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Cardis claim vital win

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Haverfordwest 3
Cardigan 6

Gutsy performance: Marcus Castle put in a good performance for Cardigan in their victory over Haverfordwest

Gutsy performance: Marcus Castle put in a good performance for Cardigan in
their victory over Haverfordwest

THE MUD of Merlins Bridge played its part in this game, as the only points of the day came from three penalty kicks. However it was the Red,

Black and Amber of Cardigan which came out on top. Haverfordwest, who looked to be improving before the Christmas break could only manage a Steve Williams penalty in the first half, as they couldn’t break through the tremendous tackling of the Teifisiders.

Llyr Tobias drew Cardigan level with a penalty of his own, as no pundit could call the outcome of the game at half time. Marcus ‘Castell’ Castle worked tirelessly in the loose, looking for an opportunity to apply pressure to the Blues, and it wasn’t until the 73rd minute that the Cardigan side were rewarded with a penalty, which replacement fly half Iestyn Crompton slotted, giving Cardigan victory after 80 muddy minutes.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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Six Nations: North set for 100th cap against England

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GEORGE North is set to become the youngest player in the world to reach the 100-cap milestone for his country on Saturday, February 27, when Wales take on England at Principality Stadium (KO 16.45 BBC & S4C).

North, 28, made his international bow in November 2010 and has amassed 42 tries in his 99 appearances.

North will line-up in the centre alongside Jonathan Davies on Saturday, outside of half-back pairing of Kieran Hardy and Dan Biggar. Josh Adams, Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams comprise the back-three.

Wales name an unchanged front-five with Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis packing down in the front-row and Adam Beard partnering captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second-row.

Josh Navidi returns to the side to line-up alongside Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.

“We’ve had a great two weeks leading into this game and we are looking forward to Saturday,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“We continue to build and we know there is plenty left in us in terms of improvements from the opening two rounds. We are 2/2 but we want to continue to improve performance wise.

“Saturday is a great milestone for George, it is a huge achievement at his age and we are looking forward to seeing him in action.”

Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones and Leon Brown provide the front-row cover for Wales with Cory Hill and James Botham completing the forward contingent. Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy and Uilisi Halaholo provide the back-line cover.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND (SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, KO 16.45)

  1. Wyn Jones (32 Caps)
  2. Ken Owens (79 Caps)
  3. Tomas Francis (54 Caps)
  4. Adam Beard (23 Caps)
  5. Alun Wyn Jones (CAPT) (145 Caps)
  6. Josh Navidi (25 Caps)
  7. Justin Tipuric (82 Caps)
  8. Taulupe Faletau (83 Caps)
  9. Kieran Hardy (3 Caps)
  10. Dan Biggar (89 Caps)
  11. Josh Adams (29 Caps)
  12. Jonathan Davies (85 Caps)
  13. George North (99 Caps)
  14. Louis Rees-Zammit (6 Caps)
  15. Liam Williams (68 Caps)

Replacements:

  1. Elliot Dee (34 Caps)
  2. Rhodri Jones (19 Caps)
  3. Leon Brown (14 Caps)
  4. Cory Hill (29 Caps)
  5. James Botham (4 Caps)
  6. Gareth Davies (59 Caps)
  7. Callum Sheedy (6 Caps)
  8. Uilisi Halaholo (1 Cap)
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