Match Reports 12-13

13th April: by JD

Rocks Performance Not Dampened by The Rain

Following last weekend’s performance of the season which resulted in the Rocks pulling back a six point deficit down to one against second placed Pontyclun, It was a short trip to the North of Cardiff for a game against an inform Cardiff Harlequins who had a big result against Porth the weekend before. This game was always going to be a banana skin due to the fact CQ where safe in the league and had nothing really too loose so this would allow them to play the open running rugby they are known for with no fear. After such an intense game last week the hard thing for the Rocks was to try and rise to the same level of intensity shown in the Pontyclun game, without the intervention of the touchline this time.

Fear not, it was as if a third half of last weekend’s game had started with the Rocks going on the attack in the wet conditions right from the first whistle. Within the first 5 minutes the Rocks attacked the Quins line and it was hard running outside half Dave Mitchell who opened the scoring 7-0. The school boy error crept in from the Kick off which resulted in the Quins going on the attack, an offside offence was awarded to the Quins which they slotted over 7-3. That was it for the Quins for a while as the Rocks turned up the heat in the miserable conditions, they were looking very dangerous with the ball in hand and very hungry without it, It was only Quins last gasp tackling that was halting the inevitable. From the Rocks scrum Lewis Dawes showed great pace off the mark to beat his opposite number ex rock Sean Ellis and the back row to go through and touch down from 25 meters 14-3.

The Rocks were managing the conditions much better than there opposition whose attitude to run from deep would prove costly especially against a good organised defensive line. The next try came from 2 or 3 phases from the forwards and a couple of carries from Man of the Match Dan French, the ball swept swiftly across the line for wing Josh Kelly to finish off 19-3, 15-20 minutes played. The rocks clearly with their tails up could have had another couple but the 50-50 passes spilled mainly due to poor conditions, but credit to the lads they were in a great position to try things. There were one or two exhibition style off loads which would have looked great if they had come off, but when they don’t you know the rest.

Playing the way we were you would have to expect something special and it wasn’t long in coming, I would have said was the try of the season so far. The kick off was received by Mat Murphy who fed the ball to Joshua Dunleavy carried hard through a couple of would be tackles he offloaded to his supporting runners who linked up with the backs who set up Mat Arnold on his way 20 -30 meters who linked up with Josh Kelly to cross for his second. The build-up was outstanding after some more lovely interplay from the backs and forwards, but the killer film star pass came from full back Mat Arnold a slick reverse pass to cut open the way for JK to run in, a difficult skill in the dry let alone the pouring rain for a gem of a team try, BP in the bag 24-3. The Rocks finished off the half with another score after a good old pile up over the line to take the score to 29-3 HT, 3 people were trying to claim the score so we put it down to the front row.

The game was more or less over but we knew the Quins on their home field were not going to come out and just roll over, in fact they did come out with more purpose but the Rocks defence stood strong. The Rocks playing a little too freely went on the attack again but this time from deep breaking the line and supporting each other through the forwards and backs who all wanted the ball, frustratingly the final pass going to ground in the difficult conditions. It was only a matter of time before the next score came with the Quins falling off tackles and the Rocks with the bit between their teeth the next score went to young Captain Joshua Dunleavy who not only carried through number of defenders but almost to the post out such was the determination to get over to touchdown, 36-3. The Quins to the credit came back with a fine try of their own to make the score 36-10 to the Rocks. This was a good result away from home against a big Fit Physical team, great effort from the Boys especially up who out gunned the much bigger pack in the contact area & set piece.

The confidence in the team is spot on with 4 leagues game left its still all to play for, the next game is at Home on Wednesday against Penarth who are coming through there difficulties and will relish the challenge of upsetting the run to the end of season so we must be as intense on Wednesday as we were in the last 2 games. We will not be taking this one lightly despite our previous results we will need to up the intensity for this one.  

The 2 gang had a very impressive win against an understrength Llanishern side, the last two occasions they both met the score were 10-10 & 10-3 to the Rocks, not so this weekend a  50 pointer to the Rocks taking them into top spot in the league, this crowned off a good week for 2 gang after they reached the semi-final of the mallet cup after beating a strong ST Joes II on Tuesday night.

The next game up for the Rocks 2 gang is a big test against the Cardiff Metropolitan University formally known as UWIC, this is a semi-final of the East District II team cup, this is being played at Llandaff North 6.15 KO, good luck to the 2 Gang.

We are at the money end of the season the next 2-3 weeks is massive so please come along and support the Rocks, you do make a big difference.

Next week sees the return of outside half James Morris who proudly represented Malta against Switzerland & Holland in world cup qualifying well-done James. 

30th March: by JD

Can a Rusty Rock Still Shine?

After a layoff of nearly a month due to Six Nations and poor weather it was finally back into action at Porth, this was always going to be a banana skin of a fixture that the lads had to get up for. The Rocks travelled without 4 key players due to bank Holiday commitments which meant a few 2 gang players stepping up to the first team.

The Rocks started with good intent, but were turned over when the ball was stripped in the tackle on the attack, the Porth backs moved the ball quickly to the big Centre who broke through to touch down for the first score 7-0 five minutes played. The Rocks soon hit back into attack mode setting up a series of opportunities only to be halted by some resilient Porth defence. Then what we thought would be the break through a good switch with Mitch & Jonny Morris which put Jonny in for a clear run to the line but just as he dived to put the ball down somehow the defender managed to dislodge the ball just before he grounded it, the thought did come into my mind is it going to be our day?

To the credit of the lads they kept working to get back on track, finally we were rewarded for our efforts through a try scored by Dan French after some good work from the forwards and backs to keep the ball alive, kick missed 7-5. The Rocks had the bit between their teeth looked threatening and pushed on to try and get the next score, again there reward was a penalty put over by Dave Mitchell who uncharacteristically missed his first 2 opportunities earlier on 8-7.  The Rocks now in control went looking for the next score, the next chance went to wing Dan Evans who just got caught short of the line, the Rocks did add a further 3 points through Mitch 7-11 half time. After a bad start the Rocks were well in control of the game but with little really to show for their efforts.

The Rocks started the second half a bit like the first making a mistake which led to them conceding 3 points early 10-11. The game was opening up with the Rocks pushing on, the next chance came after some good inter play from Backs and Forwards which saw Rhys Meredith go clear, but with one man to beat he decided to use the Samoian Side step rather than give the ball to the supporting runner who would have had a walk in under the posts, unfortunately the chance went begging. The Rocks were on the ascendency and again after some good off loads and support Dan French broke free to set up the next attack after a good trip the move was halted again.

The frustrations were compiled by again another break halted 10 yards out by a deliberate infringement was not again picked up by the man in the middle, three good chances missed to score was it going to be our day with 20 mins played and still 10-11. Then finally the break through the ball shipped through the backs & forwards realised wing Ben Foley to score in the corner, Dave Mitchell adding the extras from right out on the touchline 11-19. The rocks had another chance to score after Jonny Morris broke through with 2 support runners either side he took the harder passing option which was defended by Porth another chance squandered.

Porth did hit back with a try from the last play of the game which gave them a well-earned losing BP which they did deserve just for their reliance in defence -17-19 final score. This was a game we would have just been happy to have won away, but you have to feel the BP was missed but a win away is massive at this stage of the season. So credit to our boys for sticking to their game and getting the rewards, the positive thing to take out of the game was the amount of opportunities we created but missed, a bit rusty after a long layoff I guess?

The stand out shining performers on a rusty day were the Pack for their efforts at set piece time, there are one or two need to look at themselves though, Jonny Morris & Frenchy a good developing partnership in the mid field, but the Man of the Match went to wing Josh Kelly for his work rate on and off the ball especially in defence he was solid & he was always looking for work. Congratulations to David Mitchell who on Saturday got over the 100 league points mark for this season so far, he is also representing Cardiff & District on Wednesday night against Cardiff at the Arms Park.

