Rugby rollercoaster ride

The past few seasons have been a real rollercoaster ride for me.

Lewis Jones plays scrum-half for Cardiff Blues

After coming up through the Cardiff Blues age-group systems, I was released by the Academy in November 2010 and after an enquiry from the ‘Chief’ (aka the legend that is Dale McIntosh) started playing for Pontypridd RFC.

The 2010/11 season was pretty confusing for anyone following my career as I was loaned out to Beddau RFC by Ponty and started off benching for the 2nd XV before moving on to playing for the 1st XV.

Then, fortunately for me (and unfortunately for him) the first-choice Pontypridd scrum-half got injured and I was recalled for the Ponty 1st team - are you all still with me?

I got a run of games as first-choice scrum-half and by the end of the year, Ponty had won the SWALEC cup final and I scored two tries and picked up the Man-of-the-Match award.

I had been picked for the Wales Under-20 squad and, finally, drafted into the Blues senior squad – all in the same season. I got to know plenty of teammates that year!

I thought that this season would be a lot quieter compared to that year, but if anything, the highs and lows have been even more
pronounced.

The first Heineken Cup game of the season – up at Sale – was one to forget on a personal level. We had taken a fairly convincing lead, and though Sale had started to come back into the match, we were still looking good for the win.

I came off the bench with 10 minutes to go and managed to get myself yellow-carded within a couple of minutes. Sale took advantage of the extra man and scored the crucial try and we lost by a point. As you can imagine, I got a bit of a dusting-down for that!

On the plus side, I’ve put in a few decent performances, including a charge-down try against Munster.

I guess the reality of being a professional rugby player really hit home when I ran out in front of a packed Arms Park to play against Toulon with the likes of Matt Giteau and some guy called Wilkinson in their ranks.

A couple of weeks ago, I signed a three-year contract with the Blues and am really looking forward to pushing for a good run of
games whilst the Six Nations is on.


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