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Power pack Quins sink Otters

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Aaron Boswell: On the charge.

Aaron Boswell: On the charge.

PEMBROKE DOCK HARLEQUINS RFC U16’s continued with their run of good form over the weekend after travelling to Narberth to face last year’s Pembrokeshire Cup Champions in an U16’s league game.

With the Quins pitch out of action and the home fixture reversed the Young Quins travelled to Narberth looking to carry their previous weeks good work to this tough encounter.

Quins Coaches, Keith Boswell & Gareth Lewis continued with the mix and match option and due to the Heavy to Slow pitch conditions, moved the burley midfield partnership of Hywel Baker & Arron Boswell into the Back Row.(Ossie Boswell would have been pleased with this). This proved decisive, as the powerful Quins forwards dominated throughout, driving and rucking their counterparts in every face.

The forwards were well marshalled by the ever present terrier Ollie Lewis who commanded the break down and scrum causing his opposite number all sorts of problems. The Quins were first to score with some powerful surges by the Pack. Narberth rallied well and put in some brave attack phases only to be met by some stout Quins defence, with Jordan Palmer, Ben Lascelles working hard in the midfield. Narberth attacked using some of their strike runners, with Ryan Conbeer, Jack tucker and Kemsley Mathias always in the thick of it. With the Quins Power pack in total control it wasn’t long before they crossed the line to make it 10 – 0. Narberth responded well and worked the ball wide to score, with the conversion duly slotted the Scores stood 10 – 7 at the 1/2 oranges.

The Quins restarted and took the game to Narberth and once again it was great power work by the Quins forwards saw a pick and drive with a 3rd score to the Quins. Ieuan Jenkins used his fantastic boot to great effect and slotted the conversion. 17 – 7 to the Quins. Play exchanged hands on several occasions with both sides battling it out in the boggy conditions, and it was great to see a large and vocal crowd of supporters cheering everyone on. The Quins Powered on spurred on by the loud and vocal support and with more powerful surges from Tommy Clarkson, Joe Gray, Tom Watson the Quins soon found themselves camped inside the Narberth 22. Line out jumpers Jordan Davies & Tom Rowe took the spoils in the line-out battle with some pin point accuracy from hooker & Captain Tom Barrass, who was frustrated not to be allowed to show off his scrummaging skills as Narberth opted to go uncontested at the Scrum. The Quins Power Pack took the driving lineout forward and moved the ball out to the ‘Jinky’ No 10 Aaron Cookson who made some ground before being well tackled by the Narberth Midfield. The Quins ‘Burley’ back row were quick to support with Mathew Washbourne the rest of the forwards close behind drove over to score, the conversion went wide making the score 22 – 7.

Narberth attacked well and a better 10 minutes were they managed to hold onto possession and used the boot to great effect with Jac Watters putting in a neat cross field kick which was collected out wide and Narberth scooted over to score. Conversion went wide – 22 -12. Narberth now had their tales up and started to put some pressure on the Quins, but some good defence by Gareth ‘Sparky’ James, Leighton Hart and Will kept the Narberth surges a bay.

Narberth managed a late score by pacey winger Ryan Conbeer which was slotted over making the final score at the Whistle 22 – 19 to the Quins. This was a great game by both Teams and a win that the Pembroke Dock Harlequins Coaches were all proud off. The game was expertly Refereed by one of the fitness Referee’s in the County Mr Charley Watts, who had already referee’s 2 Games on Saturday before this well fought U16’s battle. Well done to both teams and supporters for the entertaining and enthusiastic game.

 

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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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