Unfortunately the 2 gang game against Llandaff was called off due to Llandaff not being able to raise a team, maybe not a bad thing with so many 2 gang players away. The Cavs beat a touring team old Bedians from Manchester 65-53 apparently must have been a touch rugby match? The Youth went down to a strong St Joes team away, unfortunately the youth have a number of injuries plus player unavailable, the boys did well against the Joes who fielded a strong side.

Next weekend its 2nd V 3rd in the league the First team host Pontyclun who are 7 points in front of the Rocks, this is a must win game for the Rocks as it will keep any promotion hopes alive. The game away earlier in the season ended in a nail biting draw in very difficult conditions. The both teams try and play an open running game, so please come along to the Harlequins and show your support for the Rocks 2.30 kick off it promises to be a cracker.

27th March: Report By Paul Ring

A big result on Wednesday. With a very young side. (Front 5 all 1st year youth). And 10 in total who started the game. A massive effort which shows great strength in depth. Its been a difficult year on selection but we want to really show our appreciation to everyone for sticking at it. With so many big injuries and drop outs we are lucky to be able to call on some really talented youngsters. We went through to the next round as the away team after an 11 all draw. If Im honest we didnt expect to come close to fairwater who I believe have only lost 1 game all season. So for us to turn up with no warm up go straight out and perform like that was a real credit.
Some very close candidates for mom. But my vote goes to jack Beere but you all deserve a pat on the back. Well done rocks youth.

23rd March: by South Wales Echo

Bladen Seals Rocks Win in Cup Clash

or The Truth is Out There Somewhere

Llanishen RFC took on St. Peters in their second round Mallet Cup replay at a muddy Llanishen rugby club on Saturday. 

After a bright start by the home side and an early penalty, the Rocks got on top with a try late in the first half by Mike Dei.

St. Peters continued on top into the second half and made pressure tell with a game-clinching try by Geraint Bladen giving the Rocks a deserved 10-3 win and putting them into the next round.


Further to this article there have been one or two rumblings on the equally factually correct publication of Facebook.

  • Jack Cook First try I score since under 15s and they get the names wrong, Im devastated
  • Anthony Johnson Nice 2 see some decent photos Carl think Kevins Kodak throw away has seen better days
  • Carl Robertson Thanks
  • Kevin OBrien Nice
  • Geraint Bladen Lol I didnt score. It was dyson I just put my weight behind him and pushed Him over line but Ill take it lol.
  • Jack Cook All 20st. of it was it donk? 
  • Geraint Bladen Thats just the belly lol
  • Paul Ring Its called an assist Donkey boy. WELL DONE !!
  • John Dunleavy Cooky you dont need the advertising kid.
  • For the record it was Jack Cook & Dyson who scored against Llanishern Saturday for the 2gang we were miss informed, good gutsy win again

2nd March: by JD

Rocks Score Eight!

The Rocks were back in action due to a break in the six nations away to inform Pentyrch who had before the previous week had won 7 games on the bounce. Last season this game was to be a big factor in why the Rocks missed out on promotion losing the game that should have been at least 4 points all day long, so nothing would be taken for granted this time.

On arrival we were told that Pentyrch could only field 15 players so the game would have to start with Passive scrums to the frustration of the Rocks front row. The thing is you probably think that this would be better for you as a team guaranteeing your scrum ball and given you a good platform to work off, but what it takes out is the energy used up to compete against a bigger pack, which would mean that players tire quicker which makes defences work harder. To be fair to the guys this hiccup didn’t change their focus on the job in hand which was to gain a Bonus point win in order to stay in touch with 2nd place. It was important to win with a BP as 2nd place Pontyclun were playing bottom of the league at home which should & did result in a BP win for them.

The Rocks clearly up for the game started well playing with tempo and showing good positive intent in all areas of contact. it wasn’t long before the 1st score came after some good build up play Jonny Morris Fed Captain Josh Dunleavy an inside ball to break through the defence to run on towards the line, he unselfishly gave the pass to Brother Lewis in support to finish off under the posts for the opening score, Dan French adding the conversion 7-0.  This was the kick start the Rocks needed to settle themselves down, because despite playing without scrums you still have the rest of the game to play normally and to their credit Pentyrch defended well. The Rocks were looking very dangerous even from deep in their own half but as of games gone by the last pass would not quite go to hand. Eventually the cool head approach finally kicked in, building phases would be the key to opening up the defence, and after good inter play and good slick foot work Full back Mat Arnold got through to score in the corner 12-0.

The next two tries came not long after, from James Morris who got his first 1st team try & Rhys Meredith again as a result of good work through the forwards & backs combining well to finish off a good half 22-0, with the Bonus point in the bag. The game more or less won you felt that Pentyrch with nothing to lose would come out of the blocks and try and restore some pride, to their credit they did just that not given up and still testing the Rocks Solid defence. Despite this there was only going to be one outcome more scores came even with the Rocks down to 14 the opportunities would offer themselves up. The next score went to big 2nd Row Archie who broke through the line to out run the defence to touch down 29-0. The next 21 points came from tries from Dan Evans on his Debut, Matt Arnold who grabbed his 2nd & David Mitchell who also added 3 conversions, final score the Rocks 50 Pentyrch 0.

A well-deserved victory in a testing game, Pentyrch were understrength but you still have to break them down to create & finish off the opportunities, let’s be honest we have all seen Wales play against lesser opposition and not only struggle but lose, and that’s not showing disrespect to Pentych. The big things to take out of today was 0 points conceded, the quality of finishing from the forwards and backs grabbing 4 tries each, but the key for me was the build-up to all these tries going through the phases, being patient and executing a big improvement on the last few games.

The stand out performers today were Captain Josh Dunleavy, Mat Murphy, Robbie Ryan, Fussey in the loose, Matty Arnold, but the Man of the match went to the TANK Dan French who’s work rate Tackling & Carrying was what this win was built on. Congratulations to James Morris for getting his 1st of many tries for the 1st team & Dan Evans for scoring on his debut. Well-done to new prop Mike Dei on making his 1st team debut. The next league action for the 1stteam is inform Penarth at HQ, Penarth have finally got things back on track after 2 seasons of pain, so this game will not be taken lightly, we must be at our best in 3 weeks’ time to meet their big pack head on ,and with the return of a couple of our heavy weights up front it promises to be a good one.

The 2gang had an impressive win in the East District cup quarter finals against local rivals St Joes, the 2 gang ran out winners 52-15 with Bryn Evans scoring 3 tries in his long awaited come back game, more impressive was his brother Idris who produced a MOM performance in the back row, Idris normally plays 12, another Mike Thomas uncovered production of talent.  It looks like 2 gang will be playing a strong Cardiff Met II in the semi-final, date TBC, revenge is in the air and given the quality on show Saturday they have a very good chance of turning the Met over.  

The Cavs had last minute call off in the League against CHSOB another claimed game. This resulted in a last minute trip to Bridgend based Heol-y-Cyw to play there 2nds. The Cavs rang out surprising winners to the shock of the Div 1 clubs 2nd string. Cavs rugby is what it’s all about and the returning warriors showing off battle scars and cuts for their efforts all this in the name of Rocks Cavs Rugby. Apparently there was no love lost with the Village team after Mr B (Heinz variety 57) & Side kick acquainted themselves with a few sport enhanced personnel on the other side, but lots of love after the game.

The Youth had a confusing day as far as the result was concerned 3 results posted a win 21-13, lost 25-21 and a draw 21-21 against Treorchy at home. So take your pick….I dare say if the league comes down to a couple of points this game will certainly end in in court? But well-done to the Lads playing in their 1st season in the top flight. The biggest frustration  for the coaches is that they cannot field there strongest team for one reason or another, the future is certainly looking good never the less so keep it up lads.

