But by then the home team had managed to take a 10-3 lead, mainly due to a piece of bizarre refereeing. Penarth took an early lead through a penalty by James Doherty after a series of 5 metre scrums, and Dave Gilbert levelled things after 18 minutes with a penalty after Rhiwbina finally steadied the ship in the lineouts and in the loose. But there were still too many turnovers, and then Penarth took the lead.
The home team had a couple of 5 metre scrums that might have been deemed as roughly moving forward towards Lavernock – but only about as slowly as the converging plates of the earth’s crust that helped create the cliff formations there some two million years ago! However, to the surprise of even the most blinkered of home supporters, the referee awarded Penarth a penalty try for a collapsed scrum – converted by Doherty. At least the announcer managed to get the scorer of the try correct, which is more than he did for every Rhiwbina first half scorer. Your correspondent pointed out that two of the people he announced as scorers weren’t even on the pitch in the first half, and fortunately he had much more announcing to do in the second – and he got all the scorers correct, but richard saltmarsh
came on at the start of the second half to really bugger it up for the ‘man on the mike’!
Anyway – back to the match. After some 35 minutes of the first half Rhiwbina finally won a few phases and quick ball saw James Huntley
plunge over, converted by Dave Gilbert, bringing the scores level. Penarth were now under pressure and conceded a number of penalties before the ever-consistent John Hughes broke through several would-be tacklers to score a superbly taken try to give the Squirrels a 15-10 half time lead.
The first fifteen minutes of the second half were ones to forget, and the bar takings increased as the sun shone even brighter. Things on the field also brightened up for Rhiwbina as Nick Howell
scored a well-taken try, well converted by Dave Gilbert, who was again establishing a real influence on the game in another man of the match performance. Then came the try of the afternoon as Josh Madley made a great catch from a 22 drop-out, followed by a great break from inside his own half by Josh Davies, and who was there on the inside to cross but John Hughes for his second try and bonus point, converted by Dave Gilbert.
Joe Casella finished off the try scoring with a 25 metre burst, after continued pressure. Flanker Alex Thau scored a try for Penarth converted by Doherty right on the final whistle. Another solid win for the Squirrels to keep the pressure on the league leaders.
Pictures show: 1) James Huntley
celebrating his try; 2) Man of the match Dave Gilbert in full flow breaking out of defence