Newport RFC : 1881/82 Season Summary

Season 1881/82

P24 W18 D3 L3 : For 34g, 50t – Agt 4g, 7t

Capt :  Will Phillips

Newport had a good season in 1881/2 again under captain Will Phillips. The season also saw the end of his career while George Rosser ruptured his lung against Swansea and after a long illness retired. It was a big loss as Rosser had shown that he was a clever runner and probably the fastest three-quarters in Wales. Regular players included George Reynolds, Fred Phillips (brother of Walter Clifford and Will) – fine runner and three-quarter and ex-captain of Swindon. Newport still played 10 forwards in some matches – often with 2 backs, 1 three-quarter and two halves ie no full-back. In the second half of the season they reverted mainly to the orthodox 1 back, 3 three-quarters, 2 halves and 9 forwards.

This season saw a number of new teams on the fixture list and for the first time more than 20 matches were played :

Wins (18) : Worcester Artillery, Aberavon, Kidderminster Swansea (2), Neath, Irish Rovers, Abergavenny (2), Cardiff (2 – incl Cup). Llanelly (2-incl Cup), Newport Crusaders, Clifton, Pontypridd (Cup), Pontypool (Cup) , Llanelly Cup)

Draws (3) : Cardiff, Neath, Llanelly (Cup)

Defeats (3) : Gloucester (2), Irish Rovers

Newport won the South Wales Challenge Cup beating Pontypridd, Pontypool, Cardiff and Llanelly (after a replay). In doing so they only conceded 1g to Cardiff and 1 try to Llanelly.

Bob Gould led the appearances on 21 scoring 6 tries, followed by J Bridie on 20 also scoring 6 tries and Will Phillips on 19. Leading try scorer was George Rosser with 12 from only 6 games. He played the first 6 games only and scored in each match with 2t (Worcester Artillery, 2t (Aberavon), 3t (Kidderminster), 2t (Swansea),1t (Neath) and 2t (Swansea) before being forced to retire

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 2 2 0 0 57 33 9
Aberavon 2 2 0 0 51 33 8
Merthyr 2 1 0 1 59 44 6
Swansea 2 1 0 1 40 29 5
Llandovery 1 1 0 0 26 20 5
Newport 1 1 0 0 29 23 5
Pontypridd 2 1 0 1 43 41 5
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 2 1 0 1 43 43 5
Ebbw Vale 2 0 0 2 44 71 1
Carmarthen Quins 1 0 0 1 17 20 1
Bridgend Ravens 1 0 0 1 26 27 1
Llanelli 2 0 0 2 15 66 0