A big well-done to Mark, Smudger & Nick who coach the U12s, who reached the Blues Cup semi-final after beating Llanishern 19-15 in a cracker of a game Sunday, the game was a hard fought affair which was worthy of a final in its self, both sides showing great qualities for such young players. What was more noticeable was how both teams mixed with each other after the game and a committed battle, a credit to their clubs.

The next 2 weeks are the final part of the six nations but we will be trying to get a couple of friendlies. At the moment Dinas Powys has been pencilled in for the seniors at the Harlequins 12.30 kick off on the 16th of March.

Good Luck to the Wales team on Saturday a result in Scotland sets up the show down against England how much more of an incentive is that to beat the Jocks?  


16th Feb: by JD

Fussey the Rocks Hero Fights Through the Pain to Win the Game

The Rocks finally got back into action with a home game against Tonyrefail. This was always going to be a potential banana skin with Ton fighting for league survival. The game earlier in the season saw Ton field a weekend team cursed with injuries but the team they had out Saturday looked a much improved Ton team compared to the one the Rocks defeated away. Playing on a heavy sticky pitch it was not going to be pretty and its certainly lived up to expectations. The Rocks started the brighter after Lewis Dunleavy re-gathered the ball from the kick off and put the Rocks on the front foot and in a good attacking area earlier doors, unfortunately a penalty was awarded to Ton for a Rocks forward going off their feet at the breakdown and the pressure was relieved.

The game was starting to become a game of who can hold the ball the longest both teams suffering with frustrating handling errors. The opening score went to Ton through a penalty awarded for not releasing at the tackle, 0-3 Ton. The Rocks soon hit back after finally building a few phases which stretched the Ton defence, the forwards linked up with the backs to release inform wing Josh Kelly to beat 3 or 4 defenders to touch down, Johnny Morris added the Conversion 7-3. The Rocks were in control but again some poor handling in their own half gave the Ton team the opportunity to attack, unfortunately the errors and missed tackles resulted in a touch down and 7 valuable points to the away team. 10-7. This is how the score line stayed for most of the game the Rocks missed a couple of Penalties and an opportunity to score but yet again the mistakes crept in, 10-7 HT.

The talk at HT was to be patient when in striking distance of the line. The Rocks showed a lot more intent with some good carries through the forwards, Archie, Mat Murphy forcing the Ton Numbers to finally commit and with the hard running from New Boy Andy Humberstone in the Centre gaps were starting to open up. Time to ring the changes with Robbie Ryan, Kyle Foat Entering the game, this seemed to bring a bit of life to the team creating 3 good chances to score what would normally result in simple running’s but not today as the final pass went down chances gone. With 20 minutes to go you could sense it was only a matter of time, even though you could sense peoples thoughts of its not going to be our day, but there is one thing this team does not do and that’s give in. Another change Dan Evans making his 1st team League debut added a lift to the team a pacey strong running back who has the ability to create something out of nothing we hope! Then the Rocks suffered a big blow loosing Frosty with a Rib injury this forced the change to bring Mike Fussey on who was on the bench because he had suffered a back spasm in the warm up, he was only there if needed and with 15 minutes left he’s was definitely needed. The game and clock now against the Rocks despite having the lion’s share of possession and territory just couldn’t find away though, until James Morris fed Captain Josh Dunleavy who carried hard at the line just to be halted who was on hand Mike Fussey to pick up and crash over under the posts 14-10, a heroic effort from a man in so much pain.

The game was back in the Rocks favour and with 6-7 minutes left you felt that was it on the attack just keep playing deep and make the opposition bring it back, but again the Rocks put themselves under pressure conceding 2 stupid penalties and ending up back down defending there line. This would be the final test on resilience Ton sniffing a valuable try and the Rocks holding out for the win. The rocks turned the resulting Ton line out ball over but in the act of trying to re-gather knocked the ball on giving Ton a Scrum 10-15 yards out. With 2-3 minutes left Ton through everything at the Rocks but the defence held strong, the ball finally spilling after a massive collision between Lewis Dunleavy & the Ton full back resulted in a scrum to the Rocks 10 metres out last play game over 14-10. I the words of Ian Holloway we went out on the pull picked up a bird, which was a result but she was an ugly one but a pulls, pull, check it out on our web site.

We didn’t play well today maybe due to the lack of competitive rugby over the last few weeks but a wins a win,  on a positive note we created a number of scoring opportunities but failed to nail them through our own mistakes, we also have in new outside half James Morris a good Game Manager who will become an instrumental part of the team, so we have plenty to work on before the trip to inform Pentyrch in 2 weeks. To their Credit Tonyrefail stuck at it right to the end there resilience not to give up will keep them in this league. The Standout Performers to were Joshua & Lewis Dunleavy, Rhys Meredith, Simon Colley, Big Arch & Mike Fussy up front, in the backs Robbie Ryan, Josh Kelly all had solid games but the Man of the Match went to Andy Humberstone who’s had running at 13 kept us in the game.  A special mention to Fussey who was and still is in a lot of pain with his back, not only did he get the winning score but changed the momentum in the scrum against a big heavy Ton Pack, a true statement of his commitment to the Rocks.

The 2 Gang had a good win at Maesteg Celtic 19-14 with Big Ben Davies & Macko scoring a tries, and Craig Manley adding the Kicks, well-done 2 Gang. The Youth went down to the Joes at Home 6-5, The Joes are a strong side fielding a number of last year boys compared to our 1st& 2nd year youth so a big well-done to Ringos lads the journey has only just began for you lot keep it going. 

The next fixtures due are on the 2nd of March,

1st Team away to Pentyrch

2 Gang play the Joes in the Cup

3rd Cavs play Cardiff Quins


Good Luck to Wales out in Italy. 

9th Feb: by JD

Plymouth Aragum Stag Game 

The Rocks entertained a Touring team from Plymouth on Saturday who were travelling to Cardiff for Mini Tour and Stag weekend. The Rocks fielding a mixed club team but were always on top, this was mainly down to the fact the Plymouth boys preparation was a few bevies in the Bar first. The Rocks ran out winners comfortably despite the Plymouth lads ended up with 17 on the pitch. I would like to thank the Plymouth Lads who competed and  gave some of our boys some much needed time playing, it was a much needed break from doing nothing with the Six Nations and the weather putting pay to regular rugby. It was A good return for Tom Obrien who captained the team after a 20 month layoff with a knee injury. Man of the match for the Rocks went to outside half James Morris who had a hand in all 9 tries.

 Team that played, Mike Dei, Conky, Colley, Archie, Donkey, Mat Arnold, Dale Waith, Josh Dunleavy, Tom Obrien Capt, James Morris, Dan Evans, Andy Humberstone, Frosty (centre smaller than Mitch slower than Sonny just)  John Evans, James Mullane. Subs Craig Manley, Dyson, Idris Evans, Foxy  & Smudger (who should have scored)


 Dan Evans 3, John Evans 2, Andy Humberstone, Frosty (50 yard splatter), Dale Waith & Archie, James Morris added a number of conversions, Man of the Match James Morris.

 Next weekend its back to league action at home against Tonyrefail, fingers crossed the weather will give everyone an opportunity to have a run?

12th Jan: by JD

Hard Fort Bonus Point win in the freezing Cold mud

The Rocks welcomed Nantymoel to the Harlequins on Saturday a team they lost to earlier in the season away. After a day of rain the pitch was holding surface water which would have put the game under threat of being called off. Thanks to the Chairman Joe Sweeney and his side kick they managed to prep the pitch to be passed fit to play despite it being very heavy in certain areas.  Unfortunately adding to the day was the fact that Nantymoel couldn’t field a full front row so the game had to be played with passive or no contested scrums to the frustration of front row union.

