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Blues back on top

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HAVERFORDWEST returned to the top of League 3 West A on Saturday (Dec 1) as they beat Cardigan 17-10 in difficult conditions.

It was a gloomy afternoon but the visitors made a bright start as Sion Edwards burst through to score the opening try of the game. John Lumb added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

The Blues looked to get themselves back in the game and after a few near misses they finally got themselves on the scoreboard.

Mikey Jones was the man to go over following a good move and Craig Barnett added the simple extras to level the scores.

Cardigan then regained the lead as Lumb slotted a penalty through the posts.

Barnett responded with a penalty of his own to make the score 10-10 when the half time whistle went.

Early in the second half it was Matty Phillips who made his way over after some patient play and the conversion from Barnett gave a score of 17-10.

The Blues again pushed forward and came within inches of the try line but were kept out by some determined Cardigan defending.

Cardigan were finding it tough to get out of their own half but when they did an error gave possession back to the home side.

Two late Blues penalties were missed in the difficult conditions but the losing bonus point for Cardigan was the least they deserved from a good display.

On Saturday (Dec 8), Cardigan will look to get back to winning ways as they host St Davids.

The Blues turn their attentions to the fourth round of the WRU Bowl with a trip to Rhondda to face Tylorstown.

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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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