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FINAL SCORE : Oxford University 14pts   Crawshays Welsh XV 29pts 


Will Holley (Mountain Ash)

Josh Hurley (Pontypool)

Rob Dudley Jones (Aberavon) x 2

Will Williams (Cowbridge)


Kieran Meek (Pontypool)

Cambridge University undone by the strength of Crawshay’s Welsh XV
Cambridge University’s 12-29 Crawshays Welsh RFC

Congratulations to Ian Brice, and all concerned, on bringing together a group of players that were able to blend backs flair with forwards brute force. The strength of this Crawshay’s Welsh XV, became evident with a mere 16 seconds on the clock, as the Light Blues defence parted for Matthew Jacobs to stride clear to touch down, and Dan Lewis to add the conversion.

However, that generosity was not to be extended to Crawshay’s again in the first half, and praise must be extended to Cambridge as that was one of the bright parts of the evening for the University. With the exception of a long-range penalty from Dan Lewis in the 11th minutes, Crawshay’s found it really difficult to break out of their own half for the next 39 minutes, and that was down to the high defensive line from the Light Blues.

The University spread well across the pitch, restricting any space and winning most of the ball off their own set-piece. It meant Crawshay’s had to work extremely hard for any outs, and they were few and far between.

Before Lewis’ penalty though, Archie Russell’s neat footwork had taken him around the Crawshay’s defence to touch down and this was a well-worked try out wide and the Cambridge University again earned their rewards for sustained pressure before half time as their replacement scrum-half  popped a ball up for blind side flanker Sam Troughton to power through to touch down. With the try converted, the Half Time the score was 12-10 to Cambridge University.

However, in the second half, Crawshay’s took control of the game and with the introduction of old Blue Dave Spelman in the front row they created much of the damage as Crawshay’s exerted scrum dominance.

The students found themselves pinned back in their own half for long periods, and it was on 50 minutes that Crawshay’s went back in front as Keiran Meek’s grubber kick finally unlocked the host’s rigid defence for another old Blue Fred Burdon to race on to touch down. Dan Lewis again landed the conversion.

Ten minutes later, good work off the back of a scrum led to Newport’s Josh Reid touching down under a pile of bodies. Unfortunately this went unconverted.

Crawshay's win was wrapped up two minutes from time as more good work going through the phases saw replacement prop Dave Spelman finally ground the ball, with Kieran Meek’s extras the final points of the game.

Crawshay’s Welsh XV: Meek (Pontypool); Hyatt (Gowerton), Jacobs (Aberystwyth), Burdon (Yorkshire Carnegie), Varney (Crymych); Lewis (Bedford Blues), Quick (Pontypool); Burgess (Aberavon), Tanner (Hinckley), Bridges (Penallta), Evans (Pontypridd), Brown (Newport), George (Aberavon), Price (Llandovery), Dudley Jones (Aberavon).

Replacements: Whitson (Reading), Price Jones (Crosskeys), Spelman (Bedford Blues), Kolakowski (Peterborough), Reid (Newport), Pritchard (Crosskeys), Ashby Moscardini (Bargoed), Hutler (Bedford Blues).

Crawshays Welsh 45 V Portugal Under 20's XV 24
Played at Cascais Rugby Ground Sat 3 June
Result - 24 - 45
First Half :
11 mins - Try Rhodri Jones - 0-5
16 Mins - Try - 5-5
21 mins - Try M Jacobs + con Dai Langdon - 5-12
27 mins - Try I Jones +con Dai Langdon - 5-19
34 mins - Penalty Try + con Dai Langdon -5-26
37 mins - Try Howley +con Dai Langdon -5-33
Second Half :
50 mins - Try Gethin Robinson + con Langdon 5-40
52 mins - try - 10 - 40
62 mins - Try+ con -17-40
70 mins - Try+con 24-40
72 mins -Try Ford -24-45


Crawshays Welsh 24 V Portugal National XV 41
First Half :
5 Mins - Try James Murphy - 0 - 5 
16 mins - Portugal Try & con - 7 - 5 
27 mins - Portugal Try& con - 14 -5 
38 Mins - Portugal Try - 19 -5
Second Half :
43 mins- Portugal Try & con - 26 - 5 
47 Mins - Portugal Try - 31 - 5 
50 mins -  Dai Langdon Try + Con 31- 12 
55 Mins - Try Adam Powell 31- 17 
62 Mins - Portugal try 36- 17 
70 - Try Adam Powell + Con Dai Langdon - 36-24 
75 Mins -Portugal Try - 41- 24 


Wednesday 17th May 2017.


