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Otters oust Crymych from KO Cup

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Crymych 10
Narberth 19

Try scorer: Lewis Wood looks to shake off a Crymych tackle.

Try scorer: Lewis Wood looks to shake off a Crymych tackle.

PARC LLOYD THOMAS was the scene for the quarter final clash between Crymych and Narberth, as a bumper crowd welcomed the return of local rugby after the Autumn International break. Narberth, renowned as Pembrokeshire’s heavy weight senior rugby side returned to the KO cup after an absence of five years, with many questioning their return due to the gulf between sides.

However, spectators of this match would have seen Crymych, a club celebrating only 30 years in existence, battle to the final whistle, in an entertaining tussle. Ianto Griffiths, playing against his boyhood club, missed an early penalty for Narberth in a close first quarter where the inevitable rustiness came to the surface, though both sides were determined to pin the opposition back with kicks behind. The home side got the first score as Sam Phillips intercepted a loose pass, only to be tackled short of the line, before the Narberth forwards were penalised.

Phillips converted the simple penalty, giving his side the lead. Narberth showed their quality and replied quickly through John Morgan, who touched down for an unconverted try out wide, after receiving a beautiful pass from back rower Stuart Worrall. The Otter scored the next points as well, as number 8 Lewis Wood drove over from a 5 meter scrum, with Ianto Griffiths adding the extras.

After the break, Crymych had their chances, but often the bounce of the ball didn’t favour them, as Narberth held on against a resilient Crymych side. The Otters then produced a fantastic piece of play to allow Jason Howells to cross the white wash, after collecting a kick ahead by Nick Gale, to score a converted try. Crymych really did up the tempo after conceding the third try, and were rewarded for the efforts as the pressure mounted on the Otters, and yellow cards to both Nio Aloni and Nick Gale allowed Crymych to battle against 13 men.

Dyfan Dafydd was caught just short of the line before Joe Powell crossed out wide, leaving a tough kick for Phillips, who managed to tuck the ball neatly between the uprights – leaving a tense 9 poitn finish to this exciting game. However, the Otters held on after returning to 15 players, and managed to see themselves into the semi-final of the Pembrokeshire KO cup and carry their favourites tag with them.

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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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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