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WRU Bowl – Round 1
Cefneithin see off Wasps in Bowl

Llangwm 14
Cefneithin 50

CEFNEITHIN progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they beat Llangwm 14-50 at Pill Parks.

The visitors scored an unconverted try early on and they continued to put pressure on the Llangwm defence.

The League 3 West B side soon found themselves 26 points to the good after a series of tries.

Llangwm looked to get themselves back in the game and shortly before the break, Adam Williams went over for the try which was converted by Lewis Murphy.

That made it 7-26 at half time but Cefneithin scored early in the second half as they dived over on the right hand side.

The Wasps were not giving up and from a scrum inside their own half, Josh Hicks picked up the ball and beat off a couple of tacklers to run in under the posts.

Murphy again added the extras but the visitors soon extended their lead again with another unconverted try.

With time running out Cefneithin ran in two more tries to cement their win and their place in the next round.

Will Dickie, Jack Rogers, Chris Davies and Cameron Collins all scored two tries while Rogers added two conversions for Cefneithin.

Sion Walker added the other three conversions for the visitors who will now look forward to their second round tie.

Before then, both sides will return to league action on Saturday (Sept 28), with Llangwm taking on Pembroke Dock Quins in League 3 West A and Cefneithin travelling to Penygroes in League 3 West B.

Magpies thump Stars

New Dock Stars 7-55 Tumble

TUMBLE progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they saw off New Dock Stars with a thumping 7-55 win.

After last week’s disappointing defeat at Cefneithin the coaches shuffled the squad and made nine changes, one positional to the starting fifteen.

The boys responded fantastically to that defeat with an excellent win which saw them safely into the draw for round 2.

Tumble came out of the traps quickly and saw wing Mike Edwards go over for an unconverted try within the first five minutes.

The lead was further extended when captain and centre Steffan Price went over for a try which was converted by his co-centre Owain Williams.

Dock soon pulled the score back to 7-12 with a converted try of their own before wing Sam Jones went over for a try to make the score 7-17 to Tumble at the interval.

Try: Tumble go over for another try. Photo by Darren Harries

The second half saw the Magpies cut loose and put some great attacking moves into play in addition to some outstanding work in defence with a number of big hits.

Half backs Iwan Morgan and Steven Hewitt were now controlling the game with Hewitt kicking well out of hand to give Tumble a territorial advantage.

It didn’t take long for the Magpies to extend their lead when number 8 Nathan Willard (who carried well all afternoon as did his younger brother Liam) powered over for a try which was converted by Williams.

The Tumble backline was now in confident mood and looking sharp and it wasn’t long before fly half Hewitt went over for another try. The extras were added by Williams’ conversion to make the score 7-31.

With Dock on the rack wing Mike Edwards was the next to go over for a try, his second of the afternoon making it 7-38.

The Magpies back row was working well in combination with the Willard brothers carrying well and young Tom Miles busy at number 7 helping recycling quick ball for the dangerous looking backline.

Next to get in on the score sheet was front rower Rhys Lewis who put in a great shift playing out of position at tight head prop, Williams again added the conversion to make it 7-43.

Elusive full back Nicky Allinson was next to get over the whitewash when he scored his first try since returning to playing after a three-year break from the game. The conversion was missed making it 7-48 to the Magpies.

The final score of the game came in the dying moments when openside Tom Miles forced his way over for his first senior try for the club.

Williams added the conversion to complete the scoring.

On Saturday (Sept 28) Tumble are at home to Furnace United while New Dock Stars travel to Trimsaran.

Llany edge past Saints
St Clears 17-22 Llanybydder

LLANYBYDDER travelled to Parc Griffith Jones to play Division 3 West A rivals St Clears in the first round of the National Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21).

It was a close, entertaining match with the visitors eventually going through to the next round.

Llanybydder had a solid scrum and an effective line out to ensure half-backs Jac Thomas and Llyr Tobias had a plentiful supply of ball.

After sustained pressure, the visitors scored tries through mobile prop Mathew Evans and No 8 and skipper Ricky Davies.

Llyr Tobias converted one and added a penalty to give Llanybydder a 15-10 half time lead.

Young winger Daniel Lewis sealed victory with his first try for the Club, again converted by Tobias.

St Clears gave maximum effort throughout the match, but Llanybydder just about held on for a 22-17 victory to progress to the next round.

On Saturday (Sept 28), St Clears travel to Aberaeron while Llanybydder travel to Lampeter Town.

Furnace leave it late
Cardigan 14-16 Furnace United

A LATE penalty from Scrum half Dan Rees gave Furnace United victory over Cardigan in their WRU Bowl first round encounter on Saturday (Sept 21).

Back row Andrew Evans and Outside half Dafydd Green had scored earlier tries for the Cherries.

Rees also added a second penalty but with the score at 14-13, it looked as if Cardigan would have been going through.

Llyr Jones and Michael Richards scored tries for the Teifisiders, converted by Jones and Iwan John, as they led 14-5 at the break.

Furnace responded well in the second half with 11 unanswered points and it was Rees’ second penalty that put them into the hat for the second round.

On Saturday (Sept 28), Furnace return to action in League 3 West B as they take on Tumble away.

