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All Blacks earn sweet revenge

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NEYLAND made it through to the third round of the WRU National Bowl on Saturday (Oct 6) as they thumped Cefneithin 61-24 at the Athletic Ground.

The two sides met at the same stage just over a year ago and on that occasion it was the Carmarthenshire side who went through with a 25-3 win.

However, Neyland were in no mood for a repeat of that and it wasn’t long before they took the lead as Luke Griffiths-Dawes grabbed the opening try of the game which was then converted by Dillen McGaffin.

Alex Codd then went over for the second All Blacks try and McGaffin was on target once more to give the home side a 14-0 lead.

Cefneithin looked to bring themselves back in the game and after some good pressure, Jon Owen touched down but the conversion was missed.

Patrick Bellerby then got his first try of the afternoon as he took hold of the ball before crossing the whitewash. McGaffin then added the extras.

Codd then grabbed his second try following an excellent move and McGaffin was successful with his fourth conversion attempt.

It was 28-5 to the home side at the break but Cefneithin were not about to lie down and they did their best to keep the score down when play restarted.

However they were powerless to resist as Henry McBeth skipped a couple of tackles before touching down. McGaffin continued where he had left off with another conversion and Neyland held a 35-5 lead.

Neyland then had a man sent to the bin and worse was to follow as the referee awarded a penalty try for the visitors.

Dion Lewis then grabbed the Carmarthenshire side’s third try which was converted by Sion Lewis and suddenly, they were back in it with the score 35-19.

However, Neyland then turned on the style with a series of quick tries. First it was Codd who went over for his hat trick and George Evans, taking over kicking duties, converted.

McBeth scored his second try soon after but this time Evans was unable to add the extras.

They weren’t finished there as Bellerby went over once more and Evans’ conversion went through with a little help from the posts.

Matthew Green then touched over in the corner to score Cefneithin’s fourth try but the conversion was wide.

A yellow card for Neyland did not result in any further scores for the visitors as Neyland went in search of another try.

Having worked the ball to the left it was played to the right for Patrick Bellerby who dived over to score and Evans sent the conversion through the posts to make it 61-24.

It was another excellent win for Neyland and they now have a week off before their next fixture on Saturday (Oct 20), away to Llangwm.

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Reid earns point for Herbie

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HERBRANDSTON’s Scott Reid scored his thirteenth goal of the season on Saturday (Mar 23) as he earned a point for his side against Milford United.

Milford started the game well and bossed the opening quarter before deservedly taking the lead.

Some great build up play from Jason Hicks and Lewys Tee set up Garin Gardner to score the opening goal of the game.

However, the home side then switched off, allowing Herbie back into the game and Scott Reid took advantage to level the game at 1-1.

In the second half, Milford controlled the game but were unable to find a breakthrough.

Herbie also battled well to try and find a winner but the game finished all square leaving both sides to reflect on what might have been.

Herbie now have five games remaining and sit thirteen points behind third from bottom Saundersfoot. They are next in action on Monday, April 1, when they travel to Hakin United.

The point for Milford means they are now four points behind Saundersfoot and their next game, also on April 1, sees them travel to Pennar Robins.

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Wasps storm through in second half

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LLANGWM did the double over Pembroke Dock Quins on Saturday (Mar 23), as they came from behind in the second half to earn a 20-8 win.

The Wasps beat the Quins earlier in the season, but it was a much improved Quins side that arrived at Pill Parks.

Llangwm’s points in the first half came from the boot of Luke Hayman who had a good game at scrum half. Although the Quins had better possession for the latter part of the half and got a well deserved try through full back Rhys Bradney who was the visitors best player on the day.

At the oranges the Quins led 8-6. However the second half was a different story and Llangwm’s pack, led by No8 Josh Hicks and skipper Gethin Thomas, took it to the visitors.

Hicks carried well and made ground regularly and he was supported by Lewis Wood who was introduced at the break for Llangwm. Reynolds and James tackled well in the second row and Llangwm took control with Hayman dictating things at 9.

It was Hicks and Hayman, who combined for the home team’s first try, from the base of the scrum a good inside pass from Hayman, set Hicks up to power over the line for the try, which Hayman converted.

