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Llanelli fall to bottom with defeat

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Declan Smith: Clearing Llanelli’s lines (Pic. Riley Sports)

Declan Smith: Clearing Llanelli’s lines (Pic. Riley Sports)

LLANDOVERY gained a vital win which left the Fosters Challenge Cup Pool 1 wide open, with the Drovers now level on points with Neath, and one point adrift of Carmarthen Quins, although the tables top two sides meet on Saturday in a game that will put one of them in pole position. Llanelli now sit one point further back at the foot of the table, knowing that Wednesday’s return to Church Bank is now something of a must win game if they are to progress into the knockout phases of the new competition. With a howling wind swirling around the pitch, conditions were far from perfect with running rugby at a premium, and a lack of accurate kicking leading to a largely scrappy affair, in which the scoring was finished with some 35 minutes still to play.

Llanelli went in at the interval leading by two points thanks to tries from Matthew Owen and Greg George. However Llandovery went one better, notching three tries through Rhodri Davies, Richard Rees and Dafydd Hughes. With 13 minutes gone, having dominated the opening exchanges, the Drovers took the lead with Rhodri Davies crossing the line, however with the wind gusting against him, James Davies was unable to convert. With 26 minutes gone, Steffan Marshall was sent to the bin after slowing play down at the breakdown, and the visitors sought to take advantage, with Matthew Owen crossing out wide. Billy McBryde somehow managed to knock over a magnificent conversion from the touchline in tough conditions to give his side the lead.

With a numerical advantage Llanelli would’ve been hoping to increase their lead, but it was the 14-men who went ahead, as Richard Rees went over after a fine move in midfield, James Davies knocked over the extras, and Steffan Marshall returned to put the hosts in charge. The visitors regrouped and went in at half time in front when Greg George went over for a converted try, but after the interval a dour affair took over and the hosts ran out victors. Just four minutes into the second half, Dafydd Hughes crossed, concluding the scoring for the game, and giving the hosts a much needed boost. Llanelli will be hoping for revenge when the two sides meet again on Wednesday night at Church Bank.

Teams: Llandovery: 15. Lee Rees 14. Mike Evans 13. Rhodri Jones 12. Craig Woodall 11. James Davies 10. Steffan Marshall 9. Rhodri Davies: 8. Andrew Green 7. Richard Rees 6. Joe Powell 5. Colin Markham 4. Jake Baker 3. Berian Watkins 2. Dafydd Hughes 1. Jamie Kaijaks  Replacements: 16. Scott Jenkins 17. Bradley Davies 18. Jake Simm 19. Shaun Miles 20. Tom Ball 21. Ryan Morgans 22. Joe Morgan 23. Dan Brooks

Llanelli: 15.Ryan Davies 14.Shaun Pearce 13.Paul Davies 12.Mathew Pearce 11.Matthew Owen 10.Billy McBryde 9.Declan Smith: 8.Greg George 7.Nathan Hart 6.Dan Binks 5.Ben Davies 4.Christian Long 3.Tom Kaijaks 2.Torin Myhill 1.Rhys Fawcett  Replacements: 16.Sam Martin 18.Richard Bassett 19.Liam Puckett 20.Steve Williams 21.Justin James 22.Dan Guarneri 23. Jack Anderson

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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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