In the griffins second foray into battle for the 19-20 season, we once gain boarded the bus for a long distance fixture in the land of our fathers. This time Llanelli Warriors were the opposition looking to maintain their 100% win record over us. Buoyed on by the triumphant news of Gloucester's recent acceptance at the world cup they would do there best to make sure this didn't happen. Burry Port RFC was the venue and a warm autumn day set up a close encounter of the rugby kind. The match started with the tooing and froing of a sea trawler balancing upon the precipice of a wave. 2 tries one after the other for each team. The welsh full back slicing through the Gloucester team like a young Phil Bennett whilst the Gloucester 6 was charging over the line with a Scott Quinell pick and go special. After the initial scoring burst it slowed down before half time. The Welsh team were relying on their backs while Gloucester were pulling them into a tug of war in the dark arts of forward play. The Llanelli team were puled into the arm wrestle and at half time the two sides were split only by 5 points.
The second half was started and The griffins smelt an upset on the cooling sea breeze from the nearby Bristol channel. The ruck was hotly contested causing concern from both teams. Gloucester's tactic to drag the opposition into a forwards dominated game was working. Llaneli were finding it harder to exit their half. Gloucester's defence was being tested by some big ball carriers but the Griffins were starting to pull away.
The last 5 minutes were upon us after making their one and only substitution Gloucester were tiring. They had a 9 point lead, then disater struck! a breakaway try from the standout inside centre meant a 4 point gap. "how much time left referee?" "2 mins". The adrenaline began to kick in the LLanelli team were feeling their way back into the game. The ball was once again being tossed too and fro along the warriors back line. A ruck on their 10m line with the Gloucester blanket defense ready to charge and reclaim the ball and the match. The diminuitive Griffins fly half shot out the line and ripped the ball of the unsuspecting warrior, cut loose and made it to the whitewash and sealing the victory for the visitors.
The day was ours, a final score of 36-27 which oozed class from start to finish. Well done to LLanelli Warriors but an outstanding win for the Gloucester team looking to make their mark on the Mixed ability rugby circuit this year. If they keep up these kind of performances they most certainly will.