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08/09/2013 14:45 | By Duncan Hooper, MSN Sport

Welsh rugby team beaten by record 181 points

The Holyhead XIII before the game (© @holyheadrugby)

The Holyhead XIII before the game

It’s never the best start to the rugby season when you have to travel three and a half hours to your first fixture and find yourself two players short of a full XV. But things got considerably worse for Holyhead Rugby Club when they conceded a British record 181 points without reply.

The opposition, Llanidloes RFC, scored 29 tries with No 10 Tom Morgan accumulating 47 points and three players grabbing five tries each. The match took place in SWALEC Division 3 North.

Huw Jenkins, chairman of Llanidloes, said the victory was tempered by sympathy for the opposition whose mammoth journey undoubtedly contributed to the result. 

"They would have travelled 7 hours to come and play and that's why they didn't have a full team. We felt very sorry for them - it's not on [to have to travel so far] and the sooner the league understands the better."

The world record defeat is said to be a 350-0 drubbing registered in the French 3rd division in 1984.

08/09/2013 16:36
I would like to thank all the Holyhead RFC players, coaches and spectators who did travel to honour the fixture.  We enjoyed a few beers after the game and it was great to see a round of applause from the home club when they departed.

It was undoubtedly a tough game for them but we would like to wish them the best for the season.

Jordan Davies
Llanidloes RFC Head Coach
08/09/2013 18:26
well done to both teams shows wot true sportsmanship is all about
08/09/2013 17:46
Why couldn't the home team field a team of 13 too?  The travelling does take it out of players and then lose by that much...... OUCH!

HARD LUCK!!!       I am sorry they had to travel for 3 and half hours also they had a few men short
Oh well!   better luck next time!

09/09/2013 13:50
all ways next game lads just hit training hard this week

Great score - Reminds me of when Llanelli beat South Wales Police 106 - 6. The story went that a Llanelli player was stopped by the local Police for some minor driving offence so the team got their revenge on the pitch!!

08/09/2013 19:34
someone normally has to win or lose..what a mammoth journey..and why 2 short...?
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