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Mariners battle past Wasps

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MILFORD Haven kept hold of top spot in League 3 West A as they made their way to a 34-12 win away at Llangwm on Saturday (Jan 27).

The main pitch at Pill Parks was unplayable due to the heavy rain but the reserve pitch was deemed playable by the referee.

There was a scrappy start to the game with both sides guilty of giving the ball away while Llangwm also defended well in the opening stages.

Indeed, the home side could have taken the lead with just five minutes on the clock but Luke Hayman’s penalty went wide of the posts.

Milford began to put the pressure on after that miss and came close with a driving maul but gave the ball back to the home side following an infringement.

Llangwm had the lineout but Milford stole the ball back and a good run from Jimmy Thomas almost got them but he was halted and passed to Jamie Lewis but Llangwm did well to tackle him out of play.

They continued to look for the opening score and it finally came with seventeen minutes on the clock as Craig Smith found Dan McClelland who in turn fed the ball out wide for Lee Riley who scored down the right hand side.

A last ditch tackle to try and prevent the try resulted in Riley needing treatment and he was taken off to be replaced by Craig Barnett.

The conversion from McClelland was wide but it wasn’t long before they doubled their lead as another maul saw them go over the line with Captain Adam Rees credited with the touch down.

McClelland again tried his luck in the difficult conditions and was unlucky to see his kick bounce down off the crossbar.

There followed a period of play where neither side could gain the upper hand with Milford again going close after Llangwm were penalised for pulling the man down only for the home side to win the ball back and clear their lines.

With the first half coming to a close the Mariners looked to increase their lead once more and they were rewarded when Mark Wonnacott forced his way over for the try.

McClelland’s conversion was again wide and the referee blew for half time with the Mariners leading 0-15.

Llangwm had a good spell at the start of the second half and Milford had to be at their best to keep the home side out.

Having weathered the early storm Jimmy Thomas was sent free to score his side’s fourth try to earn a crucial bonus point and McClelland was successful with his first conversion from four attempts.

Four minutes later they had another try as Ben Groves found Barnett who in turn found Thomas once more who went over for his second try of the game. The conversion again went wide of the posts.

Llangwm again looked to respond with Josh Hicks going on a bursting run only to be halted by the Milford defence.

The home side battled well and came agonising close to a first score of the afternoon but they lost the ball with the line just inches away.

Milford then picked the ball up and Barnett found Craig Smith who ran half the length of the field, despite cries of a forward pass from the home bench, to score and McClelland added the extras for a 34-0 lead.

The Wasps never gave up and with five minutes to go their play was rewarded as they were gifted the ball by a knock on from Milford whilst defending their own try line.

Try: Llangwm score the first of their two tries

From the resulting scrum, Dan Chesmer made a burst for the line and bundled his way over, much to the delight of the home crowd. Hayman then added the conversion to add some respectability to the scoreline.

There was still time for another try and Jason Mock made his way over and although Hayman missed the conversion, the score was no more than they had deserved.

The win for the Mariners keeps them top of the table with second placed Pembroke just four points behind.

Llangwm are next in action on Saturday, February 10, when they travel to Pembroke while Milford’s next game takes place on Saturday, February 17, when they host Cardigan.

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Impressive win for Mikey

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FISHGUARD boxer Mikey O’Sullivan secured an impressive victory over a top English opponent in the England v Wales international at Cannock at the weekend.

The Ysgol Bro Gwaun pupil, who boxes for Cardigan ABC, overcame Mike Smith (Pinewood Star ABC) on a split decision to help Wales to an 8-7 victory.

The result more than made up for the disappointment of O’Sullivan’s controversial points defeat against Luke Rodder in the previous Wales v England international.

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Wales survive Fiji scare to book quarter final place

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WALES booked their place in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday as they survived a scare from Fiji.

The Fijians led 10-0 early on and 17-14 in the second half but a try hat trick from Josh Adams helped them eventually seal the victory.

Fiji made a bright start but a loose pass gave Wales possession. However, James Davies was then guilty of being offside and Fiji opted for a scrum near the try line.

They worked it to the right for Josua Tuisova who forced his way over despite the attentions of three Wales players. Ben Volavola missed the conversion from wide on the right but Fiji led 5-0 after the opening five minutes.

Wales thought they had scored a minute later when Josh Navidi went over but the ball had been knocked on earlier in the move.

Fiji then broke through again and Frank Lomani touched the ball down, but after checking with the TMO the pass to him was judged forwards.

The referee stayed with the TMO to check for foul play and it was Ken Owens who was yellow carded for a tip tackle.

Fiji didn’t let the disallowed try get to them and they again worked it to the right for Kini Murimurivalu who rolled over before touching down. Volavola’s conversion from out wide again was just wide.

Tevita Cavubati was then yellow carded for a shoulder charge to the back temporarily making it 14 vs 14.

