Llanelli Warriors 41
THE LLANELLI WARRIORS rounded off a long season with an exciting game at Pontyberem RFC, where a real end of season romp in the beautiful spring sunshine saw them edge out their hosts to end a 5 game losing streak.
With perfect conditions for running rugby, both sides approached the game positively and looked to attack at any opportunity. The Warriors showed their intent early, with good handling skills working centre Ben Win over.
The home team who hit back within their 1st spell of possession matched this and so it was game on.
It was try for try in the 1st half, Adam Fussell and wing Neil Parker crossing for the Warriors but Bont matching them with two long range efforts and so there was nothing in it at the break.
Captain Andrew Davies did well at the lineouts for the Warriors pinching possession, which helped the Warriors edge more of the game in the second half. Neil Parker scored a long-range effort to again put them clear and from a neat break scrum half Gwilym Lewis put Davies in for a captain’s score.
Pontyberem might have been struggling territorially but they were quite able to strike from deep and scored again and superior kicking accuracy meant there was still little in the scores.
Man of the match Simon Day scored the afternoon’s most spectacular try when he sped through a gap and avoided the cover to dive under the posts, a try each for the Warriors three quarters completed a strong period for the visitors. Time was ticking away but Pontyberem again struck from long range to give themselves a chance.
Good forward work from Richard Llewelyn, Darren Pollitt and John Horwood saw the Warriors advance again and they worked Liam Tobias over in the corner to make the score 41-34 with just minutes on the clock.
The chance of the win might have gone but Pontyberem went flat out for the draw.
Ryan Morgan, who had a busy game for the Blues was nearly worked over but in the end it was a flying prop that got the try on the final whistle.
The Warriors hard working defence made sure that it was pushed as wide out as possible and were rewarded when the conversion failed to give them the result.
The fact it ended a losing streak and ensured the club finished with a positive win/lose ratio meant the result was probably more important to the visitors and was enough to edge a fine game played in good spirit throughout.
The icing on the cake for the Warriors was a donation from Pontyberem and both sides will look forward to the fixture next season.
Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final
Johnny Williams and Sione Kalamafoni have been handed their Scarlets’ European debuts for Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (8.15pm UK time).
Both summer signings are included in a side showing five changes to the line-up that took the field against the Dragons in the Scarlets last match of the Guinness PRO14 season.
Wales and British & Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny returns to face his former side, linking up with Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans in an all-international back three.
Williams and Steff Hughes continue their midfield combination, while Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has recovered from injury to partner Dan Jones at half-back.
Skipper Ken Owens, Wyn Jones and Samson Lee pack down in the front row and behind them Tongan international Sam Lousi starts at lock alongside Jake Ball.
In a reshuffled back-row, the PRO14’s turnover king Josh Macleod gets the nod at openside; Kalamafoni, who featured for Leicester Tigers in the pool stages of the tournament, wears the No. 8 jersey and Scotland international Blade Thomson has recovered from an Achilles issue to start at blindside.
On the bench, Ryan Elias, Phil Price and Javan Sebastian provide front-row cover with Lewis Rawlins and James Davies the other forward replacements. Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien and Tyler Morgan cover the backs. Morgan is set to make his first Scarlets appearance since joining from the Dragons.
The Scarlets and Toulon faced each other twice during the pool stages. A last-gasp converted try grabbed a 17-16 victory for the French side in November. The three-times European champions then claimed a crucial 27-15 win at Parc y Scarlets in January to ensure they topped the group.
Head coach Glenn Delaney said: “It is a final for us. If you win three finals in a row you win a trophy. We are that far away from achieving the objective we all set out upon 12 to 13 months ago. It would be lovely to finish it off the right way. Whenever you get the opportunity to play for a trophy you have got to be very respectful and take it deadly serious, which is exactly what our boys have been doing.”
Scarlets team v RC Toulon (Saturday, September 19, 2020; kick-off 8.15pm UK)
15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.
Reps: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 James Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Tyler Morgan.
Unavailable because of injury
Rob Evans (neck), Rhys Patchell (calf), Liam Williams (foot), Daf Hughes (knee), Steff Thomas (knee), Alex Jeffries (elbow), Tomi Lewis (knee), Aaron Shingler.
Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events
CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.
Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.
Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.
The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.
The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”
Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC
Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club
The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.
The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.
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