The conditions would be a crucial factor with a strong cold wind and very heavy pitch it was a game for the Piano pushers not the Piano Players. The Rocks started well against the wind after a good break after some tidy link up play deep in there half saw Lewis Dawes open for the 1st score Dan French adding the extras 7-0. Unfortunately playing against a strong wind the Rocks had to run out from deep and try and build phases, the risk of handling errors would made higher given the conditions, this played right into the hands of Nant as the mistakes would just give the ball back through the passive scrum. The Rocks eventually conceded a try after some good hands from Nant which evened the score 7-7, the Rocks hit back through Mat Murphy to take the score to 12-10 after Nant popped over a penalty. The handling errors were creeping in from both teams due to the poor conditions this favoured Nant as it just kept given them the ball back at scrum time. After a long period without the ball just before HT Nant went over to score after a good break from there talented outside half 17-12 HT. The rocks were unlucky to have a try turned down after some excellent off loading and support play, unfortunately the final pass was redeemed to be forward but 10 out of 10 for effort in the conditions.

The Rocks took heart from the fact the wind was so strong the feeling was it would only be a matter of time before the Rocks took control. The 2nd half started brightly pinning Nant back, the Nant defence held solid, eventually the Rocks broke through with a well finished try from wing Josh Kelly after fantastic pass from James Morris who’s vision to spot the opportunity was top draw, Dan French added the extras 17-17, Dan then hit a penalty over to put the Rocks back into the Lead 20-17. To be fair to Nant they were hanging in there so the game was in the balance until finally after some good build up play from the forwards and backs put Nants defence to the test, Lewis Dawes fed young captain Josh Dunleavy who came on a great angle to smash over for the important bonus point score and put a bit of well-earned day light between the teams, French adding the extras 27-17. That was it really for Nant after heroic defence and the Rocks back on the up the next score came not long after through big wing Martyn Hill who finished off after some good link up play 32-17. There were other chances to score but fatigue and the cold setting in contributed to the ball going down. 

Game won 32-17 in difficult conditions and under the added issue of non-contested scrums which unfortunately was one of the reasons why the game stayed on a knife edge for a long time. It was difficult to pick a stand out performer maybe the back row again  who carried well & tackled hard but there was only one today Mat Murphy deservedly was Man of the Match well come back Jesus, he has risen again from the bar.

Next weekend the 1st team have Fairwater away TBC, the 2nds have a Cup tie against St Joes II at the Harlequins & the Cavs are away to Tongwynlias II, the Youth are away in the League to Beddau.

Happy Birthdays to Andrew Omarlia, Nathan Frosty Whetton & Ed Dobbs & Congratulations to Sean O’Brien & Rhys Meredith on their Engagements, (Not to each other of course).

 5th Jan: Players Stats to be updated monthly.

Lewis Dunleavy 59   Lewis Dawes 100%   Matt Arnold 42
Rhys Meredith 42   Rhys Meredith 95%   Josh Dunleavy 36
Josh Dunleavy 36   Matt Arnold 93%   Rich Thomas 35
David Mitchell 33   Lewis Dunleavy 92%   Johnny Miller 25
Lewis Dawes 32         Michael Fussey 25
Rich Thomas 32            

28th December: By PR
Good effort from the Youth in Kidwelly.

Kidwelly Youth 12 8 St. Peters Youth
A fine effort yesterday boys. That was always going to be a very tough ask going up there. I think it took a while to get going and if we could have come out of the blocks a bit quicker it could have been a different story. 

We all thought that turning around 12 3 down with that wind advantage second half would be enough. But a disallowed try and a very close penalty kick didnt help. 
However we have to admit they played a smarter game and out rucked and counter rucked us better, so in the end the better team won. 
Man of the match had to be Ryan Spriggs, who lead from the front followed by Jordan Rowe, Adam Howard and Ryan Farah who all stood out. Ben Chandler also Owen and Ben also played well in awful conditions .
Well done! Now lets concentrate on the League and other 2 cups. And welcome back our regular linesman. Oops. ! Sorry Conk.

Another Report by MS

15th December: by JD
Solid performance from an understrength 2 Gang  

 The only game to survive the rain from Friday was 2gang against Llansihern in the Mallet Cup, the Youths Double header was called off against the Joes due to the Joes having a lack of front Row or Blackwier being unplayable? (someone must have been doing a rain dance all night). Any way the 2nds had a trip to neighbours Llanishern who previously failed to show up at the Harlequins earlier in the season for a league game.

The Rocks without a number of Regulars had to call on a couple of the Cavs to step up for the game. It was clear from the moment we turned up that Llanishern had a strong side out as a number of players with Sweeping brushes in hand were trying to clear water off the pitch desperate to get the game on. Unfortunately the main pitch was unplayable so the game was switched to the pitches behind the changing rooms. Looking from the side the lighter Rocks pack were going to have their hands full against a big heavy Llanishern pack especially on the heavy pitch. The Rocks played up the slop which could have been classed as an incline not a slop due to the severity of the fall off, the game its self was mainly played in the Rocks half good strong defence kept the well organised Llan team out. The Rocks lost wing Jordan Murphy with a Dislocated Elbow, which turned out to be a clean dislocation with nothing broke. The Valliant defence against the slop and in poor conditions was rewarded with a 0-0 score line at HT.

The 2nd half you had to feel would be with the Rocks and with some good Charging runs from Jbone & big Wing Martyn Hill eventually the breakthrough came from stalwart Paul Obrien crashing over for the deceive score 7-0. Llansihern did hit back with a finely worked try of their own sparked off by their classy centre who I have to say didn’t play 1st half for some reason?  The Rocks heroically held out for a well-earned the draw against a strong 2nd team, but cup rules state if everything is tied and extra time can’t be played the away team go through. Well-done to Jimmy’s hero’s you done the club proud against a very strong team. Everyone stood up for each other and the club today but if you were to pick players who made the difference then Martyn Hill, JBone, Foaty, Dan Evans, Dyson, Dale & Robbie Ryan all had big games.    

8th December
Rocks Fall & The Top  

The 1st team travelled to league leaders Dowlias the day didn’t start to well with the withdrawal of Captain Sonny Driscoll, so step up 20 year old Josh Dunleavy to led the team for the 2ndtime this season. The Rocks knew that a massive performance was needed against an inform team.

The game was a bit of an arm wrestle for a good 20 -30 minutes with both defences holding solid, but at least both sides tried to play with tempo on a heavy pitch. The Rocks were dealt a harsh blow when prop Mike Fussey was given 10 minutes in the bin, this put added pressure on the Rocks especially at scrum time. This seemed to kick start the Rocks into action as  It was the Rocks who struck first with after some good build up play Mat Arnold broke down the blindside and linked Josh Dunleavy who fed the ball back inside to Dan French who put Flanker Jack Smith Clear to score under the posts 7-0, the only other score of the half was a kick from Mitch & a Penalty from Dowlias 10-3 HT.

The Home team started the brighter forcing the Rocks back but as the first half the Defence held strong, the Dowlias team switched their game from open running to tight forward play which brought their first score through a dubious Penalty try for what was deemed to be a player bring a ruck down over the trey line?? & to make matters worse a yellow card to Rhys Meredith 10-10. To add insult to injury Dowlias hit back with another try with 20 minutes left the rocks response was a penalty through Dai Mitchell 17-13 with 10 minutes left. The Rocks didn’t give up and put the Dowlias team under pressure inside their half but frustratingly gave away penalties in good attacking area. With minutes left the Rocks attacked again but this time poor decision making forced a turnover deep in the Dowlias Half this was the final nail with the Rocks scrambling back ran out of defenders to give the Dowlias team an easy run in under the sticks 24-13 game over.

