Croesyceiliog 16 vs 5 Abercarn - Match Report


The DOSC were at the Woodland Road Sports Ground to watch the crunch Division 2 East fixture between Croesyceiliog and Abercarn.

The visitors were flying high in the league coming into this fixture, second in the table despite only being promoted last season - no mean feat. The home side also had form coming into the fixture, having only won one game less than their opponents.

First Half

On a cold night in Croesy,  the opening minutes were characterised by handling errors from both sides with a number of dropped balls and wayward passes. It was clear that Croesy had the edge in the scrums that followed, and they won a couple of penalties in quick succession which they failed to convert into points through missed kicks at goal. Another sequence of scrums near to their opponent's try line lead to a number of pick and goes, before conceding a penalty for holding on - the result of some resolute defence and good jackling from the Abercarn pack.

Much of the first half was played in the middle third of the field, but with Croesy edging the territory and possession battle. In the latter stages, Abercarn entered the Croesy 22 with a penalty which they kicked to the corner. From the lineout, they executed a set move at the front but frustratingly turned the ball over near the line. The Croesy backs reacted quickly, shifting it wide to their outside backs who nearly went the length of the field before being snagged by an impressive cover tackle from the Abercarn full back. The move broke down and the ref blew his whistle for half time, 0-0.

The first half demonstrated that Croesy had the edge in the scrums and were winning the collisions, both in attack and defence, which was giving them territory and possession, but they would have to work hard to beat an Abercarn side who were defending extremely well and whose lineout was functioning superbly.

Second Half

The second half saw Croesy turn their possession and territory into points. An early penalty saw them take a 3-0 lead and this was shortly followed by their first try of the evening, a well worked try, with good hands from backs and forwards, putting their outside half over in the corner. The conversion was missed so it remained 8-0.

The Croesy scrum was then rewarded with a pushover try, which was no more than their pack deserved as they were on top in this facet for most of the evening. Another penalty followed to make it 16-0.

It is a credit to Abercarn that despite having little possession, they never let their heads drop, and their tenacity was rewarded in the last ten minutes as they kicked a penalty into the Croesy 22 and executed a catch and drive to make it 16-5. A just reward for their lineout which really did work well on the night. 

In the last 5 minutes, Croesy suffered a yellow card, with their lock being sin binned for a daft swing at an Abercarn player right in front of the referee. However, there was little time for Abercarn to capitalise and the ref blew his whistle shortly after to draw a close to what, for this neutral, was an enjoyable and competitive fixture.

Division 3 East Table

The win for Croesyceiliog sees them close the gap on league leaders Pontypool Utd. As you can see from the table, this is an extremely competitive league with 11 points separating the top 6 teams.

The DOSC would like to wish all teams in the league the very best of luck for the season. We look forward to watching another game from around region in the coming weeks.



Reformed Tredegar RFC set to play first fixture next weekend

Tredegar RFC have reformed their senior side and are set to play their first competitive fixture against Bettws RFC in the National League 3 East division this Saturday. The game will be played at Tredegar's Recreation Ground and will kick off at 2.30pm. Refreshments for spectators will be available and all are welcome back to Tredegar RFC's clubhouse after the match. 

As was reported on WalesOnline earlier this year, the club folded during the 2015/16 season, playing only a handful of fixtures before being unable to raise a side. However, thanks to the dedication of a hearty few volunteers (including Sharon Hamer, Director, Geraint Meredith, Chairman, Mark Long, Vice Chair, Rhianan Meredith, Secretary, Justine Bennett, Registration Secretary, Nolan Nicklin, Team Manager and Anthony Preece, Team Support), a number of players have returned to club with a view to returning it to its former glories. Craig "Flakey" Lewis will skipper the side from flanker for the 16/17 season.

Their first challenge will be navigating the tough opponents they will face at the bottom of Welsh rugby's pyramid. The club may have a heritage of producing 1st class players, but if they are return to that level, away matches to clubs such as Abersychan & Tref Y Clawdd will need to be overcome.

If you would be interested in playing or volunteering for Tredegar RFC, please contact Geraint Meredith, Chairman, on 07956471889.

We at the DOSC wish the club, including the junior sections who attended the Dragons' match against Exeter last Friday, all the best for the upcoming season. 


St Julians RFC's Mini & Junior Section Looking for New Players


St Julians HSOB RFC mini and junior section are looking for new players to bolster their ranks ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Newport based club run sides from U7's to U19's with sides training and playing at Glebelands Park in Newport.

The club has a real family feel to it with annual tours and plenty of social activities for both kids and parents throughout the season. It also develops good rugby players with the club's current youth and U16 sides containing a number of players who have gone on to represent Newport Schools and the Dragons.

If you or your child would like to join a well run family club with plenty of social activities, not to mention develop as a rugby player, get in touch with chairman Andy Lee on 07789984808, or via Facebook at

We at the DOSC would like to wish St Julians the best of luck for the season ahead!



Penallta RFC to host festival of rugby on Sunday 18 September 2016


Penallta RFC will be hosting an U7's-U10's festival of rugby on Sunday 18 September 2016. The young Pitmen will compete against teams from fellow Gwent clubs including Rhymney RFC, Oakdale RFC, New Tredegar RFC and Senghenydd RFC. 

The day promises to be a fatastic event and shows the strength of mini and junior rugby in the area.

First kick off is at 10.30am with all games expected to finish by 4pm at the latest. On the day there will also be:-

  • A BBQ
  • A "passing the ball through Brian Moore's mouth" challenge
  • Sweet stalls
  • Face painting and hair colour spraying
  • A professional photographer
  • A Ruggerbugs (rugby equipment supplier) stall.

We at the DOSC wish the organisers, and all clubs participating, the very best of luck and hope the day goes well for all concerned.

Pre-season training at clubs around Gwent

Clubs around the region have entered their third week of pre-season training as they look to whip their squads into shape ahead of the new season. We are sure that all sessions were met with enthusiasm, with players, both backs and forwards, eager to "bank" the necessary fitness which will pay dividends later in the year. Please see below a number of images from training sessions at clubs around the region. If your club isn't there, feel free to tweet us your snaps and we will add them to the list. We at the Dragons Supporters' Club would like to wish all clubs in the region the very best of luck for the upcoming season! #suftmog