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Match Report
08 February 2016 / Team News

3rds Match Report v Llanishen (A) 30th Jan

Crusher’s (Simon Walters') crusading Cwins went away this week to Llanishen after a mighty away victory at Llandaf North, with all involved in high spirits believing a local derby double on the road to be possible.
Everyone moaned about the state of the pitch and the 45 degree angle it sloped on, but the whistle blew and the dogfight began.
Both packs fronted up and enjoyed the gruelling mauls and mudbath rucks, with possession pretty much in favour of the ...Old Boys.
With Llanishen pinned back in their twenty-two and some consistent carrying from the ever-impressive Dai Lloyd and his Cwins pack, the awesome blindside flanker (I'm not biased) knocked over a couple of their boys and realised it was the try-line. The Old Boys were ahead.
Possession was maintained and hard-yards were made and some excellent backline moves meant that Antony Thole worked his magic and doubled the score with some excellent speed, especially considering half of the pitch was stuck to his studs.
Captain fantastic Daniel Todd, who made some brilliant runs all through the game, then decided to cross the (non-existent) line and Cwins were 19-0 up and building momentum.
Lineouts were solid, with Will J Jenkins and Dave Jones-Downes doing a sterling job, and the backs had the ball for about two minutes and looked quite good.
Hywel, who may be the lightest player on the pitch, decided he was going to score before limping off after having smashed what was probably the heaviest man on the pitch. 24-0.
The brilliant blindside was harshly, disgustingly, so unfairly given a yellow card just before half time, to which TMO, pundits, and anyone with any rugby nous, cried in outrage. Little did anyone realise, this was the start of what Wikipedia now calls the Cardiff Card-Fest.
The second half proved a bit difficult, with two tries conceded and none scored by the Old Boys, but here are the important things to mention:
Sean Harwood wound up the entire opposition, had a few scuffles, made a brilliantly low (apparently high) tackle, and added a yellow card to his impressive repertoire. Then returning John was (unbelievably) carded for (apparently) a repeated team infringement, and the Old Boys had tallied three yellows for the afternoon. James Rowley also made the best run of the game, ploughing through the opposition like they were made of paper. Last but not least, newcomer Alex asked the ref politely for a red card, by going in high with forearms and splitting the opposition’s mouth open.
As Johnny Cash once sung, it was a day of ‘Mud and blood and booze’.

Cardiff High School Old Boys 24- 10 Llanishen RFC.

Man of the Match: Gethin Greet, because he looked like an antelope, or even a winger, and was in for a half-the-length of a pitch try until the ref believed their supporters that it was forward pass. And because I like him.

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