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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sunday Match

This Sunday we have a home match against Bryncoch. It is Mother's Day, so we are going for an early start (if that makes sense) so we can be wrapped up nice and early if people have plans for the day. Meet 10:00 prompt for KO before 10:30.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Pontardawe - Match report

On a firm pitch in glorious sunshine we entertained Pontardawe this morning. The instructions for the WildCats were to concentrate on tackling low, putting pressure on the opposition and passing the ball if a fellow WildCat was in a better position. There are signs that these are happening more and more as each game passes. Pontardawe offered a good pick and drive game and to a certain extent face the frustrations we do in that they had some fine fast players who were lined up well in the backs but the ball rarely gets out wide. However the Wildcats all round game was a little strong for the visitors today and we eventually ran out winners by 8 tries to 3. Scorers for the WildCats were Ethan, Josh R, Ike (2), Owen, Harry and Luca (2).

Friday, 25 March 2011

Sunday: Pontardawe at home and CLOCKS!

Don't forget Clocks go forward tonight - one hour less in bed!

A nice home match for the Wildcats this Sunday. Pontardawe at Bishopston. Meet 10:30.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Wildcats turn out for School

Three of the Wildcats had a taste of school rugby this week. It is quite unusual in year 4, but Duncan, Lloyd and Luca did the Wildcats proud this week playing a full cup game for Grange. It also turned out to be an extremely hard game, played against almost all year 6 boys in a big, strong Lon Las side, with full rugby rules, including rucks, mauls, contested lineouts, scrums and handoffs! Well done to the lads for not being overawed, despite spending virtually the whole game defending.

Let us know if any of the boys turn out for their school. School rugby is not as big as it used to be. Most schools only play a couple of games a season so it is always fun to play with different players for a change, across age groups, and with boys who play for different clubs.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Loughor Match Report

A squad of fourteen took on the U9's from Loughor this morning. A great match was played out between the two and a very close encounter it proved.

From the touchline there were some fine tries from both teams with players using the wide pitch to use pace to score. It was also pleasing to see the WildCats passing a bit more. One try especially was magnificent where the ball went through a couple of pairs of hands with Luca eventually touching down.

Once again the boys played with great pride and passion and the game plan worked. Ferocious tackling, pressure on the opposition and passing remains key to winning games at this level.

The final outcome was 5 - 6 in the WildCats favour. Scores today were Lloyd (2), Ethan, Josh R, Luca and Ike.

We look forward to playing Loughor again in another close encounter.

Friday, 18 March 2011

End of season plans

Some dates for your diary for the end of season. All players invited to all events.

Sunday 17th April - Lucton Tour. A full day out on the coach

Sunday 1st May - Cowbridge and Lasertag - don't miss it! The lads big day out.

SATURDAY 7th May - Hosting the minis touring teams from Gwernyfed (need volunteers for the BBQ at Underhill)

Note we will not be going to the Penclawdd tournament this year. Plenty of end of season activity to look forward to though.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Loughor Away

This Sunday - Loughor Away.

Meet Loughor RFC at 10:30.

Directions can be found here: Belgrave Road, Loughor, SA4 6RF.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Fall Bay - Match Report

A game of two halves!

It was clear from the outset that Fall Bay were a very, very well disciplined team. They were very well organised in defence and knew how to attack too. We were up against it first half and found it difficult to cope with the varied tactics of Fall Bay. Sometimes they pick and drove through the middle, sometimes they took the ball wide and tested us there. We found it difficult to cope with this and as a result, went in at the break 4 tries to 2 down.

After giving the boys three points to tighten up on; first up tackles, pushing up and putting Fall Bay under pressure, and running onto the ball not taking it standing still, they boys set out on the biggest comeback they have ever staged.

We were particularly pleased they raised their game. First up tackles were more aggressive, pressure on the Fall Bay players was big, and we were putting more pace on the game with our runs. There are also signs of players using their rugby brains and passing the ball to players who are in more space; this is the way forward for the WildCats!

At the final whistle, the score was WildCats 7, Fall Bay 4 (we scored 5 unanswered tries second half - credit to the whole team for this!)

Our tries were scored by; Sam, Cam (2), Ike, Ethan and Luca (3).

Well done boys, a real team effort today - you all had to listen and use the tactics given to you and responded brilliantly!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Home match this Sunday

A visit from Fall Bay this weekend. Meet at Bishopston at 10:00.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Comedy and coaching

Training as usual 4:30 Wednesday

Some upcoming events at your rugby club...

A seminar by Tony Thomas on Game Sense for all coaches and and prospective new coaches. Wed 9th March 6.30 for 7.00 start.
Comedy night Friday 11th March 8.00 for 8.30 £10.00 on the night or £8.00 before, tickets from Skinny or Paul Hill.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Penclawdd - Match Report

A last gasp try from Dylan (who told me it was the only time he touched the ball) secured a draw this morning at a sunny Penclawdd.

We had 17 players this morning, Penclawdd had their full compliment of 10 players so it was decided to play two halves of 10 a-side. It's always frustrating when players don't get a full game. However sometimes this can't be helped.

We were guilty today of not passing. From the touchline it's clear that we have many players out wide ready to run in the try unopposed. However the player who receives it from the scrum half doesn't pass it on. Two points here; the player needs to see if a pass is on, and equally the player outside needs to tell that player they are ready and want the pass. We also need to bring back a skill we had developed last season which is running on to the ball when receiving it. More times than not, we get the ball standing still, then start running. It's much harder to stop a player who is already running! Remember, it's equally, if not more important to pass the ball on to a player who is in a better position than you. Rugby is a team game!

Besides those point which we will work on, there were some great positives as usual. Tackling remains a strong point (I don't often single players out but Cam was immense today!). Our elusive running is also a strong point, we must use this to our advantage in all games!

The final score was 5 tries each. Ours were scored by Dunc, Cam (2), Luca and with the last play of the match, Dylan.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Penclawdd Sunday

Match for all at Penclawdd this Sunday. Meet at 10:00 for 10:30 KO.

Ground is through Penclawdd, on the left side of the road up on a bank. It is surrounded by big fence and overlooks the estuary.