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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Lucton Report

Well done to all the Lucton travellers on an inspiring performance today. It was a long way, it was hot, the rules were new, the opposition was tough but you have done Mumbles proud.

Playing English rules, with full rucking and mauling was always going to be tough and the lads struggled in the first match against Stourbridge, losing 1 - 3. It looked like it would be a long and hard day ahead, but it proved to be their only loss of the whole day, with Stourbridge ending up as eventual winners. The boys improved with every match, and after superb performances against Lucton, Pentyrch and Hereford, Mumbles finished second in their group and entered the Cup knock out for the top 4 teams. The highlight of the day was the semi final against the other group winners, Gwernyfed. A very strong and big side, Gwernyfed took a 2-0 lead in the first half. But Mumbles didn't lose heart, and dominated the second half. A great game ended 2-2. With no extra time, the Wildcats lost out on a place in the Cup final on tries scored in the group stages. A great disappointment, as the boys were dying for another crack at Stourbridge now that they had started to understand the rules. A bittersweet ending was helped by a very complimentary Gwernyfed outfit. We were pleased to see the sporting scenes between the teams at the end and we will be able to renew the competition when Gwernyfed come to Mumbles on tour on 7th May.

Well done everyone - you could not have given more.