2016 Archive

Christmas Bar 

Christmas Day 12:00 – 14:00

Boxing Day: 19:00 – 23:00
Karaoke Evening.
Feel free to Bring your own snacks, nibbles, left over turkey etc

Club Shop Opening Times:

Friday 23rd December – 10:00 – 19:00

18th December: A close game yesterday for the first XV unfortunately saw them lose 29-26 to CRCC. In an end to end match in which the Rocks scored 4 tries the opposition kicked a penalty in the last move of the match to win it. The Seconds game was called off.

16th December: Fixtures tomorrow in the final games of the calendar year, the First XV are away to Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd playing at Pontcanna fields. The second XV are also away at St Josephs.  

14th December: Following our recent win in the WRU plate against Builth Wells, the draw has been made for the next round (last sixteen). St. Peter’s have been drawn against Gowerton RFC (Div.1 West) or Abergavenny  (Div.2 East). Either way, the game is on the Harlequins to be played on 14th January 2017. The full draw is as follows.

Aberavon Quins v Penallta
Abercarn v Croesyceiliog
Llanishen v Pwllheli
Mold v Blackwood / Rumney
Nant Conwy v Rhydyfelin
Nelson v Trebanos
St Peters v Gowerton / Abergavenny
Ystalyfera v Dowlais

12th December: A quick reminder about one of the St Peter’s social events of the year, Christmas Jumper and Carols this coming Saturday from 6.30pm. Dig out those bad jumpers and come and sing your hearts out. 
Club opening times over Christmas: Christmas Day 12-2pm, Boxing Day 2-11pm, New Years Day 12-11pm.

11th December: Another fantastic win in the WRU Plate for the First XV yesterday beating Builth Wells 18-8. Bring on the draw for the next round. In the other fixtures the Seconds lost 7-28 at home to a strong Caerleon side, while the Youth game away to Aberdare was called off. 

7th December: The fixtures this coming Saturday are the First XV in the next round of the cup at home to Builth Wells (Please note now 2pm KO), the Seconds are also at home to Caerleon II and the Youth are away at Aberdare.

4th December:
Good wins for the Seniors today and a valiant performance from the Youth. The First XV entertained Pontyclun at home winning 38-5. This result today results in a second place spot behind Dinas. The Seconds also had a good win over Barry II on the Harlequins winning 35-3. The Youth travelled to Rumney to play in the last 16 of the Welsh Cup but were unfortunate to return on the end of a 30-12 defeat. 

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Philip Rawlings whose daughter, Gwendolyn Rose, was born yesterday. The Rocks have another new Pebble!!

1st December: Fixtures this coming weekend. The firsts are at home to Pontyclun in the league, the seconds are also at home to Barry II in the ED cup while the Youth are away at Rumney. All games KO at 2.30pm so get your thermals on and come and watch the games.


30th November: Date for your diary – Christmas Jumper and Carols at the Club. Saturday 17th December from 6.30pm onwards.


27th November: Great win yesterday for the travelling Rocks. The early kick off at Aberdare, due to the Wales v South Afterica match, didn’t phase the First XV who returned to the Hallowed Harlequins with a 3-16 victory. Well done lads.
Next weekend’s fixtures welcomes Pontyclun to the Harlequins for the First XV, whilst the Youth travel up the hill to face Rumney in the Welsh Youth Cup. Seconds have an East District Game, but we are  waiting for details.

20th November: Rugby next weekend. It’s an early kick off, at 1.30pm, for the First XV away to Aberdare as Wales will be entertaining (?) South Africa at 5.30pm. The Youth will be at home to Beddau.

Don’t forget – its only £2.50 a pint from 5.00pm till 8.00pm next Saturday for Members. Not signed up yet? There are forms available behind the bar or can be downloaded from the left hand side of this page.

14th November: Well done to both the First XV and the Youth who both won on Saturday. The First XV won 21-10 against previously unbeaten Llantrisant at home in the league, while the Youth beat Barry 38-5. At half time in the First XV game the Rocks juniors drew four all against Llantrisant juniors.


10th November: Congratulations to Archie Kozels, who played for Latvia last weekend in Riga, Latvia.


10th November: Fixtures this weekend are the First XV at home to Llantrisant in the League, KO at 1.30pm due to the international weekend. The Seconds are away in a friendly at St Josephs II, KO is 12.00pm (TBC). There is also a Youth game at home to Barry in the Cardiff & District League, KO is 1.00pm. Please come along to the club and support the teams.