Abertillery BG. Nil - Crawshay's 36. ( Half time 0 - 10 ) 

Scorers:  Tries

Huw Dowden (3),

Ieuan Jones,

Kieran Meek

Josh Moscardini 


 Meek (2)







Oxford University vs Crawshays Welsh xv 

 Wednesday 15th February 2017 



Crawshays Squad V Oxford University 15th Feb 2017 007


Oxford University 12 pts Crawshays Welsh RFC 14 pts


Oxford University gave  Crawshays Welsh RFC a warm welcome to Iffley Road as they looked to secure their second win of 2017 following last weeks victory over the Royal Navy. Whilst it was a dry evening, two hours of solid rain in the afternoon made the conditions underfoot treacherous, combined with a greasy ball making handling difficult, which lead to both teams making errors in their desire to keep the ball alive. The home side were first to score when prop Hugo Lu was driven over from close range, No 8 Will Wilson was unfortunately off target with the conversion which proved to be costly later in the game . Whilst both sides had further opportunities, the rest of the first half remained scoreless,


5-Nil after 55 minutes of any Crawshays match is not what is the norm, but that is how it stood until after a period of pressure in the Oxford 22, Crawshays Welsh RFC eventually cracked the determined Blues defence, when replacement No 8 Derrie Mattravers burst over from a 5 meter scrum, fly-half James Dixon adding the extras to put the Crawshays two points ahead. Just five minutes later Crawshays extended their lead with a close range try from Dawid Rubasniak after an excellent off load from Loughborough University's Rhodri Tanner. James Dixon was again on target with the conversion to put Crawshays more than one score ahead.


Oxford University responded as expected and narrowed the scores to just two points when Australian flanker James Beaufils scored, to round off a strong performance, replacement fly-half Tom Dyer kicked the conversion to narrow the gap to just two points once again and ensure an exciting final five minutes. Despite the Oxford University doing all they could to snatch a last minute victory the Crawshays defence stood firm and held on to secure the victory by 14 points to 12.




Cambridge University vs Crawshays Welsh xv 

 Wednesday 2nd November 


Cambridge University 30 pts Crawshays Welsh RFC 19pts





Oxford University XV vs Crawshays Welsh XV


Wednesday 3rd February 2016


Result :


Oxford University 10pts Crawshays Welsh XV 28pts


Try Scorers


Jonathan Howard (Cross Keys ) 2 Tries

Ed Doe (Richmond) 1 Try

Josh Moscardini ( Bargoed) 1 Try


Diggy Bird ( Cardiff) 3

Kieran Meek ( Newbridge ) 1 

Cambridge University v Crawshays Welsh xv

Wednesday 18th November 2015 ki 7:15pm

Cambridge University 20 pts Crawshays Welsh xv 19 pts


Patrick Tapley, Dan Mock and Sean Williams 


David Langdon x 2

Emerging Georgia XV 7pts Crawshay’s WRU Presidents XV 14pts

6th June 2015


Another highly enjoyable and successful tour was finished off with the second of two victories exemplifying the outstanding commitment from all the players in the Crawshay’s WRU Presidents XV squad. The win by 14 pts to 7pts was thoroughly deserved but left our Georgian hosts somewhat dejected !

Another highly physical and brutal game saw two yellow cards to each team and a straight red card in the second half to a Georgia 2nd row for use of the head. 

Crawshay’s were ahead 7-6 at half time following a try by Tom James converted by David Langdon in reply to two penalty goals from the Georgian team.

