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Seasiders cause cup shock

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CUP GAMES are notorious for the upsets they cause, and Saturday’s fixture between Whitland and Tenby was no exception.

Whitland returned to competing in the Pembrokeshire Knock Out Cup due to their relegation from the SWALEC Championship into Division 1 West, and the Borderers fine history in the competition was not relived, as last year’s finalists Tenby United, sat second two leagues below them in Division 3 West, caused one of the biggest upsets in Pembrokeshire rugby in recent memory.

Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn had suffered due to the heavy rain fall, however commitment from the Whitland ground staff allowed the fixture to be played in front of a healthy crowd.

There was no shortage of drama during the 80 minutes of play, as Nico Setaro struck three first half penalties, two coming from yellow cards to Tenby players Chris James and Luke Hansford.

The Seasiders replied with a fantastic long distance try, as a blind side move allowed Luke Dedman to touch down under the posts, with Jonathan Rodgers adding the conversion. The score remained 9-7 at the half.

The second half started with a Setaro penalty, taking the home side five points clear. However, ill fortune would strike Whitland as influential second row Raff Williams was wrongfully red carded, with culprit of the crime passing unnoticed.

However, against 14 men, Tenby increased the tempo and drove up field, and their continued pressure would pay dividends as Whitland captain Marc Jones was yellow carded with ten minutes of play remaining. A scrum was called for by Tenby, and from five meters out, the Tenby pack made light work of the defiant six-man scrum that opposed them, as number 8 Pat Roberts touched down, with Rodgers adding the extras.

Leading by two points, with less than 10 minutes to play, the tide of the game could have easily changed when Whitland were rewarded with a penalty some 45 meters from the posts. Nico Setaro stepped up to attempt a long range penalty, which would fall short, striking the underside of the cross bar allowing Tenby to clear their lines with a long kick up-field.

Superb defence from the Tenby side continued as they vowed not to award another penalty in kicking distance. A turn over would allow Tenby to work their way up field and with a two-man overlap, Number 8 Roberts was able to crash over for his second try with the very last play of the game.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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