Notice for club members. During the Autumn Internationals a pint on match day is £2.50 from 2-5pm for 2.30pm kick offs and 5-8pm for the 5.30pm kick off. If you haven’t signed up for membership yet this season please see Kevin O’Brien or one of the team managers/coaches.

9th November: A requiem mass, for Peter Mitchem, will take place at St. Peter’s RC Church in Roath, Cardiff at 11am on the 16th November 2016, followed by a short service at The Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill crematorium at 1:15pm.

All are welcome to attend and in lieu of flowers any donations can be made to www.kidneywales.com the Kidney Wales Foundation in memory of my father. Thank you.
Andrew Mitchem

2nd November: Following the win against Ystradgynlais in the cup on Saturday the draw has been made for the next round and the Rocks are at home to Builth Wells. The games are to be played on the weekend of 10th December.

1st November: The committee, members and friends of St. Peter’s RFC, would like to send their sincere condolences to the family of Peter Mitchem who died earlier this morning. Husband to Marion, and father to Andrew, Christopher and Susan, Peter was a great friend and servant to the club both on and off the pitch. Peter captained the club in 1967 and again in 1975. Along with his brother Alan, Peter also played baseball for the club and was a formidable batsman. He will be sadly missed.

31st October: What a fantastic win on Saturday for the firsts away at Ystradgynlais in the cup, with outstanding defence at the end of the game keeping the home side out. The final score was 13-18.

In the other games the seconds won away at Llanishen 0 -48 and the youth team lost a close game away to Mountain Ash 12 – 10.

25th October: Fixtures this coming Saturday second team at home to Llanishen. The first team is away at Ystradgynlais in the cup. The bus leaves at midday. All support for both teams are welcome.

23rd October 2016: Well done to the Rocks First XV yesterday who beat Abercynon 20-8 on the Harlequins.

24th September: How many rugby clubs in Wales can say that they fielded three Senior teams and a Youth side today? Don’t Google it! the answer is ‘one – The Rocks’

Well done to all the players of the teams today and well done to all those who helped to put those teams on the park. As you would expect, there were mixed fortunes across the teams as the seconds and thirds lost narrowly to Rumney and the Old Illts respectively, but well done to the Youth who beat Blackwood 50-3 in the first Round of the Youth Cup.

The First XV travelled across the city to a First v Third top of the table clash against Llanishen. The home team had a clear desire to run the ball as much as possible, but the travelling Rocks were Solid in all aspects of the game. Cover tackles and cover defence left every player out on their feet at the end of the game, but unlike in the past, the Rocks did not relinquish their lead in the last ten minutes. In fact the last play of the game saw a foot race (is there any other type) to the try line to win the game 22-12.

Great Game. Great Result.

Club Dinner 2016 – Information and Details
A deposit of £10 is needed by 28th February with the balance of £20 payable by April 30th . Please give your deposits to Chris Newton , Kristopher Barry, Andrew Chandler.

9th April: St. Peter’s 13 – 34 Pontyclun. Seconds and Youth called off.

8th April: Cup News: The First team have made it to the East District semi-finals and will play Glamorgan Wanderers on the 20th of April Ko 6.15pm at Llandaff North. The other Semi is Rhiwbina V Old Penarthians. They join the 2nds and Youth who are also in the East District Semi Finals.

St Peters 2nds v Cardiff Met 2nd  Tuesday 12th of April at Llandaff North other Semi Taffs Well 2nd v Rhiwbina 2nd ko 6.15pm. The Youth are playing at the same venue on Wednesday 13th of April ko 6.30pm.

8th April: Rugby this weekend – Firsts entertain Pontyclun at home. Seconds game against Rhiwbina is off. Let’s all support the First XV!!!

  Teams P W D L Pts
 1 Porth Harlequins 18 18 0 0 80
2 Llantrisant 17 12 1 4 58
St Peters 18 10 2 6 58
4 Dowlais 15 11 0 4 56
5 Barry 16 12 0 4 54
6 Penarth 20 8 0 12 39
7 Dinas Powys 16 5 3 8 35
8 Abercynon 18 6 0 12 31
9 CR Cymry Caerdydd 15 6 0 9 30
10 Pontyclun 15 4 0 11 23
11 Gwernyfed 19 3 0 16 20
12 Treherbert 17 4 0 13 17

stuartlove1st April: The funeral for Stuart Love will be held at Thornhill, on Friday 8th April,  at 3.30pm and afterwards at St. Peter’s Rugby Club,  Minster Rd. CF23 5AS.