After an hour, a penalty put the hosts 9-6 ahead but in injury time, following a sustained onslaught on the Georgian Development XV line, a try by Shaun Miles converted by Kieran Meek, won the day by 14-7. The two tries to none final scoreline showed the normal Crawshay’s tradition of playing with running rugby in mind and always looking for the attacking option.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Tour!





Emerging Georgia XV 17pts Crawshay’s WRU Presidents XV 24pts

3rd June 2015


The Crawshay's WRU President's XV had to come from behind to record a 24-17 victory over Emerging Georgia at Rustavi Stadium in Tblisi.

The home side led 10-7 at the break with a try by Tom James, converted by Dai Langdon, keeping the Crawshays in the hunt.


At one stage the Georgia side had edged in front 17-12 but the President's XV showed grit and determination to strike back and claim the honours with two tries and a conversion in the last 15 minutes proving crucial.


Pontypridd duo Rhys Shellard and Dafydd Lockyer scored tries with the visitors also earning a penalty try which Langdon converted.




Whitland 19pts Crawshay’s Welsh 59pts

In a game to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Whitland RFC, the famous Welsh invitation club ran in nine tries including some trademark long distance efforts .The horrible conditions with high wind and heavy drizzle at the Llwyn Ty Gwyn ground somewhat dampened the occasion but some spectacular rugby was produced by both teams in the 78 points extravaganza.

The Borderers played with huge gusto in the first half to trail by just 19-7 - after try from centre Andrew Jenkins - but predictably tired against fitter, bigger and quicker opposition. 

Everyone of the Crawshay’s starting line had Premiership experience and included the Llandovery trio of veteran prop Andrew Jones, centre Matthew Jacobs and flanker Shaun Miles whilst another Drover in lock Matthew Harbut came on as a second half replacement.

Star of the show behind the scrum was Llanelli’s Justin James. The Ammanford product is known more as a scrum half but his good support play and turn of pace brought him a hat trick of tries.

The other try scorers were prop Louis Smout (Cardiff), the Neath pair of centre Luke Ford and back row Alun Jones and two replacements in Swansea’s Stuart Nicholas and Newport’s  Llywarch Ap Myrddin.

Skipper and fly half Geraint O’Driscoll added seven conversions in nine attempts.

For Whitland centre  Jonny Thomas and back row Jack Mason  got second half consolation tries to add to the earlier one from Jenkins. Thomas added a couple of conversions for the Borderers.

Crawshay’s Team of the Manager Ian Brice thought the display top class given the awful conditions.

“Bad weather never worries Crawshay’s as we are dedicated to the running game came rain or sunshine and this was a good run out for many of the players up for consideration to play Georgia in June.” said Brice.

With the support of the WRU a Premiership XV under the name of Crawshay’s will play two games in Georgia, the first against Georgia U21 and the second against Emerging Georgia.

Carmarthen Quins coach Louie Tonkin will coach the side out in Georgia.

“The tour provides the chance to play a return fixture for the two sides who met at the Brewery Field in March 2012, the Georgia International XV coming away with a hard fought 36-32 win” said Tonkin “ and we are all looking forward immensely to the experience of playing in Tbilisi!”







Match Reports 

Oxford University v Crawshays Welsh RFC February 25th 2015 7:00pm KO


15pts - 22pts 


Mathew Screech 2 Tries 

Andy Powell 1 Try

Jordan Howells Drop Goal

Morgan Williams 2 Conversions




Cambridge University v Crawshays Welsh RFC November 5th 2014 7:15pm KO


Result : Cambridge University. 0. Crawshay's. 47 (half-time 0 -  21)



Penalty tries (2)

Jessie Liston (2)

Kieran Duffin

Joe Thomas

Kieran Meek


Kieran Meek (6)


