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Raiders lose 100% home record

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The Raiders : B attled hard but lost their 100% record

The Raiders : B attled hard but lost their 100% record

The Raiders 24
Coventry Bears Reserves 30

The Raiders look destined to finish fourth and could face a trip to Valley Cougars in the semi-finals, after losing a classic game 30-24 to fellow play-off side Coventry Bears.

Coventry, who could still finish top of the league, completed the double over the Llanelli based side becoming the first team to beat them at Parc Stebonheath.

It was a see-saw game with the lead changing hands three times, but it was the Bears’ excellent start to the second half that eventually gave them the win.

The Raiders started the stronger of the two and it wasn’t long before centre Dan Fox went round the Bears defence and scored in the corner.

After a frantic set of repeat sets, Coventry pushed over the line with Liam Scott, Steve Coleman converting.

The Raiders were caught flat footed and the Bears struck again on the 15th minute mark with Kenny Relliner scoring out wide Steve Coleman again converting the try to make it 12-4.

The Raiders forced an error just over the half way line and after a superbly worked try from the scrum Josh Taylor was sent clear to score under the posts, Luke Williams adding the conversion.

Stalemate then ensured with both sides working extra hard in defence but on the 32nd minute mark Dan Fox again went over in the corner with Luke Williams converting from far out wide.

The Bears again then rallied and some slack defence allowed Liam Scott to go on over under the posts, Steve Coleman again adding the conversion.

With a minute remaining of the first half an obstruction at a ruck resulted in a Raiders penalty which was successfully kicked by Luke Williams which made the score 18-18 at half-time.

The second half started with the Bears snuffing out and preventing the Raiders from getting out of their own half with an excellent technical tackling display. The pressure showed when Alex Brown turned a simple attacking move in to a converted try.

Two sets later the Bears pushed hard and kept the Raiders within their 40 and on another pivot Tom Kelluhar was sent over with Steve Coleman converting giving them a comfortable two-try cushion.

The Raiders tried hard to claw their way back and in the process had two tries disallowed, one for a forward pass and one with a knock on over the line, and it wasn’t until the 76th minute that the try of the game was scored when Alan Pope kicked the ball deep in to the Bears half and the exocet missile Curtis Ford chased the ball down, picked it up, went round the centre, flat footed the full back and returned to put the ball under the posts with Luke Williams converting.

However time was not on the Raiders side with the final whistle going with the Welsh side still a converted try short.

Raiders Head Coach Jon Ellis said: “We have several players taken on international duty today but that is no excuse. Rugby League is a very technical game and we neglected to address those aspects today. Although it was a great game for the supporter, myself and the players know we have much more in us as we progress in to the play-offs.”

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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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