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Mariners hold off Kidwelly

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Milford Haven 41-26 Kidwelly

MILFORD Haven held off a spirited fightback from Kidwelly on Saturday (Sept 28) as they earned a bonus point win.

The Mariners led 24-5 at the break and after increasing their lead early in the second Kidwelly hit back to within ten points of their opponents.

However, the home side saw the game out with their sixth try to seal the win.

Lee Riley was the first to go over for the Mariners and James Trueman added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Dan Jenkins then got his name on the score sheet and Trueman again converted to double Milford’s advantage.

Trueman then added a penalty and the home side kept the pressure to score their third try of the match.

George Evans passed to Gareth Cheshire who was tackled but still managed to get the offload to Dan Birch who touched the ball down.

Trueman added the conversion to make it 24-0 but Kidwelly hit back before half time.

After some good play they worked the ball out to the right where James Owens picked the ball up and dived over to touch the ball down despite the best efforts of Dan Jenkins.

Kidwelly thought they had converted but the ball just went over the angle of the post and the score remained at 24-5.

Early in the second half the Mariners got the bonus point they were looking for when Jenkins grabbed his second try of the game.

Riley then claimed his second and Trueman added the extras to extend Milford’s lead to 36-5.

Kidwelly then hit back when Rhydian Davies scored a try and then also added the extras.

They then had Jonathan Williams sent off for a dangerous tackle but despite that they scored their third try when Alan Squire went over. Davies added the extras to bring the score to 36-19.

Sam Davies then sealed a bonus point for the Carmarthenshire side with their fourth try and Davies converted to bring his side within ten points.

Milford made sure of the win however as Ryan Mansell dived over late on and although the conversion was missed the home side had done enough.

On Saturday (Oct 5), Milford are at home again as they take on Tycroes. Kidwelly will look to bounce back when they take on Carmarthen Athletic.

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Nigel Owens hosts virtual rugby quiz for Pembroke Panthers

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PEMBROKE Panthers RFC enjoyed a rugby return during lockdown after winning a competition which saw international referee Nigel Owens host their own virtual clubhouse quiz, thanks to Principality Building Society.

The women’s squad at the Pembroke club beat more than 1000 entries to win Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz competition. With many clubs affected by widespread flooding at the start of this year and now closed indefinitely due to coronavirus, the building society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales.

Pembroke Panther Lucy Neale, 30, entered her team with the hope of bringing the players together online. She said: “We’d usually see each other up to five times a week between training sessions, matches and socials, so it’s been a really strange time. I thought I’d enter the club thinking it would be a nice pick-me-up for us all, but never actually expected to win so it was an amazing surprise.”

The team were tested on their rugby knowledge by world cup referee Nigel Owens over video conferencing platform Zoom, where players won tickets to Welsh internationals at Principality Stadium, signed rugby shirts and balls, and tickets for a tour around Principality Stadium. The quiz included a guest appearance from former Welsh international Tom Shanklin.

Lucy continued: “It was such a memorable and special evening for us all. We’re usually quite a lively bunch but we behaved well for Nigel. We’re so thankful to Principality for putting on the quiz and allowing us to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience as a team.”

As sponsors of Principality Stadium and the National Youth Leagues for grassroots clubs in Wales, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities across the country. With matches on hold currently, the building society wanted to be able to bring the buzz of the clubhouse to the home.

Clubhouse Quiz host, Nigel Owens, said: “Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz was a fantastic way to bring one team closer together and Pembroke Panthers really showed off their rugby knowledge. Rugby plays such an important role in Welsh communities and I know they’ll be missing the action on the field right now, so it was lovely to have been part of this experience to bring this team together. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sin bin any of them either.”

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses now followed by coronavirus. This was our chance to recreate the camaraderie of the clubhouse for one team and we hope that it brought plenty of laughs and memorable moments for Pembroke Panthers at this challenging time.”

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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