Weakened Blues Side suffer Heavy Defeat to Crawshay’s Welsh
A slightly weakened Blues side welcomed invitational outfit Crawshay’s Welsh to Grange road this Wednesday as the home team looked to build towards next month’s encounter with the other place at Twickenham. After a delayed Kick off, and with fireworks beginning to appear in the skies around Cambridge, it was the away side that lit up the pitch.
Crawshay’s dominated the scrum throughout and opened the scoring after growing pressure on the Blues front row gave way and referee Claire Hodnett went under the posts to award a penalty try in the eighth minute. Kieran Meek converted.
Cambridge consistently found themselves in promising positions but lacked the composure to get over the line, often being turned over or knocking on in the final third.
A moment of brilliance from Crawshay’s full back Kieran Duffin gave the welsh their next score as the young Bedford prospect chipped over the Blues defence before gathering his own kick on the bounce and rounding the covering tacklers to score under the posts. Meek again converted.
Two more tries and a yellow card came for the visitors before half time, with Cambridge entering the break 28 – nil down. Captain on the night Toby May was replaced at half time after showing resolve on a tough night in the centre against a lively Welsh back line.
Half time substitutes Mike Phillips and Tom Hanson were joined by Scott Annett and Carl Jeffs as the home side started the second half better than they had finished the first.
The Cambridge resistance was broken down in the 53rd minute as Welsh back row Jessie Liston got his second of the night after returning from the bin. Crawshay’s were over the line again soon after when a clever break and offload from the impressive Tom Rowlands gave Kieren Meek a run in.
Another penalty try given in the last 15 minutes capped off a fairly disappointing result for the Blues as they finished the game without registering a point. Final score: Cambridge University 0 – Crawshay’s Welsh 47.








Thursday 29th May 2014  -
Czech Presidents XV - 0
Crawshays Welsh XV - 86
Report to Follow
Saturday 31st May 2014
Czech Republic National XV - TBA
Crawshays Welsh XV - TBA




Sunday May 4th 2014 - Versus Lampeter RFC

Kick Off 1.30pm

Lampeter 45

Crawshay's Welsh RFC 66



David Ford 2, Tom Rowlands 2, Justin James 2, Ross Davies, Derrie Mattravers, Gareth Gravell,

Richard Carter



Kieran Meek 8

Report Courtesy of Carmarthen Journal

FAMILIAR faces from the world of rugby were present at Lampeter RFC for the  official opening of its new clubhouse.

The state of the art facility was celebrated with the unveiling of a plaque,  a gala dinner and a match against Crawshays RFC, which was refereed by Nigel  Owens.

Among the attendees was legendary Welsh fly-half Phil Bennett.

More than £18,000 was raised for charity, including £2,500 by auctioning a  signed Lee Halfpenny shirt.

Lampeter lost the game 66-45.

Following the event, Nigel Owens tweeted: "Great game Lampeter RFC v  Crawshays yesterday to open their new clubhouse. Well done all. Credit to the  club and an honour to ref the game" 













V Cambridge University -  30th November 2013


Crawshays Welsh XV    18

Cambridge University    18


In a highly entertaining game, Crawshays led until 10 minutes into the second half before scoring a try in injury time to draw the game.


Points Scorers


Patrick Tapley  -  Try

Steffan Jones  - 1 Conversion/ 2 Penalties

Derrie Mattravers  -  Try




2013 GB Sevens Series  


June 8 at Meggitts Land, Edinburgh


 The results were as follows:


            Crawshays 14 – Apache 24


             Crawshays 14 – Samurai 38


            Crawshays 21 – Vipers 22 (we were 21 Nil up at half time!)


            Exiles 24 – Crawshays 42


            Marauders 53 – Crawshays 5







 V Bizkaia Federation - Friday 31 May 2013

Crawshays Welsh XV    38

Bizkaia Federation    0


"Outstanding Performance"  against a team made up of players from Spain 1st Division clubs in the Basque Region.
Tries by Dale Ford 2, Scott Otten, Owain Lloyd, Euros Evans and Kyle Tayler. 4 conversions by Matthew Jones


Castilla/ Cambrian Federation XV- Sunday 2nd June 2013


Crawshays Welsh XV    71

Castilla/ Cambrain Federation XV  21


"Best Crawshays performance ever!" Our opponenets were made up from players from the Basque Region but strenghtened by the addition of  players from other Regions in Spain including 4 full Spain internationals and 3 Argentina 7s internationals. The victory by 71 - 21 was achieved by tries by Owain Lloyd 3, Mike Denbee 2, Justin James, Matthew Jacobs, Derrie Mattravers, Jack Wardle, Tom Slater, and Gareth David.



Conversions by Matthew Jones 4 and Gareth David 4.



2013 GB Sevens Series


June 1 at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay


Played 3    Won 2    Lost 1    Points For 76   Points Against 66


Crawshays 38   Thistles 21

Crawshays 17   Samurai 26

Crawshays 21   Maruaders 19


Semi Final


Winner Group A   V   Runner Up Group B

Wailers   38                Crawshays   14


3rd/ 4th Play Off


Crawshays 14   Samurai   40










Crawshays Welsh XV    17


Oxford University    26


Report Courtesy of Oxford University Rugby


On a clear cold night at Iffley Road on Wednesday, the Blues continued their winning start to 2013 with a hard fought victory over the Crawshays by 26 points to 17. The Blues were pleased to welcome back Captain John Carter to the starting XV following his cameo appearance off the bench last week against the Navy. The Blues started strongly as the invitation side struggled to settle early and were soon rewarded with a try, when scrum-half Sam Egerton (Keble) was driven over by his forwards near to the uprights. Fly-half Charlie Marr (Trinity) added the straight forward conversion. The Blues were at this stage of the match in full control and were stretching the Crawshays defence out wide with some slick handling and extended their lead after 20 minutes. However, it was not the backs who got the score but Man of the Match Fraser Heathcote (St Edmund Hall) who enjoyed a storming game on the side of the scrum. Again the score came from driving forward play and it was Heathcote who eventually emerged from a pile of bodies to claim the try, Marr was unsuccessful with the conversion. This second score from the Blues sparked the Craswhays into life and the remainder of the first half saw them dominate possession and territory and claw their way back into the match. They narrowed the gap at the interval to just two points with a try from centre Edward Doe (Glamorgan Wanderers) which he converted, before he added a well taken drop goal to take make the score at the break 12 – 10 in favour of Oxford.


Crawshays started the second period as they had finished the first, on the attack and scored within 10 minutes from right wing Joe Ajuwa(London Welsh) with Doe again adding the extras. With both teams making a number of changes to personnel during the second half the game became rather disjointed, but it was Oxford who scored next to retake the lead when Heathcote barged his way over for his second try, with Marr once again on target with the conversion. With just two points between the sides, it was very much in the balance who would take home the spoils and each side had chances that they spurned. However, with injury time fast approaching it was the Blues who made the decisive move, when replacement flanker Jack Calvert (St Edmund Hall) made ground through the Crawshays defence set up a ruck and the ball was quickly moved out wide where centre Marcus Alexander-Neil (St Hilda’s), who had run and tackled strongly all night, cut an incisive line to break through a tackle and score under the posts. Matt Shorthose (University) who had replaced Egerton at scrum-half added the conversion, to make the final score 26 points to 17. Tight head prop Jon Direen (Kellogg) also enjoyed another fine match in the tight and loose, laying the platform for this third straight win.



Crawshays Team






OXFORD UNIVERSITY Team Lewis Anderson, Daniel Barnes, Jon Direen, Michael Rickner, Sam Hitchings, Gus Jones, James Harris, John Carter, Samson Egerton, Charlie Marr, Will Boardman, Marcus Alexander Neil, Henry Lamont, Sebastian Williams, Sean Morris

Subs John William Darby (on for Daniel Barnes), Dean Irvine (on for Lewis Anderson), Tom Reeson-Price (on for John Carter), Fraser Heathcote (on for Gus Jones), Matthew Shorthose (on for Charlie Marr), Will Dace (on for Will Boardman), Chris O'Halloran (on for Sebastian Williams), Joe Mason (on for Jon Direen)

Scores T: Fraser Heathcote (2), Samson Egerton (1), Marcus Alexander Neil (1) C: Charlie Marr (2), Will Dace







Crawshays Welsh XV    31

Combined Services    29



15 JOE NELLANY Worcester Warriors 14 WILL HODNETT Newport 13 MAX STELLING Worcester Warriors 12 JACK WARDLE Worcester Warriors 11 CHRIS CLAYTON Pontypridd 10 DORIAN JONES Cross Keys 9 OWEN JONES Cross Keys 1 STUART WILLIAMS Pontypridd 2 HUW DOWDEN Pontypridd 3 RICHARD CORNOCK Cross Keys 4 DAFYDD DAVIES Pontypridd 5 DAFYDD ROSSER Newport 6 LEE EVANS ( Captain ) Neath 7 NILE DACRES Worcester Warriors 8 ED TAYLOR Worcester Warriors
16 DALE ROGERS Newport 17 IAN GEORGE Bedwas 18 KEIRON BROWN Blackwood19 SEAN HIGGINS Cross Keys 20 SEAN WILLIAMS Swansea 21 GARETH PRICE Glamorgan Wanderers 22 ED DOE Glamorgan Wanderers 23 OWEN BROAD Newport



We were hugely honoured to be invited to play Combined Services in their Annual Remembrance game that took place at Sardis Road, Pontypridd. All proceeds were donated to The Royal British Legion.


Having been entertained pre-match by the RAF band and the Military Wives Choir the sizeable crowd was treated to a thoroughly entertaining and exciting game of rugby that saw the Crawshay’s XV recover from a nineteen points to nil losing position after twenty eight minutes to an eventual victory by 31 points to 29.


Lee Evans (Neath) was our captain for this special occasion and his team scored four tries, by Sean Higgins (Cross Keys) with two, plus one each by Joe Nellany and Owen Broad (Newport). Dorian Jones (Cross Keys) converted all four tries and added a penalty goal.






Crawshays Welsh XV    21

Cambridge University    24


This game produced its usual highly competitive battle that resulted in a narrow defeat for our side, captained by Derri Matthews (Bedwas). The University came from a four points deficit to a three points victory with a converted try scored deep into injury time – result 21-24.


Crawshay’s score consisted of three tries by Rob O’Donnell (Worcester Warriors), Joe Nellany (Worcester Warriors) and Ali Price (Bedford Blues), and 2 conversions by Laurence Raynor (Old Albanians).



























Gareth Gravell of Neath was again the tour captain as we set off for the rugby hotbed of SW France accompanied by the usual band of Vice Presidents and Officers.




Crawshays Welsh XV    61


Hossegor-Lande    12


A sparkling display of open rugby produced 9 tries for Crawshay’s and victory by 61 points to 12. Our tries were scored by Justin James (Llanelli) with 3, plus one each by Matthew Jacobs (Llandovery), Michael Collins (Swansea), Greg George (Llanelli), James Dixon (Swansea), Dai Pattison (Newport) and Lewis Williams (UWIC). Tom Hancock (Newport) added 5 conversions with others by James Dixon and Adam Powell (Neath).

v. DAX (09 JUNE)



Crawshays Welsh XV    31

Dax    12


Another impressive display by both backs and forwards resulted in a second victory, this time by 31 points to 12. A total of five tries were scored one each by Euros Evans (Neath), Dai Pattison, Craig Hawkins (Llanelli), Matthew Jacobs and Justin James. James Dixon added 3 conversions.







Crawshays Welsh XV    19

Oxford University    41

Wales and British & Irish Lions international Darren Morris captained the Crawshay’s XV that played the now annual fixture against the Dark Blues.


Our team, containing two Russia Internationals and a number of British Army players, competed well but eventually was defeated by 41 points to 19. Ben Seru of the Army scored 2 tries, and Lee Robinson of London Wasps 1 try, with James Read of the Army adding 2 conversions.


 The following gentlemen were selected to represent the Crawshay's Welsh versus Oxford University:


XV L Robinson (London Wasps), W Browne^ (Richmond RFC), S Jones (Cardiff RFC), J Read (British Army), T Turner (Jersey RFC), A Libbey (British Army), O Thomas (University of Glamorgan), Luke Fisher (Hartpury College), D Morris*" (Captain, Hartpury College), S Pailor (Bedford RFC), B Johnson (Bedford RFC), L Allen (Cinderford RFC), G Libbey (British Army), Y Generov (Russia U21).

XXII G Carpenter (University of Glamorgan), O Davies (Cardiff Metropolitan University), M Normandale (Cardiff Metropolitan University), V Gwavu (Tonmawr RFC), M Evans (British Army), B Seru (British Army).




Versus Cambridge University (2nd November 2011)


Crawshays Welsh XV    24

Cambridge University    14



The following gentlemen were selected to represent the Crawshay's Rugby Club versus Cambridge University:


S Ragusi (Ospreys), M Kohler (Bedford RFC), P Mackey (London Welsh RFC), D Ryan (Bedwas RFC), A Smith (London Welsh RFC), P Smith (Ospreys), M Torrance (Ospreys), M Norman (Swansea RFC), M Dwyer (British Army), C Cross (Ospreys), B Johnson (Bedford RFC), M Powell (London Welsh RFC), L Allen (Cinderford RFC), S Treharne (Aberavon RFC), Marc Popham (Captain, Cross Keys RFC).


Replacements: Rh Clancy (Neath RFC), W Taylor (Ospreys), D Ball (British Army), G Libbey (British Army), G Slade-Jones (British Army), G David (Cross Keys RFC), C Evans (Aberavon RFC).


A four-try showing from Crawshay's Welsh RFC was enough to beat Cambridge University.


 Tries from Ryan, Popham, Ball and Libbey rewarded a dominant forwards display for Crawshays.


The opening minutes set the tone for the game, as Crawshay's threw themselves into the University side with relish. First, a great break by Ospreys' fullback Simone Ragusi was only halted when he pulled a hamstring as he sped through This was followed by some desperate tackling which was required to thwart the Welsh side twice on the Cambridge line.


Fly-half Greg Cushing did give the home crowd something to shout about with a mazy run from his own 22 but it was no surprise when inside centre Darren Ryan scored the opening try. Although it was due reward for the visitors' pressure, the Blues were visibly disappointed to have missed so many tackles as Ryan forced his way through.


As so often of late, it was Cambridge's driving maul that sowed the seeds of the recovery in the first half. A 21-metre effort fell just short of the line, allowing Crawshay's to force a turnover but Cambridge finally had a foothold. That good work was nearly wasted as a backs move seemed to have sent Crawshay's over in the right corner but the referee pulled play back for a forward pass in midfield.


With Cambridge's resilient attitude starting to equal up the play, they finally threatened to score points. First, Stevens dragged a penalty wide as the Crawshay's back row broke early from a scrum and then Don Blake, returning from injury for Cambridge, showed what a great asset he is to the Blues. Picking up at the base of a ruck, he executed a neat show and go to break clear and looked for support. Finding none, he stepped the fullback and, even as the Crawshay's wing caught him, he continued to fight his way forwards, eventually making a full 50 metres. With the defence in disarray, Kururangi strolled through a gap and the score at half-time was 7pts all.


Despite their late resurgence, the dominance of the Crawshay's scrum and Cambridge's difficulty with ball in hand meant that the signs were ominous. Two tries in three minutes confirmed this vulnerability, as a 5-metre scrum was sent over for a pushover try for captain Marc Popham. Then, a series of off-loads proved impossible to combat and substitute Darrell Ball ran over for a 19pts to 7 lead.


With the Blues tiring, a brutal hand-off from the impressive Darren Ryan allowed Gareth Libbey to bundle over from the base of a ruck. Although Rob Stephen did seize on a loose ball to add some respectability to the scoreboard, Cambridge were well-beaten, eventually going down 14pts to 24.

(Adapted from


Tries: J Kururangi, R Stephen

Cons: G Cushing (2)


Tries: D Ryan, M Popham, D Ball, G Libbey

Cons: G David (2)


* denotes international

" denotes British & Irish Lion

^ denotes Blue




Versus British Army - 7th September 2011


Crawshays Welsh 0


British Army 31



Annual Tour 2011



Tuesday 24th May 2011 @ Bakers Field, New York



Crawshays Welsh XV    64


Old Blue RFC    13




Thursday 26th May 2011 @ Randalls Island, New York



Crawshays Welsh XV    77


Met New York All Stars   36























































































































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