The onslaught continued with Hicks, Wood and Gethin Thomas, taking the Quins on up front.

Camped in the Quins’ 22, Hayman again found Hicks and he ploughed his way through several tackles, and as he was eventually tackled offloaded to centre Ben Goodridge who finished well, to put the game to bed.

It was a good team performance from the Wasps and an improved Quins team made for a good clean game with no cards.

On Saturday (Mar 30), Llangwm travel to Milford Haven while the Quins host Tregaron.

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Harriers selected for Mini Marathon

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WELSH Athletics have named their team of thirty-six who will head to the Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon races in 2019.

The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 and is the official British Athletic three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17.

The race is open to entrants from the nine regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and teams from all 33 London Boroughs.

It kicks off the day’s action in the English Capital as early as 8.40am before the main 26.2 mile London Marathon starts half an hour later.

A new selection was in place this year as each of the four regions in Wales held time trial events in January over 3000m. The winners from the South, East, West and North were guaranteed a selection spot whilst the final two spots were decided on the fastest times across the under 13, under 15 and under 17 age groups.

A total of five club athletes in the Dyfed district received the news recently that they’ve been selected to compete in the upcoming event, along with three reserves. For two, they will look forward to picking up their first Welsh vest and making their debuts in the English Capital.

The Under 15 boys has plenty of experience in the team which will include Carmarthen Harriers duo Liam Edwards and Dafydd Jones along with 2019 Welsh Cross Country Champion and Llanelli AAC’s Adam Beer.

Iori Humphreys (Pembrokeshire Harriers) has been named as one of the reserves should a space arise. All four have been in fantastic form over the country this winter and will aim to use the event experience to their advantage.

It has been a great cross-country season for the Carmarthen Harriers’ under 13s in the Gwent League and two of the group will join their Welsh teammates for the road trip to London. Zach Elvy and Jack Thomas both ran quick enough times in the time trials earlier this year to be selected.

Ffion Ouseley (Pembrokeshire Harriers) and Frances Mackie (Carmarthen Harriers) are the first two reserves in the under 13 girls’ category and will be ready should they be called up to the team.

For the majority of the squad, it will be an opportunity for them to test themselves against the best in Great Britain & Northern Ireland, competing against the other Celtic nations, the powerful English regions and athletes representing each of the London boroughs.

The London Mini Marathon is over the last 3 miles of the main 26.2 mile course. Hundreds of the next generation will take centre stage, following in the footsteps of their heroes including the likes of Mo Farah, Shelly Woods and David Weir.

This Weekend (Saturday, March 23), Welsh Schools will head to the annual SIAB Schools Athletic Board Cross Country International which in 2019 is hosted by Irish Schools in Dublin.

The Welsh schools squad expects to be highly placed in several of the age groups against athletes from their Celtic neighbours, with a number of experienced athletes looking to impress alongside debutants making their first appearance on the international stage.

Athletes heading to the International to wear the red vest of Wales were selected following the Welsh Schools National Cross-Country Championships, in Brecon on 13th February where the leading finishers that day were automatically chosen to be involved in this end-of-season International event.

There will be individual Junior and Intermediate races between English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Schools as well as a new 4 x 1500m relay in the upper age group where an additional 2 boys and 2 girls will be invited to participate in this additional element.

Wales’ team includes Beer, who finished as the second Welsh athlete in 7th at the 2018 edition in Nottingham and Humphreys who was 15th at the same fixture. They will both contest the Inter Boys’ 6,000m distance.

Jones will also make the journey and start in the 4 x 1500m lap relay alongside his country teammates.

Bro Myrddin’s Frank Morgan eased to victory at the selection race in Brecon in February and after competing in the East Midlands 12 months ago, will fancy his chances in the upper year of the age group.

Rhys Llewellyn (Haverfordwest High) will join Morgan in the junior boys’ race following his seventh-place finish in Mid Wales. Ioan Cressey-Rodgers is a reserve in this category.

Harriers coaches Delyth Brown and Carol Jones are among the Welsh team managers for the trip to Northern Ireland later this week.

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