Big wins for Scimitar rugby teams in race for top
It was a fantastic weekend for most of our rugby clubs across both England and Wales, with 4 of 6 teams enjoying important wins.
Llandovery’s unbeaten start to the Indigo Group Welsh Premiership season continued, as they recorded a fantastic bonus-point win, thumping RGC 36-12 on Saturday. The win now sees the Drovers sit 2nd in the table, having won all of their five games, sitting only behind Aberavon at the top, who have won six from six.
Pontypridd returned to winning ways in front of the TV cameras as they overcame Carmarthen Quins 21-15 last Thursday evening to move up to 7th in the table.
Ebbw Vale finished the wrong side of yet another thrilling contest at Bridgend, where a late try gave the visitors a 29-27 win, leaving Ebbw 6th in the pile.
There’s no league action for our Welsh clubs this weekend, but on Saturday 29 October Llandovery travel to Cardiff RFC, while Pontypridd host Llanelli and Ebbw Vale host Swansea.
Rotherham Titans’ impressive run came to an end with a sobering 41-16 result at home to Fylde who stretched their lead at the top of National 2 North. The Titans travel to Sedgley Park this weekend.
In Regional 2 West Midlands, both Worcester and Hereford continued their super start to the season with crucial wins. Worcester thumped Walsall 43-18 away from home while Hereford edged Evesham 19-13 to stay hot on the heels of Worcester. Both teams have won five of their first six and this weekend sees the big match-up between the two at Worcester, as they both continue their pursuit of Ludlow at the top.
Meanwhile, Scimitar Ambassador Ross Neal has retired from professional rugby following concussion issues.
Ross enjoyed two spells at London Irish as well at stints at Saracens and Wasps in the English Premiership – the latter where he played Champions Cup rugby and scored a brace on his Premiership debut for the Club. He went on to join Seattle Seawolves in USA’s Major League Rugby and earlier this year helped the club win the Western Conference as he played in all of their crucial play-off games.
His record at Seattle saw him score 15 tries in 29 games, earning him a place as the club’s second-highest all-time try scorer. Ross will continue in his role as Scimitar Ambassador while completing more work in conservation.
Images by Cwm Caolan Photography/Kevin Rudge and Geraint Thomas