By Daniel Thomas
The starting fixture for this term saw Llandaff North take the long journey up to Cambrian Welfare. Last season a tightly contested battle saw the later team claim victory by six points in unforgiving weather conditions. Going up there for the first game of the season; you’d hope that the weather would have been good and we’d enjoy a good open game…. You would be mistaken. It rained heavily throughout the game.
The North were unable to field a full squad this week, the precious commodity of props has once again eluded us. With a bare fifteen we started our season against a strong outfit that battled towards the top of the league last season. Right from the outset Cambrian moved the ball well, defying the weather conditions and showing a high level of skill and ability.
The ability to have options wide proved too much for Llandaff North on this occasion. The team stuck at it well, making countless tackles. Unfortunately today was not to be our day, we found it difficult to play in the conditions; unable to hold onto passes, getting stripped of possession in contact and being unable to cover the wide channels in defence. Cambrian however were finding these aspects of the game very manageable. They were able to hold on to possession of the ball for long periods of the game and when they moved the ball wide they looked very dangerous.
We ended up losing the game 51-0. However the score line does not reflect the efforts of the 15 that took to the field. Most of the tries were either from turnover balls or quick plays whereby they were able to utilise their dangerous backline in treacherous conditions. The makeshift squad stuck at their tasks admirably, and it was testament to their efforts that most of the tries came from breakaways and through the outside channels. The defence stood strong and when tackles had to be made, they were. We will have to further work on our ability to cover the field in defence, particularly in the wider channels.
A huge amount of appreciation for the boys who turned up and gave their best. Hopefully we will be in a better place to field a squad and a second team next week.
Team : Tom Ronicle, James Walters, Lewis Appleyard, Craig Walsh, Eliot Gould, Kel Ross, Max Cartwright, Lewys Jones, Daffyd Williams, Joseph O’Sullivan, John-Rhys Davies, Daniel Thomas, Lewis Wilkie, Philip George (AJ – he has about 7 different aliases) and Sean Flynn.