23rd March: 
The committee, members and friends of St. Peter’s RFC, would like to send their sincere condolences to the family of Stuart Love who died this last evening, following a short illness. Stuart was a long standing member of St. Peter’s who was Rock Solid and made of granite as a No.8 during the eighties. Player of the Year for the Club in 1986-87. Stuart was a great friend both on an off the pitch. He will be sadly missed.

22nd March: We have a touring side this Saturday, Congleton RFC. We also have a side from Birmingham coming done with a few players who would like a game with us. Please let Andrew Chandler know if you are available.

17th March: Message from Andrew Chandler

Second team fixtures will be fast and furious very soon. So please make a note of these dates.
26/3 Congleton RFC Home.
2/4 Dinas Home.
6/04 Ninian Stu Llanishen III Home.
09/04 Rhiwbina Away.
13/04 ED cup Met .
16/04 Joes home.
I need everybody to be available, Cheers.

Easter20169th March: There IS a Rocks game on Saturday; we’ll be travelling to Porth Harlequins for a 12.00 kick off. There will be a bus leaving from the club at 10.30am and it will be returning in time for the England v Wales game to watch it in the club. It’s a Rocks Day Out!!

5th March: Good effort by the First XV this afternoon beating Penart 28-17. Good effort also, but not the same result as the youth went down 22-17 to Mountain Ash.

1st March: Rugby this weekend – Firsts visit the seaside to face Penarth and the Seconds are just a stones-throw away at Dinas Powys. Now would I lie to you? The Youth are a little further inland the Youth face Mountain Ash at home.

29th February: Great win for the youth on Saturday, beating Pontyclun Youth 50-5. Well done lads.

20th February: All games off today. Weather 1 – 0 Rugby.

15th February: Rugby this coming weekend. First XV v Llantrisant on the Harlequins. Seconds are away to Taffs Well. Youth are at home to Llanishen.

2nd February: Rugby this coming weekend.First XV at home to Penarth, Second XV away

to St. Joseph’s – 12 noon Kick off. Meanwhile the Youth travel to Glamorgan Wanderers.
14.25 – France v Italy
16.50 – Scotland v England

31st January: First XV game postponed. Seconds go down to Rumney 11-3.

23rd January: Two narrow defeats today for the first and second XV. The seconds were unable to do the double over Barry II, having beaten them in the cup last week, and so lost today 12-5. Meanwhile the First XV travelled up to Dowlais (Top) and battled hard in the cold. The game started well for the home team overpowering our pack with three successive scrums which lead to a penalty try. A strong home forward pack dominated the Rocks taking the score quickly to 21 nil. The home team used the wind to good effect pinning the Rocks back in their own 22 for most of the first half. Whatever the team talk at half time certainly worked and the Rocks scored two good tries and added a penalty. One more try would have brought home the spoils, but it was not to be. Final score Dowlais 21-15 Rocks.

17th January: it’s not often that any two games end up with the same result, but yesterday the Firsts and Seconds beat Pontyclun and Barry 10-5. Nice going.

12th January: Rugby this coming weekend: Firsts – away to Pontyclun; Seconds – away to Barry; Thirds – home to Pentyrch. Fancy a run out? Contact Andrew Chandler.

9th January: Rocks 41-0 Treherbert. Considering the dreadful weather, the Rocks played some of the best rugby of the season so far. St. Peter’s started well with three killer tries in the first twenty minutes as the rain battered the Harlequins playing fields. The game itself kicked off a few minutes early as both teams agreed that a warm up was pointless if you were going to end up cold and wet!! Half time was probably one of the shortest ever too.
Treherbert started the second half strong with twenty minutes of pressure in the Rocks half, but strong tackling and cover defence kept the travelling Treherbert boys away from the red zone. Two final quick tries finished the game off to take the bonus point win. And… on the stroke of the final whistle – the rain stopped. Well done Rocks and thanks to the Treherbert players, spectators and committee for a fulfilled fixture.

8th January: Unfortunately, the second team game is off tomorrow – Firsts still on!

6th January 2016: Let’s hope the weather allows for some Rugby this weekend. First XV at home to Treherbert; Second XV also at home to Clwb Rygbi II.