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They may have started playing ruby in Trebanos 110 years ago, but the village will never have experienced anything quite like their first WRU Championship home fixture when they welcome Pontypool this weekend.

In the past it would have been viewed as a classic ‘David v Goliath’ contest, but while Pontypool will arrive as the reigning champions, Trebanos will at least be able to start the day looking down on them from the lofty position of top of the table after Round 1.

One of only two teams to pick up a try bonus on the opening weekend, when they beat Bedlinog 28-0 on their Championship debut, last year’s Division 1 West champions sit a point ahead of the champions and are relishing the chance to test themselves against one of Welsh rugby’s most iconic clubs.

“The whole village is excited about this game – it will be the biggest day in our history,” said former fixture secretary Steven Card. “We had a dream start at Bedlinog last weekend and now we simply can’t wait for our first home game.

“Trebanos is steeped in rugby tradition, but we are a village of only 1400 playing against a town like Pontypool that boasts 35,000. It is a classic minnows against giants contest.

“Bleddyn Bowen, Rob Jones and Arwel Thomas all became internationals from our club and they all still live in the village – along with Duncan Jones, Derek Bevan and Andy Lloyd. We don’t pay anyone a penny and these days we don’t lose anyone to other clubs because we are playing such a great brand of rugby.”

Wales and British & Irish Lions flanker Justin Tipuric used to coach the first team, but has had to step down to the youth side because of playing commitments. But the coaching reins are still in very capable hands in the shape of his fellow Osprey, Ashley Beck, and two other former team mates at the Liberty Stadium, Dan Suter and Kristian Phillips.

Second half tries from Sean Hopkins, Llyr Davies and Tom Lucas pushed Trebanos to their bonus point after their pack had secured a penalty try in the opening period. Now they will be looking for a repeat performance to try to stay ahead of Narberth, who were the only other team to pick up a bonus point on the opening day.

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Trebanos 24 Pontypool 27.

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Hopefully the Welsh Championship will have fewer mismatches than in previous seasons.


Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:44 pm
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najbritcol wrote:
Hopefully the Welsh Championship will have fewer mismatches than in previous seasons.

Huh??????

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Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin wrote:


Just out of interest, how many there?

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Good couple of hundred.


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Big And Dull wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
Hopefully the Welsh Championship will have fewer mismatches than in previous seasons.

Huh??????


Over the last couple of seasons, matches between the top half and bottom half teams in the table have often been very one-sided.


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najbritcol wrote:
Big And Dull wrote:
najbritcol wrote:
Hopefully the Welsh Championship will have fewer mismatches than in previous seasons.

Huh??????


Over the last couple of seasons, matches between the top half and bottom half teams in the table have often been very one-sided.

That is not a miss-match, that is what happens in a league. Some teams are better than others. Till we , Bargoed, got promoted I watched almost all the games we played in The Championship/Div 1 East, as it was, and saw very few totally one sided games, even when we went unbeaten until the last game of the season, all games we played during that year were competitive

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League is a slightly unbalanced because Pontypool are being blocked from promotion, but have the money to bring in quality players from a wider catchment. Sides like Tata steel also splashing the cash, while some sides remain totally amateur and some probably mostly pay selectively.

It was an amazing league last year in that nearly all but 4 teams were threatened by relegation coming into the final games.

Premiership is wrecking this level because the WRU are funding 16 teams to mop up anyone half decent when they are nowhere nearsemi pro standard.

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Blindside wrote:
League is a slightly unbalanced because Pontypool are being blocked from promotion, but have the money to bring in quality players from a wider catchment. Sides like Tata steel also splashing the cash, while some sides remain totally amateur and some probably mostly pay selectively.

It was an amazing league last year in that nearly all but 4 teams were threatened by relegation coming into the final games.

Premiership is wrecking this level because the WRU are funding 16 teams to mop up anyone half decent when they are nowhere nearsemi pro standard.


Dunvant were already relegated several weeks before the season ended, but yes from what I recall it was a close race between the now-relegated Glamorgan Wanderers, Newbridge, Cardiff Met, Bedlinog and some other teams.


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The Scottish model is what we should aim for in Wales. They are moving to 6 Semi-pro teams at the level below the Pro14, we could probably stretch to 8. Partially ringfenced so that each Region is guaranteed at least 1 team in the Prem (so if e.g. Bedwas finish bottom but there are no other Dragons region clubs, then the 7th placed gets relegated instead, unless the team being promoted is a Dragons club). That would probably mean the bottom side got relegated in 99% of seasons.

Televise more of the matches (S4C) to generate some real excitement about it, and the best teams get to compete in the B&I Cup.


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Figaro wrote:
The Scottish model is what we should aim for in Wales. They are moving to 6 Semi-pro teams at the level below the Pro14, we could probably stretch to 8. Partially ringfenced so that each Region is guaranteed at least 1 team in the Prem (so if e.g. Bedwas finish bottom but there are no other Dragons region clubs, then the 7th placed gets relegated instead, unless the team being promoted is a Dragons club). That would probably mean the bottom side got relegated in 99% of seasons.

Televise more of the matches (S4C) to generate some real excitement about it, and the best teams get to compete in the B&I Cup.



Far too sensible a route for the WRU to take.

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Figaro wrote:
The Scottish model is what we should aim for in Wales. They are moving to 6 Semi-pro teams at the level below the Pro14, we could probably stretch to 8. Partially ringfenced so that each Region is guaranteed at least 1 team in the Prem (so if e.g. Bedwas finish bottom but there are no other Dragons region clubs, then the 7th placed gets relegated instead, unless the team being promoted is a Dragons club). That would probably mean the bottom side got relegated in 99% of seasons.

Televise more of the matches (S4C) to generate some real excitement about it, and the best teams get to compete in the B&I Cup.

I'd go along with similar but would have 3 from each region plus RGC and ring fence it. I know it will mean a bye for 1 team every week but if anyone could sort out a fair way to kick out 1 of the regional teams or add an extra
I'd love to know
On top of that there would be a Welsh Championship for the community game with a proper cup etc to the team that finishes top every year

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