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Great game: Both sides played well

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.

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Snooker returns with Olympic Cup

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THE Llanelli & District Snooker League returned following the enforced break with the Olympic Cup opening round.

In the First Division, Trimsaran A returned with a convincing 4-0 win at Pontyberem Workmens’, Jamie Tudor, Carl Thomas, Kieran Proctor and Mark Foreman their frame winners.

Elsewhere, Snooker World Whites progressed with a similar 4-0 win at Llanesco, while Peter Rowlands, Gavin Quinnell, Mike Moore and Dean Bowen claimed a 4-2 win for Llanelli Cons A against Burry Port Legion.

Wyn Major provided Llandybie Social’s only resistance as his side went out 4-1 at Matchroom Whites; Tyler Rees, Tom Twigg, Chris Davies and Steven Jenkins struck for the home side.

Matchroom Reds defeated Morfa 4-2, whereas the closest match of the night saw Ponthenri Social edge through 4-3 at Cross Hands B, thanks to Nigel Lewis, Jeff Howells, Mark Regola and Andrew Jones.

In the Second Division, Josh Townsend was Bryn & Trallwm A’s solitary frame winner in a 4-1 home defeat against CGMD; for the Glanamman side, Wyn Llewelyn, Brian Chappel, Matthew Jones and James Varney were “on the ball”.

Elliott Anderson, Aaron Cruickshank, Adam Fussell and Luke Powell helped Bryn B go through with a 4-2 victory at Llandybie RFC; Dar Sigsworth and Sion Isaac won for the latter.

Cross Hands A squeezed through 4-3 away at Pont Cons B, whilst Adrian Davies, Cory Jenkins, Dean Shoulder and Nathan Brain gave Matchroom Blacks a 4-2 passage at the expense of the Gremlin Club.

Upper Tumble Reds knocked out New Lodge, winning 4-2, and there were “byes” into the next round for Llandybie Social B and Burry Port Reading Room Reds.

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Davies to captain Scarlets for 2021/22 season

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WALES international and British & Irish Lion Jonathan ‘Fox’ Davies will captain the Scarlets for the 2021-22 season.

Former Ysgol Dyffryn Taf pupil Davies has played 170 matches for the Scarlets since making his debut in 2006 and is one of the most decorated centres in international rugby having won 91 caps for Wales and represented the Lions in the Test series in Australia 2013 and New Zealand in 2017.

It will be his second stint wearing the Scarlets armband having been a co-captain along with Rob McCusker in 2013.

‘Foxy’ takes the reins from hooker Ken Owens who led the Scarlets for a record-equalling seven successive seasons.

“Jon is one of the most respected players in the game, someone with a huge amount of experience at all levels,” said Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel

“He has been a leader amongst our group for a number of years now and certainly since I have been here his leadership qualities have been there for all to see, on and off the training field.

“Foxy is the ultimate professional – when he speaks people listen. The way he conducts himself is an example to every player in the squad.

“He has been a big part of this club for a long time; he has grown up in the region, played his junior rugby here and it is clear that wearing the Scarlets jersey means a huge amount to him.”

Paying tribute to Davies’s predecessor Owens, Peel added: “Ken has been a fantastic leader for us over the last seven years and will continue to have a huge part to play in the leadership of this group.”

Davies, who captained Wales during the recent summer internationals in Cardiff, said: “It is a massive honour to be handed the Scarlets captaincy, you only have to look at the captain’s board to see so many great players and icons of the game who have led the club.

“I am fortunate that there will be a strong leadership group around me – British & Irish Lions and experienced Wales internationals who have enjoyed success at domestic and Test level. Those players also know there is a hard-working, driven group of youngsters pushing them for the jersey. There is a really exciting mix to the squad.”

Davies added: “Winning the PRO12 title with the Scarlets four years ago remains one of the highlights of my career and there is a real ambition and hunger among the players and coaching group to reach those levels again.

“There has been a good buzz about pre-season, the boys have worked really hard and we’re all looking forward to the start of the new URC season in Edinburgh on Saturday.

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Scarlets appoint Phil John as Academy coach

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FORMER prop Phil John is back at the Scarlets having been appointed to the role of Academy skills coach.

John made 330 Scarlets appearances over 17 seasons and holds the record for the most Scarlets matches played in the regional era.

Since hanging up his playing boots following his final game against Glasgow in 2016, he has worked with the RGC 1404 Academy and alongside another ex-Scarlet Mark Jones with the Premiership team in North Wales.

He also has experience coaching with the Llanelli RFC Premiership side and as an assistant to Danny Wilson for the Scarlets.

John, who started out on a rugby apprenticeship scheme at Stradey Park, replaces Emyr Phillips who becomes the Scarlets transition coach overseeing the academy players who are training with the senior side.

“It’s good to be back at Parc y Scarlets and I’m looking forward to working with a talented group of young players who have bright futures in the game,” said John.

“When you look at the players who were in the Academy five years ago when I was here, they are now starting week in week out for the Scarlets, it is great to see the journeys they have been on.

“The Scarlets Academy has a proud tradition of being a production line for the senior side and I’m excited by this opportunity to help make sure that continues.”

Scarlets Development Pathway Manager Kevin George added: “For us, this appointment was about getting the balance right in the coaching group with Emyr having been promoted to oversee the transition players.

“We had a lot of interest in the post and Phil, with his experience working with academies and the commitment he gave to North Wales, came out very strongly. We are delighted to have him on board to help nurture the next generation of Scarlets.”

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