Vikings start with Victory
Depleted Warriors resoundingly beaten as Vikings begin where the left off.
The Inclusive side Swansea Vikings kicked off their season at Burry Port against the Llanelli Warriors and look in even better shape than last season. A strong of summer recruitment saw them able to gloss over some injuries and still field a strong squad, whilst in contrast the Warriors had several people out of position.
The Vikings had a dream start when they scored three early tries within a blistering 10 minute opening. There may have been an element of luck, but you make your own and good support play always pays divides. The Warriors were staring down the barrel but fought they way back into the game. A fourth Vikings score couldn't disguise that the Warriors were now playing a full part. Darren Pollitt and Andrew Davies combined well at the lineouts whilst the tackling of newbie Yanis Whiteley was a revelation. The Warriors began to dominate territory but stout Vikings defense left no obvious gaps. Scrum Half Gwilym Lewis had more job with some intelligent kicking and eventually one such box kick put Jamie Evans in just enough space to score, Rhydian Williams added the extras.
Having ended the half strongly, the Warriors were optimistic of making inroads into the Vikings lead. The Vikings had other ideas though, they stepped up the pace and scored two fine tries to end any speculation about the result. The Warriors were also hit with a string of injuries that saw them having to jig already stretched resources. To be fair those on the field showed plenty of en-devour with Dai Haines making a series of strong runs and Simon Day playing well on the wing. Little errors let them down though and the Vikings capitilsed to stretch away and seal an emphatic victory.
A tough encounter for the Warriors,the club did however celebrate veteran Colin Tacon making his 200th appearance with a deserved Man of the Match award.
Next week the Warriors travel back to Cardiff to face a WRU Select XV in what is hoped will be the catalyst of a mixed ability side based in the capital.
Warriors: Elliot Griffiths, Simon Day (Tom Ashour), Keith Williams (Joshua Freeman), Adam Fussell, Ryan Morgan (Ben Kitson), Jamie Evans, Gwilym Lewis, Colin Tacon (Rhys Evans), Richard Evans, Yanis Whiteley (Adrian Williams), John Horwood, Rhydian Williams (Darren Pollitt), Andrew Davies, Dai Haines, Jordan Jones (Barry Davies)
A difficult day both on and off the field (kit saga special). However on reflection, the boys who played did very well and there were definite signs that work on the training ground is getting onto the pitch. Whilst we don't highlight disabilities, from a squad of 21, 15 or 16 are registered disabled and two players had almost no rugby experience. Of those playing 4 started out of position and we lost 4 players with injury through the game. All told we did very well and the players will all improve for the experience.
Thanks to Chip, Gary & Diane James, Vanessa, Margaret and Trevor for all their support.