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Seasiders lead slips away



League 1 West

Tenby United 15

Llanelli Wanderers 31

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 12.40.55IT WAS another frustrating outcome to a game that GD Harries & Sons Sponsored Tenby Utd had played the better rugby for the most part and also lead until the hour mark last Saturday when the Seasiders failed to close out a game that they should’ve won.

Following a minutes silence before kick off in Memory and of Tenby United Stalwart and Honorary Life Member Mr Bryant Hawker who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, The United were confident that they were capable of beating the mid table Llanelli Wanderers outfit and that they’re continued improvements would at last come to fruition.

The Seasiders started well as they forced a penalty at a ruck within 2 mins of kick off and Outside Half Scott James stepped up to land the tricky touchline kick to give the home side an early lead.

Stringing some impressive phases together, the United looked to have a slight edge over their guests from Stradey Park and held onto their narrow lead until the 12th minute when two missed tackles meant that Wanderers centre Rhydian Morgan was able to cross for an unconverted try to put his side in front by 5 points to 3.

The majority of the first half turned out to be a tight affair with both teams cancelling each other out through stern defensive effort until the 36th minute when Llanelli blind side flanker Steff Taffetsauffer grounded the ball to score a try from a push over scrum. Outside half Johnny George landed the conversion to give the visitors a lead of 12 points to 3 which they held on to for the remainder of the first half.

Just before the half time whistle No8 and stand in skipper Weston sustained a neck injury and couldn’t return to the field after the half time oranges which meant that Club Captain Luke Hansford was able to make a welcomed return to the pitch as he took to the field for the first time since October 17 when he sustained a serious shoulder injury and underwent surgery.

The return of their leader certainly spurred the Seasiders on and within 3 minutes of the second half kicking off, right wing Jack Guerreiro was crossing in the corner for a terrific try.

Guerreiro’s try came when a superb break from outside half James opened up the visitors defensive line and he had the presence of mind and vision to slip the ball out of a tackle to substitute scrum half Aaron James who was on for Luke Conbeer after he sustained a cut to his eye.

Aaron James spotted the Wanderers winger was not in position and lofted a cross field kick for the flying Portuguese winger to contest, Guerreiro won the aerial battle to catch the ball as he crossed the try line for the score which went unconverted from the touch line.

Six minutes later the Seasiders took the lead with another excellent try which thoroughly entertained the spectators as 2nd Row Luke Dedman broke free and went on a barnstorming run up-field from the half way line to the 22m line where he linked with Scott James, James got the ball away to the strong running Heywood and the visiting defenders could do nothing to stop the centre as he took three of them over their try line on his back as he touched down under the posts. Scott James landed the simple conversion and the scoreboard read 15-12 in United’s favour.

With just ten minutes remaining and the Seasiders in the lead it looked as if they might hang on for victory, but frustratingly their string of bad luck continued as they had the lead cruelly taken away from them in the latter stages of the game just as it had been the week before in Loughor.

Wanderer’s winger Rhys Phillips squeezed in at the corner for the controversial try which had come from what was thought to be a blatant forward pass but the ref didn’t spot and the try was given with Johnny George converting to put the visitors ahead.

Despite fighting to the end, the United weren’t able to breach the Llanelli defence and the Wanderers lead grew even more with two tries in the final 4 minutes of the game with the first coming from Rhys Morgan and the second was scored by his centre partner Richard De Filippo with Johnny George converting the latter.

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New format agreed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup



THE four Welsh rugby regions have learned their fate after the finals rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup were suspended.

Group stage matches were postponed in January after the French Rugby Union raised concerns about travelling across Europe amidst a rise in coronavirus cases.

The remaining fixtures have not been rearranged and European Rugby has announced a new format.

Both tournaments will resume with Rounds of 16 matches on the weekend of 2/3/4 April and the knockout stages will continue with quarter-finals, semi-finals and the scheduled Marseille finals on EPCR’s allocated weekends in April and May.

As approved by the EPCR Board, the Rounds of 16 and quarter-final matches in both tournaments will now be decided by draws which will take place on Tuesday, March 9.

For the Challenge Cup, the eight highest-ranked clubs from the preliminary stage at the time of the suspension of the tournament and the eight clubs which have not qualified for the knockout stage of Heineken Champions Cup will compete in the Round of 16.

Scarlet will take their place in the last 16 of the Champions Cup alongside the likes of Racing 92, Munster, Lyon and La Rochelle.

Dragons, Ospreys and Cardiff Blues will all compete in the Challenge Cup and could come up against the likes of Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints.