This was a game that the Rocks played a big part in their own down fall and to be fair to Dowlias they took full advantage of that. We look forward to the return fixture it promises to be another nail bitter. This defeat puts the pressure on a little but don’t forget we were top at Christmas last year and team who were promoted where 4th  & 5th so there is still plenty of Rugby to be played its just half time as far as the league is concerned. The Stand out performers where Ben Foley, Mat Arnold, Dan French, Rhys Meredith & Archie who made his 1st team come back from injury after 18 months. The next game for the 1st team is against Fairwater on the 29th of December away it promises to be a big one.

Well-done to 2 gang who beat Old Pens in the league, unfortunately the Cavs didn’t play & Barry Called off against the Youth.  The next Game is for the Youth in the Welsh Cup last 16 at Kidwelly on the Saturday 22nd of December please come along and support the Future Rocks the Bus leaves at 11.30 from the club, I think it’s a 2.00 KO just in case extra time is required.

Good Luck Fella’s the whole club is behind you.

15th December: Message from JD

Congratulations to the 2nds getting through to the next round of the Mallet cup, a good team performance in testing conditions against a strong Llanishern side. Some good individual performances Which will be taken into consideration for Fairwater. Martin Hill, Dan Evans & Dyson all played a big part in the win. Best wishes to Jordan Murphy who dislocated his elbow during the game, it was put back in after a bit of gas & air, the good news was that it was a clean dislocation and nothing was broken so hopefully he will be back in action after Christmas.

5th December:
It’s a Top of the table Clash so come and Support the Rocks at Dowlias

 The Rocks playing with 14 men for most of the game showed the huge character & produced a brave heart performance to win against Cardiff Qunis, this will bond the team ready for the challenge of League leaders Dowlias on the 8th of December away.  Even though the Rocks were down to 14 for an hour they didn’t look under threat from a lively Qunis team, in fact the Rocks squandered a few easy chances to walk over the line. This seemed to be the theme of the day good line breaks but the final pass going down, the dead lock was broken quite early after the Qunis gave a Penalty away close to their line, Josh Dunleavy took a quick ball off lewis Dawes to open the scoring 7-0.

 The rocks on top then the turning point 10 mins in a Red Card brandished to one of the Rocks players after an incident off the ball between the Ref and the player, everyone looked bemused as to what had happened. This gave the boys a bit more incentive to work harder for each other but against a fit side you felt the extra man would take its toll.  The lads work rate was spot on making for the man down, in the loose we were very dangerous creating opportunities every time we had the ball, but unfortunately the last pass went down.

 The Rocks desire to stay on top was clear every man putting extra work in to keep up the tempo and momentum, this was rewarded through the boot of Dai Mitch who kicked 14 points on the day. The Qunis hit back themselves to narrow the lead but the Rocks were not going to be denied running out winners 19-13. It was difficult to pick out the Man of the match after a massive team effort, but the performances of the day came from Mat Arnold, Dai Mitchell, Josh Dunleavy, Joe Davies & Mike Fussey.

 The Next match is against League Leaders Dowlias away a game that the Rocks have won in the past, but Dowlias who have obviously improved as there League position shows, so it will be another mouth-watering challenge, so please come along and support the boys up in Dowlias on the 8th

27th October: Report by Jimmy Mullane
Rhiwbina II 19-10 Two Gang!
Rugby doesnt build character it finds character.

Two gang put together an emotional 14 man win versus arch rivals Rhiwbina in the Mallet Cup on Saturday. The Warburton moment happened early in the second half, with the ref sending off Big Ben Davies with a straight red card for what seemed to be a fantastic tackle on his opposite number Cue brave heart like moments, with never say die tackling from every player Try of the game won it from the every present Sam Dodge.

Quote from team captain James Mullane Rugby doesnt build character, it finds character. These group of men embody this ethos

27th October: Report by John Dunleavy
Llantrisant 47-8 St. Peters 
Tough Test at Llantrisant

 The 1st team travelled to high flying 2nd Division Llantrisant Saturday to play them in the Cup a competition that can become more of a distraction than anything. The Rocks without 6 key players including Josh Dunleavy called up to bench for Cardiff against Llanelli, used the game to try out players coming back from injury and a couple of new signings, this topped with a couple of players suffering from self-inflicted man flu would make the task ahead a tough one.

It was clear from the start that the understrength Rocks would have to keep their wits about them against a lively team, unfortunately the loss of No8 Chris Lewis 3 minutes in didn’t help. The opening exchanges were pretty even but the Rocks on the 1st attack took the lead through a penalty from Centre Jonny Morris. Llantrisant soon hit back with a 2 quick Tries after some poor 1st up defence from the Rocks 13-3, this is how the game stayed until half time with both teams going close but the last pass not being held. The 2nd half started well for the Rocks, after some quick thinking from Kriss Barry who took a quick line out to JK who moved the ball across the line to set Wing Ben Foley away to score a well worked try 13-8. The Rocks gained good confidence from the score and soon went back on the attack but mistakes crept in and the Llantrisant punished them with again 2 quick tries.

The Rocks kept positive but made error after error and this not helped with some unfortunate decisions around the breakdown from the man in the middle resulted in tries being conceded. The last 15 minutes was like a training run for the Llantrisant team with the Rocks at one point down to 13 didn’t have an answer to the attacks conceding 20 points in the period. To the credit of the lads there didn’t give up but the injuries and quality of the opposition there would only be one outcome. On a positive admittedly both sides would have preferred to have been bumped out of the cup so at least we won that battle. Positively the set piece lineouts & Scrums were a good match for the Div 2 team so not all doom & gloom.

The score line was flattering but the harshness of the result will hopefully bond the team ready for next weekend’s top of the league clash with the Money team of the league Pontyclun, with a number of players coming back in it should be a good one to test ourselves against the unbeaten league leaders. I have to say we didn’t play well probably one of our under par performances so far, maybe the eye was on the prize this weekend. The main performers today came from Nick Kelly, Jonny Morris, Scott Carmichael, but the Man of the Match went to Richie Thomas for his all-round work rate and attitude.

The 2 gang beat the Squirrels for the 2nd time in a week a heroic performance down to 14 men at one point Don G could give a MOM he just said everyone stood out. The Cavs kept up their winning streak by beating Llanishern mixed 2nds & 3rds in a friendly. The result of the day went to the Youth away to league leaders Treorcy coming out winners 16-14, another heroic defensive display to produce a fine result, what also made it more of an achievement was that they won with so many players unavailable.   

Next weekend’s games

1st Away to Pont-y-Clun meet at 12.30, league
2 Gang away to Llanishen II meet at 1.00, league
Cav’s away to Llanishen III meet at 1.00, league
Youth are at home in the Welsh Cup to Pont-y-berin

All kick off at 2.30.

15th October: Report By John Dunleavy

Wave after Wave of Tries for Rocks at the Seaside

The Rocks coming off the back of two wins headed off to Penarth who’s pre match write up certainly added a little spice to the contest. The comforting words did not really impact the seasider’s as it was clear from the start who wanted it the most. The Rocks playing into the wind Kicked off, it was a spot on 10 metre curling kick caught Penarth out, the ball was gathered from the kick off by Lewis Dunleavy who charged up the field to give the Rocks the perfect platform to attack from. The good ball retention set up a number of phases which eventually got the backs away to set Lewis Dawes an opportunity to break the line and scramble over for the first try after 2 minutes, Dave Mitchell’s touchline conversion successful  7-0.

