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Llanelli edge mediocre last game

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Action from Llanelli v Llandovery: At Parc y Scarlets . (Pic. Riley Sports).

Action from Llanelli v Llandovery: At Parc y Scarlets . (Pic. Riley Sports).

Llanelli 27

Llandovery 24

LLANDOVERY travelled to the Parc y Scarlets desperate for a victory to say goodbye to departing coach Lyndon Lewis after they had failed to secure a victory in his final home game against Ebbw Vale in the previous round of fixtures. Lewis leaves at the end of the season to take the role of assistant coach at Aberavon, a club for which he is a former captain, and will be replaced at the Towy Valley side by his Assistant Euros Evans.

Llanelli came into the game hoping to give their fans something to smile about at the end of a dismal campaign. Their end of season form until this game had been particularly poor having failed to win in their last six games, shipping over two hundred and forty points in the process. It was possible for the Reds to overtake their Scarlets’ region counterparts to finish eighth in the table before kick off, however they needed to secure a bonus point win of more than eight points.

As it was Llandovery outscored their hosts by four tries to three and also got within in seven of their score to secure two bonus points of their own (one losing and one four try) to ensure they kept eighth place, though it will be of little consolation to either side as both will have had desires on making the top half back in September.

Llandovery’s season has been blighted by regular bouts of ill-discipline on the field and today was no different. Despite having the majority of the possession and at times playing some fine running rugby, it was the award of three yellow cards, two of which came inside the same minute that cost the Drovers the full quota of points once more. Incoming coach Euros Evans will have recognised this as one of the key areas the side needs to improve for the next campaign.

To kick Llandovery when they were down it was one of their own, fullback Gareth Walters, a graduate from the Drovers academy that led Llanelli to what seemed an unlikely victory as he produced seventeen points. With one try, a one hundred percent conversion rate and two penalties he almost single handedly dragged his sorry Llanelli side to a much needed, but undeserved victory, their first since early February.

Owain Morgan also grabbed a try for Llanelli to give his side a 20-12 lead at the interval, but the game was to be turned on its head by its stand out player, winger Aaron Warren. He added to his first half score to complete a fine hat-trick in the second half and was a constant menace to the hosts with his powerful running and slight of foot. If Llandovery’s centres had noticed how much mayhem he was causing, as everyone else in the ground had, they may have given him more ball rather than squander chance after chance when the overlap beckoned.

Their failure to convert these chances into points came back to bite them in a way that is all too familiar in sport. Their ill-discipline saw two yellow cards inside a minute with two of their pack, flanker Shaun Miles and lock Matthew Harbut, being sent to the stand for continued infringing at the breakdown, the most criminal offence for a forward, on par with spilling a restart.

Llanelli looked to make their extra men count up front and with the extra power they now possessed they worked an opening for number eight Morgan to crash over and secure his second and his sides third of the game out wide in the corner. With the imperious Walters notching the conversion the Reds had secured what had seemed an unlikely win for the majority of the contest.

Both sides will welcome new faces and say goodbye to old in the close season in a bid to improve their fates for the next campaign and on this showing, they are some way off matching the levels reached by the likes of Pontypridd, Cross Keys and Ebbw Vales this campaign.

TEAMS :

LLANELLI:

15 Gareth Walters 14 Kyle Evans 13 Andrew Rees-Spowart 12 Richard Thomas11 Elliot Dawe 10 Stuart Morris 9 Jon Rogers 1 Rhys Fawcett 2 Taylor Davies 3 Gareth Havard 4 Adam Powell © 5 Ed Price 6 Liam Puckett 7 Shaun Edwards 8 Owain Morgan

LLANDOVERY:

15 Mike Evans 14 Rhys Williams 13 Matthew Jacobs 12 Rhodri Jones 11 Aaron Warren 10 Steffan Marshall 9 Lee Rees: 1 Jamie Kaijaks 2 Luke Lewis 3 Greg Cunniffe 4 Bryn Griffiths 5 Matthew Harbut 6 Phil Day (captain) 7 Richard

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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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