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Borderettes a step above Pontyclun

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Whitland 30
Pontyclun 7

Nat Walsh: Drives over assisted by Lowri Morgan (Pic. Riley Sports).

Nat Walsh: Drives over assisted by Lowri Morgan (Pic. Riley Sports).

THE BORDERETTES’ good run of form continued with a convincing win over Pontyclun on Sunday (Nov 23) securing a bonus point win on the way. Whitland started the game with a bang and their fi rst attack which was 25 to 30 phases long ending with player of the match Natalie Walsh crashing through three defenders to score out wide for probably the best team try of the season.

Shortly after Baca Norris was on the score sheet converting a long range penalty after Pontyclun had infringed at the ruck. Ponty were next to score , a good scrum ball was moved right to Welsh 7s star Raffi ki Taylor who bamboozled the Whitland defence and sprinted away to score under the posts, she also added the extras. Whitland re organised their defence and nullifi ed any further threat from the speedster.

The Borderettes added two further scores before the break both very similar efforts, Alice James normally the provider powered over from short range after some great driving play from Sara Davies and the rest of her hard working pack and Natalie Walsh crossed wide out benefi tting from a sublime offl oad from No8 Angharad Williams.

The Borderettes could have scored another brace before half time, Mari Griffi ths came close twice having side stepped her way through the Ponty defence but on both occasions she was cut down inches from the try line. Pontyclun strengthened their team in the second half by introducing Irish International scrum half Larissa Muldoon and the vastly experienced No8 Siwian Lillycrap both on loan from Skewen. This seemed to galvanise the Pontyclun team and for thirty minutes they attacked Whitland.

The Borderettes defence held fi rm repelling attack after attack and with 10 minutes to go the green and whites broke up fi eld. From a scrum in the Pontyclun 22 some good driving play got them to the try line, Lowri Morgan driven by Walsh got within inches of the line and from the ruck the ever alert Williams picked up and dotted down. From the kick off the Borderettes went straight onto the attack and with the ref shouting fi nal play, Alice James popped off a pass to Walsh who side stepped full back Taylor and scored her third under the posts. Norris added the extras and the referee blew the fi nal whistle to end a highly entertaining encounter.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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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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