Unfortunately for the Blues North, their reputation did them no good when they took on the Scarlets under 16's at Aberdare, as their West Walian opponents proved they wanted victory more and gave the Blues North a lesson in counterattacking rugby to run out victors by 27 - 15. There were three stand-out performances from the North skipper Ryan James, Tom Price, and the hardworking Jamon Edwards.
It was a different story for the Rhondda Schools under 15's as they put the much vaunted Neath Schools to the sword with a ruthless display of attacking rugby.
From the off there was a great urgency in everything Rhondda attempted and Dale was particularly impressed with lessons that had been learned from the previous week's game against Cardiff schools, commenting, " This was a much improved team as far as a positive attitude was concerned."
In an afternoon of rugby where Rhondda Schools ran in six tries it was their defence that took most praise from Dale Mackintosh. "Their commitment to defend, typified by two huge hits by Dafydd Ginstock and Will Rose (Cymmer), knocked any resistance out of the Neath schools and for me that was a hugely satisfying aspect of their performance."
For more information on Rugby throughout the Blues region including the Valleys Kids Community Rugby Initiative, see this weekend's match programme for the Celtic League fixture against Llanelli Scarlets (Sunday 7th November).