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
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3