THE WRU has confirmed a number of dates and times for their upcoming cup semi-final and final matches.
The first of those will see Carmarthen Quins take on Bedwas in the final of the Foster’s Challenge Cup next Saturday (Apr 1).
That match will be played at Bridgend Ford Brewery Field and is a chance for both teams to claim the first silverware of the season.
The National Bowl Semi Finals take place this Saturday (Mar 25), with Cardigan taking on Amman United at Lampeter, kicking off at 2:30pm.
The winner of that match will go on to the final at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday, April 16, and face the winners of the other semi-final between Caerphilly and Cilfynydd.
Dates and times for the National Cup and National Plate finals have also been released and tickets for finals day on April 16, go on sale from Friday (Mar 24).
- Foster’s Challenge Cup final confirmed for Saturday, April 1
- Bedwas v Carmarthen Quins at Bridgend Ford Brewery Field (2.30pm). Tickets available on the gate £10 (£5 u16s)
- WRU National Cup semi-finals Saturday, March 25
- Pontypridd will play Cross Keys at Talbot Athletic Club, Aberavon at 2.30pm
- RGC 1404 play Merthyr at Sardis Road at 5pm (televised live on S4C)
- Tickets for the National Cup semi-finals will be £10 (£5 under 16s) and will be available on the gate.
- WRU National Plate semi-finals Saturday, March 25, 2.30pm
- Penallta v Nant Conwy at Newtown RFC
- Abercarn v Ystalyfera at Llanharan RFC
- WRU National Bowl semi-finals Saturday, March 25, 2.30pm
- Caerphilly v Cilfynydd at Taffs Well RFC
- Cardigan v Amman United at Lampeter Town RFC
- Tickets for Plate and Bowl semi-finals £5 (£2 under 16s)
- National Finals Day Sunday, April 16 – Principality Stadium
- Bowl Final 1pm
- Plate Final 3.15pm
- Cup Final 5.35pm (all three live on S4C)
Tickets at £10 (U16s £5) will go on sale on Friday 24 March via www.wru.wales/ tickets
Stars earn first win
New Dock Stars • 17
Llandeilo • 10
League 3 West B
THE NEW DOCK STARS earned their first win of the season last Saturday (Sept 30) as they beat Llandeilo 17-10.
The game was held up for around half an hour as Matthew Daniels had to be taken to hospital with a broken leg. The Herald understands that Matthew has had an operation on his leg and all at the Herald wish him a speedy recovery.
The Dock took the lead after 20 minutes with a try in the corner by centre Gareth Williams and the conversion by Liam Doran was successful.
They extended their lead to 12-0 shortly after with a try from number 8 Dylan Jones.
The game was then held up as Daniels was hurt shortly before half time and he had to be stretchered off the field.
Llandeilo hit back to make it 12-10 before a barnstorming run by the highly impressive flanker Jordan Evans which was finished by winger Spencer Thomas.
On Saturday (Oct 7), New Dock Stars are at home again as they welcome Burry Port in the second round of the WRU Bowl.
Llandeilo are also in action in the Bowl as they travel to Penybanc.
Llanelli rugby club scores donation
A THRIVING Llanelli rugby club is celebrating after receiving a cash boost from a leading house builder.
New Dock Stars RFC has been handed a £750 donation from Persimmon Homes West Wales to help pay for coaching.
The club has been running for around eight years and provides rugby for children aged between six and 14.
The donation comes as part of Persimmon’s Healthy Communities scheme.
Jon Harries, of the club, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this generous donation. We play matches on a Sunday around Carmarthenshire and Swansea and we train on Wednesday evenings on our field.
“During the winter months we try to secure indoor training at the barn at Parc y Scarlets to ensure the children can continue to receive high quality coaching during the wet and cold months.
“This experience does cost a considerable amount, so donations like this are vital.”
Every month sports clubs and individuals in each of Persimmon’s 30 operating areas receive donations of £750 – a total of £22,500.
