It may be Six Nations weekend but there is still plenty of scheduled action for our teams.
The 1st XV will look to continue their good recent run when they visit Newbridge this Saturday in another National Championship fixture.
The Green and Golds have gone on a six match league unbeaten run and will look to make that seven against a Newbridge outfit who are battling for points at the wrong end of the table.
The former Merit table Club are currently in eleventh spot and in the relegation positions after winning five of their seventeen games this season. They are just five points adrift of Cardiff Met though with a game in hand so will be going all out for victory on Saturday afternoon.
Their wins this season have come against Glynneath (15-13), Bedlinog (21-15 & 31-21), Dunvant 33-10) and Cardiff Met (34-21).
Beddau won the reverse fixture at Mount Pleasant Park back in October by 24-3 but the score line does not suggest how tough a battle the Gwent Club gave the Green and Golds and was certainly not a fair reflection of the game. In fact Newbridge lead 3-0 at the interval before Beddau struck back in the second half with tries from Jack Dando and Tyler Wells as well as the award of a penalty try. Callum Wheeler kicked all three conversions and a penalty.
There have been some big tough battles between the Clubs over recent years with Beddau finding it extremely difficult to get much return from their visit to the Welfare ground. There is mutual respect for each other and a warm welcome is always given to us by our hosts.
Kick-off is 2.30pm and match referee is Mr Morgan Whitehead (Caerphilly)
The 2nd XV are on the lookout for a fixture as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s loss at Penallta. The Green and Golds gave game time to no fewer than seven youth players in that game as the Club looks to start breeding the youngsters slowly into senior rugby.
Tom Preece and Riaz Majhoti’s team have a rest weekend in the Rhondda & East Glamorgan league programme but will want to keep playing and improving as they go into the latter part of the season.
Weather permitting our young mini and junior “Bulldogs” will get some valuable game time this weekend. The heavy rainfall over the last few weeks has caused several postponements so fingers crossed that our Children get the opportunity to get on the park this weekend. There are games scheduled on the playing fields of the village so please make every effort to give them the support they deserve.
Our title chasing Darts team have a break in their Pontyclun & District Winter league campaign this Friday as they prepare for the end of season push. Lenny’s Lions are three points adrift of leaders Ogmore A after a good 5-2 win over Whitehills B last weekend but do have that all important game in hand against Tonyrefail RFC.
Their next fixture is at the Mountain Hare Inn next Friday against a good Mounters team.
There is a huge game for Cwm Welfare this Saturday in the Welsh league division three as they welcome fellow strugglers Caerleon to Mount Pleasant Park (2.30pm).
Cwm are just two points adrift of their visitors in the table and a win on Saturday could see them leapfrog them and out of the relegation places.
Caerleon took the points when the teams met in Newport back on Bonfire Night with a 2-1 win but Cwm will be up for turning the table on their guests as they start to begin digging themselves out of danger.
There is another massive weekend of live sport at the Clubhouse.
It all kicks off on Friday evening as Wales take on Ireland in the Six Nations. Remember to get to the Club early to get your seat. Then on Saturday there is more Six Nations action as England play Scotland and France meet Italy. There is also FA Cup action live on Saturday and Sunday. All this is in HD and on the many big screens and large TV’s around the Clubhouse.
Don’t forget there is the usual free entertainment in the bar on Sunday from 5.30pm for members and bonafide guests. A top local vocalist will play as the weekend shows no sign of winding down. This is always a great afternoon/night of entertainment.
Remember to pick up your lucky Club lottery tickets from behind the bar over the weekend. The draw takes place on Monday with a nice jackpot awaiting the winner. Just pick you’re four numbers out of a choice of twenty and pay your £1 admission and it could turn out to be a very good weekend!!