
Obviously many boys will be disappointed not to have made the final selection but we have tried to provide as many opportunities as possible.
We have been extremely pleased by the attitude shown by every single boy and girl who should all be proud of their efforts.
We must emphasise that we never close our squad and have asked all coaches to monitor performances during the season and inform us if they feel we should offer another opportunity to any individual.
We will also use the various inter school tournaments we organise every half term to identify any players worthy of further consideration.
Our next session will be at Glebelands on Thursday September 5th at 4.45 pm with our first trial match against Rhymney Valley on the 14th.
We would ask all players to continue to work on their skills over the summer and some may also need to work on their fitness.
We are always looking for sponsors to help us with our substantial running costs every season....if you know of any likely sources please get in touch.
A variety of packages are available for any interested parties.
Have a good break and see you in September.
Please continue to check this site for any further updates.
Friday July 5th @ 1 pm
The final ( definitely) trial will be held next Thursday at Glebelands 4.45pm
All those boys who played for A or B team this season do NOT need to attend.
Sunday June 30th @ 9 pm
A packed Pill RFC clubhouse brought a long season to a very enjoyable conclusion as all of the squad received their well deserved awards for their efforts.
Every boy received their Newport Caps whilst there were also DC Thomas and WSRU 7s badges for those who played in those competitions.
The victorious school teams were presented with the Cups they had won.
Special awards were made to :
Theo...who finally got his tracksuit bottoms!
The coaches award for most improved player was jointly awarded to the two Olivers...Sanderson and Bellavia-Walker.
Their player of the year award was won,on a majority vote, by Captain Finn Girling.
Finally the players vote for their player of the year was also a tie with Finn and Theo McKerrow both receiving the award.
The boys were thanked for their unfailing commitment throughout a long hard season where they invariably faced much bigger opponents but never stopped trying whilst also producing some outstanding rugby.
The parents were also thanked for their part in ferrying the boys to training and matches, for their superb kit washing duties and for the support they have offered in so many ways throughout the season.
We hope that all the boys enjoyed their time with us wish them all the very best with their future rugby careers, which we will follow with great interest.
Once again we now have to look to next season, so a reminder to those boys who are still eligible next season that they will need to attend the next trial on Wednesday at the Glebelands...4.45 pm
Saturday June 29th
Boys may wear there Newport shorts tonight if they wish.
ThursdayJune 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 kno
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