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Edinburgh dent Scarlets European hopes

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Scarlets 51
Edinburgh 6

EDINBURGH overtook the Scarlets in the race for the top six of the Guinness Pro12 and in the process ended their opponents superb home record in a tough, abrasive game at the Parc y Scarlets.

Unbeaten at the Parc y Scarlets since December 2013, the Scarlets missed a golden opportunity to steal a march on their rivals for an automatic place in next seasons Champions Cup. Despite this they still remain only three points behind the current occupiers of the coveted sixth spot, Connaught.

The result puts Edinburgh in a promising position as they chase a top half finish, with two games at Murrayfield to come in the next two rounds.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to get the scoreboard ticking over, as fly-half Steven Shingler, preferred to returning Wales number ten Rhys Priestland, slotted a straightforward penalty in the first minute.

But the visitors arrived at the Parc y Scarlets having won four of their last six Pro12 matches, and it was they who registered the game’s opening try with a fantastic length-of-the-field score.

Full-back Jack Cuthbert shipped the ball on after gathering his own kick, and Burleigh produced a well timed pass to returning Scotland winger Tim Visser who raced clear for his sides first try. Hidalgo-Clyne was on target with the conversion.

With both sides showing attacking intent in what was a pivotal fixture, Shingler responded with three quick-fire penalties to regain the lead for his side.

After a carbon copy of the opening penalty of the game he reduced his sides arrears to a single point and with Edinburgh’s indiscipline threatening to become an issue, they gave away another three-point opportunity from a driving maul. After notching his third successful penalty, Shingler further justified his place in the starting fifteen with a fine run that led to his sides fourth penalty. Spotting a gap he dummied his way through, bringing the Scarlets into the Edinburgh twenty-two. After a few phases the Edinburgh forwards were penalised for infringing at the ruck.

The Scarlets were boosted further when referee John Lacey finally lost his patience with the Scottish side and dismissed Greig Tonks from the field for ten minutes, after the fly-half had interfered at the breakdown. Shingler was impeccable again from the tee and extended his sides lead to leave the visitors requiring two scores.

Despite being reduced to fourteen men, the visitors were beginning to dominate proceedings and perhaps should have grabbed their second try of the game with thirty minutes gone, but Hamish Watson failed to ground the ball. The flanker was then held up for a second time from the subsequent scrum but the visitors were now really testing the Scarlets with constant sustained pressure.

This pressure took its toll as back-rower John Barclay joined Tonks in the bin. Despite the blow of losing their one man advantage, the Scarlets will have been relieved that Edinburgh only managed three points from this spell of pressure as Hidalgo-Clyne slotted a penalty.

It got worse for the Scarlets as vice-captain Scott Williams was joined by George Earle in leaving the field of play early through injury. This was compounded by Wales international Ken Owens faltering time and again at the lineout. Sensing his sides opportunity to take advantage of this, Hidalgo-Clyne was pinning the Scarlets deep in their own half with a sustained period of first-class position kicking.

From one of the ensuing lineouts, Edinburgh pounced. They went through several phases before David Denton found sufficient space to crash over. With Hidalgo-Clyne squeezing his conversion over, the visitors went in at the break leading 15-17.

The second half started at a much slower pace than the first, and as the hosts’ penalty count began to creep up, their home record looked in serious jeopardy.

Wayne Pivac introduced Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies as he looked to gain some momentum for his backline and get his side back in the game. This proved fruitless after a moment that would rival Steven Gerrard for the quickest, most senseless dismissal in sport of 2015. Davies found himself back in the dressing room after striking an opponent with his head as the indiscipline that had plagued the game since kick-off reached an ugly crescendo. Man of the Match Hidalgo-Clyne compounded the situation for the Scarlets by notching the penalty.

Andries Strauss thought he was set to clinch the game as he raced clear when the ball went loose in midfield, but play was called back for a knock-on by Denton in contact.

This mattered not as Scrum-half Hidalgo-Clyne maintained his 100 percent record with the boot to stretch Edinburgh’s lead to eight points after the Scarlets pack folded at a scrum, and a further three-pointer sealed an impressive result for the Scottish club.

In two weeks’ time, Wayne Pivac’s side travel to Zebre for their next Pro12 fixture, hunting a bonus point win to retain hope for a successful end to the season.

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Special game marks start of Trimsaran’s centenary year

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TRIMSARAN took on Llanelli on Saturday (Sept 11) as they opened their centenary season and there were some special guests in attendance.

World Cup final referee Nigel Owens came out of retirement to take charge of the game while Jonathan Davies OBE also came back to his first club.

Davies presented the Trimsaran players with their new shirts before the game.

There were around 500 supporters in attendance for the match which saw Llanelli eventually running out 78-12 winners.

Trimsaran battled well but it was Llanelli who showed their class as they ran away with the game in the second half.

In the middle: Nigel Owens took charge of the game

After the game, Trimsaran took to Twitter to thank everyone who had made their day so special.

On Twitter they wrote: “Great game played in great spirits. Llanelli showing their class and running away with it in the second half. Massive thank you for coming down to help us celebrate our centenary season yesterday.

“Huge thank you to everyone who came to support. Around 500 supporters came down and helped us celebrate and watch a great game of rugby. It was great to see so many there and to see the clubhouse bouncing all night

“Thank you to Jonathan Davies OBE for presenting the boys with their jerseys before the game and to Nigel Owens and his 2 assistant referees for coming down.

“Thank you to all our sponsors yesterday, to all the hard working committee, volunteers and everyone involved with Trimsaran Rugby, without you the game wouldn’t have been possible.

