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Ponty will face Swansea in Cardiff

29 Mar

Principality Premiership leaders Pontypridd have been paired with Swansea in a mouthwatering semi-final draw for the Swalec Cup.

Dale McIntosh’s Ponty side reached the last four thanks to a 38-30 win against Merthyr, while Swansea progressed after snatching a dramatic 39-34 victory over Newport.

In the other semi-final, Llandovery will take on Aberavon. Both ties will be played at neutral venues on Saturday April 9.

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‘I want them to say wow Andries Pretorius,’ says Blues star

25 Mar


Thundering back-row forward Andries Pretorius has been one of the Magners League finds of the season.

Dynamic in the loose and frighteningly aggressive in defence, the six foot four inch and 17 stone powerhouse from Nelsprult has been a shining light in a pretty gloomy season for the Blues.

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Principality Premiership round-up

20 Mar

Cardiff RFC observe a minutes silence at the Arms Park for victims of Japan earthquake

Cardiff RFC moved back into sixth in the Principality Premiership with a crushing 42-16 win over a woeful Newport RFC.

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Lloyd Williams on returning to the blues after injury

4 Mar

Lloyd Williams battles back from dislocated shoulder

In his first ever interview, Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams, talks battling back from injury and career goals exclusively with TheXV.

Welsh under-20 star Lloyd Williams will return just in time to boost the Cardiff Blues Magners League title push.
 
Williams was expected to miss the rest of the season when he suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Blues LV Cup tie with Exeter in Cardiff back in November.
 
But surgeons have been so pleased with his progress he has returned to full-training in just three months rather than the anticipated five, and will be fit for selection when two-time European champions Munster head to the Cardiff City Stadium three weeks today.
 
And after a frustrating time on the sidelines and on the hand bike, Lloyd can’t wait to get back on the pitch.
 
“I am just so fed up of being in the gym now to be honest I can’t wait to get back into contact training and get playing again,” he said.
 
“ I was frustrated to get injured in the first place, but when Richie Rees got banned I was even more irritated because I could of got a good run of games to prove myself. Now it feels a little bit like back to square one.”
 
 Williams returns at a crucial time as the Blues try to resurrect what by their own admission has been a disappointing season.
 
“We set ourselves the target of winning a big title this season so now  all our eggs are in the Magners’ League basket which makes today’s game against Edinburgh massive.”
 
“ I wasn’t registered for Europe last season so I haven’t been involved in a big knockout game for Blues before. Getting to the Magners playoffs is important, they’re the games you really want to be involved in,” he said.

And as Welsh -based stars like Regan King, Lee Byrne and James Hook head for the Magners exit door Lloyd sees the competition as the perfect place to achieve his ambitions.

“The guys leaving, they’re world-class players and they deserve the chance to earn the money.

“I’m not thinking about anything like that though. I love Cardiff, I’m from the area and I have played here since I was 17. I signed on for another two years and if I’m playing well enough for them to extend that I would look too.

“Guys like Jamie Roberts, Gethin Jenkins, Richie Rees they’re the face of the Cardiff Blues and players I admire. For me 15 players who really want to play for Cardiff Blues are going to do better than 15 guys who are there for the money. Look at Stade Francais, it doesn’t always work.”

An unnerlingly humble and respectful man Williams is still ambitious.

“My first aim is to try and nail down the Blues number nine jersey. Obviously long term to play for Wales like my dad (British Lion scrum half Brynmor) would be a dream.

“Maybe after the World Cup they will be looking to experiment and if I have a run of good games who knows.

“Right now I’m just trying to learn as much as I can off Richie and keep improving and enjoying my rugby.

In an era where it’s become a sporting cliche to describe someone as level headed it is refreshing when you meeta palyer who actually is. Well spoken, with a solid philosphy on the game and an abundance of talent, Lloyd Williams has  a huge future in the game.

Cardiff High School 17 – 53 Llanhari

14 Feb

Cardiff High School host Llanhari in Roath

Cardiff High School suffered a thumping home defeat on Saturday as Llanhari bounced back from only their second defeat of the season in style.

At times the visitors were simply irrepressible as they feasted on nine tries, with sloppiness the only reason they didn’t add more to their 53-17 win.

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The XV : Stephen Waldron

22 Dec

Position – Right Wing

School – Ysgol Glantaf

When The XV last saw Stephen play, he did not score, did not make a heroic last-ditch try-saving-tackle, in fact he didn’t have a lot to do in the game as a whole, but this in no way hid the fact the Glantaf winger is a special talent.

Waldron has a boxy running style: lots of short, fast steps. He uses stutter steps to fix defenders and  is deceptively difficult to put down, seemingly springing off would be tacklers and scuttling off in another direction.

If you are looking for a professional similarity, think Chiefs and All Black winger Lelia Masaga.

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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.

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