Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
U9s welsh visit
14th December 2009
Dursley U9s travelled to Llanishen at the weekend, with the rest of the Dursley minis section, for their first taste of rugby South Wales style. The two Dursley teams played four games - two under English RFU U9 laws and two under very different Welsh WRU U9 laws. The fixture saw comfortable victories for an uncompromising and hugely competitive Llanishen side that are as yet unbeaten this season, with a greater physicality, robustness, and skill and speed with the ball. Despite this, there were a number of positives for Dursley players to take away.
The Lions were able to breach Llanishen's excellent defence on three occasions, with two tries for Player of the Week Lillie Wadey and another grabbed by captain Alec Lloyd. There was another stand out performance from Jacob Parsonage, always strong when carrying the ball, along with some fine individual runs from Matthew Skelton, a jinking Harry Wadey and Joe Butterfield on his debut game of contact rugby. There was also some good support for Dursley's runners from Daniel Watson, Tom Hearn and Ellis Gazzard.
For the Tigers, the strength came in defence, to slightly more effectively limit the tries conceded to Llanishen, with excellent tackling from captain Thomas Swift, Adam Jones, Jago Harling and Dylan Harries. On the offensive, Tigers weren't able to record any tries, despite a number of good attacks including having the ball over Llanishen's goal line, but just not being able to successfully ground it. Player of the Week Solo Tomlinson was at the heart of the Tiger's attacking moves, with good support play from Dominic Stephenson, Alfie Galvin and Ben Usher.
Despite the increasing try count against Dursley, and some punishing hits, many to a ferocity that the Dursley players had not experienced previously, their battling determination was perhaps best illustrated by Dominic Barton and Jamie Rudge both picking-up injuries early in the games, but showing spirit to return to the pitch and support their respective teams. Overall this was an extremely enjoyable day for the Dursley players, coaches and parents with both objectives - some team bonding and gaining experience of how passionately rugby can be played in South Wales - successfully achieved. Dursley now look forward to hosting Llanishen in a years time and expect to push them much closer next time around.
Lions - Dominic Barton; Joe Butterfield; Ellis Gazzard; Tom Hearn; Alec Lloyd (Captain); Jacob Parsonage; Matthew Skelton; Harry Wadey; Lillie Wadey (Player of the Week); Daniel Watson
Tigers - Alfie Galvin; Jago Harling; Dylan Harries; Adam Jones; Jamie Rudge; Dominic Stephenson; Thomas Swift (Captain); Solo Tomlinson (Player of the Week); Ben Usher;