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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New Year – new start – for two seals released back into the wild

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Two grey seal pups have been returned to the wild for the New Year following months of RSPCA rehabilitation.

They were released at Port Eynon, Gower, Swansea, on 3 January as the sun rose – just days into 2021 – by  RSPCA animal rescue officer Ellie West and RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben – who caught the beautiful event on camera. One seal had been originally rescued from Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire – the other from Trevone in Cornwall. They were both found in distress, underweight and with injuries.

Ellie said: “This was such a lovely release – to see them both enter the sea happily where they belong with the sun rising in the distance was just glorious. It was a lovely way to start the new year.”

The seals had been transferred to the Welsh coast from RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre in Hastings the previous day and had spent the night at the RSPCA Llys Nini Branch seal unit.

“These two pups – nicknamed BB8 and Luke Skywaker – have been in the fantastic care of RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre who have given them the best rehabilitation over the past few months. It’s always fantastic to hear when they have put on the appropriate weight and can be released back into the wild,” added Ellie.

Ellie had been involved in the initial care of the seal rescued from Abereiddy Beach back in October.

“He was a weaned pup that had pretty much moulted out all his baby white lanugo coat, so he was fully weaned, but he was found quite underweight, lethargic and had the snotty face of a sickly pup,” she said. “He also had a lump on the top of his neck.

“He was reported to myself and Keith and we asked Welsh Marine Life Rescue (WMLR) to attend who very kindly collected him and cared for him for a few days until we were able to transfer him to the wildlife centre.

“Once again we want to thank WMLR for all their assistance, expertise and all their hard work this past season. We could not do what we do without them.”

At RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre the seal had the lump removed under anaesthetic by the vet team.

The second seal from Cornwall came into RSPCA care in November and weighed just 16.3kg. The seal had suffered a few small wounds and was a bit wheezy, with centre staff treating him for lungworm and administering antibiotics. When he left the centre the seal – who was named Luke Skywalker – weighed a healthy 40kg.

Before release, the seals were given identification tags in their hind flippers for ID purposes. The RSPCA often receives good feedback from sightings – and the scientific results received reveal that seals that go on from rehabilitation survive in the wild.

The RSPCA advises that if members of the public spot a seal on a beach that they think might need help, the best thing is to observe them from a distance and do not approach them.

Seals are wild animals and have a nasty bite. Never try to return a seal to water yourself, as you may put yourselves and the seal at risk by doing this. It is also advised they keep dogs away from any seal and keep them on leads on beaches that have seal colonies too.

It’s not unusual for a seal pup to be alone, as seal mums leave their pups very early on in life. So if the seal pup looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress, it should firstly be monitored from a safe distance for 24 hours.

If you see a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, is on a busy public beach, or if you think the seal may be sick or injured, please stay at a safe distance and call the RSPCA’s advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. An unhealthy seal pup looks thin (but not bony) with a visible neck, like a dog.

There is more information on the RSPCA website about what to do if you see a seal or pup on the beach alone.

If you have an animal welfare concern or find an animal in distress please call 0300 1234 999.

This winter, the RSPCA expects to rescue thousands of animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering. Already this Christmas we received more than 44,000 calls to our cruelty line but the calls to our rescue line are not stopping so neither will we. To help our rescue teams continue to reach the animals who desperately need us this winter, visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and Join the Winter Rescue #JoinTheRescue

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Community Midwife home for Christmas after 85 day battle with COVID-19

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SHARON GEGGUS, a community midwife from Llanelli is home for the holidays after a three month battle with coronavirus.
Sharon began to feel unwell in September, experiencing shortness of breath and a high temperature.
As these symptoms persisted and her condition began to worsen, she was admitted to Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli on 16 September, with a temperature of 41°C.During her stay, she credits the support of her family and the staff at Prince Philip Hospital for helping her get through the ordeal. Speaking of her experience in hospital, Sharon says: “I was sedated for about five weeks, but I was told that the staff were playing music for me. They had contacted my family to find out what my favourite songs were, and they would play those.
“It was really hard but the hardest times I didn’t really know about – my family were the people going through it. I can’t stress how well the staff looked after me. I used the iPads provided through the hospital to keep in contact with my family and the staff would also help me phone and communicate with my family.  
“The ITU staff and the staff on Ward 9 where I went for rehabilitation were amazing. I’m a community midwife myself and I would obviously treat someone how I wanted to be treated – but they really went above and beyond.
They would sit and chat with me when I was feeling down and they made sure I was in contact with my family all the time, even letting me hang up pictures of my family on my wall.”
Sharon was clapped out of the hospital on 10 December, 85 days after being admitted. Even though she is home, the road to recovery isn’t over.
She says: “There’s still a long way to go but I’m getting there. I can get around using a walking frame and only need oxygen when I’m really moving about. It’s so nice to be home, I think you just sort of relax a bit and move around more and just feel better for being back with your family.”
Reflecting on her experience, Sharon offered this advice to others with COVID-19: “Keep in touch with your family as much as you possibly can, it’s what got me through. I wouldn’t really know what else to say, just keep positive and keep in touch with your loved ones, that’s what really helps.”
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