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Llandovery face Quins in Foster’s 7s



7s captains

Foster’s 7s: The captains at launch day

FOSTER’s 7s champions Llandovery have been drawn against fellow Scarlets regional side Carmarthen Quins in Round One of the third WRU Foster’s National 7s, which will take place at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday August 30.

Former Carmarthen Quins player, Scarlets flanker James Davies made the draw, along with his brother Jonathan, and Wales Sevens captain Jevon Groves.

Last year’s finalists, Pontypridd, have been drawn against Wales Students in Round One, while current Plate holders Llanelli face Cross Keys in a bid to reach the Cup quarter-finals this time around.

Last year’s Cup semi-finalists Bridgend and Aberavon take on Bedwas and Neath respectively while in the remaining Round One fixtures, Swansea face old rivals Cardiff, RGC 1404 play Newport and Ebbw Vale play Welsh Exiles who replaced Bargoed in the draw after the Championship side didn’t take up their place in the competition.

The Scarlets will play the Ospreys and the Dragons will play the Blues in the inaugural Radler Women’s 7s which will take place on the same day.

Tickets for the Foster’s National 7s are currently on sale. Go to tickets to purchase tickets. Tickets also available from participating clubs, to personal callers at the WRU Ticket Office, 8 Westgate Street, Cardiff or by calling the WRU customer care team on 02920 822432.

Llandovery v Carmarthen Quins will kick off a whole day’s top class sevens rugby at 10am, with the cup final set to kick off at 7.20pm.Ticket prices for the whole day event are unchanged with adult tickets £10 and £5 for under 16s. The family offer is also available at £20 for 2 adults and 2 under 16s.

James Davies said: “I owe a lot to sevens rugby. It is through that channel that I have gained a professional contract with the Scarlets.”

Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams added: “The Foster’s 7s is the perfect time for players to show what they are capable of. There is also the small matter of rugby sevens being part of the Olympic Games next year, so from a player’s and fan’s objective, the Foster’s 7s will be just the ticket to get into the swing of the sport.”

Will Thomas, representing champions Llandovery, and a Wales Sevens international said: “The Foster’s 7s gives us players the chance to throw the ball around and show what we can do. We know there will be some pressure on us as champions, but it’s just a great day out for players and fans.”

Wales Women’s Sevens head coach Richie Pugh said: “It is fantastic to have a women’s sevens competition alongside the men to show everyone what they are capable of. Our national sevens squad will have just returned from the final World Series qualifying tournament in Dublin and we will use the day for identification and selection looking ahead at next season.”

WRU Foster’s National 7s 2015:

Round One matches:

Llandovery v Carmarthen Quins

Ebbw Vale v Welsh Exiles

Llanelli v Cross Keys

Bedwas v Bridgend

Aberavon v Neath

RGC 1404 v Newport

Swansea v Cardiff

Welsh Students v Pontypridd

Radler Women’s 7s 2015

Round One matches:

Scarlets v Ospreys

Dragons v Blues

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Felinfoel edged out



FELINFOEL just missed out on victory on Saturday (Jun 15) as opponents Skewen edged to a three-wicket win.

Skewen won the toss and elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they were able to bowl Felinfoel out for 155.

Felinfoel lost Andrew Thomas early on when he was trapped leg before by Steve James.

Craig Richards and Rhys Jones shared 55 runs for the second wicket before James struck again as he bowled Richards on a score of 34.

Rhys Jones scored 32 before he was bowled by Luke Martin and Julian Griffiths scored 25 before he suffered the same fate as Jones.

Martin also bowled Ian Meredith and he then trapped Rober Nangalia leg before.

When Dean Kriescher trapped Rohan Nangalia leg before it left Felinfoel on 128-7, having seemingly been in a good position at 118-3.

Stuart Parmenter was then bowled by Kriescher and he then took the catch to dismiss Stephen Jones.

Photo by Darren Harries

Rhys Harries batted on while he watched his team mates fall but he was eventually out for a score of 26 to the bowling of Kriescher.

That meant that Skewen would need 156 to win but Felinfoel did their best to derail their run chase.

Anthony Matthias bowled David Jenkins and Craig Richards had Callum Davies caught by Andrew Thomas as Skewen slipped to 17-2.

Richards then claimed his second wicket as he had Daniel Rees caught by Ian Meredith and Johnny Morris was bowled by Julian Griffiths.

That left Skewen on 49-4 but Dean Kriescher and John Jones swung the game in their favour with a stand of 57 for the fifth wicket.

Rhys Harries then bowled Jones on a score of 25 and he also had Jordan Jones caught by Stuart Parmenter.

Julian Griffiths then bowled Andrew Rogers but Kriescher was the hero for Skewen as he finished unbeaten on 76 with nine fours and a six to see his side over the line.

