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SINGLE POINT SLASHES SEAGULLS DREAMS

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Fishguard scrum half: Rhodri Morgans, Matthew George and Jason Davies

Fishguard scrum half: Rhodri Morgans, Matthew George and Jason
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Fishguard 10 – Lampeter 11

A SINGLE point was enough to knock out Fishguard and Goodwick from a competition they have a strong history in, as Lampeter applied some gamesmanship and underhand tactics to counter the Seagulls dominant scrum.

The home side scored first after a frantic first 15 minutes, as James Griffiths slotted a penalty after a period of pressure. But it was Lampeter who started the brightest, with their pick and go proving affective against the homeside.

Fishguard may have been suffering from ring rust, with a lack of games since the New Year began, and Lampeter scored the first try as Trytan Lloyd touched down.

With the score at 3-5 at the break, the second half was sure to be a battle.

After the break Lampeter’s Arwel Thomas kicked a penalty before Fishguard began to dig deep and complete phases, moving up the muddy field.

It was here where Lampeter’s gamesmanship came to the fray, as they opted to go to uncontested scrums, even though a prop was available on the bench. This shifted momentum in the game, leaving the typically powerful Seagulls scrum completely useless.

With the crowd and the odd coaching staff angered at this move, Fishguard powered on and from a pick and go, replacement blindside flanker Owain Morgans touched down for a try, to the cheers of the home crowd. James Griffiths added the conversion, giving his side a two point lead going into the final few minutes.

The Fishguard defence then looked solid, as they turned over the ball on their own try line and bullied Lampeter backwards towards the ten meter line, before the referee adjudged a Fishguard forward to be off-side at the ruck.

Arwel Thomas then stepped up to break Fishguard’s heart, with the ball just clearing the crossbar.

Fishguard, who can now concentrate fully on their league performance, and will look to bounce back against Milford this weekend (Jan 24).

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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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