For the purposes of the draw, clubs from the same league cannot be drawn against one another, however, Challenge Cup clubs and Heineken Champions Cup clubs can be drawn against one another.

It has also been agreed that open draws will take place to determine the quarter-finals in both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, allowing for the possibility of matches between clubs in the same league. The draws for the quarter-finals will take place immediately after the rounds of 16 draws on Tuesday, March 9.

Heineken Champions Cup knockout stage qualifiers: Racing 92, Leinster, Wasps, Bordeaux-Begles, Munster, Lyon, Toulouse, La Rochelle, Scarlets, Clermont Auvergne, Bristol Bears, Exeter Chiefs, Edinburgh, Gloucester, RC Toulon, Sale Sharks.

Challenge Cup last 16: London Irish, Ospreys, Leicester Tigers, Cardiff Blues, Zebre Rugby Club, Agen, Benetton Rugby, Newcastle Falcons, Ulster Rugby, Connacht Rugby, Northampton Saints, Bath Rugby, Montpellier, Dragons, Harlequins, Glasgow Warriors

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Live JD Cymru Premier football returns to Sgorio



S4C and Sgorio have welcomed the announcement that the JD Cymru Premier will return to elite status next month.

Although supporters will not yet be attending matches, S4C will be offering comprehensive coverage of the JD Cymru Premier from now until the end of the season.

S4C will be showing a live match every weekend and highlights packages every week, as well as live web broadcasts of midweek matches.

Sgorio will resume on Tuesday, March 2, with a web broadcast of the match between Newtown and Pen-y-bont, at 8.00pm.

Then on Saturday, March 6, Sgorio will show live coverage of The New Saints v Bala Town, from 4.45pm on S4C. English commentary is available via the red button service.

JD Cymru Premier highlights will be shown on Sgorio Stwnsh, at 5.30pm every Monday from March 8, and Mwy o Sgorio, at 10pm every Wednesday night from March 10.

Also next month, Wales begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, and Sgorio will bring live coverage of each and every match. Watch Wales’ first qualifying match, away to Belgium, live on S4C on Wednesday night, April 24.

In addition, Sgorio will also continue to run their unrivalled online service, with highlights of every JD Cymru Premier match, exclusive interviews and football news, on social media and on the Sgorio website –

For the latest news from the world of Welsh football, follow @sgorio and @s4cchwaraeon on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Six Nations: Wales looking for third win in a row against England



WALES have won their first two games in the Six Nations Championship and on Saturday, February 27, they put that record on the line against great rivals England.

Having already beaten Ireland and Scotland, the Triple Crown will be on the line for Wales, a feat they last achieved in 2019 when they won the Grand Slam.

That will be incentive enough for Wayne Pivac’s men but to do it against England will make it that little bit sweeter.

With France’s game against Scotland on Sunday in doubt, it will also give the home side a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Wales do not have any fresh injury concerns going into the England game and it will likely provide a selection headache for Pivac.

George North could be set to make his 100th appearance for Wales if he plays against England, and is currently second in the list of all-time try scorers for his home country.

England lost their opening game of the tournament against Scotland but got back to winning ways with a resounding 41-18 win over Italy.

The 2020 Six Nations and Autumn Cup Champions will be eager to rediscover their winning form which brought them that success but they will not find it easy against Wales.

What happened the last time England visited the Principality Stadium?

Wales last welcomed England to the Principality on February 23, 2019, and it was a game which saw Wales earn a 21-13 victory.

Cory Hill and Josh Adams scored Wales’ tries in that match while Dan Biggar and Gareth Anscombe added the rest of the points from the boot.

Tom Curry scored England’s only try in that match while Farrell had a 100% success rate with his kicks.

What happened when the sides met in 2020?

It was an absolute classic last year with England triumphing by 33 points to 30 at Twickenham.

Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi got the tries for England on that day while Owen Farrell had again had a 100% record with the boot.

Justin Tipuric bagged two tries for Wales while Dan Biggar scored their other as the men in red came up short on this occasion.

Of course, the last two meetings between the two sides were played in front of capacity crowds but that will not be a factor this time around, owing to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Could that be a factor in the game or will both sides treat us to an excellent display of rugby?

After the England game, Wales travel to Italy on Saturday, March 13, while England will host France on the same day.

A win for either side this weekend will be crucial; a win for Wales and it sets them up for the Grand Slam while a win for England will reignite their hopes of retaining the Six Nations Championship.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 16:45 and can be seen on S4C as well as the BBC.

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