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Flanagan excited by scrum-half competition

Tuesday 26th September 2023

It was a bittersweet day for scrum-half Matthew Flanagan as his Pontypool debut ended in defeat.

Having signed a few weeks ago, Flanagan finally donned the famous jersey as he replaced Owain Leonard in the second half.

However, tries from Stef Andrews and Frankie Jones, along with 10 kicked points from Aled Thomas, ensured his first appearance ended with defeat, despite scores from Peter Lloyd and Ewan Rosser.

Nevertheless, Flanagan is looking forward to his next appearance and getting to know his new teammates better.

“I just need a bit more game time,” he said.

“It’s my first week playing. You can do as much training as you like but unless you are out there on the field, there is nothing like game time.

“There is a good bunch of nines here and that is good to have, competition will be good for all of us.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the result but coming to a place like this last week and coming away with a result shows what a good group we have.

“It’s a tough place to come. I have come here a few times and very rarely come away with a result so coming away with a league win last week is massive for the boys.

“We’ve just got to take the good things from this week and take them into next week.

“So even though it is disappointing today we have to just keep going forward and look at the end result in terms of the league.

“There were really good patches and our defence was outstanding.”


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