2007-08 Season

 P  W  D  L  Pts For
 Pts Ag.
 26  16  2  8  547  487

 

Captain: Gareth Newman

Most Appearances: Marc Popham & Roy Jones (26)

Leading Try Scorer: Nicky Jones (10)

Leading Points Scorer: Dan Biggar (129)

Forwards Dean Colclough (106) and Andrew Clatworthy (101) both passed 100 appearances for Swansea this season.

 


 

Swansea RFC 2007-08 Season.
Back Row (L to R): Harbir Singh, Gareth Newman, Sam Kiley, Jonny Lewis, Gavin Ronan.
2nd Row (L to R): Andy Jones (Asst. Physio), Andy Maggs (Physio), Gerald Lindenburg (Com.), Dai Watts, Rhyn Morgan, Lee May, Alun Wyn Davies, David Blyth, Adrian Thomas, Edward Price, Dan Matthews, Daniel Lloyd Jones, Richard Kelly, Andrew Joy, Marc Popham, Richard Payne, Chris Shelmerdine, Meirion Howells (Director), Roy Pascoe (Kit), Tudor Jeremiah (Kit), Byron Mugford(Secretary), Brian Jones (Exec. Com.).
Front Row (L to R): Dai Roberts (Kit), Dan Biggar, Phil Tucker, Ricky Williams, Roy Pascoe, Ian Jones (Coach), Matthew Evans (Captain), Richard Webster (Senior Coach), Phil Llewellyn (Chairman), Ian Hopkins (Team Manager), Rhodri Wells, Rhys Jones, Nicky Jones, Matthew Brayley.
Inset(L to R): Leigh Bevan, Andrew Clatworthy, Dean Colclough, Keith Colclough, Michael Collins, Damian Karauna, Alex Lawson (Fitness Coach), Pete Orphan (Chaplain), David Protheroe (Com.), Dean Ronan, Nicky Thomas, Craig Williams.

(Photo: Dragon Tales Rugby)

 


 

Gareth Newman continued as captain for a 3rd consecutive season but was injured in the opening game at Ebbw Vale and did not play for the remainder of the season. Andrew Clatworthy took over as captain, having made a welcome return from a 1 season spell at Llanelli. The 1st half of the season produced overall disappointing results with only 4 wins in 13 league games. The New Year produced a total transformation with 12 consecutive league victories, only spoiled by a Neath victory at the Gnoll in the cup. Another Gnoll defeat ended the league season. Swansea achieved league doubles over Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, Bridgend and Llandovery. Swansea ended the season in 4th position out of 14 with a record of played 26, won 16, drawn 2 and lost 8 for a total of 76 points, points for 547, points against 487 with 61 tries scored.

On 2nd May 2008 at St Helens, Swansea defeated Ebbw Vale by 42 points to 20 in the Principality Premiership (half-time: 12 – 20). This win secured a new Club record of 12 consecutive League wins since the conception of modern Welsh leagues began in 1990. a set of commemorative cufflinks was presented to the players to mark this achievement (see below).

During the season 5 International players made solitary appearances for Swansea, namely Aled Brew, Mark Taylor, Ryan Jones, Filo Tiatia and Richard Hibbard.

18 year old fly half Dan Biggar ended the season as top scorer with 129 points (26 penalty goals, 3 drop goals and 21 conversions) from 13 appearances. Nicky Thomas followed close behind with 123 points. Wing Nicky Jones was top try scorer with 10. Roy Jones and Marc Popham recorded most appearances with 26.There were farewells to Nicky Jones (115 appearances), Darren Pittard (83), Gareth Newman (79), Stefan Edwards (47), Daniel Lloyd Jones (53), Dean Colclough (106) and Craig Williams (39).

Player Stats 2007/08

Player Stats 2007/08″

The stats include the complete season’s fixtures. Swansea’s top points scorer was 18 year old outside half Daniel Biggar with 129, in his debut season for the club.

Bleddyn Hopkins.

Player Name Apps to Apps  Total  
2006/07 2007/08 Apps T P D C Pts
                 
Leigh Bevan 36 10 46 3       15
Daniel Biggar 0 13 13   26 3 21 129
David Blyth 33 11 44 5       25
Matthew Brayley 83 7 90 1       5
Aled Brew 0 1 1          
Andrew Clatworthy 87 14 101 1       5
Dean Colclough 98 8 106          
Michael Collins 16 17 33          
Alun Wyn Davies 0 11 11          
Warren Davies 0 1 1          
Steffan Edwards 38 9 47 2       10
Anthony Evans 0 2 2          
Matthew Evans 0 21 21 4       20
Cai Griffiths 0 3 3          
Andrew Gwynne 2 2 4          
Richard Hibbard 80 1 81          
Nicky Jones 95 20 115 10       50
Rhys Jones 85 14 99 7       35
Roy Jones 15 26 41          
Ryan Jones 0 1 1          
Andrew Joy 0 24 24 2       10
Damien Karauna 9 17 26 2   2   16
Richard Kelly 0 13 13 2       10
Sam Kiley 8 25 33 1       5
Ben Lewis 42 2 44          
Johnny Lewis 0 5 5   3     9
Daniel Lloyd-Jones 38 15 53          
Dan Matthews 0 10 10 1       5
Lee May 101 2 103          
Rhun Morgan 0 5 5          
Gareth Newman 78 1 79          
Richard Payne 25 22 47 5       25
Darren Pittard 76 7 83          
Marc Popham 22 26 48 6       30
Edward Price 0 3 3          
Martin Roberts 5 2 7 1       5
Dean Ronan 0 7 7          
Gavin Ronan 0 24 24 3       15
Chris Shelmerdine 77 15 92 5       25
Ed Shervington 1 5 6          
Harbir Singh 41 15 56 2       10
Mark Taylor 173 1 174          
Adrian Thomas 26 18 44 2       10
Nicky Thomas 57 18 75 9 16   15 123
Filogia Tiatia 0 1 1          
Phillip Tucker 0 22 22          
David Watts 71 19 90 2       10
Rhodri Wells 45 20 65 1       5
Craig Williams 24 15 39          
Ricky Williams 24 23 47 1 10   7 49
                 
  1611 574 2185 78 55 5 43 656
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Swansea 1 1 0 0 33 5 5
Newport 1 1 0 0 29 23 5
Aberavon 1 1 0 0 27 26 4
Cardiff 1 1 0 0 24 23 4
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 1 1 0 0 23 17 4
Bridgend Ravens 1 0 0 1 26 27 1
Pontypridd 1 0 0 1 23 24 1
Ebbw Vale 1 0 0 1 23 29 1
Merthyr 1 0 0 1 17 23 1
Llanelli 1 0 0 1 5 33 0
Carmarthen Quins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Llandovery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0