HEAD coach Brad Mooar praised the character of his Scarlets side after they claimed a hard-earned 17-13 triumph over Toyota Cheetahs at a rain-soaked Parc y Scarlets – their fourth Guinness PRO14 victory of the season.
Incessant downpours meant the clash between two free-running teams was never going to be a classic, but the Scarlets were able to dig deep for another crucial victory to add to their Conference B tally.
“I am proud of the boys,” said Mooar.
“Conditions were really tough. I am just really proud of the way we stuck together and ground out a win.
“At the back end of the season when you are looking back on the points table, these games are hugely important. We showed great character to finish things off.
“Everybody put in, including the boys who didn’t take the field and helped set the week up. I am really proud of the whole squad.”
Flanker Josh Macleod was at the heart of the Scarlets’ effort, picking up a second man-of-the-match award of the campaign to add to his medal on the opening weekend against Connacht.
“Josh was outstanding, he has been an outstanding player in the first five weeks,” added Mooar. “He is so physical and attacks everything he does at 100 per cent.
“I thought all the forwards put in an outstanding effort. Ioan Cunningham has been doing some great work with the forwards and that driving game really set us up for the first try for Steff (Evans). Hats off to Ioan who has been working really hard to build a group who can perform like that in tough conditions.”
The victory keeps the Scarlets in touch with Conference B pacesetters Munster and Connacht, who also claimed wins on Welsh soil over the weekend.
“We would have taken four from five at the start of the year,” admitted Mooar.
“We needed to respond after last week (loss to Edinburgh), which was not us. We worked out how we can help each other out and put on a better performance to take some points.
Rapper who bombed wrong house jailed for almost 10 years
A WELSH rapper who accidentley ‘bombed’ a wrong house following a feud with a rival has been labelled ‘pathetic’ and ‘childish’ by a judge before sending them to prison.
Appearing at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Jun 13), Michael Athernought was sentenced to almost 10 years in prison.
The court heard how Athernought, 25 of Tontine Street, Swansea, had thrown a petrol bomb at a house he believed belonged to a fellow rapper Ricky Williams following a feud between the two.
However, the defendant bombed the house of a woman and her teenage son.
The incident happened at a residential property on Clyndu Street, Morriston at around 3am on November 16 of last year.
The woman awoke to a fire alarm going off and neighbours banging her front door.
L;uckily for Helen Davies and her son, neighbours had managed to break her door down and get the pair to safety.
The court heard how Athernought had posted a video directed at Mr Williams where threats were made to ‘burn your house to the ground’ and ‘war means war’.
Athernought was arrested the same day and officers from South Wales Police found a jerrycan of petrol and a towel with pieces missing.
Whilst sentencing, Judge Paul Thomas QC, said: “A more pathetic, childish reason for acting as you did is frankly quite difficult to imagine.
“Instead of acting as a grown-up you decided, because you think of yourself as some sort of pseudo-gangster, to make a video.
“In that video you made threats to burn his house down. It was as graphically threatening as it was pathetically childish.
“In actual fact, due to your incompetence, you got the wrong house.
“Obviously, you seem to think that you can get away with what you want, because you’re in some way above all of that, being, of course, an important rapper.”
Alternought was given an extended sentence of nine years and nine months.
The defendant will serve four years and six months in prison. The remainder of the sentence will be served on licence.
Trimsaran go top after beating Bynea
TRIMSARAN moved to the top of League 3 West B on Saturday (Jan 8) as they beat Bynea 39-5.
It was the only game to be played in the Division as others battled covid-19 cases and waterlogged pitches following overnight rain.
Lee Bates had scored two tries in Trimsaran’s last game before Christmas and he carried on his good form with a hat trick of tries on Saturday.
Iwan Green and Chris Lacey also went over for the home side who were also awarded a penalty try.
There were three conversions and a penalty from Corey Phillips as Trimsaran secured a bonus point win.
Trim now sit top of the table, unbeaten in their opening four games in the league, and they are now level on points with second placed Tumble who have played a game more.
On Saturday, January 15, Trimsaran travel to Tumble while Bynea will look to get back to winning ways when they host New Dock Stars.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
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