By Nigel Francis
Llandaff North hosted Neath Athletic at a rain swept Hailey Park with the home side eventually running out comfortable 41-5 winners over their Premiership rivals.
The first 20 minutes were evenly matched as both sides tested each other, the deadlock was broken when Neath were adjudged to have illegally collapsed a driving maul; Mared Evans added the first of four conversions.
On their next foray into the Neath 22 a penalty was awarded and Laurie Harries stepped up to extend the North lead to 10-0. Conditions started to deteriorate as the half wore on making for an error strewn game, but a well worked backs move saw Harries dot down under the posts with Evans adding the extras for North. Just before the half time whistle Becky Newton was the beneficiary of slick interplay between forwards and backs to crashed over from close range to the right of the posts, Evans again was on target with the conversion to give North a 24-0 half time lead. Continue reading
By Alan Johns
Following on from last week’s game this was definitly a case of “After the Lord Mayor’s Show”!?
The whole team lacked the will and seemed to be bereft of strength and power? With our poor tackling allowing Pencoed
to score 3 quick tries, BUT, as I have said before THIS TEAM does not give up and we struck back with a try by our Captain Sean leading by example! Unfortunately this fightback was shattered by an interception in their 22 although we once again struck back with a try by Josh.
The Second half was, to be honest, one way traffic with Pencoed scoring four tries BUT we had the last word with a 2nd Try by Josh.
HARD LUCK LADS You are a better team than this result!
Pencoed u15 55 v 19 Llandaff North u15
Scorers : Tries : Josh (2) /Sean / Conv. Dylan (2)
It was with sadness that the club was informed last week of the passing of John Williams at the age of 67yrs, a former player of Llandaff North RFC during the 70’s & 80’s, who died in hospital following a brief illness.
John will be remembered by the older stalwarts amongst us, as a very mild mannered person both on and off the pitch, who was slow to anger, which characteristics perhaps do not quite fit the profile of his position as Prop Forward. He was a very loyal player and would always turn up despite the strength of the opposition, whatever team he was chosen for, and of course the weather conditions.
During his playing career, he also took up coaching the mini rugby section and eventually became the Chairman of ‘the minis’, which section flourished under his stewardship.
Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Johns’ wife and family at this sad time.
The funeral will be held at the Wenallt Chapel at the Crematorium, on Friday 28th February at 2.45pm, and afterwards at the Conservative Club, Birchgrove.
Dave Williams (DH)
By Alan Johns
After several weeks missing due to the bad weather & your supporters suffering from ‘withdrawal symptoms’ the team made up for the delay!
They HIT THE GROUND RUNNING! An impartial spectator would have thought that they would be slow starters after the extended delay but their training PAID OFF with Tom Davies scoring in the first few minutes! The PACK were SUPREME with Marley / Sean / Harry /Sam crashing through.
The BACKS were SUPERLATIVE both in attack and defence!! Apart from the excellent tries I must make special mention
of Dylan’s play as he mesmerised the opponents with some dazzling breaks and intelligent passing / kicking
THE WHOLE SQUAD played well despite missing some players.
WELL DONE LADS! KEEP ON ROCKING!
LLantrisant u15 5-36 Llandaff North u15
Tries Tom (D) 2/Evan/Callum/Nathan/Sean Conv. Dylan 3