THE STORY OF SWANSEA RFC
IN THE 2000-01 SEASON
Swansea secured a record 4th league title in the 2000/01 season.
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The record in the Welsh/Scottish league was Won 18, Lost 4. This was despite losing 3 of the 1st 5 games. A sequence of 11 wins followed before a 21-14 defeat at Cardiff then 5 more consecutive wins. Swansea scored 102 tries, 24 more than any other team. The league title was secured with a 54-10 hammering of Glasgow at St Helens in the penultimate game of the season.
Other season statistics :
Captain : Scott Gibbs
Most appearances : Ben Evans (appeared in every game)
Top points scorer : Arwel Thomas 263 (2 tries, 43 penalties, 10 drop goals, 47 conversions)
Top try scorer : Matthew Robinson 24.
Honours: Welsh-Scottish League winners
Swansea RFC 2000-01 Season
Back row : Richard Rees, Ben Evans, Geraint Lewis, Hywel Jenkins, Lee Jones, James Griffiths, Tyrone Maullin, Paul Moriarty, Andrew Grabham, Steve Winn, Matthew Robinson
Middle row : Paul Dodeswell, Phil Richards (fitness), Cerith Rees, Sililo Martens, Dean Thomas, Kevin Morgan, Gavin Henson, James Bater, Mark Taylor, Shaun Payne, Chris Anthony, Arwel Thomas, Roy Pascoe(Kit), Tudor jeremiahKit), ?.
Front row : Rhodri Jones, David Weatherley, Gareth Noble, Gareth Mason, Clive Griffiths (defence coach), Scott Gibbs (captain), John Plumtree (director of coaching), Colin Charvis, Baden Evans (team manager), Chris Wells, Garin Jenkins, Darren Morris.
Andy Moore secures lineout possession. Swansea v Stade Francais 14th Oct 2001, Heineken Cup. Swansea narrowly won a bruising encounter with the crack French side at St Helens. Colin Charvis was red carded having been induced into retaliation by Stade fly half Diego Dominguez. Final score: Swansea 18 Stade 16 (Dragon Tales Rugby)
Rhodri Jones and Stade Francais wing Christophe Dominici tussle in the Heineken Cup fixture at St Helens 14th Oct 2000. (Dragon Tales Rugby)
Gavin Henson in his first full season with the Senior side at St Helens, Swansea 19 Newport 3 21st April 2001 (Dragon Tales Rugby)
James Griffiths celebrates swansea winning the Welsh Scottish League title, 12th May 2001, St Helens (Courtesy Gayle Marsh)