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Magpies on top after beating Stars

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New Dock Stars 6-18 Tumble

TUMBLE made their second journey to St George’s Field, Llanelli, in three weeks to face New Dock Stars on Saturday (Oct 5).

The game started with New Dock keen to avenge the 7-55 loss suffered against Tumble in the National Bowl at the end of September and they had the Magpies under pressure from the kick off.

With the rain coming down hard and the ball wet and slippery Tumble found it difficult to create anything in the opening exchanges.

New Dock took the lead after four minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Tumble were found to be offside at a ruck. Outside half James Baxter slotted over the kick to make the score 3-0 to the hosts.

Tumble’s first real attacking foray into the New Dock half came after 12 minutes when a lovely break saw wing Aled Price race down the right-hand touchline and then feed full back Nicky Allison, who despite a stumble before the line reached out to ground the ball for a well worked try. Outside half Steven Hewitt missed the conversion from wide on the right to make the score 3-5 to the Magpies.

Four minutes later New Dock were back in the lead when another Baxter penalty made it 6-5 to the hosts.

Photo by Darren Harries

The game now ebbed and flowed as both sides attempted to put phases of play together in the wet conditions.

On 29 minutes New Dock were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck and up stepped Hewitt to slot over a 30-metre penalty and make the score 6-8 to Tumble.

On 36 minutes the Magpies found themselves down to 14 men when prop Ceiron Evans was yellow carded after being adjudged to have led into a tackle with the shoulder.

Playing on permit the son of former Magpie prop Phil Evans was replaced at the next scrum by his cousin Liam Willard, who was pressed into action again as a makeshift prop. In first half injury time New Dock were awarded another penalty which Baxter attempted from 45 metres only to see his effort drop agonisingly short of the crossbar. Tumble avoided further scares and held out until half time to go into the break 6-8 ahead.

The second half started with the Magpies putting concerted pressure on the New Dock defence.

With the Tumble scrum in dominant mood a scrum v saw the Magpies push their opponents back and number 8 Owain Davies ground the ball to claim the pushover try after nine minutes. Hewitt added the simple conversation to make the score 6-15 to the visitors and open up a bit of daylight between the two teams.

Tumble further extend their lead when Hewitt hit a penalty from 22 metres after New Dock were deemed offside in midfield, 6-18 to Tumble.

Despite significant pressure in the last 20 minutes no further scoring took place.

The Magpies were unlucky when a break in midfield saw the ball grubbered ahead and a footrace take place. Replacement wing Sam Jones slid in and appeared to score a deserved try. Unfortunately, the referee had another ideas and chalked the score off after deeming that the ball had been knocked on in the act of scoring.

Tumble maintained the pressure and nearly scored another try, deep in injury time through wing Mike Edwards. Unfortunately, Edwards was deemed to have lost control of the ball when attempting to ground it at full stretch.

That was the end of the action as the referee called a halt to the game to confirm Tumble’s win.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April  4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.  

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance. 

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate. 

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