The Rocks received the ball back from the kick off and again went on the attack straight away building up phase after phase and also looking dangerous with ball in hand which was causing problems for the Penarth defence. The good work finally paid off with a good run from the Mid field set up Captain Sonny Driscoll to beat two defenders to run in under the posts, a nice Birthday gift for the skipper, conversion over 14-0, 10 minutes played.

From the restart what may have been a little bit of compliancy setting the Rocks seemed to lost a bit of Discipline which lead to a Penalty being conceded which Penarth kicked to the sloppy corner. This put the Rocks defence to the test against the big seasiders pack, but it held solid through waves of attacks eventually a good turnover and a good 40 metre clearance relieved the pressure a good team effort in defence. After all the hard work another infringement from the lineout gave the Penarth another opportunity to push the ball in the corner to again attack through there pack. Just like the previous effort the defence stood tall, but the pressure was being applied with phase after phase and a couple of scrums, eventually saw Penarth crash over in the corner 14-5. The annoying part of conceding a try like this is that it shouldn’t have happened it was simply poor discipline and 15 minutes of hard work without the ball.

This gave Penarth a bit of hope but they kept kicking the ball back to Rocks which gave us the much needed possession to attack with. Penarth then gave away a penalty which Dai Mitch converted from a good 40 metres out. 17- 5 half time after a great start not a lot to show mainly down to poor discipline.

The Rocks with the wind behind them started a little slowly but soon hit their stride 10 minutes into the second half after again good build up play and created a chance for inform wing Josh Kelly to run in and finish off to score in the corner, after some good link play between the forwards & backs 22-5. This was the break through needed to get the heads down against the hard working Penarth defence. The Penarth team didn’t give up, but the fitter faster Rocks worked hard in defence which created a turnover to give Josh Kelly a 70 metre foot race against his opposite wing, which Josh won to touch down for his 2nd try & bonus point try under the posts 29-5. This was the killer moment that sapped the energy out of the Penarth team and gave the Rampant rocks a further two trys through Jack Smith & Nick Kelly. Dai Mitchell kicking both taking his toll to 13 for the day and the Rocks to a 43-5 victory away.

It was not all one way traffic Penarth are Clearly not the team there were last year just missing out on relegation due to there being any, they have reformed and built a big pack which will compete with most sides in the league and they have also become an awkward team to breakdown, so it was a good strong win against a team who fancied a result against us at there ground SO THEIR WEB SITE SAID.

The stand out performers where Rhys Meredith, Mike Fussy, Kriss Barry, Sonny Driscoll & Jonny Morris, but the Man of the match votes went to Richie Thomas & Josh Dunleavy for their hard work and all round game. The points came from Dai Mitchell collected 13 points for the day, tries Josh Kelly 2, Lewis Dawes, Sonny Driscoll, Jack Smith & Nick Kelly.

The only other game played was the 2nd away to Llandaff which they won 25-24 with wing Sam Dodge (sprint coach) scoring 2 tries from the 2nd row. WHO SELECTED THAT TEAM??

The youth & Cav games were both off due to the weather.

Next weekend the Rocks 1st are at Home against Porth Harlequins a team who have mixed results but come off the back of a win at Pentyrch & have beaten top of the league Dowlias, so we must be on our metal for that one.

1st Porth Harlequins at home.
2 gang Rhiwbina 2nds Home.
Cavs Cardiff Sarries away.
Youth Treorchy away.

Good luck Rocks & Fingers crossed with the weather.

9th October: Reports By John Dunleavy

Things Back on track after two good wins

Tonyrefail 5,The Rocks 16

 After two narrow defeats the trip to Tonyrefail would be crucial to get a result to get the season back on track, if the recent results had gone against us the added headache of our injury list was getting bigger & bigger with 17 players 1st & 2nds unavailable. This certainly tested the strength in depth with 3 senior league fixtures planned for the weekend. The changes saw a complete Front Row come in given Scott Carmichael his 1st team starting Debut, along with Jonny Morris at 12., Robbie Ryan steeped into 13, Sonny Driscoll still N/A saw the captaincy handed over to 20 year old Josh Dunleavy.

 The Rocks started game the better of the two teams, against the wind showing good intent in attack building phases and move the ball at every opportunity. After a series of rucks the ball moved through the hands to set Robbie Ryan free  to score the opening try. The Rocks pressure was telling on Ton with a dominating Lineout and solid scrum it would surely be a matter of time before the next score. The Rocks were awarded a penalty and opted for a scrum 10 yards out the pack drove the Ton Back over there line but a miss understanding saw the Ton 9 touch the ball down, drop out 22 awarded a 7 point chance missed. The Rocks made up for the missed opportunity a few minutes later after good link play with forwards and backs saw flanker Lewis Dunleavy go clear to finish off with a try 10-0, the Rocks should have had another score but the last pass should have gone earlier which would have resulted in a run in for Josh Kelly 10-0 HT.

The Rocks playing the 2nd half with the wind felt confident of more scores but were dealt a blow after losing loose head prop Frosty, this seemed spark Ton as it was them who started the brighter after also making some changes up front. Tons ball retention was better which brought the Rocks defence into play, which I have to say stood strong until a miss tackle saw the Ton wing score in the corner 10-5. The Rocks added a further 6 points from the boot of Mitch to push the score out to 16-5, The Ton side never gave up but the Rocks were just too strong in Defence. The Rocks should have put the game out of site after more good hands created an overlap that if executed swiftly would have resulted in a walking for Mat O’Brien, unfortunately a bit of white line fever saw the chance missed. 

Game over a well needed 4 points away from home which was important, when you look at the game overall it was probably a Bonus point chance missed, but a win is win. The stand out performers were Mat Arnold, Jonny Morris & Robbie Ryan. Tries Robbie Ryan & Lewis Dunleavy.

The 2nds went down to Clwb Rugbi what turned out to be a friendly, the Cavs beat Tongwynlias 59-0 in the league & the result of the day went to the Youth beating Local rivals Rumney 27-3 in the League.

 Positive Rugby Delivers

 The Rocks 44 Pentyrch 22

The previous weekends record of 17 players N/A would have a more positive impact with a number of them returning to action, but no sooner than one comes back another one is N/A.

The teams selection was stronger than the previous week, seeing the return of Ed Dobbs &  captain Sonny Driscoll to the starting line-up on the down side Frosty was still out with a Shoulder injury. Pentyrch came to the Harlequins after suffering a big defeat to inform Aberdare who narrowly beat the Rocks at home 2 weeks previous. As the week before the Rocks started the more positive and it was not long before the 1st try came after a good patient build up and saw Mat O’Brien squeeze in to touch down in the corner 5-0.

The domination up front was starting to tell after a series of penalties for infringements at the breakdown which eventually resulted in a 1st Rocks try for Mike Fussey 10-0. A poor gather from the restart resulted in the Rocks conceding a try against the run of play 10-7. This forced the Rocks into action and again after building phases through backs & forwards created a chance for Ed Dobbs to crash over 17-7, it was not long after Ed Dobbs got another score in a very similar fashion 24-7 bonus point in the bag. Pentyrch added a penalty 24-10 HT, a good 1sthalf performance playing with tempo and good structure.

The 2nd half call was for more of the same but when you are in a position like this it’s important to stay focused and keep doing the simple things right. Mitch added a penalty to keep the score board ticking over. Then the moment of the game with the Rocks playing with confidence they were looking to run the ball from anywhere and after some good inter play  put Nicky Kelly free down the line his vision to keep the ball alive brought other players in support into play, somehow Kriss Barry ended up in open space just inside the 22,  but he knew he didn’t have the pace to get there but had the peace of mind to feed Josh Dunleavy the ball to finish off a good team try 32-10, Pentyrch hit back with a well taking try to make it 32-17. With nothing to lose Pentyrch were running from anywhere which did cause a few problems but again strong D just closed the door. This open Rugby eventually would back fire after an attack on the Rocks a big hit from Dan French forced the ball into Wing Josh Kellys hands to race 70 metres to score 39-17.

