It was once claimed in a magazine article that Palmie “punched and gouged his way from Paris to Toulouse” even when playing against mates. Wales hooker Bobby Windsor, hardly a shrinking violet himself, described the former Beziers and France second row as the hardest men he ever played against. “He would have to be No1,” said Windsor. “He’d boot anyone, any time. He’d give a quick look round to make sure the ref wasn’t looking and then, bang.” Palmie’s playing career ended in 1978 when he was banned for life for punching Armand Clerc, leaving the Racing Club player partially blinded in one eye. Went on to become an official in the French Rugby Federation!
The visitors were unable to secure any meaningful possession, often electing to kick when the ball should have been recycled by the forwards. A resulting Clancy box kick was blocked and claimed by the Penygraig forwards who made good headway into Penarthian territory. Some clever blocking runs took defenders out of the equation and it was testament to the Old Boys that they were able to recover to stop another attack. As Penygraig had the momentum the referee awarded a scrum in their favour in which they exerted their scrum dominance to drive a beleaguered pack backwards for another try. Another easy conversion made it 28-5.
Into the second half and after giving his all Dai Breed was replaced by Rhys Price. Just 5 minutes into the half and a repeat of the last try with again their no 8 going over for a converted try 6-19. Minutes later a good chance with No 8 Rhod Walker swooping on a dropped ball by the outside half his pass to centre James Phillips but the final pass to wing Will Williams wouldn’t stick . Minutes later a great half break by scrum half Hywell Williams resulted in his slipping the ball to second row Jac Anderson at pace , he made 20 metres before he was brought down by an illegal tackle that resulted in a yellow card for Penygraig’s full back. With the penalty taken as a scrum, it was now passive scrums , and the ball moving left, a kick through resulted in a try for all action flanker Joe Davies. Now the score narrowed to 11-19. Although Penygraig were strong in defence chances were being missed by Cowbridge as overlaps weren’t picked up and then a great break by Wright and out again to Williams on the wing only for the pass to go astray. Just past the mid point a great run up the touchline by strong wing Frazer McGhan saw the ball moments later popped to hard working second row Kieran David to sprint over from 10 metres out to bring the scores with 15 minutes left to 18-19. Penygraig were definitely rattled, their small but vocal supporters giving plenty of ‘advice ‘ to the referee . With 7 mins left Penygraig got a penalty and in the final 3 minutes Penygraig hammered at the Cowbridge line but were repelled time again with superb defence . But in the final minute as Cowbridge tried to clear their lines cruelly a kick was charged down and luckily for Penygraig fell to their centre to cross for a try. Final score 18-27