Not This Time by TimFromWales

Not this time

Starting deep from under the posts
Williams has the ball in his hand
Looking to clear he kicks it sky high
Knowing precisely where it will land

The chase is on to the opponents half
He’s in the air with a single bound
Thud, thump and crash – they hit him hard
And suddenly he’s on the ground

The forwards pile in full of muscle and heart
for the ball they ruck and surge forth
Davies digs deep, and with his hands on the prize
He looks up and passes to North

Flying down the wing scattering opponents like skittles
He’s making yards as he runs towards the line
But he’s tackled and felled, to the ground he does fall
A try wont be scored, not this time.

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The Pool of Death by TimFromWales

The Pool of Death

Its not like its sounds, no one will die
But a few will get hurt I am sure
Australia v Wales, Australia v England
Wales v England – its war!

Who will survive and who will march on
Its tough but I hope Wales go through…
We’ve made it this far, South Africa next
And then its the All Blacks, oh poo!

Every 4 years World Cups come around
And the last time it did we blew it.
Maybe this time, we can find the skills
Maybe this time we can do it!

The second of my rugby poems inspired by the World Cup and my sons request to help him with his English homework.

RBS 6 Nations 2014

Leigh Halfpenny Wales Fullback

And so it begins… Today 1st February 2014 the RBS 6 Nations kicks off at 2.30pm with Wales defending their title and playing for a record 3 consecutive RBS trophies. And you know what, they just might do it!

After much of the side being instrumental on the Lions Tour last summer and some encouraging performances in the Autumn International Dove Mens Series against the Southern Hemisphere sides, Wales return to full strength (minus Jon Davies) with Sam Warburton and Jamie Roberts back fit and ready to do battle (the Sam starts on the bench today against Italy).

I don’t really watch much sport and I never spend my Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the pub or at a ground – but for 5 weekends a year I am glued to the TV (or pub screen for a big game) for the 6 Nations. Filling my time before the game is challenge. i suspect the wife will hand me a duster or a basket of washing to do at some point… Today the sun is shining and I am going to occupy myself writing a few blog posts and giving the bikes a once over before deciding which one to ride tomorrow, as I lead a short MB Swindon ride to the historic stone circle at Avebury. The sun will encourage a few out, but it’s going to be muddy.

Anyway, back to the rugby and predictions for the weekend.

Ireland v Scotland – I can’t see this being anything but a win for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. 15 points clear I reckon.

France v England – Both teams will want to win and believe they can win. The fact that the game is in Paris will edge France I think. Though as we are constantly reminded by the pundits “we don’t know which French side will turn up”… A tight game, France by 5 points.

Wales v Italy – The game that on paper every side knows they can and should win, but arguably the game that each side dreads the most. “Are we the team they are gonna upset this year?” A buoyant Wales in Cardiff should run in half a dozen tries so my Welsh heart says a 25 point clear victory.

Here’s Leigh Halfpenny’s thoughts on the match today.

There, I already killed 15 mins. 4 and half hours to go until kick off!

Judgement Day


Judgement Day, no not the end of the world, the second coming or day of reckoning or a Terminator movie – a back to back double header of Welsh rugby in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Having the chance to take my boy to his first rugby game, and it being in the home of Welsh rugby and the best rugby stadium in the country (in my opinion) for a bargain price was a deal I couldn’t pass on.

A few weeks back, when Wales won the 6 nations I bought 4 tickets for us and my Mum and Dad. The idea was a bit of bonding and a test to see if he would like to go to an international.

I think it worked. We only watched the second game – Ospreys v Blues – which kicked off with a fantastic Blues try scored by Welsh ace and hopefully British Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny.

The Ospreys went on to win but it was a great game with an excellent display of rugby.

Long day though as we caught the train from Chippenham to Cardiff (and back) which took a while with a change in Bristol.

Return journey was marred somewhat by a train full of drunk Spurs fans on their way back from a win at Swansea, only saving grace was they were in a good mood!