Cardiff and Rhondda set for Dewar semi-final battle

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Cardiff Schools and Rhondda Schools will meet in the Dewar Shield semi-finals on Wednesday night as they take to the field at Bridgend’s Brewery Field with a 18:00 kick-off.

It follows a long regular season campaign that was impacted by inclement weather throughout, as each side’s seven games took around six months to play stretching from September to March.

This is the second season in a row that both sides have made the semi-finals, although last year each was on the wrong end of the result, as Llanelli and Pontypridd won through to contest the final, which Ponty went on to win.

Neither of those teams could repeat that feat this year though, and it was in fact Cardiff who have led the way on the league table, not dropping a single point on their way to the knockout stages.

They have averaged an impressive 28 points scored per game, conceding just 42 points overall for a points difference of +157, beating three teams to nil so far.

Of course, form goes out of the window in knockout rugby though, and Rhondda Schools will be confident as part of a program that has won the Dewar Shield 10 times in 20 years.

They finished the season in third position in the table, with five wins and two losses, winning their last three league games to come into the semi-final with some good form in their back pocket.

Cardiff won the regular season fixture between the two teams 17-21 back in September, but a lot can change in six months and it is anyone’s game as they do battle for a chance to play Swansea in the Final, after they beat Pontypool last Friday.

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