02 December 2017 / Team News


Two new competitions for Youth Rugby in the Dragons Region began on Friday night as DC visited Chepstow in the Dragons Plate and DA went to Ystard Mynach to play Penallta.  At stake for both teams were quarter-final places.  It was the first time that Newbridge have fielded two youth teams at the same time on a Friday night.

Continuing with the doubling up theme DC agreed to play their match as both the Dragons Plate game and their Dragons “C” Division league match.  Captain Morgan Thomas took the DC squad to face last year’s “C” Division Runners Up and much older opposition at Chepstow RFC.  DC put on a real show to win 23-19 away from home and in freezing conditions.  The excellent tries were scored by Dafydd Lovesey, Tom Deinko, Matthew Jefferies and Owen Peddle with a penalty from the boot of Ewan Roberts.   It was also DC’s second win in the league and takes them above their opponents on the night.

Over on the other side of the region, just about as far away as you can get, DA fielded a new half back pairing as birthday boy Iwan Burgwin went from his normal 10 slot into his dragons academy position of scrum half and versatile Robbie Turley took over in a role he is more than familiar with at outside half.  They also welcomed back the height of Dylan Shorthouse into the second row after a few weeks on the side lines with a broken nose.

On the plastic pitch the ball just wouldn’t stick for DA early on but after 20 minutes centre Ioan Lloyd sent the ball skipping along the floor with a beautifully judged kick that sat up perfectly for the flying Tyler Lewis to catch on the 22 and smash over in the corner.

A well won line out set up a driving maul on Penallta’s 10 metre line for DA.  The only thing that was going to stop them going over was if somebody tripped over.  That was a worry as they quite literally ran, in perfect maul formation, 40 metres until they were over the line and Tyler Smith touched down for his second of the season.  Smith also made a couple of excellent breaks during the half.

From a DA error at the kick off Penallta got the ball back and did well to eventually cross the line next to the posts and the score stood at 10-7 at half time.

Gasman Luke Shore took over from the impressive Elliot Haines early in the second half and wasted no time getting involved. After a number of explosive runs and half breaks, Shore smashed his way over following a clever backs move to make it 17-7 to the Bridge.

Following another period of back and forth pressure by both teams, DA earned a penalty 5 yards off the Penallta line and obviously elected to use their impressive driving lineout to their advantage once again. While the drive initially appeared to be heading for the touchline, DA managed to redirect the maul to the try line, with Garin Price getting his third in his third match back.

DA saved the best for last with a brilliant solo effort by no. 8 Garin Price to get him the double on the night.  Garin simply picked up and went over from a 5 metre scrum.  The brilliance of the try was that it was a scrum on Newbridge’s own 5 metre line and Garin used the slightly unorthodox exit strategy of picking up and flying passed the flankers before they knew what was happening.  Finding open field, he cut back towards the wing, who was duly rounded and the covering 10 was swatted away on half way.  Now moving at top speed the science kicked in because, as we all know Momentum = velocity x mass. Therefore Garin’s huge momentum took him the last 10 metres over the line as a tackler managed to bring him to the floor – “simple physics”.

Robbie Turley’s big boot converted the one conversion that wasn’t from the touchline and was very close with the other four attempts to finish the game 27-7.  Principality Man of The Match was prop Taylor Hansen (in picture above Luke Shore, Taylor, George Price, Iwan Burgwin.  For more excellent match photos see

Next week, DA travel down the M4, to the Porthcawl turn off and Pencoed RFC.  The home to many a Welsh International, will host the last 16 Welsh Youth Cup game.  Last year the first year DA team were beaten 29-19 by the much older and bigger Pencoed team, things should be a little more even this year.

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