18 November 2019 / Club News

Blood & Blacks at last get back to winning ways!

The First XV due to weather postponements and the World Cup have been without a fixture  for nearly a month so when Deri RFC in the Rhymney Valley agreed to host them in a friendly they jumped at the chance to get some valuable game time. Even the team bus not turning up couldn’t deter them! As they quickly rallied round and drove up in their own vehicles such was there eagerness to get back on the field.

And a worthwhile trip it turned out to be as Deri proved worthy opponents testing them in many quarters, Llantwit just having enough control to win an entertaining game 14-34.
The Blood and Blacks taking no time to brush off the cobwebs as they scored three tries in the first half with Callum Stephens showing some quick thinking and great pace for a hooker to race over. Followed by wing Evan Holloway and then centre Rhys Balmont who both finished off some nice phases of passing and handling by the back line.
Deri weren’t letting the visitors have it their own way as they battled back into the game with two tries of their own. But Llantwit were just too strong in the tight phases in the second half and ground a determined Deri down before adding a further two tries by number eight Jamie Lewis and prop Geraint David to put the game out of sight.
Man of the Match was centre Joel Thomas who put in a huge shift in both attack with some strong running and in defence with some good work in the tackle area.. Further mention going to hooker Callum Stephens who had a solid game in the tight and got across the park well; and scrum half Steff Godwin whose service was impeccable and was asking questions of the Deri back row all afternoon.
The Llantonians will be on the road again this week as they travel into the capital to take on Llandaff North, who sit mid table in the league standings and are always tough opponents especially on their own patch.
Off the field, the club next week on Friday the 29th of November will be hosting their latest and eagerly anticipated Supper Clubs. This one looks to be a real corker as the guest speaker is Mr Jim Mills who played rugby league for amongst others Widnes, North Sydney, Wales and Great Britain. Big Jim as he was known truly was a ‘Rugby Giant’ winning every honour in the game as a fast running ball carrying prop and was reputed to be one of the toughest to ever play the game. He is now seen as one of the best after dinner speakers on the circuit as he tells his stories of his entertaining and often controversial career. Members and non-members are welcome to attend with a few places still available. To book please contact John Davies on 07746 750727.

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