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Andrew Davies: winning good ball

Andrew Davies: winning good ball

Amman United 22

Llanelli Warriors 50

THE LLANELLI WARRIORS returned from their first ever visit to Cwmamman Park with the spoils of victory after a hard fought win over the Amman United.

The Warriors took a strong side for the club’s first meeting whilst the Amman management rested their players from their league match the day before and so gave several youngsters a run.

It was the Amman who started stronger, looking to move the ball despite the heavy pitch, and the Warriors found themselves stuck in their twenty-two. The home team pressured everything the Warriors did and a score was inevitable and leading from the front was captain Clive Bale who got the hosts on the score sheet.

The early onslaught couldn’t be repelled and the hosts scored again when hooker Madge streaked through, and at this point the Warriors seemed to have no response.

A mixture of over exuberance, poor conditions and some bizarre refereeing decisions just as much as some dogged defence, held the Amman to just one more score.

Eventually the Warriors did have their moments and they scored two tries against the run of play. Warriors’ captain Andrew Davies showed he could also set an example and then Jamie Evans followed him over the line to somehow keep the Warriors in touch at the break.

The physical nature of the game was taking its toll – Rhydian Williams putting in some big hits for the Warriors and Mathew Harris running strongly for the Amman.

The Warriors larger squad were able to absorb these injuries and with the slope in their favour in the 2nd half they slowly turned the tables.

Davies perhaps overdid the pick and go from the base of a ruck but it did make for a neat second try, Evans also got a second and sniping scrum half Craig James pinched a try as well. The Amman did not let up and kept good composure to move the ball upfield.

Alex Williams got a great try for the home team and like in the 1st half; only the referee knows why they were denied more.

The Warriors weren’t letting up now though and Tom Ashour showed some lovely balance on one wing whilst Elias Stain had a fine debut on the other. It was the forwards who got the scores though, and Gwilym Lewis scored against his former club.

Impressive flanker Tom Hall stormed over and Gareth Ladd scored his 5th of the season, with Dai Haines rounding things off after a strong burst.

It was a hard but enjoyable game that was played in a great spirit and the two clubs will be looking forward to the return.

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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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