In January 30 finalists from each region will be selected and a public vote will follow, with prizes of £200,000, £50,000 and £5,000 up for grabs.
The Healthy Communities scheme runs alongside Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative for non-sports clubs, which sees more than £700,000 dished out to good causes each year.
Sharon Robinson, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We are extremely proud of our charity schemes, Healthy Communities and Community Champions. It’s terrific to be able to support sports clubs and charities across West Wales with tens of thousands of pounds every year.
“New Dock Stars RFC is a great club which provides excellent coaching and facilities for kids in the area. We hope that this money will help them continue over the winter.”
Persimmon Homes is currently very active in and around Llanelli with its Cwrt Y Bedw, development in Pontarddulais and Llys Meredith in Gorseinon. Prices start at £109,995 for a two-bedroom property, perfect for first time buyers.
To find out more or to enter the competition, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.
Reds maintain winning start
Llanelli Town • 3
Ton Pentre • 0
FIVE games, five wins – Llanelli Town are proving to be the pacesetters so far in Welsh League Division 1, although their latest success at the expense of their Rhondda Valley opponents was not as clear-cut as the result suggests.
Ton are known as the Rhondda Bulldogs, and to their credit they displayed the tenacious tendencies attributed to the breed, causing their opponents plenty of problems, particularly in the first half, before the Reds gradually took control and finally ran out winners thanks to a Jordan Davies brace and a third from Liam Samuel.
Missing some key players, including the unavailable Lee Trundle, the hosts were certainly lacking the intensity displayed in their last outing at Penybont where they were in the ascendancy throughout and dominated proceedings.
They started off well, with James Loveridge putting in a strong run down the right before delivering a ball beyond goalkeeper Ryan Griffiths into the goalmouth, but Jordan Follows, at full stretch, agonisingly failed to make contact for a certain opener.
Another Loveridge assist this time found the head of Chris Jones, but again the finish drifted just wide.
After these early opportunities, chances at either end were at a premium, although a well struck effort by Follows who beat two defenders to set himself up, was fumbled low down by Griffiths, and the ball rebounded off the inside of the post and on to the line before being grabbed by the relieved keeper.
When the visitors countered, a shot from distance by Leon Jacka stung the hands of Scott Coughlin in the Reds` goal who managed to keep it out.
Overall, the half was an untidy affair with neither side able to exert the upper hand, and it was no surprise when the interval arrived with the game scoreless.
Whatever was said in the home dressing room during the break seemed to have the desired effect when the contest resumed, as the Reds were far more positive and looking the more likely to break the deadlock.
Follows failed to get any power into his strike on target and Griffiths saved easily, and when he set up Jones, his finish fizzed across the goalmouth and just wide of the far post.
Ton responded through Sam Small whose shot on the turn sailed narrowly over the top, and he went even closer when Jacka crossed to the far post, his goal bound header being brilliantly turned over by Coughlin.
The game was still evenly poised, and it seemed as if the side to score first would probably go on to win, and to the relief of the Reds, two goals in as many minutes swung the result in their favour.
The first arrived on 65 minutes following a well-worked move involving Loveridge and Follows which culminated in a backheel to set up Davies who beat Griffiths with firm shot into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, the lead was doubled with Follows again involved, this time finding Davies in space in the box who again finished clinically past the keeper and give the Reds some breathing space.
Davies then turned provider, setting up Jones for a shot which again whistled fractionally wide.
Follows was replaced by Liam Samuel, who within ten minutes of his arrival notched up the third goal after Griffiths could only deflect an effort by Jones into his path, and he made no mistake by smashing it home in the 83rd minute.
At the close, another three points and a clean sheet for the Reds in front of a decent 401 attendance, but they were made to work hard for the win against opponents who belied their lowly league position.
The Reds travel west on Saturday (Sept 23) when they meet Haverfordwest County, kick off 2.30pm.
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