Rhayader boosted by South African recruit

By Twm Owen in Rugby

STRUGGLING Rhayader RFC have bolstered their squad with a South African recruit who’s made an immediate impact at the basement club.

Eugene Sadie scored a try on Saturday to help Rhayader to a 28-19 victory over fourth placed Hollybush. It was only Rhayader’s second win all season.

A week earlier the 24-year-old South African had scored on his debut when Rhayader travelled to Newport with just 13 men but were only defeated by six points with hosts Bettws, who are a place above them in the table, running out 24-19 winners.

Eugene is staying in the country for several months and is working for Llandrindod Wells-based Par Homes.

Rhayader vice chairman Sean Cosgrove said: "It’s great to have Eugene helping us out after a disappointing start to the season but Saturday’s result has given the whole team a confidence boost and we hope we can get a few more wins under our belts in the remaining weeks of the season."

On Saturday Rhayader travel across Radnorshire to local rivals Tref y Clawdd in the Swalec League 3 East D fixture.

Rhayader remain effectively bottom of the table, in 10th position on 14 points, while Knighton-based Tref y Clawdd are in eighth place on 26 points.

Only Cefn Fforest are below Rhayader in the table but the have only played one game all season.

Perfect Crickhowell head the table on 60 points having won all 13 of their games and are six points clear of second placed Tredegar.