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Blues close out feisty game

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Haverfordwest 22
Tycroes 17

HAVERFORDWEST made a welcome to return to winning ways, even though they were plagued with injuries and unavailability,

Scrum time: Haverfordwest scrum half Dan Morgan looks to put the ball in at a Blues scrum.

Scrum time: Haverfordwest scrum half Dan Morgan looks to put the ball in at a Blues scrum.

with the Blues coaching staff calling up Rhys Price and Hywel Davies from St Davids RFC, the latter playing an impressive eighty minutes at prop.

Under bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, Merlins Bridge was offered some entertaining, and at times feisty rugby between two sides who haven’t had the best of seasons.

The Blues made the brighter start, as a loose line out from the visitors allowed Moritz Neumann to kick ahead the ball, and outpace the covering defence to touch down within the first five minutes of play. Neumann, traditionally a centre, was playing for the third week at blindside flanker, but has taken to the position like a duck to water. Fly half Steve Williams missed the conversion.

Tycroes replied quickly after, as their scrum looked the more dominant and a nice break from the visitors full back cut the Blues defence in two, before he passed to winger Scott Bowen to score just wide of the posts. The conversion was missed by outside centre Carwyn Richards.

The Blues took the lead again, as open side flanker Dewi Williams won the foot race to a kick ahead, sliding on the loose ball, for another unconverted try.

The visitors then again fought back, as they clawed their way up the pitch towards the home sides try line, before a series of penalties at the scrum resulted in a penalty try for the visitors, which was converted by Richards.

With the score at 10-12 to the visitors and the half time break approaching, memories of the Blues losses in the last two fixtures came to the forefront. This spurred on the home side, and a turn over provided quick ball for Haverfordwest, and slick handling provided winger Scott Candler open space, and the winger raced away to score under the posts, with Steve Williams adding the extras. The score now 17-12 at the half time whistle.

After the break, the game started at a frantic pace as both sides threw caution to the wind in attack, and gave everything in defence.

Haverfordwest’s Zac France- Miller was yellow carded however, as the hooker was deemed to have had his hands in at the ruck.

An attacking line out for Tycroes provided the next points of the game, as skipper Dylan Cooper was helped over the try line in a driving maul to touch down. The conversion kick by Carwyn Richards struck the upright.

There then proceeded to be a nasty scuffle, which resulted in both Haverfordwest skipper Darren Salmon and Tycroes’ Steffan Davies being red carded.

This scuffle didn’t clear the air, as within a few short minutes Tycroes were down to 12 men as Aled Griffiths and Tim Rees were both yellow carded for infringements at the break down.

This allowed Haverfordwest, who were back to 14 players as France-Miller returned to the pitch, to capitalise, and it was the continuous pressure which resulted in Scott Candler scoring his second, as he received a lovely delayed pass from Steve Williams, as he arched his run around the trailing defence. The kick went wide, but it was enough to give Haverfordwest the win, along with a much needed bonus point in their fight for survival.

Haverfordwest sit in tenth position and face Penlan away on February 21.

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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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