Both teams were starting to tier not surprising the way the game was being played and it was Pentyrch who hot back next with a try of their own after a miss tackle in Defence 39-22. But it was the Rocks who had the last word and were rewarded in the last minutes with a Try from Lewis Dawes after some good work from the forwards, final score 44-22.

Outstanding Performances from Lewis Dawes & Lewis Dunleavy who’s work rate in attack & defence was massive. I have to say this was probably the most positive team performance of the season so far, we still have a bit of work to do which is great and with a few players to come back in things are looking up. Next week the Rocks travel to Penarth who have reformed themselves from the disappointment of last season and have become a competitive team again, so the Rocks will not be taking anything for granted.

Unfortunately the 2nds was called off due Sully Sports 1st calling off at 2.00 I can’t believe a team that has 2 teams cannot raise 15 players obviously don’t do away games? Fingers crossed they will get a run out against Llandaff in the League next week. The youth with only 12 players available due to school & college rugby, went down to Dinas Powys Youth but showed good attitude to stay in the game. Next week they play League Leaders Merthyr Youth at Home which promises to be a big show down. The Cavs continued there form beating whichurch 2nds 60-0 not bad nearly 120 points in 2 weeks for the Cavs well-done to the Assassin and his team.

Next weekend’s fixtures

 1st V Penarth away league
2nds V Llandaff away league
Cavs V CHSOB home League
Youth V Merthyr Youth home league

Rocks 16 v 19 Aberdare: September 22nd

Report by John Dunleavy

Squandered chances cost the Rocks

Following on from the disappointment of the previous weeks result the aim was to try and put things right against Aberdare a team that the Rocks had success twice last year. Aberdare have had a mixed start a bit like us, but where looking for a repeat result of 2 years ago when the narrowly beat us at home. The Rocks started the brighter of the two teams going on the attack from the kick off putting Aberdare under pressure deep in there 22. This lead to a number of penalties being awarded to the Rocks which arguably should have resulted in at least 1 yellow card, the only reason this didn’t happen was due to the game only being 5 minutes old. The end result from the Rocks was 3 points.

From the restart and Mistake in taking the ball lead to an offside which gave Aberdare the levelling penalty, the game didn’t really come to life with both defences holding strong, both sides exchanged penalties after 20 mins the game was tied at 6-6. The Rocks kept trying to build phases but mistakes crept in and ended up turning ball over, Aberdare added another penalty to extend their lead to 9-6 HT. Apart from a good clean break from Rocks Hooker Richie Thomas & a Dropped pass with an overlap by French both sides didn’t really create any clear openings.

The 2nd half started as the 1st half-finished another cheap 3 points to the away team, the Rocks rallied to try and get back in the game which they did through a long range kick from Dai Mitchell 12-9. The Rocks upped the tempo but just could not break down the well but tiring Aberdare Defence, eventually something had to give a Rocks Penalty half way was quickly taken by Lewis Dawes who rang 40 metres through the retreating defence and fed support runner Dan French to touch down, Mitch converting 16-12.

With 20 minutes left the Rocks were dealt a blow loosing Tight Head Ed Dobbs with a shoulder injury which seemed to give the upper hand to the big Aberdare pack. The game was still in the balance but the Rocks were looking more dangerous in attack creating breaks but lack of support killed off the opportunities to go further ahead. With less than 10 minutes to go Aberdare pressurised the Rocks line but the D held strong backs & forwards all putting bodies on the line, what looked a penalty  5 yards out for a perfect Jackal from Lewis Dunleavy was overturned due to someone going in the side of the Ruck (no names mentioned but he is on dual from Cardiff). From the resulting penalty Aberdare crashed over from 5 yards out try converted 19-16. The Rocks pressed but with 3 minutes left a bit of panic set in with players kicking possession away in clear overlap situations. The last action was again a controversial decision after another Jackal from Dai Mitch at the last play of the game was redeemed to be an un playable ruck, even though the ball was clearly in sight of everyone on the line. The penalty would have given us a Draw which ok in the balance of things it may have been the right result.

Aberdare were the most organised team we have played so far with their big back 5 in the pack & organised D they will be one of the sides to beat this year. It was hard to pick positives out of a game which offered very little as far as openings were concerned but the focus was on tight D and the boys delivered apart from the try & a good run from the Aberdare outside centre, but apart from that they didn’t really look like breaking down the committed Rocks defence. Again like last week we worked hard to create openings when they come we have got to stop squandering them.

The stand out performers were Lewis Dawes & Mat Arnold who had another solid game at the back, up front Richie Thomas, Josh Dunleavy, Rhys Meredith, Jack Cook all had solid performances, but the performer of the day went to Lewis Dunleavy who’s work rate was outstanding

No game for the 2nds called off at 2.15 as Pentyrch only turned up with 9 men sorry lads but at least you take the league points. The youth had the weekend off. The Cavs travelled to Sully Sports 2nds in the league and were winning till the last play of the game, unfortunately they ended up losing 17-16, apparently another poor decision by you know who? Well-done guys another game ticked off.

This weekend 29th September,  the 1st away to Tonyrefail, 2-gang away to Clwb Rugbi, The Cavs home to Tongwynlias II & the youth away to Rumney youth all sides are playing in there respective leagues, good Luck to everyone, ‘Come On The Rocks’

Nantymoel 26 v 20 St. Peters: Septmber 15th

Report by John Dunleavy

Slow Start Proved Costly

 The Rocks 1st team travelled to newly promoted Nant-y- Moel, who have not had a good start to the season losing their opening two games. The Rocks coming off the back of two good wins should have gone into the game the more confident of the two teams, but beware of a possible back clash.

 Winning the toss the Rocks played up the hill. It was clear from the start that the Nant were well up for the clash putting some big hits in and starting the quicker of the two teams. A big blow was dealt to the Rocks when Captain Sonny Driscoll was forced to leave the field after 10 minutes with a  leg injury which forced a change in mid field. The rocks trying to regain their shape found themselves 13-0 down after conceding a try and 2 penalties  after 15 minutes. The Rocks tried to get themselves back into the game but again & again were turning the ball over through uncharacteristic handling errors. Eventually the Rocks started to hit their straps with the forwards leading the way with good carries into the Nant half, they built phase after phase and  had good ball retention the only thing missing was patients. This is which cost the Rocks, against the run of play a loose pass that should have been killed gathered was kicked through by the full back which resulted in a 60 metre race between Mat O’Brien & The opposition wing, Mat on the turn showed great pace to get back and almost ground the ball first, but the Rugby ball is so unpredictable it spun the wrong way and the Nant player got the touch down! so we think the ref perfectly placed awarded the try 18-0 

 This finally kick started the Rocks into action playing with much more intensity the Nant team were being forced into more and more defensive duties, the frustrations continued with every stoppage came an injury to one of the Nant players so genuine but more tactical, but it was only a matter of time before the Nant line would be breached, the forwards on top it had to come from a good build up from them but it was Scrum half Lewis Dawes who dived over to open up the Rocks Account kick missed 18-5 HT.

 The Rocks playing down the slope showed much more in the opening minutes with some big carries from 8 Josh Dunleavy gave the platform to attack from, the forwards and backs combining well set up and opportunity for wing Mat Obrien with no space to work in his quick feet and pace got him in the corner to score a fine try 18-10 kick missed. The momentum now with the Rocks time to press on and put the tiring Nant side to the test, Nant were forced back deep into their 22 and conceded a scrum 5 yards out, the hard work up front paid off with No8 Josh Dunleavy picking up to crash over to score kick missed 18-15. This was the moment for the Rocks 20 to play everything going there way it was only a matter of time with Nant offering nothing.

