Llanelli Warriors 17
THE WARRIORS came unstuck at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday (Feb 13), never recovering from a shocking start and going down 30- 17 to Gwlad.com RFC
The Warriors were missing several key players who were unable to make the trip to the Capital but did give rugby debuts to Richard Llewellyn and Dan Wright. Gwlad on the other hand had good numbers and were able to field one of their stronger teams.
The Warriors suffered a nightmare start when they failed to field the kick off. Looking uncharacteristically nervous, no one claimed responsibility for the ball, Gwlad recovered possession and scored. If that wasn’t bad enough, from the kick off the Warriors looked to have done well initially, to force Gwlad 10 Joshua Griffiths blind into the pack, but he was then allowed to run along the touchline and score a try for which the Warriors looked suitably embarrassed.
Tails now up Gwlad looked to move the ball and an uncharacteristic lapse in mid field defence saw Mead slip between the centres to put the home team 3 tries up within the 1st quarter. The Warriors did regroup and by the end of the half were starting to look more settled. Tom Hall got through a huge shift up front and Nathan Murphy went well in the centre. Gwlad however had the bit firmly between their teeth and with such a good cushion were happy to run everything. Hawkins at 9 proved a sharp passer and despite improved Warrior defence they went further ahead before the break. The Warriors almost hit back just before half time but having outflanked the defence, Simon Day couldn’t hold the pass with the try line at his mercy.
The Warriors slowly gathered some momentum in the 2nd half. Bobby Lewis helped add some physicality in the back row whilst centre Dion Mitchell-Lewis played intelligently. The forwards began to rumble effectively and eventually Gwlad ran out of defenders and Craig James nipped over. The frantic pace of the game continued with neither side wanting to kick away possession. Both sides went close but the Warriors suddenly had the momentum, Ben Griffiths scored out wide and then under the posts. When Captain Davies converted there was just the glimmer of hope that the Warriors might steal the result with the scores at 25 -17 heading into the final 10 minutes. It wasn’t to be, a searing break brought them a penalty 5 meters out but with Connelly looking sharp Gwlad were able to score a little against the run of play and shut out and ideas the Warriors may have had.
A frustrating day on the field, but the Warriors spirits were lifted a little by the game being covered by the BBC Scrum V cameras and Sir Gareth Edwards coming over from the clubhouse to congratulate the teams on a fine match.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
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.
Wales v Scotland postponed
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.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
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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