Smart promising exciting rugby despite opening day defeat

Captain Richard Smart believes students at Swansea University can expect plenty of exciting rugby from the side despite an opening day setback against rivals Cardiff last Wednesday.

“They can expect a lot from us,” he said.

“They should expect a lot from us given we are a Premier League side and we have won the last two Varsities.

“We pride ourselves on our upfront rugby and there is a lot of expectation on our shoulders, but we can fulfill it.

“It’s gutting losing to Cardiff but there’s a lot we can build up and take into our next match against Exeter.

“We haven’t put as much as we could into training and I think it showed  on the pitch.

“There are mistakes we can look at, but they are easily repaired and we have just got to take it from there”.

The match was certainly action-packed and showed the fighting spirit of the home side as Swansea came back from 8-0 down to lead 13-8.

A fierce Cardiff push from a lineout resulted in the visitors bringing the scores level.

Then an awkward bounce of the ball in slippery weather conditions allowed the away side to go in front.

Cardiff withstood the heavy Swansea pressure to see out the win  but survived a scare in the dying minutes when the home side fell inches short of the line with a late drive.

There was a bumper crowd at Sketty Lane and the captain praised the support shown to the team.

“It’s a big boost when you have the crowd with you and it’s a good distraction to the opposition as well,” added Smart.

“If we can get those numbers every week it would be really nice.”

For the team, attention now turns to their run of away games which starts at Exeter on October 26.

And Smart is calling for his side to bounce back.

“We know where we are now, the Cardiff match was a good wake up call for us,” he said.

“The boys are more excited to play Exeter than see it as a test, it’s a good aim to have.”

Swansea University 1sts 13-18 Cardiff University 1sts

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