Chairman Peter Ress 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 Indigo Premiership league fixture.

Our stop start season continues with any continuity now disrupted by the six nations competition and of course the continuous bad weather! However, following a disappointing display at Parc Y Scarlets, it was great to see the Drovers bounce back to take a well-deserved win and of course the local bragging rights at Carmarthen park last weekend. The bookies, I am told, were giving us an eight-point start reflecting the Quins’ league position and form, but the Drovers took full advantage of the wind in the first half to take a fourteen point lead through a couple of great tries. It was inevitable that, under the conditions, it would be a “game of two halves” and so it was but missed kicks counted and I am sure Euros and co were delighted to turn one of our games in hand into valuable league points! It was also good to see the return of Craig Woodall and Lee Rees and it is fair to say they both made an impact!

Merthyr have also had their ups and downs over recent weeks and many would have raised an eyebrow at their loss to Swansea a week or so ago but the All Whites are beginning to build up a number of good results as illustrated by their recent home win against Aberavon. As the teams stand in advance of this fixture Merthyr lie in fifth place, one ahead of the Drovers but having played two more games. As we progress into the second half of the season the Ironmen will be determined to get back to winning ways as they still have an interest in the WRU Cup with a semi final against Aberavon whilst the Drovers will be entirely focussed on moving up the table to ensure they are involved in any Cross Border competition that might take place next year. They will of course also be hoping to make up for the heart breaking, last minute penalty that snatched the game for Merthyr in the reverse fixture last November. Let’s hope the weather takes a turn for the better so both sides can fully express their playing ability on a natural playing surface.

Our match sponsor today is Huw Francis of Edmundson Electrical Ltd and our match ball is sponsored by Aled Lewis a’i Fab – thank you both!

Finally we are delighted to announce that Adrian Davies, Cwmcowddu our local raconteur and pet food entrepreneur, has volunteered to help with the organisation of our Hen Borthmyn reunions and to get his leadership off to a good start the next reunion, on Saturday 7th March, prior to the Swansea fixture and the England v, Wales match will commence at no extra cost, with one of Chris’ great carvery lunches at 12.30. Please give Adrian your full support as you know it will be a great afternoon at the Club!

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