 Then the turning point of the game a kick towards touch from the outstanding 10 for Nant was not really dealt from the resulting line a further score was added through a miss tackle in the mid field kick missed 23-15. Yet again a lapse in defence forced the rocks to chase the game again, the next score came from excellent build up play through close support forwards, this finally put open side flanker Lewis Dunleavy into a gap to run for the line with one man to beat he unselfishly gave the ball to Mat Chin O’Brien to get his 2nd try kick missed 26-20. The last 10 mins the Rocks pressed again and more good build up play created another chance to score but the ball was dropped with the line in sight, the final chance went to Mat O’Brien who dived in the corner only to have the ball kicked out just before he grounded it.

 Game over 26-20 a missed opportunity but there was some consolation 2 bonus points which could be important towards the end of the season who knows. I have to give Nant some praise for their valiant effort in Defence and there outstanding outside half who’s tactical kicking was spot on. The Man of the Match went to Josh Dunleavy who’s carrying kept hopes alive closely followed by Ed Dobbs who had probably his best game so far. The Pack were the stand out performers today who out shone the backs for a change.

 Well-done to the 2nds & Youth both winning their game, the Cavs were unlucky to go down to Treherbert 2nds who were a young team.

  Next week the 1st play Aberdare at the Harlequins.  

 On Wednesday the 2nd team are playing in an East District cup game details TBC. 


Brecon 13 v 28 St. Peters: September 8th

Report by John Dunleavy

After the frustrating arm wrestle again Fairwater it was on the road to Brecon a fixture that last year proved costly in the outcome of the league. Unfortunately the Rocks were forced to make a few changes due to a couple of injuries and players availability, this would be a test of the strength in depth. To add to the headache big Frosty had trapped a nerve typical Frosty insisted he wanted to give it a go. Brecon have improved and have a number of dangerous match winners, but they have prided themselves on having a hard defence to break down. The Rocks from the start took it to the Brecon team which shocked the home team, yet again little mistakes were costing the Rocks territory, as a result the 1st points went to Brecon off a penalty 3-0. The game was all St Peters, Brecon having no answer to the tempo and clinical clean out at the breakdown, eventually something had to give after good handling Captain Sonny Driscoll broke through to score the 1st try new Goal Kicker Josh Kelly adding the conversion 7-3.

Unfortunately the injury to Frosty forced him to leave the field after a heroic 20 minutes, Rhys Meredith stepped up to the 2nd Row well-done Rhys great attitude no question just did it. It didn’t really effect to much as more of the same attacking followed, the Brecon defence was being tested and to be fair to them it held out quite well, but after some tidy build up play Brecon conceded a penalty 40 metres out, Captain Driscoll opted to kick to the corner. The result from the lineout was a try for Kris Barry after a patient build up by the forwards Kelly again adding the extras 14-3. The change in the 2nd Row did put the scrum under pressure but young No8 Josh Dunleavy cleaned up to keep his side in possession, this did give a glimmer of hope to the home team. The Rocks next score came after a good build up play which tied in the Brecon backline who scrambled back, Lewis Dawes fed Andrew Omarlia from the resulting ruck who pushed the ball wide to Wing Josh Kelly to score in the corner, to say we made hard work of the opportunity is an understatement, Kelly added the extras from way out on the touch line 21-6 HT.

Brecon doing the unusual thing of going into the changing rooms at HT, must have had a Rocket up there backside as they showed much more intent. This just made the Rocks realise that Brecon are not going to just role over. The Rocks still with the bit between their teeth added more pressure which again caused panic in the Brecon defence, for their efforts the Rocks were awarded a scrum 10 metres out, a free kick resulted to the Rocks for an early engage, like every good scrum half Lewis Dawes gave it to No8 Josh Dunleavy to crash over from 5 yards out to get the BP try, Josh Kelly 4 from 4 added the extras 28-6.

The Rocks made a few changes which may have upset the momentum and gave the opposition a glimmer of hope, Finally the Brecon side woke up realising the game was more or less gone they seemed to play more freely. The one notable thing with Brecon is that they do off load very well between Forwards and backs this would create opportunities for them but good Rocks defence and some big hits would cause the ball to spill that’s the risk. The Brecon 8 was there most dangerous player he got there next score after a pick up  from a scrum he saw off 2 would be tacklers to run in under the posts 28-13. This inspired the home team to go on the attack and play the last 20 minutes for pride, this now put the Rocks defence to the test and it held strong not conceding a point in that period a testament to the attitude & resilience of the team to work hard for each other in the heat right till the end. Final Score 28-13 bonus point win away from home.

Stand out performers Rhys Meredith Man of the Match, Ed Dobbs, Richie Tomas, Mat Arnold & Josh Kelly points hall of 13 points more noticeable faultless kicking performance .

The 2nds & 3rds were disrupted as Old Pens couldn’t raise a team and the 3rds only had 10 men so they combined the 2 teams and played Division 5 side ST Albans 1st  narrowly losing 24 -14 not a bad result away with a mixed team, hopefully the 2nds will get a rematch with the Buns 1st with a fully strengthened team. well-done to the Youth winning at home for the 2nd week running.

Next Saturday the 1st team are on the road again to play newly promoted Nantymoel another tough encounter on the road.

Rocks 16 v 15 Fairwater: September 1st 2012

Report by John Dunleavy

Finally the day we had all been waiting for had arrived the 1st league game of the season and we couldn’t have asked for a better opener against one of the leagues heavy weights Fairwater. Over the last 2 seasons the results have produced mixed fortunes for the Rocks so this would be a potential banana skin. The Rocks started well playing into a strong wind took on the big water pack through their own ball carries up front, this is an area that Fairwater try and dominate over most of their opposition. The Rocks looked the more positive  side with ball in hand and it was not long before the 1st chance came after some good build up work between backs and forwards Mat O’Brien had a chance to dive in the corner to score, but a good cover tackle forced the ball out of his hands before grounding.

The Rocks backs were looking sharp running ball from deep working off good a platform upfront but still chances went begging really down to wrong decisions from the breaking players. It was turning out to be another frustrating game against Fairwater as predicted, with HT approaching all both sides had to show for their efforts was 3 points each even through Fairwater had the advantage of the wind I would say they were the happy team at half time.

The 2nd half called for more composure, again the boys started brightly looking dangerous in attack this time round the end result was a better after the Rocks were awared with a scrum after a good build up of pressure from the boys, No8 Dave Mitchell picked up from the base of the Scrum to score the opening try 8-3. Again 2 easy try scoring chances were missed to extend the lead which may have broken the spirit of the opposition, the mistakes were given them belief. Eventually the frustration was lifted after some good work between forwards and backs saw Michael Butler over for a nicely worked try 13-3.

With time ticking away thoughts of bonus points were starting to creep in, but the main thing was to win the game previously in situations like this an unlikely draw or defeat would have resulted even though we were the better team not this time around. The Rocks extended their lead to 16 points off a Dan French Penalty & with less than 10 minutes left you would have said that would have been enough. To their credit Fairwater played right till the end and their reward was 2 late tries to give them a losing BP, a bit disappointing for the Rocks but a lesson learned thankfully it was not to painful final score 16-15.

We cannot squander opportunities with kicks missed we let slip at least 15-20 points, it was the first game and against difficult opposition and we got through it with a win. The standout performers were Man of the Match Josh Dunleavy, who along with Lewis Dawes, Mat O’Brien, Richie Thomas all making official 1st team home debuts. We also welcomed back Kris Barry, Sonny Driscoll & Ed Dobbs who have all had a good preseason experience with Cardiff RFC.

A good weekend with all four teams winning well-done, next weekend the 1st team travel to Brecon a fixture they lost last season so nothing will be taken for granted there.