Chairman Peter Rees previews Saturday’s home WRU Cup game v Llanelli
Croeso cynnes iawn i pawb o Clwb Rygbi Llanelli i Banc Yr Eglwys heddi! We welcome our friends from Llanelli to the Church Bank for our first Welsh Cup game of the season. Whilst both teams will be short of some players, as they represent the region in the LV competition, I am sure that, as usual, today’s game will be a great match and both teams will be trying to make the best of the conditions, which are likely to be difficult at best.
Whilst the Drovers reach the second round without playing a game Llanelli have played Cardiff Met away and came through with an easy 56 point victory. It is interesting in looking at the round one results that, where the Premiership teams played teams from the Championship, the sides from the upper league all came out on top with some big victories. I mention this simply because the WRU’s competition review is looking at the relative standards in the upper leagues and surely they can see that the Premiership is significantly higher than the Championship!
The First round also threw up some results that were perhaps surprising with both of the 2017 finalists knocked out. I am sure that all the remaining sides must feel that they have a good chance of making the final this year which can only be good for the competition! It is however disappointing that the WRU seem to continue to devalue the importance of our primary cup competition by compiling a season that clashes a key round with the LV cup when the Premiership clubs are supposed to be bound by their “Licence” with the WRU to release players to the region. It is perhaps “fortunate” for today’s fixture that both clubs come from the same region and one would hope that the powers that be within the region can ensure that the impact on player selection is fair to both clubs! Next week might be a different matter as, whilst we will honour our agreement with the region, we understand that RGC are refusing to release players and will be potentially at full strength when we play them at Church Bank. Is that fair you might well ask, and especially when they are “owned” and run by the WRU!
Congratulations to Rhodri Wall who today plays his 50th game on behalf of the Drovers and also we applaud Wyn on making the six nations squad, Corey Baldwin, Tomi Lewis and Morgan Jones on making the U20 squad and Dafydd Land on winning the U18s regional championship with the Scarlets. We must also congratulate our Youth XV on winning the Scarlets East Carmarthenshire Youth League – Da Iawn!
Off the field the Club continues to operate in a challenging environment and whilst we don’t yet know the structure for future seasons your Board is already reviewing every aspect of the Club so we can continue to meet the aspirations of our members, players and coaches. Please watch this space as we will be seeking your views, support and guidance over coming weeks.
Our Match Sponsors are our regular bunch of travelling supporters who regularly sponsor one of our home cup competitions. Thank you one and all, your support and enthusiasm is appreciated by the team and the club as a whole.
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman