The Wanderers coaches declared themselves happy with the state of the squad after their first week’s preparation had gone well.
On Tuesday a conditioned training session and game against Cardiff RFC gave the back room staff a chance to look at the set piece organisation which proved very positive. Coach Lee Highgate commented “With several new faces up front we were keen to see how they would shape up against a Premiership side and we were pleasantly surprised. This was backed up yesterday against Ynysddu. Despite losing the game part of the session against Cardiff 12-7 it did give the squad plenty of time in defence as Cardiff kept possession so well. This was, in a way, better as it gave the defensive systems a real work out.”
Yesterday against Ynysddu in a match of 2 40-minute sessions with rolling subs, the Wanderers came through powerfully 50-7. After an opening period in which things were very even the defensive shackles were broken when a turnover in Wanderers territory gave the home side backs a chance to show their pace. Jacob Laroche, operating at centre broke clear and raced away for the first score. This was followed up by a second try in as many minutes. From the kick-off Josh Sheehan carried well and when the ball went wide Will Jones, who has arrived this season from Pentyrch, raced away to score his first try 10-0. In the sunshine the Wanderers started to enjoy themselves and a third try was added when Phil Pariyo broke clear in midfield. He stepped and with his searing pace raced away to score a try which he converted himself 17-0. Before half time the Wanderers forwards flexed their muscle with a driving maul that resulted in a Ross Gibbon try which Pariyo converted. Half time 24-0.
Despite the Wanderers dominance Ynysddu continued to work hard and at times retained possession very well but they found the home side defence difficult to break down. Subs started to come and go and some of the continuity left the game but both sides continued to entertain the crowd. Harry Dowell Bennett, having spent the first half in the back row was moved out wide and he was rewarded with for all action display when he crossed for the 5th try. Pariyo converted 31-0. Three further tries followed in the last quarter Dylan Potter, last season’s Development Squad player of the year crossed for a try, New recruit Ben McStay added a try for the left wing and Will “Duracell” Jones added his second try on Debut to round off a man of the match performance from him. Pariyo surprised a few with his kicking skills as he added 2 more conversions. Before the final whistle Ynysddu were rewarded with a consolation try after all their hard work and the sides retired to the bar after a 50-7 win for the home side.
The Wanderers shaded the boat race and Captain Joe Russell rounded off the day with a win in the sausage eating competition commenting “had it been Doner kebabs I would have been much quicker!”
Tries: Will Jones (2), Jacob Laroche, Ross Gibbon, Harry Dowell Bennett, Ben McStay, Dylan Potter, Phil Pariyo
Cons: Phil Pariyo (5)
Man Of the Match: Will Jones
Dick of the day : Lee Highgate (coach)
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