Radyr 7 – 24 Glantaf: Report

15 Dec

Fantastic view across Cardiff as Radyr host Glantaf


The cold snap has thwarted rugby in Cardiff but today Ysgol Glantaf out-stayed Radyr Comprehensive, in what turned out to be an incredibly physical encounter at Radyr.


The Cardiff Schools Cup finally  came out of hibernation two weeks after the deadline for second round matches to be completed had passed. After five weeks without a game it was perhaps no surprise niggly errors punctuated the game, but it was a credit to both sides that the tempo was consistently high.

Radyr flew out of the blocks, attacking the ruck fringes with their fired up pack of forwards. And they nearly took an early lead after a deft chip from fly-half Gareth Thompson pierced the Glantaf defence. Outside-centre Jack Phillips collected but a fantastic double tackle from Rhys Patchell and Aled Roberts forced Phillips to spill the ball.

Thompson then missed two penalties from a similar range for the home side before Glantaf woke from their slumber.

Llew Jones and Jac Hopkins led a forward effort that gave fly-half Patchell some front-foot ball to play with for the first time in the game. Some costly knock-ons and a miss-placed pass in their opponents 22 stifled the visitors’ momentum, but without some valiant Radyr defending they surely would have breached the line.

The home side’s appetite for a tackle cannot be commended highly enough, as time and again they flew up to force errors and strangle momentum.

Unfortunately the bravery took its toll with a spate of injuries to key players, none more keenly felt than Cardiff South District stand-off Thompson. His departure from the game just after the break, with the score still at 0-0 was a turning point in the match, and with Radyr re-organising and tiring, Glantaf’s patience eventually paid.

A wayward pop from Phillips inside the Radyr 22 allowed the visitors to pounce on the loose ball and send left winger  Roberts over in the corner for his first of two neat finishes.

The thunderous Jones was now having an ever increasing influence on the game. He was obliterating rucks whether offensive or defensive and his mere presence at almost any facet of the game seemed to be attracting maroon shirts towards him.

Jones is a serious specimen, he carries his size very naturally and does not get lazy with it. His body angles and runs are rarely one dimensional and against an injury ravaged side who had tackled their hearts out, he was creating great chasms across the field.

So it was little suprise when sheer weight of numbers eventually overpowered the scrambling Radyr defence, centre David Young diving over in the right hand corner.

 A superb touchline conversion  from Patchell made the score 0-12 and Radyr’s belief and legs seemed to have deserted them. A wayward kick was run back by Glantaf from inside their own half and some lovely hands eventually freed Patchell. He laid on a deft delay ball for Dewi Preece to time his run nicely and cruise under the sticks and seal the visitors progress.

Radyr claimed a deserved consolation when blind-side Oliver Young grubbered his way over from 60 yards but Glantaff had the last say with Roberts grabbing his second try in the same corner, off the last play of the game.

Glantaf were clearly rusty and at times frustration could have boiled over, but their professionalism and calm was impressive.

The cliche says that winning when you don’t play well is the sign of champions. On this evidence, Glantaf will have a big say in this years competition.

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5 Responses to “Radyr 7 – 24 Glantaf: Report”


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