2:39pm Wednesday 7th August 2013
PRE-season started with a bang for Pontypool RFC.
Unfortunately it wasn’t the type of bang Pooler hoped for in a spiteful, fractious opener at Swalec Division 2 East Garndiffaith.
It left a number of the Pooler squad venting their frustrations on Twitter, despite the comfortable 42-14 win.
The game is likely to be in stark contrast with this weekend’s clash at Premier League Aberavon, which looks set to be a the squad’s toughest test ahead of their second season in the Swalec Championship.
And with the big league kick-off nowexactly a month away, head coach Mike Hook says they will be starting to look at moulding a first XV ready to take on Beddau on September 7.
“We are coming up against a team who want to play rugby, which perhaps wasn’t the case on Saturday,” he said diplomatically.
“Aberavon have been competitive in the Premiership for several years now, and they’ve got good links with the Ospreys, so we are likely to see a couple of potential future Ospreys there,” he added.
“They’re a great club with great aspirations, so it will be a good test for the boys.’ Hook says Pooler will take down a squad of 25 to Port Talbot for the 2.30pm kickoff as they continue to hone this term’s game plan.
And that might yet include the former Cardiff Met outside- half Matt O’Brien.
The young 10 was hugely impressive as the students pressed at the top of the Championship last season and had been training with the champions Ebbw Vale this summer.
At the time of going to print, nothing had been confirmed by the club, but the deal was due to be sealed at last night’s full squad training session.
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