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Under 18s on brink of 4th title

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Closing in on the title: Some of the side after the game

Closing in on the title: Some of the side after the game

Scarlets Ladies U18s 40

Dragons Ladies U18’s 10

SCARLETS LADIES Under 18’s have put themselves on the brink of a fourth consecutive regional title by outscoring a determined and resolute Dragons outfit by 6 tries to 2 in difficult conditions at a damp and windswept Ammanford on Sunday afternoon to triumph 40-10.

Leading the way for the Scarlets with two tries apiece were centre Carly Jones and scrum half Lucy Packer, with ever impressive back row forward Lleucu George converting three of the six tries scored.

The Scarlets began the game with a strong wind at their back and were immediately put on the front foot by the powerful ball carrying of the red pack. The determined defence of the visitors held the home team at bay, before the back line of the Scarlets finally broke the defensive shackles and released flying winger, Katie Thicker on a 40-meter sprint to the line to open the scoring. George added the extras to give the Scarlets a 7-0 lead on 10 minutes.

Despite the home team dominating territory and possession, the Dragons defence, led superbly by India Berbillion and flanker Eve Jones refused to buckle under the pressure and indeed began to exert pressure of their own forcing the normally fluent Scarlets team into several uncharacteristic handling errors.

Eventually, the Scarlets backs finally clicked, a half break by centre Libby Jones, released her co-centre Carly Jones who outpaced the cover defence to score near to the posts. Outside Half Sioned Phillips converted the try giving the home team a 14-0 lead with five minutes until half time.

The Scarlets failed to deal with the restart, which allowed the Dragons to mount their first serious attacking opportunity. The ball was eventually released to full back Imogen Shide to score out wide with the last play of the half.

The girls in red began the second half in dynamic fashion. With barely a minute on the clock, Packer evaded several would-be defenders to touch down and give her team the perfect start.

Seven minutes later, a moment of individual brilliance saw centre Carly Jones gather the ball inside her own half and race in, to score the bonus point try under the posts. Lleucu George converted the try to extend the Scarlets lead to 26-5.

Strong running by second row Ffion Howells and prop Ruby Roberts once again put the Scarlets deep inside Dragons territory. Packer, fed her half back partner Megan Beech, who’s delicate pass put the impressive Carys Lloyd through the gap and power her way over for the Scarlets fifth try of the day. Again George adding the extras.

The Dragons refused to lie down and went on the offensive from the kick off. The powerful running of their pack once again took play up to the Scarlets’ try line, with the pressure eventually leading to flanker Eve Jones to score a thoroughly deserved second try for the visitors.

The Scarlets responded immediately from the kick off. Excellent defensive work by Scarlets winger Caitlin Lewis, eventually led to the home team turning the ball over at the contact area. The forwards drove powerfully up to the Dragons try line where Packer sniped her way over the line to score wide out. The excellent conversion by Lleucu George rounded of the scoring, giving the Scarlets an excellent win over a vastly improved Dragons squad.

The Scarlets Girls are next in action on March the 6th against the Blues in Ystrad Mynach, where they will be hoping to secure their fourth title in four seasons.

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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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