Caerphilly RFC

Caerphilly RFC

Two steps forward, one step back!

by Dorian Williams

Excellent turn out today, 15 players in a grudge match return fixture against Rhiwbina. We knew what to expect today, it was no surprise that they were well drilled at offloads and running for the corners. We were caught napping after what was a very thorough training session by Tom. We left almost everything he showed us, on the training ground. We have all the enthusiasm in the world, but I can't help feeling we didn't do our selves justice today. There were some flashes of brilliance during the match but we were making mistakes that we made during our first two games of the season.

1st Quarter:

Team:

Brandon Stefanovic, Sean O'Gorman, Luca Zenati-Parsons, Mabon Melbourne, Gruffudd Williams, DYLAN Jones, William Laing and Ryan Combes.

Our first try came from some good interplay between Sean O'Gorman and Mabon Melbourne who then unleashed Gruffudd Williams who tore straight through the Rhiwbina defence for the Castle men's first try. There was some excellent running and tagging from Mabon Melbourne and Brandon Stefanovic who was particularly tenacious in defence.

Sean O'Gorman made a superb tag which is sure to form part of the Under 7's folk lore at Virginia park which enabled Brandon Stefanovic to power over for Caerphilly's second try.

Rhiwbina scored some lovely tries which were well constructed and well executed.

The score for this period was Caerphilly 2 - 3 Rhiwbina

2nd Quarter:

Team:

Scott Hopkins, Iestyn Harding, Thomas Amps, Evan Wells, Noah Evans, Rhys Jones, Cian McGregor, Gruffudd Williams.

This period was opened by some sustained pressure from Rhiwbina culminating in a try saving tag from Scot Hopkins who showed bags of confidence today and made a few more crucial tags throughout the game. Rhiwbina were the first on the score sheet followed by a brace of mind blowing tries from Thomas Amps who was like 'Bulls eye' off Toy Story when he had the ball in his hands. He truly did run like the wind.

The score for this period was Caerphilly 2 - 4 Rhiwbina

3rd Quarter:

Team: Lucky dip.

Thomas Amps made another one of his crazy breaks to make his hat trick, at this point I think even the Rhiwbina supporters were cheering for him as he was providing so much entertainment, a very exciting player and a privilege to watch.

Lucca Zenati-Parsons also crossed in this period, he had been dying to get his hands on the ball and when he finally did, he didn't disappoint. Thomas 'Bulls Eye' Amps mesmerized the opposition once again and they had no answer for his pace and cunning changes of direction. he crossed for his fourth try of the game.

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The score for this period was Caerphilly 2 - 3 Rhiwbina

Final Quarter:

Team: Lucky dip.

Again some good work from Caerphilly, we scored the only try of this period, I do not have the try scorers name so could you please let me know so that I can add it to the statistics.

The score for this period was Caerphilly 1 - 0 Rhiwbina

Final score Caerphilly 7 - 10 Rhiwbina

Another great training session today from Tom, who went over some of the areas that we need to improve on. I think after today's performance we would all agree that we need to pay a bit more attention during our training sessions as almost everything Tom showed us was left on the touch line at the start of the game. We made too may errors which the opposition took complete advantage of. Had we played with the discipline of Rhiwbina today, with our talent we would have won quite comfortably.

Credit to Rhiwbina who put together some fine phases and scored some silky tries.

On a positive note there were a number of players who showed a great improvement today despite the extremely cold conditions; Iestyn Harding, Scott Hopkins and Evan Wells. There was also some good running and chasing from William Laing, Ryan Combes and Cian McGregor. Noah Evans, you set the bar extremely high for yourself so far this season but had a quiet game today by your standards, I know you will be dragging your dad over the park to practice every night this week to come back with a vengeance for next weeks game.

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