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Quins book semi-final spot

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Swalec Cup

RGC 1404 19

Carmarthen Quins 25

Tiaan Loots: crossed for RGC’s first try

Tiaan Loots: crossed for RGC’s first try

A BRACE of tries by Lee Williams ensured Carmarthen Quins booked a place in the semi-finals of the Swalec Cup after making the long journey north to face RGC 1404 of the Championship.

Saturday’s quarter-final tie at Brookfield Drive saw the Championship hosts push their opponents all the way only to fall just short at the final hurdle.

RGC had caused a sensation by knocking out Premiership outfit Aberavon in the previous round, but there was to be no double giant killing for the Gogs.

The visitors ran in three tries with fly-half Craig Evans kicking two conversions and two penalties to put away their Championship opposition.

Most of the game went by with barely a score between the two sides as the lead exchanged hands several times before Williams’ late try settled things before Evans made sure by nestling a late penalty.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring when Tiaan Loots crossed the whitewash after an opportunistic turnover found itself in his arms. He picked up the ball and evaded a tackler before barging over another three to crash over in the corner. Unfortunately for the hosts James Lang’s conversion was pushed wide of the upright.

The visitors were undeterred by RGC’s fast start and replied with a long spell of pressure, which reaped a reward when Iolo Evans rifled over from the centre. This was followed soon after by Williams’ first try, as he went over out wide after some quick hands in midfield, sending the west Wales side in at the break with the lead.

The hosts came out after the break determined to get back in the game, and it took only minutes for them to cross the line as Evan Yardley took advantage of slack defence to cross, with Lang this time nailing his conversion.

When handed a penalty to take the lead Lang was again off target as his effort rebounded off the post.

This proved costly when moments later Evans showed him how it was done to edge his side back into a three point lead, but this proved to be short lived when RGC fullback Bagshaw went over to put the hosts on the cusp of victory, after some sharp passing by his fellow backs inside the Quins twenty-two.

With twenty minutes still to go, Lang’s conversion made it 19-15.

The Quins have shown good form in the cup competitions this year and they were determined not to lose this one, and following the pattern of the day, they hit back immediately as Williams stormed over for his second of the day, leaving Evans with a simple conversion.

The game ebbed and flowed from end to end in a thrilling final 10 minutes, but when the Quins were awarded a kickable penalty Craig Evans notched another three points and ended the tie and the Quins marched into the hat for the semi-finals.

Carmarthen Quins: 1 Gethin Robinson, 2 Rhodri Clancy, 3 Ian Jones, 4 Haydn Pugh, 5 Josh Helps, 6 Lee Taylor, 7 Ellis Lloyd, 8 Josh Middleton, 9 Connor Lloyd, 10 Craig Evans, 11 Lee Williams, 12 Iolo Evans, 13 Dylan Morgans, 14 Gavin Thomas, 15 Dale Ford

Replacements: 16 Nathan Williams, 17 Rhydian Jenkins, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Ben Thompson, 20 Andrew Green, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Keiran Jones, 23 Gwion Jones

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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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