KEV KICKS OFF

Glamorgan Gazette - - Rugby Union - With Kevin El­lis

THE big news this week is the poor form of three of our re­gions.

Only the Scar­lets won on the week­end and they played a poor Ze­bre team but won by 41-10 in poor con­di­tions in Italy. The Blues lost 37-9 against Le­in­ster in Dublin. It was a close game for 60 min­utes then the flood­gates opened. Shaun Ed­wards would be dis­gusted with some of the de­fence on show and there was no threat in at­tack. I think Peter Thomas needs to get his cheque­book out and buy a few backs with some cre­ativ­ity!

The Dragons lost to Ed­in­burgh but there were glimpses of im­prove­ment in Scot­land. The boot of Gavin Hen­son kept them in the game but Ed­in­burgh pulled away in the lat­ter part of the game. The Os­preys couldn’t han­dle the pace of the Glas­gow boys in Scot­stoun. They seem to have lots of tempo in their game and blew Os­preys apart. Early doors there wasn’t much cre­ativ­ity and the sooner Rhys Webb, Dan Big­gar and Alun Wyn Jones etc get back play­ing the bet­ter. The team will play with th­ese ex­pe­ri­enced boys run­ning the plays in at­tack and de­fence. I’m not sure if they are avail­able for Mun­ster at the Lib­erty Sta­dium next week but I re­ally hope so. It is early in sea­son so we shouldn’t panic but the lack of at­tack and en­ergy is a worry. Let’s hope they all get back to win­ning ways this week­end.

The Ravens again had a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance in Swansea los­ing 22-6 and puts them bot­tom of their league and the sad thing is there are no easy games.

There were a few der­bies which were in­ter­est­ing. Maesteg Quins stuffed Maesteg. The Ath beat Tondu and Heol-y-Cyw lost at home to Llan­haran, and Ken­fig Hill beat Aber­avon Quins at home. Well done to all win­ning teams. QUES­TION: What do you think of the SA teams so far in the Pro14?

Ab­so­lutely rub­bish in the first two games. I’m not sure how long th­ese teams have been to­gether but they look like teams that have been put to­gether on the day. I think they might get com­pet­i­tive on home soil but they have leaked 50 points a game in the first two games which is not pretty to look at.

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