RUGBY

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

RYAN Matyas paid a fly­ing visit to for­mer club Tondu last week to meet up with his old Water­wheel­ers team­mates.

The 27-year-old back from Tuc­son, Ari­zona has al­ready been capped by the USA a dozen times, and took his place among the Ea­gles’ re­place­ments for Sat­ur­day’s 57-14 de­feat by Ire­land at the Aviva Sta­dium in Dublin.

But not be­fore a quick re­turn to Pandy Park and while he was there he pre­sented them with his shirt, which will take pride of place on the wall in the club.

“It was won­der­ful to see my old friends again, I have great me­mories play­ing for Tondu and al­ways keep an eye on their re­sults from the States,” he said.

“I wish I could have spent all day with the guys. I’m proud to have worn the badge and will never for­get what the club has done for me.”

Tondu head coach Matthew Tatchell said: “It means a lot to the club that Ryan made time to visit us,” while team man­ager Rob Dyke added: “I will never for­get the sen­sa­tional try Ryan scored for our sec­onds, to help us win the 2011 Enoch Lewis Cup Fi­nal against Wick.”

Mean­while it may not be too long be­fore he meets his old mates again, as Tondu are due to tour New York and Philadel­phia next year.

Matyas now plays his rugby in Cal­i­for­nia for San Diego Le­gion.

Tondu could cer­tainly do with some of the old Matyas magic with the cur­rent crop strug­gling near the foot of the One West Cen­tral ta­ble.

The Water­wheel­ers suf­fered their sixth de­feat from eight league matches this term when they went down 39-8 at Glyn­neath on Sat­ur­day.

Bro­gan Lloyd, Jor­dan Grif­fiths, Owen Nes­bitt, Alex Bur­ton, Craig Ten­nant and a penalty try were on the score­sheet for Glyn­neath. with Jack O’Reilly boot­ing two con­ver­sions and a penalty.

Next up for Tondu, who are sec­ond from bot­tom, is a trip to Maesteg Celtic this com­ing Sat­ur­day be­fore a home clash with base­ment boys Aber­avon Quins the fol­low­ing week.

In other ac­tion, Glam­or­gan Wan­der­ers went top of One East Cen­tral with a 26-13 win at Cam­brian Wel­fare.

Wing Will Adams-Jones was at the dou­ble for the Wan­der­ers with both tries con­verted by fly-half Luke Fish who also booted three penal­ties and a drop goal.

The win took Mar­tyn Fowler’s side two points clear and back above Rhi­w­bina, who had led the way head­ing into the week­end but post­poned their game with Gil­fach Goch.

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