Chairman Peter Rees previews the Merthyr game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Merthyr i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Merthyr RFC back to Church Bank for this rearranged Principality Premiership league fixture.
With just four games remaining for the Drovers we are still in contention for a top three position and tonight’s fixture could also be very influential in the battle for the league top spot with Merthyr defending a six point lead over second place Cardiff. If any further motivation is required for the home side then they need only look at our recent results against the Ironmen as they don’t reflect our general performance in the league and they clearly favour our visitors so it is time to start rebalancing the books! Merthyr are certainly on a long run of good form with only the odd defeat and some high scoring successes and their prominent position in the league is clearly as a result of the number of bonus point wins they have accumulated. However the Drovers’ league form since Christmas has been equally impressive and with their team selection the coaches have certainly played their part in ensuring that Merthyr will face a stern challenge whilst the Drovers challenge for every available point up to the end of the season.
It was great to see local product Dafydd Land take the Man of the Match award at Saturday’s fixture against Cross Keys simply demonstrating his continued development over the season which has already been rewarded with his selection (alongside another Drovers product Harri Doel) for the recent Wales U19s fixture against England. The post match awards last Saturday also saw the club recognising Jack Maynard’s achievement in scoring over 1000 points for the club. It was testament to his character that on being presented with a memento of his success Jack immediately recognised that he had benefited from the contribution and performance of the entire team. Well done Jack and long may it continue. Congratulations also go to our 2nd XV for their victory, last weekend, over Carmarthen Druids and to our Youth XV for progressing in their cup fixture against Cefneithin.
The annual 1st XV award ceremony will take place in the clubhouse immediately following the Aberavon fixture on May 11th so we are today canvassing for the nominations for the supporter’s player of the season, please make sure that you submit your vote at the bar before you leave today!
Finally we today take receipt of a bench donated to the club in memory of Bryan Weaver by his sister and brother Glenys and Keith. We are of course happy to accept this generous and fitting tribute to a lifelong supporter who himself gave generously to the club over a number of years.
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3