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03 Dec, 2007 Match Report v Burnham on Sea (3/11/07)
Caerphilly Tigers met at a monsoon-like Virginia Park to head over the border to Somerset to play Burnham-on-Sea girls. The trip down was windy and shaky to say the least and some girls arrived looking a bit green! This was evident during the warm up but as time went on attitudes grew to near game quality.
The Tigers hit the ground running using the gale force wind at their backs. Captain and outside half, Bethan Fox-Mabe took advantage of good field position to score a try from a 5m scrum, fed by scrum half, Joanne Jones. Not long after this Joanne received a mighty tackle by the Burnahm prop and had to leave the field with a rib injury. Injuries also depleted the Tigers with Abi Pitman and Jodie Smith also having to leave the field of play. The Tigers management were grateful for Emma Turner (usually a flanker) to agree to move on out to the wing to cover the now vacant position. These injuries severly disrupted the Tigers and Burnham hit back with 2 tries, both scored through very weak Tigers tackling. With the score at 14-5 to the home side, things were not looking good. Some serious words were spoken after the second try and the Tigers hit back within 2 minutes. Loose ball in the home team 22 saw Bethan Fox-Mabe hack through and dive on the loose ball to score the try. As the half moved on the physical dominance of the Tigers pack showed and from a rolling maul, Emma Turner joined (perhaps thinking she was back on the flank) and drove over the line and came up with the ball to register her try. The conversion was missed and half time was whistled with the score at 15-14 to the Tigers.
The second half began positively for the Tigers. Good work by Amy Roberts in midfield set up a drive for second row, May Lewis. May cut through the 2 Burnham centres and was never going to be stopped, scoring her first try in only her second game. The Tigers made substitutions to give debuts to Bridget Lewis and Becky Clutterbuck. A mention must go to Aneeta Bhogal who produced a superb display as replacement fullback and grew in confidence in only her second game. Burnham did hit back and brought the score to within a point at 20-19 but this galvanised the Tigers. Following some good work by the Tigers forwards, prop Sara Prosser barged her way over the line to score. Sara hurt her back during the act of scoring and this prompted and ambulance being called and Sara being taken to Weston Super Mare A&E, escorted by Tigers coach Samantha Corns and Director of Rugby, James Chapron. The delay in play and the ambulance arriving prompted a pitch change and the remaining 13 minutes were played on the Burnham-on-Sea 2nd team pitch. The Tigers were constantly under the cosh throughout and gave away countless penalties but the line held firm and Tigers won the game 25-19 amid jubilant scenes and remain undefeated in Tigers history against English opposition. A touching moment came when the entire Tigers squad helped the stricken ambulance, with Sara Prosser inside, push it's way off the wet pitch after it became stuck in the mud.
After the game the hospitality supplied by Burnham-on Sean was exemplary. The rematch in the new year is very much aniticipated.
Tigers Head coach, Gareth Lewis, sumarised, ' We are not there yet but to get the win means a lot to the girls. We have the basis of a very good squad and now have the confidence of a win. This squad can only go from strength to strength. The buzz word has to be attitude. With the right attitude we can do great things. The hard work hasn't ended, it has just started. Tigers rugby can build massively from this point, although the singing on the bus on the way home left alot to be desired........'
20 Nov, 2007 Match Report v Cardigan (18/11/07)
Caerphilly Tigers travelled west on a damp and dismal Sunday morning to face a dogged and fired up Cardigan side in their 1st game proper of the new season. After the long and arduous bus journey the Tigers took a while to find their feet in the midst of some big hits and furious rucking by their West Walian counter parts. The atmosphere made more intimidating by the large crowd of teenage boys banging on the Cardigan tin shed stand. New Tigers captain, Bethan Fox-Mabe, made more than her fair share of tackles and epitomised the spirit needed if the Tigers and to compete on an even keel with their carefully chosen opponents this season.
After going into the break 5-0 down the Tigers were hit by 2 quick tries by Cardigan in the first 10 minutes of the second half. At 15-0 down with 25 minutes to go it would have been easy for heads to have dropped but galvanised by their inspirational leader and big performances by Joanne Jones, Sara Prosser and debutant May Lewis, the Tiger forced their way back into the game. Working some steady drives up the field the Tigers manufactured a 2v1 situation for Bethan Fox-Mabe and winger, Sophie John. Bethan threw a dummy but as she dived over the line the ball was dislodged by the Cardigan second row and the try went begging. 5 minutes later Joanne Jones found room at the right edge of a ruck and went off on a jinking run that saw her beat 3 players and go in under the sticks. Joanne converted her own try and the score was 15-7 with 10 minutes to go. Cardigan hit back immediately and a superbly worked backs move saw their left winger score in the corner. The Tigers weren’t to be outdone and quick thinking by Joanne Jones saw her take a tap penalty and round the Cardigan defence to score in the corner. It was the end of a hard, dogged match for the Tigers that saw 6 debutants take the field and the welcome return of Kristie Antoniou. Things are looking promising for the season.
Head Coach, Gareth Lewis summed up the day, “It was a really good lesson learned today by our team. The new girls will have seen that in the pressure cooker arena of small grounds like Cardigans you need to focus on the skills learned in training and apply them to the match environment. We came back into the game but I believe now the girls see the effort required to succeed on the pitch. The day, as a whole, was very successful in terms of team bonding and I hope now we are much more closely knit as a squad.”
Director of rugby, James Chapron said, “The day overall was a success. We were justified in our decision to take the team out of the league as this was a much more competitive environment which the players would have learnt a lot from. There were some good individual performances but collectively, we need to demonstrate the potential that we show in training in a game.”
27 Oct, 2007 New Players Registration
All new players are required to register with the club;
To do so you and your parents/guardians need to sign a registration form and provide 2 passport sized photos to be sent off to the WRU. Without these forms you cannot play.
For more information contact Director of Rugby, James Chapron
27 Oct, 2007 Game Vs Cardigan
Tigers V Cardigan (Away) Sunday 4th Novemeber 2007 - THIS GAME HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED
The Caerphilly Tigers travel west to visit Cardigan Girls Rugby in the first scheduled match of the season.
The Tigers showed a lot of promise during a pre-season tournament and hopefully the form and team spirit shown will continue.
The Bus leaves Caerphilly RFC at 10am, players to meet 9:30am prompt.