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Croeserw hold on to 100% record

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Man of the Match: Mark Lewis scores for the Warriors

Man of the Match: Mark Lewis scores for the Warriors

Llanelli Warriors 24

Croeserw 29

THE LLANELLI WARRIORS almost gained a first victory over the ‘Bog Wanderers’ of Croeserw RFC on Saturday (Jan 17), in an exciting game that came down to the final moments as the visitors scored with the last move of the game.

Having shipped over 100 points in the two legs last season the Warriors improvements were evident even though Croeserw weren’t at full strength. Despite some withdrawals the visitors still had a good mix of physical forwards and sharp backs and scored early on through a fine sweeping effort. After this set back the Warriors settled down and gave as good as they got in what was an even contest.

It was the visitors though who scored again, with Rhodri Thomas prominent as they put the ball through the hands. It wasn’t long before the Warriors hit back though with good work from the forwards paving the way for Gwilym Lewis to burrow over and further pressure resulted in a penalty, which Simon Jenkins had no issue in slotting. Despite plenty of intent from both sides there were no further scores and Croeserw took a narrow 10-8 lead into half time.

The Warriors started the 2nd half strongly but conceded two tries that ultimately cost them the game. Twice they broke into the visitors 22 and looked odds on to score, twice Croeserw intercepted and streaked away to score at the other end. In a tight match it was a credit to the Warriors that they got themselves back into the lead.

Croeserw certainly didn’t lie down with Ray Buckpitt, and Lee Phillips going well and Gavin Thomas going close to scoring. However forwards Tom Hall, Rhydian Williams and Dai Carpenter gave the team momentum and continuity.

The resulting space was well exploited up front where Gareth Ladd and Mark Lewis crossed and further out Harri Aston getting a deserved try which combined with a Williams conversion saw the Warriors finally edge ahead.

With time ticking, Croeserw redoubled their efforts and although they thwarted several attacks the Llanelli side were now hanging on. Croeserw forced a series of scrums and lineouts in one corner which the Warriors managed to defend and so with time up the visitors went wide, good hands saw the ball across the field and despite the close attention of the Warriors cover defence, Mathew Williams was able to slide over and clinch the game.

A remarkable game then and a good effort from the Warriors but Croeserw remain unbeaten in the fixture.

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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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