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Warriors crash in Cardiff

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Warriors players: With Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards

Gwlad 30

Llanelli Warriors 17

THE WARRIORS came unstuck at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday (Feb 13), never recovering from a shocking start and going down 30- 17 to Gwlad.com RFC

The Warriors were missing several key players who were unable to make the trip to the Capital but did give rugby debuts to Richard Llewellyn and Dan Wright. Gwlad on the other hand had good numbers and were able to field one of their stronger teams.

The Warriors suffered a nightmare start when they failed to field the kick off. Looking uncharacteristically nervous, no one claimed responsibility for the ball, Gwlad recovered possession and scored. If that wasn’t bad enough, from the kick off the Warriors looked to have done well initially, to force Gwlad 10 Joshua Griffiths blind into the pack, but he was then allowed to run along the touchline and score a try for which the Warriors looked suitably embarrassed.

Tails now up Gwlad looked to move the ball and an uncharacteristic lapse in mid field defence saw Mead slip between the centres to put the home team 3 tries up within the 1st quarter. The Warriors did regroup and by the end of the half were starting to look more settled. Tom Hall got through a huge shift up front and Nathan Murphy went well in the centre. Gwlad however had the bit firmly between their teeth and with such a good cushion were happy to run everything. Hawkins at 9 proved a sharp passer and despite improved Warrior defence they went further ahead before the break. The Warriors almost hit back just before half time but having outflanked the defence, Simon Day couldn’t hold the pass with the try line at his mercy.

The Warriors slowly gathered some momentum in the 2nd half. Bobby Lewis helped add some physicality in the back row whilst centre Dion Mitchell-Lewis played intelligently. The forwards began to rumble effectively and eventually Gwlad ran out of defenders and Craig James nipped over. The frantic pace of the game continued with neither side wanting to kick away possession. Both sides went close but the Warriors suddenly had the momentum, Ben Griffiths scored out wide and then under the posts. When Captain Davies converted there was just the glimmer of hope that the Warriors might steal the result with the scores at 25 -17 heading into the final 10 minutes. It wasn’t to be, a searing break brought them a penalty 5 meters out but with Connelly looking sharp Gwlad were able to score a little against the run of play and shut out and ideas the Warriors may have had.

A frustrating day on the field, but the Warriors spirits were lifted a little by the game being covered by the BBC Scrum V cameras and Sir Gareth Edwards coming over from the clubhouse to congratulate the teams on a fine match.

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Three in a row for Kidwelly

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KIDWELLY Town earned their third straight win in Carmarthenhire League Division 1 on Saturday (Oct 16) as they came from behind to beat Tumble 4-1.

Tumble had lost their last three matches prior to Saturday’s game and it was they who took the lead when Garin Morris scored in the tenth minute.

Chris Cray equalised for Kidwelly and it remained 1-1 until half time.

Both sides knew the next goal would be crucial but it was the home side who got it as Rob Davis set up Alex Kay to score.

And just a minute later it was 3-1 as Connor Howells scored.

That all but won the game for the home side who made sure of the points in injury time as Kay fired in his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Their fourth win of the season sees them stay in eighth place but they are now only three points behind third placed FC Carmarthen.

On Saturday, October 23, Kidwelly travel to Llangennech who sit just a point and two places above them in the table.

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Llangennech youth go top

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LLANGENNECH Youth moved to the top of the South East Carmarthenshire league on Saturday (Oct 16) as they thrashed Ammanford 47-0.

The home side ran in seven tries, six of which were converted, as they earned a third bonus point win in a row.

Rhys Harris scored a hat trick of tries and Kyle North also crossed the whitewash twice.

There were also tries for Ryan Guard and Kallum Morgan as the home side ran out comfortable winners.

Cameron Mills scored four of the conversion while the other two were scored by Tyler Payne.

The win sees Llangennech leapfrog Ammanford into top spot.

Llangennech will look to keep hold of their 100% record on Saturday, October 23, when they travel to Brynamman.

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Felinfoel thump Llandeilo

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FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season as they thumped Llandeilo Town 8-1 on Saturday (Oct 16).

Jordan Badman opened the scoring for the home side after six minutes but their lead only lasted eight minutes.

Harri Morgan set up Will Garrard to score but Felinfoel were soon ahead once more.

Badman scored his second of the game midway through the half before Chris James made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.

Seven minutes into the second half Badman made it 4-1 as he completed his hat trick to all but end any hopes Llandeilo had of getting back into the game.

Tom Roberts scored three minutes later and four minutes after that it was six as Badman scored his fourth of the game.

Matthew Ellis scored with twenty minutes to go and the scoring was complete nine minutes from time as Lloyd Francis made it 8-1.

The win for Felinfoel is their ninth in ten games and maintains their unbeaten start to the season.

On Saturday, October 23, they will put their unbeaten run on the line again as they travel to fifth placed Pwll Athletic.

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