After 18 minutes Dan Biggar kicked across field to the left for Josh Adams who took the ball well before touching down. Biggar then added the conversion from out wide to make it 10-7 to Fiji.

With 26 minutes gone the ball was played to Adams again who dived over but the TMO adjudged that Adams’ foot had just gone into touch.

Fiji were defending well and had forced Wales back but Semi Kunatani was guilty of being offside and was given a yellow card after a series of Fiji indiscretions.

With half an hour gone Wales, after looking to bulldoze their way over, passed out left to Adams again who this time went over for the try. Biggar was successful with the conversion again to give Wales a 14-10 lead.

Shortly before half time Fiji thought they had scored a third try but Volavola’s pass to Viliame Mata was forward.

Half time came with Wales winning 14-10 but the game was still very much in the balance.

Fiji started the second half well and came close to the line but James Davies turned the ball over after seven minutes to ease the pressure.

Davies was then penalised for stopping a drive and after an accumulation of penalties, he was shown a yellow card.

Fiji kicked to touch and set up a maul but after it was brought down near the line, referee Jerome Garces marched under the posts to award a penalty try.

That put the Fijians 17-14 ahead and Wales then lost Dan Biggar to a head injury. He and Liam Williams both went for a high ball with Biggar coming off worse. Biggar picked himself up but was replaced by Rhys Patchell.

Patchell was straight into the action as he scored a long-range penalty to bring the scores level.

Jonathan Davies then made a great break for the line and made a superb offload to Adams who dived over to touch the ball down. The try was checked by the TMO but Adams’ hat trick was soon confirmed. Patchell’s conversion came back off the post and the score stayed at 22-17.

Davies then limped off and he was replaced by Owen Watkin.

Fiji were keen to show that they were not out of the game and came forward again but gave away possession.

With ten minutes to go, Gareth Davies offloaded to Liam Williams who dived down near the posts to secure a bonus point for Wales. Patchell added the extras to put the men in red 29-17 ahead.

That try all but sealed the win for Wales and when the clock ticked past 80 minutes, they kicked into touch to bring the game to a close.

Wales take on Uruguay in their final pool game on Sunday (Oct 13), kick off at 9:15am.

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West Wales Cup: First round preview

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THIS Saturday the West Wales Cup gets underway once more with teams hopeful of a successful run to the Liberty Stadium for the final.

Merlins Bridge are the holders after they beat Carew in the final earlier this year and both have been given byes into the second round this season.

Last year marked the first time that two Pembrokeshire sides reached the final but will that happen again or will another team look to bring the county’s recent dominance to an end.

Goodwick United, Hakin United, Kidwelly Town and Tumble United are some of the other sides to receive byes to the second round.

Pembrokeshire League Champions Monkton Swifts begin their campaign away to Carmarthenshire Premier Division side Loughor Rovers.

The Swifts have made an unbeaten start to their league campaign while the Rovers have four wins from their opening seven games.

Carmarthenshire Premier League champions Trallwm host Swansea Division 1 side Penclawdd.

Both sides have had mixed starts to their season and will be keen to get their cup run going.

Neath League Division 1 side Cilfrew Rovers are the visitors to Fishguard on Saturday with both sides enjoying a good start to their respective seasons.

Clarbeston Road host Swansea League Division 2 side Cwmfelin Press and Neath Division 1 side Resolven are the visitors to Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

Pembrokeshire Division 2 side Herbrandston host Carmarthenshire Premier side Pengelli United.

Herbie have just one league win to their name so far this season while Pengelli have four wins from their opening seven games.

Swansea Division 1 outfit Morriston Town will visit Division 2 Hundleton in what will be a good test for the Pembrokeshire side.

Neyland host Neath Division 2 side Clydach Sports having sealed their first win of the season last weekend.

In two Pembrokeshire versus Carmarthenshire league ties, Letterston are at home to Evans and Williams while Pennar Robins host Dafen.

Dafen are second in Division 1 while the Robins are without a win so far this season.

Elsewhere, Kilgetty travel to Celtic Neath while Lawrenny travel to Bryn.

Division 2 Carmarthenshire side Abergwili host Division 1 FC Carmarthen while Carmarthen Town United host Wern.

Bancffosfelen were heavily beaten at the weekend and they will look to put that result behind them when they travel to Bonymaen Colts.

Premier Division Burry Port host Swansea League Division 3 side Cwm Albion Colts.

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Bwlch have only had one win in the league this season and they host Neath Premier Division side FC Clydach who themselves only have two wins to their name so far.

Carmarthen Stars host Pontardawe while Pembrey host Cambrian.

Felinfoel earned a win in their last game in Division 1 and they go up against Carmarthen Premier side Pontarddulais.

Trostre are also at home as they take on Jersey Marine while Seaside travel to Sandfields.

St Ishmaels are away as they take on Gorseinon Athletic, Milford United travel to Murton Rovers and Narberth host Ynystawe.

Good luck to all sides involved.

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