Dixon hopes to carry on the freshers’ team tradition of beating Cardiff

Varsity preparations for Swansea men’s freshers’ rugby team has been perfect after clinching the Western 3B league title.

Swansea secured promotion by winning all eight league games including being awarded a walkover against Varsity opponents Cardiff in December and securing a 24-0 victory in the return fixture.

Cardiff have experienced mixed fortunes though finishing fifth in the league, winning four games and losing three, with their last victory coming away at the University of Newport in a 17-7 win.

Swansea coach Rhys Dixon has prepared his unbeaten side for the test against Cardiff by increasing the intensity of the training.

The training has been enhanced by Griff Harding and Gareth Beer, whose work is recognised by Dixon.

Harding has helped forge the backline into an offensively and defensively potent force, with the side scoring 304 points and only conceding 39.

Beer has spearheaded the gruelling strength and conditioning training sessions for the freshers’ side in preparation for their Varsity match on May 2.

“The ability to work closely with the 1sts, including contact drills and even the occasional bit of analysis from former Ospreys coach Sean Holley has really injected a professional attitude into the team,” he said.

Dixon has picked out the commitment of captain Jack Perkins, the physicality of No. 8 Liam Neil and kicking skill of back Jack Shields as key advantages in what he describes as “the result that really matters most this season.”

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