“Thanks to Ricky King and Chris Wilds for all their hard work in getting the field looking superb Trimsaran Rugby

“And a final thanks to the Trimsaran Rugby players who put their bodies on the line and showed how much playing for this team meant to them against a Welsh Prem outfit, the boys certainly done themselves proud and could have scored another 1 or 2 themselves.”

The club had been due to celebrate their centenary season a year ago but that was delayed because of the covid-19 pandemic.

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Llangennech bowl Gowerton out to end chase and seal fifth win

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LLANGENNECH finished the season off with a win on Saturday (Aug 28) as they prevented Gowerton from reaching their target.

Llangennech won the toss and chose to bat first and they made a good total of 276-7 from their 50 overs with runs throughout the order.

James Taube and Nathan Richards made an excellent start as they shared 91 runs for the first wicket.

Gowerton finally made the breakthrough when Richards was trapped leg before by Matthew Mason on a score of 39.

Taube made his way to a score of 43 but he was then stumped by David Gascoyne off the bowling of Tom Clarke.

That left the score on 94-2 but Aaron Wood and Nathan Jones added 55 runs for the third wicket.

Wood made his way to a score of 20 but he was then caught by Callum Eakins off the bowling of Matthew Mason.

Jones and David Williams then shared 83 runs for the fourth wicket as they took Llangennech over 200 runs.

Jones hit four fours and a six in his score of 61 but he was then run out by Lee Nicholas.

Williams had smashed seven fours and three sixes in a score of 57 from 29 balls but he was then caught by Nicholas off the bowling of James Cable.

Richard Clement made a late score of 13 before he was run out by Daniel Allen and Hedd-Wyn Jones scored 14 before being bowled by Cable.

Those wickets halted Llangennech’s momentum but they were still able to finish their innings on 276-7, with 25 from Mr Extras.

Gowerton were soon in trouble in their reply as they slipped to 8-2. Michael Jones had Lee Nicholas caught by Jack Page and Bevan Daniels caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones.

That soon became 18-3 as Michael Jones bowled Luke Evans.

David Gascoyne and Matthew Mason looked to lead the recovery as they shared 37 runs for the fourth wicket.

Gascoyne made his way to a score of 27 but he was also caught by Hedd-Wyn Jones off the bowling of Michael Jones to leave Gowerton on 55-4.

Daniel Allen hit a four and a six in his quick fire score of 11 but he fell the same way as Gascoyne as Gowerton fell into further trouble on 88-5.

However, Mason and Callum Eakins shared 90 runs for the sixth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Mason hit nine fours and three sixes on his way to a score of 95 but he was unlucky to miss out on a century when he was caught and bowled by James Taube.

Tom Barrett added 10 before falling to the bowling of Jack Page before Eakins and Will Collinson added 40 runs for the eighth wicket.

Eakins hit six fours in his score of 45 but he was then trapped leg before by Page as Gowerton’s hopes of victory began to fade.

Page then had Collinson caught by Nathan Richards on a score of 20.

That left Gowerton nine down and still needing 38 runs for victory.

They were unable to get those runs though as Owain Phillips had James Cable caught by Page to bowl Gowerton out for 243.

It gave Llangennech victory by 33 runs and their fifth win of the season.

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Champions Llanelli finish season in style

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LLANELLI Cricket Club finished the season in style on Saturday (Aug 28) as they beat Bronwydd 103 runs.

They were presented with the South Wales Cricket Association trophy prior to their match and after winning the toss and electing to bat, they went on to make a score of 287-7 from their 50 overs.

They lost Craig Howells for a score of 19 early on before Iwan Rees and Steven Devonald shared 146 runs for the second wicket.

It was an excellent stand between the pair with Rees hitting eight fours on his way to a score of 75.

He was then caught by Tom Gleeson off the bowling of Rhufon Phillips as Bronwydd finally made the breakthrough.

Devonald and Rhys Harris continued to put runs on the board though as they shared 59 runs for the third wicket.

It also saw Devonald reach his century but Llanelli then lost two quick wickets.

Harris was caught by Gruffudd Owen off the bowling of Gleeson on a score of 24 and then bowled Rhydian Morgan for a duck, leaving the hosts on 247-4.

Devonald and Matthew Roberts added a further 38 runs for the fifth wicket before Devonald’s excellent innings came to an end.

He had hit fifteen fours and a six in his knock of 131 from 126 balls but he was then bowled by James Dickson.

Roberts was then run out by Owen on a score of 16 as Llanelli’s momentum stalled towards the end of their innings.

It saw them finish on a total of 287, giving Bronwydd a tough target to chase.

James Cale and Josh Rencken shared 43 runs for the first wicket but Cale was bowled by Iwan Rees on a score of 12.

Rencken and Jacob Jenkinson shared 67 runs for the second wicket as they looked to put their side in a strong position.

However, after Jenkinson was bowled by Twm Westcott on a score of 26 more wickets began to fall.

Rencken had reached a score of 47 but he was then bowled by David Richards.

Westcott then had Philip Howell caught by Rhydian Morgan before Richards bowled James Dickson to leave Bronwydd on 115-5.

Oliver Furneaux and Gruffudd Owen shared 48 runs for the sixth wicket but they were quickly running out of time.

Owen was bowled by Rees on a score of 20 to leave the visitors on 163-6 and they could only add 21 more runs to the total.

Furneaux finished unbeaten on 37 but Bronwydd ended their innings on 184-6.

It meant Llanelli could celebrate their title win in style.

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