Chairman Peter Rees previews the Swansea game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Abertawe yn ôl i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddiw! After just a couple of weeks since their last visit we welcome back Swansea RFC for this Welsh Cup fixture today.
If our supporters at Church Bank needed to be convinced that the “All Whites” are by now a much more competitive outfit than they were at the beginning of the season then the recent league fixture surely would have done so. Whilst we came away with the vital home win it was never a foregone outcome and the closeness of the fixture suggests that we can look forward today to another hard fought game. Thankfully the weather forecast looks favourable and conducive to the type of game that both teams like to play.
Llandovery supporters will come to this game hoping that the Drovers can reproduce the form they exhibited at Ebbw Vale last week. To come away with an away win was just reward for some fantastic 15 man rugby, it is not often that teams go to Eugene Cross and score two tries from driving mauls but the tremendous running lines and skills that took the Drovers into the right part of the field to launch the drives and the fantastic defence that held on to the win in the last 10 minutes or so culminated in one of the most enjoyable fixtures of the season to date. Meanwhile Swansea continue to clock up home victories against teams at the top of the league having recently replicated their 27-5 victory against Merthyr with an identical outcome against Newport. Whilst the Church Bank supporters will still have one eye on a potential top three league outcome for the season both teams will be realistically looking at the Cup as their primary focus for the rest of the season so everything points towards another great fixture between two clubs that share mutual values and respect!
The other cup fixtures this weekend throw up some intriguing matches, whilst the fixture between Bridgend and Pontypool will be a true test of the strength of the Championship the Merthyr and Pontypridd fixture will not only remove one of the Cup favourites but also illustrate the relative strength of the Premiership!
Our Match Sponsors today are Roy Davies Haulage, Llansawel and John Morgan Builder, Talley whilst our Match Ball is sponsored by Dave Gilbert, Ann Williams, Neville Morgan & Rex Jones. Thanks to them all for their continued support!
Naturally we should not miss this opportunity to add our congratulations to the Wales squad and coaching team for their fantastic Grand Slam and let’s hope this is but a step towards a successful World Cup tournament later this year.
Finally a diary marker for you all – our annual Ladies Day is scheduled for 30th March (v Pontypridd) and I am told that ticket sales are roaring away already with so many already taken that we are delighted to announce that they will be taking over the main clubhouse room for the day! Again a big thank you to all the organisers for their hard work and for ensuring this now annual event goes from strength to strength.
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