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ELEVEN TRY PONTY DESTROY LLANELLI

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Llanelli 13
Pontypridd 61

PONTYPRIDD extended their lead at the leagues summit and ran in eleven tries at the expense of home side Llanelli in a dominant and clinical display at Parc y Scarlets.

It was the home side that applied the early pressure which gave fly-half Billy McBride the opportunity to notch a penalty from out wide and give his side the lead with two minutes on the clock. This was to be the only points his side could muster in a first half mangling by the rampant visitors.

The first try came from number eight Jake Thomas after a neat 9-8 exchange with scrum-half Lloyd Williams at the base of a scrum inside the Llanelli twenty-two. The try went unconverted but it mattered little as Ponty struck again as a flowing move from inside their own half resulted in centre Aled Summerhill scoring the first of his hat-trick. The lead was further extended as Llanelli’s dishevelled backline left space out wide for Simon Humberstone to execute a perfect cross-field kick, which was gathered and dispatched for another try by winger Owain Jenkins.

heir own line and did threaten on occasions but they were met by some high energy and spirited Pontypridd defence. This defence was sprung into attack once more when the bonus point was secured with little over twenty minutes gone as Lewis Williams crossed after good work from Humberstone. The valley side were now in full flow. Full-back Matthew Nuthall instigated another dynamic break out of his own half, freeing centre Aled Summerhill to cross for yet another try, none of which had yet been converted. Ponty continued to push and hooker Aled Morris crossed from close range after a smart lineout move which meant the score at the interval was 3-30 and the game was already all but over.

Commencing the second half with 14 men due to the sin-binning of Summerhill, Pontypridd were put under pressure by the home side and Llanelli were finally rewarded for their attacking prowess as winger Richard Thomas was worked in for a try wide out. Ponty grabbed their seventh try as Lewis Williams crossed out wide and Llanelli will have been grateful that the visitors kicker Humberstone was in a generous mood, missing all seven of his conversions. Another fourteen points at this stage would’ve been a real demolition job. With the game being played almost exclusively in the Llanelli half Pontypridd completed an afternoon to forget for the reds as tries by Jake Thomas, Dafi Davies, James Howe and Summerhill’s third completed the rout.

Llanelli did manage a consolation of their own as flanker Owain Morgan got his name on the scoresheet to reward the home side for their spirit, but the encounter will prove as inspiration to the Llanelli side who will be striving to reach the standards on show from a far superior Pontypridd side.

Llanelli: 15.Shaun Leonard. 14.Sam Evans. 13.Ellis Phillips. 12.Craig Woodall (Matthew Pearce). 11.Richard Thomas (Stuart Morris). 10.Billy McBryde. 9.Justin James (Robin Davies). 1.Rhys Thomas (Roy Jones). 2.Darran Harris (Taylor Davies). 3.Ben Leung (Gareth Havard). 4.Adam Powell – cpt. 5.Jack Payne. 6.Trystan Lloyd (Roy Osborn). 7.Owain Morgan. 8.Ed Price. Pontypridd: 15.Matthew Nuthall (Dale Stuckey). 14.Lewis I Williams (Alex Webber). 13.Aled Summerhill. 12.Dafydd Lockyer – cpt. 11.Owen Jenkins. 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Lloyd Williams (Joel Raikes). 1.Bradley Thyer (James Howe). 2.Aled Morris (Huw Dowden). 3.Keiron Jenkins (Pat Palmer). 4.Craig Locke (Jordan Sieniawski). 5.Alex Jones. 6.Dafi Davies. 7.Rhys Shellard. 8.Jake Thomas

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Gascoigne entertains Llanelli

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OVER 400 people were at attendance in the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 18) to see former England legend Paul Gascoigne talk about his life and footballing career.

Gazza had the crowd in stitches with his stories from his past and was visibly emotional with the crowd’s warm reaction to him being there.

At one point a member of the crowd asked him if he could play one last game for one team who would it be… his answer was Swansea City to the crowds delight.

His next event will be in Tenby on September 17. The event was kindly sponsored by RDH Contractors and Sylan Lakes holiday cottages in five roads.

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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Llanelli edged out as Ynystawe pull off mammoth chase

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A SCORE of 331-4 would normally be enough for a team to pick up victory, but South Wales Premier Division 2 leaders Ynystawe had other ideas as they pulled off a remarkable chase on Saturday (Jun 4).

Llanelli had been asked to bat first after Ynystawe had won the toss and their total was underpinned by a brilliant unbeaten century from Iwan Rees.

The opener hit sixteen fours and four sixes in his knock of 153 which came off 146 balls.

He had good support from Steven Devonald who scored 29 and Rhydian Morgan who scored 20 (2 fours, 1 six).

Rees and Rhys Harris shared the best stand of the match as they put on 157 runs for the fourth wicket.

Harris hit 12 fours in his score of 87 from 74 balls but he was out to the bowling of Rhys Palmer.

Rhys Westcott also finished unbeaten on 18 from 11 balls as Ynystawe were set 332 to win the game.

In reply, opener Nathan Lee scored 20 before falling to Jac Rees who also then took the wicket of Morgan Hodges on a score of 23.

Carl Roberts played well for his half century, hitting eight fours in his score of 56 before being trapped leg before by Aled Gilley.

Andrew Beasley was run out on a score of 15 and that left Ynystawe on 140-4.

Thomas Morgan and Luke Garthwaite shared 93 runs for the fifth wicket. Both reached their half centuries but Morgan was out to Iwan Rees on a score of 50.

Rees also bowled Ceri Durke and Rhys Palmer was run out by Rhydian Morgan having hit a four and a six in a quickfire score of 15.

That left Ynystawe 275-7 and they only had six overs left to get their target.

Garthwaite was on a score of 75 when Palmer fell and he took control as he smashed his way to a century.

He finished unbeaten on 118 from 67 balls after hitting 20 fours and two sixes. The last of his fours won the game for the home side as they ended up winning with two overs to spare.

On Saturday, June 11, Llanelli host Cowbridge while Ynynstawe travel to Penarth.

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