All winners at Mixed Ability Rugby clash Sunday’s Well Rebels 26 Swansea Gladiators 21

While Ireland and Wales were preparing to do battle in the Aviva stadium another Ireland Vs Wales clash was taking place in far less opulent surroundings. In the shadow of Irish Independent Park (formerly Musgrave park) Ireland’s world championship winning Sunday’s Well Rebels played host to Swansea Gladiators the longest established mixed ability side. Despite the poor weather conditions and the heavy pitch a wonderful display of rugby was witnessed by those who braved the poor conditions. The opening score came ten minutes in Jamie Wallace crashed up the centre off the back of the scrum to score and added the extra points by slotting the conversion. Gladiators Australian expatriate Abe Elliot charged down a poor attempt to clear their line by the Rebels in the corner and to level the game after the 1st 20 min period. After a quick turnaround with wholesale changes on both sides the Gladiators kicked off with the wind at their backs .A series of infringements by the Rebels led to a period of concerted pressure from the Gladiators where their dominance in the lineout was obvious. The last 20 saw a flurry of action up and down the pitch and the young referee was showing signs of fatigue and not keeping up as such was the intensity and skill level on display by both sides. Off a well-rehearsed move Rebels got the ball out all the way out to winger and captain James Healy who duly delivered the goods. The rebels scored two further tries from backs Patrick Sweeney and Dave McGrath. The Gladiators then replied with two scores of their own. First up was the quick footwork of Richard Lowe aka Speedie. In true mixed ability rugby friendship and the spirit of the game the next try can from the tenth phase of play when the mighty Luke Lane muscled in under the posts for the rebels. The final score was 26 – 21 to the home side and after an excellent rendition of the Club Song “Bless Em All” captain James Healy was delighted to accept the “Posture Matters Cork Swansea Cup” from our generous sponsor Fiona McEnnis The Rebels management and players are already looking forward to the return fixture in Swansea As always such events would not be possible without the help and support of so many. Sundays Well Rebels would like to thank all who helped to facilitate this successful event. Sunday’s Well RFC for their ongoing support and assistance, Posture Matters physiotherapists for sponsoring the event. Maeve Darcy for her expert coaching skills. Sheila’s hostel Cork , Con and the Sundays Well RFC bar staff and the parents and friends who assisted with catering and organising the event. Without your support such events would not be possible and your

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