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Last-gasp Burry Port clinch Bowl



Swalec Bowl Final At Principality Stadium

Burry Port 20

Taffs Well 18

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BURRY PORT fought back from 18-6 down to shock Taffs Well 20-18 in the SSE Swalec Bowl Final at Principality Stadium.

Fly-half Stef Thomas scored a try in the 74th minute to tie the game before Ben Williams’ composed conversion proved enough to hold on for the astonishing victory.

Taffs Well did make the dream start to the game and found themselves ahead within four minutes. Flanker Rhys Watkins was able to bulldoze his way over after a catch and drive from the lineout. Burry Port looked to respond immediately but Williams’ penalty cannoned off the uprights and landed wide.

The scrum-half did make amends two minutes later from a similar position to get the Division 3 West side on the scoreboard.

In the 16th minute a clever grubber kick from Ross Lucas met a charging Ronan Barrett who did well to touch the ball down and give Taffs Well an extended lead after the conversion was kicked by Shaun Baggs.

Taffs Well looked the fitter, more energetic side and should have scored their third try midway through the half. After recycling the ball well an overload was created but a last-ditch tackle from Luke Redall halted hooker Mathew Desmier – a save which kept Burry Port within 9 points at the interval.

The game was slowly creeping away from Burry Port as Baggs added a penalty for Taffs Well minutes after the restart.

Port were offered a lifeline when The Wellmen were reduced to 14 men after fly-half Lucas was sinbinned.

But Port failed to capitalise on the man advantage despite getting within metres of the try-line. Port closed the gap with another Williams’ penalty and minutes later were fortunate not to be reduced to fourteen men themselves after Adam Rudall’s dangerous looking tip tackle on Barrett. Baggs kicked the resulting penalty to put Taffs Well ahead by 12 going into the final 20 minutes.

And the game took another twist when Ben Atkin’s reckless tackle on Port’s Luke Rudall saw him go to the sin-bin with replays suggesting he was fortunate not to see red.

Tempers were starting to flare both on and off the field as another on the field incident saw referee Steve Nash speaking to both captains before a scuffle in the crowd forced the stewards to intervene.

After persistent pressure Burry Port finally took advantage of the extra man as player-coach and former Neath and Cardiff player Gareth Gravell scored by the posts.

The remarkable comeback was complete when Powell slid over after some effective passing before Williams’ kick set up a tense finale. Taffs Well came knocking on a number of occasions in the final minutes but just couldn’t find a way past the resilient Port defence.

Gareth Gravell, who captained a losing Cardiff side in the 2007 Konica Minolta Cup final, and won the Cup with Neath, praised his teammates for the comeback: “Taffs Well really took it to us. We just kept plugging away and we came through in the end so credit to the boys”.

The player-coach added: “We’ve come losing games three times in the cup and we’ve sneaked through today. The boys have been brilliant all year, we’ve come from behind all season so I couldn’t see why we couldn’t do it today.”

Losing captain Gareth Gibbs rued his sides’ missed first-half chances: “I think the boys had a bit of white line fever, we’re on the big stage and everyone wants to score instead of doing what we been doing all season.”

Gibbs missed out on securing another Bowl victory after captaining a Senghenydd side to glory in 2011, he applauded, Port’s defensive effort today by saying: “I think we squandered at least three chances in the first-half which should have put us out of sight. Their defence was solid in the end so I have to take my hat off to them.”


Burry Port: A Rudall, D Daniel, D Etteridge (c), D Evans, L Rudall, S Powell, B Williams; J Ryan, I Roberts, S Bevan, R Gravell, B Jenkins, R Parker, O Dunleavy, L Sims

Replacements: M Gower, D Dawkin, O Thomas, E Evans, T Rees, R Samuel, T Bowen, G Gravell

Taffs Well: S Baggs, C Burgwyn, R Barrett, J Jones, G Close, R Lucas, G Lucas; G Gibbs (c), M Desmier, G Harvey, T Guy, J Barry, L Edwards, R Watkins, M Watkins

Replacements: J Davies, B James, B Atkin, S Evans, A French, D Mota, A Bonetto, M Wrigh

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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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