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Dafen fall short



DAFEN fell 24 runs short of their target on Saturday (Jun 15) as they were beaten by Division 1 leaders Cowbridge.

Dafen elected to field on winning the toss but they watched on as Cowbridge scored a good total of 228-5 in their 46 overs.

Cowbridge started well reaching fifty in the first eight overs as openers Thomas Merilaht and Ben Wright shared a stand of 93.

Philip George made the breakthrough for Dafen as he had Merilaht caught by Kai Rees on a score of 36.

Jonathan Randell had Chris Willey caught by David Dunfee before Wright, who had hit ten fours and two sixes in his knock of 81, was caught by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Rees.

Chris Hudson trapped Jack Cropper leg before on a score of 15 and then had Tom Williams stumped by Vaughan to leave Cowbridge on 172-5.

Brad Evans and Yodhin Punja batted on to take their side past 200 runs.

Evans smashed six fours and two sixes as he finished unbeaten on 51 from 41 balls to set a challenging target for Dafen to chase.

Dafen got off to a bad start in their reply however as they lost four wickets early on.

Jonathan Randell was first out as he was bowled by Brad Evans and George Lavender scored 16 before he was caught by Tom Williams off the bowling of Sam Russell.

Matthew Evans was then trapped leg before by Yodhin Punja and Chris Davies was also bowled by Russell.

That left Dafen on 43-4 but Matthew Donoghue and David Dunfee restored some order as they shared 64 runs for the fifth wicket.

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Donoghue scored 25 but he was then bowled by Evans. Dunfee hit five fours and two sixes as he scored 48 but he was also bowled by Evans.

Evans then claimed his fourth as he had Kai Rees caught by Ben Wright to leave Dafen on 126-7.

Dafen then lost Daniel Vaughan to the bowling of Nicholas Wood as they slipped to 143-8.

Scott Phillips took it upon himself to add to the scoring as he hit two fours and smashed nine sixes in a score of 71 from just 34 balls.

Unfortunately for Dafen, he was then caught by Brad Evans off the bowling of Tom Williams.

Phillip George was then run out by Wright as Dafen ended up all out on 204.

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Raiders well beaten by Town



By Ian Golden at Stebonheath Park

WORKINGTON Town eased to a 58-12 over West Wales Raiders in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 8) with their ten tries all coming from different players.

The away side did enough to win the game despite their many errors that would cost them a lot more against a higher placed side.

Town took an early lead after Gordon Maulding found a gaping hole in the Raiders’ backline and easily ran 10 metres to score. Carl Forber converted.

From kick-off, they doubled the score. No Raiders’ player had the answer to Fui Fui Moi Moi’s strength as he burst past the back-line. No issues again for Forber.

A short kick-off worked well for Raiders as they regained possession from kick-off and they nearly scored. Steve Parry was held a metre from the line on the final tackle of the set.

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As frustrations started to boil over, the referee stopped his watch on 25 minutes to give Raiders a team warning for persistent offending, and now was the time for Town to take advantage. Stevie Scholey was close, but from the next tackle, Sean Penkywicz dived over. Forber converted.

Town scored their fourth on the half hour. Perry Singleton was on the end of a good passing move, straight from a scrum on Raiders’ ten-metre line. Forber’s kick was just wide.

Then just before half-time, after winning a penalty on Raiders’ 40-metre line, Stevie Scholey ran through for Workington’s fifth. Forber converted again for a 28-0 lead at the break.

Town had an early second half try chalked off for a forward pass but after Raiders gave away a penalty for off-side, Ryan Fieldhouse twisted his way over the line for a try that Forber improved.

Then on 51 minutes, Raiders finally broke their duck for what was the best try of the game. Phil Cowburn broke from the half-way line, offloaded to Ashley Bateman who lost the ball under pressure, but Cowburn was on hand to pick up the loose ball, score under the sticks and convert his own try.

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However, following another Raiders dropped ball and a penalty from the next tackle, Workington addressed the balance as Declan O’Donnell crashed over underneath the sticks and Forber easily converted.

From kick-off, a Welshman finally got on the scoresheet after Sam Hopkins catching his own chip and run to the line for Town’s eighth try.

Forber kicked the goal, then set up the next try, opening up a gap for Oliver Wilkes to celebrate his 100th career try. Forber converted.

Raiders weren’t giving up. They won another goal-line drop out and continued to put on the pressure. Steve Parry was held up over the line and from the next tackle, Morgan Evans ran through a hole in the Town defence. Cowburn converted.

But after Town won the ball from kick-off, they went over from their tenth and final try of the afternoon as debutant Blain Marwood eased his way past the tiring home defence with his first touch of the ball for the club after another good Forber offload.

The man of the match converted to cement the win.

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