THE WARRIORS held an entertaining exhibition/training match with Primary Educations Students from Trinity St David’s at Burry Port on Saturday (Mar 18) giving the prospective teachers some first-hand experience of disability and inclusion.
Despite the wet conditions, both teams played enthusiastically throughout and in what was at time a brutal encounter.
The Eddas team had a full range of rugby experience from novices to some 1st class experience, while the Warriors welcomed back Darren Pollitt for his 110th game.
Straight from kick off it was no place for the faint hearted but the Eddas rucked hard and eventually Dan Wright got away down the wing to open the scoring. A loose ball gave the visitors another chance and Gethin Clarke made the most to extend the early lead.
If the Warriors felt a little hard done by at that point it wasn’t helped when Dylan Harris capitalised on a stray hack through despite suggestions that he might have been off side.
A three try deficit didn’t do justice to the home team who were competitive in all aspects. Andrew Davies was rising highest in the lineout and Simon Day looked dangerous on the wing.
Unfortunately even as they were building pressure they went further behind when Dafydd Jones broke free in mid field and galloped over from long range.
Despite some fierce play from Luck Evans (Warriors) and Daniel Laytham (Eddas) there were no further scores before half time.
The second half continued to be closely contested with some good defensive work on show. The Warriors slowly moved down field and had the Eddas on their heels. Eventually Mark Lewis was given a run from short range as he proved unstoppable.
There was no immediate respite for the Eddas as the Warriors again got down into the corner and this time livewire scrum half Craig James just managed to stretch over the line.
There were a few near misses for the Warriors but as their pack tired the Eddas lifted the siege and regained the initiative. With good work from Dion Mitchell-Lewis and Ben Kitson, Josh Congreave stormed through to cross and to wrap it up, the first scorer was also the last as Wright got his 2nd.
The Warriors can hold their heads high after this battling effort whilst the Eddas will look forward to visiting again when they enter the Warriors 7s in the summer.
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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