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Llanelli end their season on a high



Newport 20

Llanelli 48

Justin James: Produces a big hand off • Pic: Spencer Love Photography

Justin James: Produces a big hand off • Pic: Spencer Love Photography

LLANELLI ended their eclectic season with a fine victory away at Rodney Parade, reacting well to last week’s defeat at Neath, which was the Welsh All Black’s first of the season.

Llanelli have shown great promise at times this season, but a performance of real quality has often been followed up by some truly dire displays, but the Parc y Scarlets faithful will be hoping that this season’s experience will help the young side to produce more of their best rugby in next season’s competition.

An error-filled start from both sides meant there were few chances in the opening minutes, but this changed with nearly 10 minutes on the clock as Newport took the lead.

The hosts cleared their lines and crept up field and a penalty led them to a lineout 5 metres from the visitor’s try line. A strong rolling maul inched forward and it was Jack Goodey who benefitted, touching down behind a rumbling pack.

Llanelli settled down and almost scored in the 20th minute. Newport were penalised for being offside and the white shirted visitors went for the corner. From the lineout the ball spun across the line, and Newport’s Geraint O’Driscoll stretched out an intercepting hand but only managed to knock it on.

A big shove at the ensuing scrum pushed Llanelli off their own ball but Owen Williams’ sliced clearing kick only reached the 22-metre line. Patient phases from Llanelli saw them inch up field until outside half Billy McBryde found a small gap, but he knocked on in the process of touching down.

Newport extended their lead Matt O’Brien feinted a pass before ghosting over to make it 12-0 on 23 minutes.

Llanelli responded strongly through prop Ben Leung. They went through lots of patient phases before he crossed, but the missed tackles by Newport were to prove expensive. McBryde added the extras to make it 12-8 on 27 minutes.

When Arwel Robson was penalised for not rolling away Llanelli went for the corner again and it was their No.8, Jack Condy, who found himself at the tail of the maul to score. McBryde was unerring with the boot to make it 12-16.

The second half began with Newport back in their own half as Llanelli wing Ashley Evans virtually strolled through the Newport cover to get to the 5-metre line. Llanelli then just had to keep possession before Billy McBryde atoned for his earlier miss. He was successful with the conversion too, which made the score 12-24 on 51 minutes.

Tries in quick succession by flanker Tom Phillips and Fijian international winger Mike Tagicakibau on 68 and 72 minutes killed the game stone dead from the position of the Rodney Parade faithful, with the score now at 12-40.

Matt O’Brien added to Newport’s score on 77 minutes with a simple show of the ball opening up the gap for him to glide in under the posts. His conversion was successful and the score was 20-40.

Fittingly, Llanelli had the last word when Nathan Hart rubbed salt in the wound with his team’s sixth try of the day, converted by replacement Eoin Hughes to make it 20-48 at the final whistle.


Newport: Arwel Robson, Jon Morris, Owen Williams, Geraint O’Driscoll, Elliot Frewen, Matt O’Brien, Owen Davies, Jack Goodey, Rhys Jenkins, Brendan Lampitt, Dan Partridge, Adam Brown, Alex Jeffries, Will Evans, Fraser Young.

Replacements: Andrew Brown, Tom Piper, Matt Prosser, Aeron Bidgood, Wes Cunliffe, Llywarch ap Myrddin.

Llanelli: 15.Dion Jones 14.Ashley Evans 13.Nathan Edwards 12.Jonny Lewis 11.Mike Tagicakibau 10.Billy McBryde 9.Josh Guy: 8.Jack Condy 7.Nathan Hart 6.Tom Phillips 5.Ben Davies 4.Lewis Rawlins 3.Ben Leung 2.Taylor Davies 1.Rhys Fawcett.

Replacements: 16.Rhys Thomas 17.Torrin Myhill 18.Tom Kaijaks 19.Chris Long 20.Greg George 21.Justin James 22.Ioan Hughes 23.Paul Davies.

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Rob Evans and Steff Hughes leaving Scarlets



SCARLETS has confirmed that Rob Evans and Steff Hughes are amongst the nine players who will be leaving the club at the end of the 2021-22 season.

