Chairman Peter Rees previews the Cardiff game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Caerdydd i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Cardiff RFC back to Church Bank for this Indigo Premiership League fixture.
Our visitors are obviously on top form this season and travel to the Church Bank unbeaten and very much top of the league. It would be ungracious to suggest that they are simply there because they are benefitting from access to a number of professional players on loan from the region especially as they have a top-class coach in Steve Law. Steve worked wonders with limited resources for many years at Bedwas and now at Cardiff, with great resources, he has had the opportunity to truly demonstrate his abilities to the extent that it has been noted by the media! Seemingly the only teams to have challenged the city side this season have been their old foes Pontypridd and Aberavon and most games have been won at a canter. They will however not travel complacently over the Beacons with the thought of returning to a more traditional surface for rugby and a team which has caused them a few challenges over recent years. The Drovers’ season has been extremely frustrating as every win seems to have been followed by a free weekend or a cancelled fixture. As a result, we sit in the bottom half of the table but with three games in hand over many teams. Whilst this can be reassuring in that we have the potential to move up the table quite dramatically it also adds to the pressure to win every game if only to make sure we do not get left behind and face an even more challenging run later in the season. In terms of form I am sure the rugby connoisseurs amongst our supporters will have fully appreciated the Drovers’ second half performance against Pontypridd (and the elements) in our last home game. One suspects that they will need to bring it into this fixture from the kick-off and if they do then we have a great fixture to look forward to. One feature of our games this year has been the role of the entire squad as injuries and player unavailability has forced Euros and colleagues to ring the changes and to perhaps play a somewhat more forward orientated game on occasions. The fact that he has been able to do so is testament to the planning and recruitment that goes on behind the scenes and throughout the off season!
HOT OFF THE PRESS! I am delighted to announce that the club will be hosting a special (FREE!) one off event –“From Junior Drover to World Cup Winner – an evening with Aled Walters” ( South Africa’s Head of Athletic Performance) on the evening of Monday 30th December, please see social media for further details.
I am delighted to once again welcome our Hen Borthmyn to today’s fixture as one of their two annual events, I am sure you will have a great time.
Our match sponsor today is once again Brian Davies of Welsh Shearing Equipment Ltd, Sennybridge whilst our match ball sponsors are Howard Potter and Llandovery YFC, thank you both for your continued support. Diolch yn fawr iawn!
Naturally as Christmas approaches we wish everyone our season’s greetings and finally please look out for our new Christmas Raffle (with many great prizes) which is scheduled to be drawn at the Quins fixture on 28th., if you are looking for any last minute Christmas presents please pop into the shop and have a look around – we have some great new Club Umbrellas which will look good on the golf course or around town!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19