An overcast and grey Saturday and the second match in this season’s fixture list saw QDG RFC take on 35 Engineer Regt at their home in Barker Barracks. Brecon-based commitments for a number of the squad were off-set by the return from injury of Captain Duncan Wiggins and the recruitment of Trooper Burnett and Lieutenant Charlie Carter to bolster the squad. Following a rather ill-disciplined and chaotic first half display against 3Bn REME we were looking to impose greater structure on the game from the kick-off.
The coaches had done their job, and the QDG side was a model of positive rugby and clinical play from the first breakdown. This control, combined with good pressure defensively and a fast paced attacking game, put 35 on the back foot early. Increasing frustration and desperation in defence from the hosts lead to a string of penalties. Cfn “Stez” Sterry kicked four of these in the first 20 minuets from the width and breath of the pitch to give QDG an unanswered 12 points. A solid set piece from the forwards and a sensible game-plan, playing with the boot for territory in the greasy conditions, kept the Engineers pinned in their own half for most of the game.
QDG found their way over the line after good run of play from the backs and forwards, in the shape of a powerful break by Cpl Miles “Chunk” Davies and started to accumulate points quickly. The kicking was particularly on target and Cfn “Stez” Sterry converted all but three kicks over the course of the day.
At half-time the balance of the game was firmly in favour of “The Welsh Cavalry”. With a number of tries scored, notably Cpl “Benny” Bennett getting his first ever try right under the posts. With 20 minuets left a series of substitutions were heralded by a sudden and heavy shower which forced play tighter. The visitor’s forwards showed excellent strength and control to push over their second scrum in two weeks for an easy try for Captain Dan Reed at number eight. The coherent training plan showed and the subs fitted in seamlessly to allowing QDG to maintain their grip on the game.
Despite an extremely credible performance by 35 Engineer in the form of their sockless fly-half and dangerous loose forwards the hosts recorded no points and suffered a 41-0 loss at the hands of the Dragoons. QDG thank 35 Engineer Regiment for a gritty and tough game which is not reflected in the score line.