It has already been announced that Liam Williams has signed for Cardiff Rugby and Angus O’Brien is rejoining the Dragons for next season, while James Davies revealed in April that he is retiring from the game on medical grounds.

As well as Rob and Steff, the Llanelli-based side will also be saying its farewells and thanks to Tyler Morgan, Marc Jones, Tom Phillips and Tomi Lewis after Saturday’s final URC match of the season against DHL Stormers.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “I’d like to thank all these players for everything they have given to the Scarlets jersey.

“Boys like Rob, Steff, Cubby and Liam have played more than a century of games for the club and they will be fondly remembered by everyone here, staff, team-mates and supporters.

“They can be extremely proud of what they have achieved and I am sure they will have great memories of representing the Scarlets over the years.

“Every season players move on and we always respect the decisions that are made. With a reduced playing budget, we have had to cut our squad for next season and that has meant we have had some difficult decisions to make.

“The players have continued to give their full commitment, as they have always done, and I’m sure our supporters will give them the reception they all deserve at our final game against the Stormers on Saturday. I wish them all well for what comes next.”


The Pembrokeshire loose-head came through the Scarlets Academy and after playing for Carmarthen Quins in the Welsh Premiership made his senior debut against Sale Sharks in January 2013. Rob has made 156 Scarlets appearances and scored 13 tries, including one in Glasgow that secured a memorable away semi-final victory in the PRO14. Was a member of the side that lifted the Guinness PRO12 title in 2017 and will be remembered as a larger than life character around the squad during his 10 seasons at Parc y Scarlets. Capped 39 times for Wales,


Liam Williams is bringing to an end his second spell with the Scarlets. The 31-year-old Wales international full-back and British & Irish Lion has played 119 games for the club and has scored 34 tries, one of which set the Scarlets on their way to PRO12 glory in the final in 2017. Liam is joining Cardiff Rugby for next season.


Steff Hughes has made 104 appearances and scored seven tries for the Scarlets since making his debut at centre in an LV=Cup game against Saracens nine years ago. A former Wales U20s captain, the Llanelli product has skippered the Scarlets on numerous occasions, including the memorable European pool win in Bath in 2020. His two tries in a thrilling home clash against Connacht in the same season helped secure Champions Cup qualification once again.


James Davies has retired from rugby on medical grounds after battling concussion issues. ‘Cubby Boi’ made his Scarlets debut in 2013 and went on to make 101 appearances in a Scarlets jersey. Delivered a superb try-scoring display in the PRO12 title-winning triumph over Munster and went on to win 11 caps for Wales. Cubby also represented Wales 7s at the Commonwealth Games and Team GB at the 2016 Olympics.


The experienced hooker joined the Scarlets from Sale in the summer of 2018 after making more than 150 appearances for the Sharks. The 35-year-old played 46 times for the Scarlets over four seasons, scoring four tries.


Angus O’Brien made his Scarlets debut in 2018 and has made 45 appearances, scoring 112 points, including seven tries. The fly-half is returning to play for his home region, the Dragons, ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.


A former Wales U20s Grand Slam-winning captain, Tom has played 30 matches for the Scarlets since making his senior debut in 2015. Suffered a serious knee ligament injury in the opening URC match of the season in Edinburgh.


The Wales international centre has been at the Scarlets for two seasons, making his debut in the Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat in Toulon in 2020. The 26-year-old has made 22 appearances, scoring one try.


A Wales sevens international,Tomi has made two senior appearances for the Scarlets. Returned to action this season after a lengthy absence recovering from knee surgery and has been playing in the Indigo Premiership for Llandovery RFC.

Physiotherapist Carys Moggridge is also leaving the Scarlets to take up a role with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Matchroom Whites win Worthington Cup



MATCHROOM Whites have won the Llanelli Snooker League’s Worthington Cup team final, after a 4-1 victory in the final against Morfa Social

A highlight of the match was another fine Tyler Rees break of 89, although the maximum was on at one point.

