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 make five changes for European quarter-final
Johnny Williams and Sione Kalamafoni have been handed their Scarlets’ European debuts for Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (8.15pm UK time).
Both summer signings are included in a side showing five changes to the line-up that took the field against the Dragons in the Scarlets last match of the Guinness PRO14 season.
Wales and British & Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny returns to face his former side, linking up with Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans in an all-international back three.
Williams and Steff Hughes continue their midfield combination, while Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has recovered from injury to partner Dan Jones at half-back.
Skipper Ken Owens, Wyn Jones and Samson Lee pack down in the front row and behind them Tongan international Sam Lousi starts at lock alongside Jake Ball.
In a reshuffled back-row, the PRO14’s turnover king Josh Macleod gets the nod at openside; Kalamafoni, who featured for Leicester Tigers in the pool stages of the tournament, wears the No. 8 jersey and Scotland international Blade Thomson has recovered from an Achilles issue to start at blindside.
On the bench, Ryan Elias, Phil Price and Javan Sebastian provide front-row cover with Lewis Rawlins and James Davies the other forward replacements. Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien and Tyler Morgan cover the backs. Morgan is set to make his first Scarlets appearance since joining from the Dragons.
The Scarlets and Toulon faced each other twice during the pool stages. A last-gasp converted try grabbed a 17-16 victory for the French side in November. The three-times European champions then claimed a crucial 27-15 win at Parc y Scarlets in January to ensure they topped the group.
Head coach Glenn Delaney said: “It is a final for us. If you win three finals in a row you win a trophy. We are that far away from achieving the objective we all set out upon 12 to 13 months ago. It would be lovely to finish it off the right way. Whenever you get the opportunity to play for a trophy you have got to be very respectful and take it deadly serious, which is exactly what our boys have been doing.”
Scarlets team v RC Toulon (Saturday, September 19, 2020; kick-off 8.15pm UK)
15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.
Reps: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 James Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Tyler Morgan.
Unavailable because of injury
Rob Evans (neck), Rhys Patchell (calf), Liam Williams (foot), Daf Hughes (knee), Steff Thomas (knee), Alex Jeffries (elbow), Tomi Lewis (knee), Aaron Shingler.
Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events
CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.
Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.
Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.
The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.
The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”
Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC
Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club
The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.
The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.
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