By Keith Sexton
Moving quickly on from last week’s reality check at the hands of Rumney RFC, the boys arrived for Sunday’s double local derby with a steely focus to put in a better performance. The warm up – Matt rejuvenated by his recent holiday was keen to install intensity at the breakdown with the forwards whilst Brian focussed on the backs and their passing. First up was Fairwater.
Fairwater had the upper hand when we met last year, but this time the boys (inc Chelsea) started well by applying pressure across the field and chasing down any loose kicks. An early try by Sam settled the nerves and was quickly followed by a great blind side try by Tom ‘Ivor’ Gould. The scrum was performing well too; Llandaf North managed to sneak a number against the head with some fast hooking. Further tries by Sam, Chelsea and Joe sealed a comfortable win; all tries were converted by big Ted, Aneurin and Alex. A comment should be made regarding the defence; they boys tackled and pressured Fairwater into handling mistakes – a good all round performance.
Final score 42-0
The second game was against Whitchurch RFC, unfortunately Whitchurch were short of players and it was agreed to reduce the number of players to 10. Whitchurch fresh from their Fairwater game attacked from the kick off and scored two great tries, the Whitchurch coach requested no conversions to gain more playing time. Suddenly, Chelsea broke through their back line and scored a great try followed by Sam on one of his trademark arcing runs. At two tries each the tensions was high, when Chelsea broke through again, on field discipline was a problem throughout this game, back chat to Referee had resulted in a number of warnings and finally resulted in a sending off which meant Whitchurch were unable to complete the game due to the number of players available.
Final score 3-2 (tries)
Man of the Match Sam Woods