Tyler Rees’ winning streak wasn’t over though, as he teamed up with his Matchroom teammate Chris Davies to win the final of the Doubles tournament, defeating Dean Bowen and Mark Sargent; more nice breaks in this one, Rees firing another 68, while Chris Davies added a fine 71.

Meanwhile, more success for the Matchroom came with Matchroom Blacks’ 4-1 Division 2 Olympic Cup final victory at the expense of Reading Room Reds, with Ryan Maides, Adrian Davies, Rhys Morgan and Thomas Williams winning; just Phil Payne offered any winning resistance for the Burry Port side.

Meanwhile, Ammanord Snooker World’s leftie Anthony Krysa is through to the final of this year’s Singles, after a 3-0 victory against Kev Gronow of the Gremlin Club; Krysa made some nice breaks, including a fine 75 knock.

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Llanelli Snooker League: Trimsaran clinch runners-up spot



THE curtain came down on the Llanelli Snooker League with the final league fixtures seeing Trimsaran clinch the runners-up spot behind champions Matchroom Reds.

Trim secured two 6-1 wins, a rearranged victory over Cross Hands B, as well as a 6-1 victory against Pontarddulais Workmens’, the undoubted highlight a superb 110 break from Jamie Tudor; Lewis Lloyd, Kieran Proctor (49 break), Wayne Thomas (29 & 25) and Alan Emanuel added wins, Keri Davies (50 break) the only Bont reply.

Relegated bottom – Ponthenri Social went out with a bang, defeating Upper Tumble Blues 6-1, courtesy of Jeff Howells, Mark Regola, Kevin Lewis, Nigel Lewis and Dylan James; only John Shields replied.

Peter Shoulder and Chris Lloyd were on top for Llanesco, beaten 5-2 by Matchroom Whites; Tyler Rees (45 & 35 breaks), Chris Davies, Wayne Bowen and Dai Keenan won for the “Gwyns”.

Elsewhere, Snooker World Whites hammered Llanelli Cons 7-0, D.Jones, A.Krysa, Ben Thomas, A.Whitfield, Sam Hinton and John Meadows completing the rout.

Alex Dickie prevented the “whitewash” as Cross Hands B crashed again, 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; Charlie Bolton, Mike Dodd, Johnny Wilcox, Roy Wilcox and Jordan Davies all won for the Brighton Road side.

Kevin Selwood, Kieran Evans, Paul Rees and Alun Harris gave Pontyberem Workmens’ a 5-2 win against Burry Port Legion (Con Club), who hit back via Garnet Lane and Rich Nurse.

Morfa Social’s winners in a 5-2 win at Reading Room Blues were Scott Ashford, Andrew Hatto, Barry Follows and Greg Davies; Adrian Gower and Neil Roberts struck for the Burry Porters.

In Division 2, champions Gremlins were defeated 6-1 at Upper Tumble Reds, for whom Nigel Beynon, Nolan Allison, Alan Griffiths, Kevin Evans and Mike Sainty (53 break) won; just Matthew Dagnall won for the title-winners.

Matchroom Blacks secured the runners-up spot following a 4-3 win against New Lodge, thanks to Rhys Morgan (37 break), Ryan Maides and James Anthony; Gary Williams, George Langford and Phil Thickett replied.

Steve Pearson was Llandybie Social B’s solitary frame winner in a 6-1 defeat as Llandybie RFC took the village honours after Steffan Crump, Sion Isaac, Josh Jordan, Callum Isaac and Kalem James all won.

Bryn A edged a 4-3 success at Snooker World Blues, courtesy of Roy Richards, Clive Richards and Connor Sharples (32); Peter Howatson, Chris Waters and Steff Rees won for the Ammanford side.

Tycroes RFC end the season bottom after a 5-2 loss at CGMD, whose winners were Ray Evans, James Varney, Mike Llewelyn and Brian Chappell; Marc Walters and Arwyn Rees won for the away side.

Meanwhile, Tony Shadrach and Geraint Thomas were Pont Cons frame winners in a 5-2 loss at Cross Hands A; for the latter, Howell Pritchard, Jeff Howells (23) Matthew James (22) and Dai Bunford were on the ball.

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