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A celebration of legendary Welsh tries

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SOME tries have cemented their place in Welsh rugby folklore and during November S4C’s Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol will be asking the public what they think is the most legendary try ever scored for Wales.

As part of the Chwedlau (Legends) season on S4C, rugby fans are invited to vote for their Cais i Gymru (Try for Wales), by picking their favourite try from a short-list selected by a panel of experts at the BBC Wales produced Clwb Rygbi. The three-person panel includes former Wales captain Gwyn Jones, Clwb Rygbi host Gareth Rhys Owen and commentator Gareth Charles.

The list is made up of tries scored during the Five or Six Nations Championship, or during the Autumn Internationals, and contains one try from each decade since the 1960s, plus one extra try to honour Gareth Edwards on his 70th birthday year.

The short list was revealed during S4C’s live coverage of Wales v Australia on Saturday, November 11, and posted on the s4c.cymru/caisigymru website

The Cais i Gymru short-list:

  • 60s – Barry John v England – 1969
  • 70s – Phil Bennett v Scotland – 1977
  • 80s – Adrian Hadley v England – 1988
  • 90s – Craig Quinnell v France – 1999
  • 00s – Ryan Jones v Scotland – 2005
  • 10s – Alex Cuthbert v England – 2013
  • Additional Try: Gareth Edwards v Scotland – 1972

Go to the s4c.cymru/caisigymru website to watch and vote for your favourite, and the top try will be announced during S4C’s live coverage of Wales v New Zealand on Saturday, November 25.

One member of the panel who had the tough task of selecting the shortlist was Clwb Rygbi presenter Gareth Rhys Owen, who is fronting S4C’s live coverage of this year’s Autumn Internationals and the 2018 Six Nations.

Gareth Rhys Owen says; “As a nation, we appreciate a particular brand of rugby based on flair and imagination, as opposed to raw power like the English and the Springboks, for example. Barry John, Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Shane Williams – they are our heroes. Maybe the final list will exhibit some of the tries we associate with the traditional ‘Welsh’ style of play.”

The sport has been transformed since the days of the legendary Welsh team of the 1970s, but Gareth believes that some of that attacking instinct still exists today.

“Rugby is such a structured game these days and it’s much harder to score tries from open play. But I don’t think the ‘Welsh Way’ has disappeared.

“Warren Gatland wants to develop a more open style of play, more similar to the Scarlets, so I think that’s promising. There are also a few new players in the squad this time too and that’s what excites me about this autumn.”

Go to s4c.cymru/caisigymru to vote for your favourite. Voting closes at 11.00pm on Friday, November 24. It’s free to take part but you can only vote once.

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Bluebirds return to winning ways as Veale’s free kick sinks Archers

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HAVERFORDWEST County got back to winning ways on Tuesday night (Sept 27) as they beat Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Jamie Veale’s second half free kick proved enough for Tony Pennock’s side who now sit seventh in the JD Cymru Premier table.

In the third minute, Dylan Rees sent a ball forward to Jack Wilson but his cross was pushed away by Met keeper Alex Lang.

A miss-timed header then sent Jordan Davies in but his effort was blocked.

The Bluebirds continued to search for the opener and on 27 minutes, a pass from Elliot Scotcher sent Wilson in but he saw his shot saved. The rebound fell to Jordan Davies but his shot was blocked.

Towards the end of the half, Met pushed forward and Matt Chubb went on a good run down the right but he saw his shot go wide.

Harry Owen also tried his luck but saw his shot saved by County keeper Zac Jones and the sides went in at the break with the score locked at 0-0.

There was an even start to the second half as both sides looked to dominate. A cross into the Met box was headed clear by Emlyn Lewis while Craig Davies sent a cross in at the other end but no one could get on the end of it.

On 72 minutes Jordan Davies reacted quickly to head the ball goalwards but he saw his effort go over the bar.

Four minutes later though the Bluebirds were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Veale took it and the ball floated all the way in to give the home side the lead.

Wilson then saw a shot go wide as the Bluebirds looked to make the points safe.

The Met pushed late on as Eliot Evans saw a shot deflected wide while Sam Jones shot over the bar in time added on.

The Bluebirds held on for a welcome win, with Rhys Abbruzzese being named player of the match.

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Whitland earn win at Pembroke

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Pembroke 20-33.

Pembroke landed an early penalty through Harry Fletcher but the visitors hit back with two converted tries.

There was another penalty for Fletcher to make it 14-6.

Whitland thought they had another try when Callum Evans touched down but it was harshly ruled out as the referee had spotted some crossing moments before.

The visitors then scored another try which was also converted as they took a 6-21 lead in at the break.

Pembroke hit back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Davies and Sam Smith who finished off after a barnstorming run. Fletcher added both conversions.

Whitland pulled away though with further tries to seal the win.

Liam Price scored a hat trick of tries for Whitland and others came from Ianto Davies and Geraint Jones. Jones added the rest of the points from the boot.

On Saturday, October 1, Pembroke travel to Llanelli Wanderers while Whitland host Llangennech.

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Kilgetty edge Clarby in seven-goal thriller

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KILGETTY made it two wins from two on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Clarbeston Road 4-3.

Ben John put Clarby ahead after eight minutes but their lead only lasted for two minutes.

Adam Johns levelled for Kilgetty and ten minutes later Josh Bevan put his side ahead.

Richard Cope then made it 3-1 to the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Clarby were not out of the game though and on the stroke of half time John scored his and Clarby’s second to make it 2-3.

It remained that way until the 89th minute when Rheinallt George put the goal in his own net to all but seal the points for Kilgetty.

There was still time for more goals as Richard Bevan scored in the 92nd minute to make it 4-3.

They were unable to find a late equaliser though as Kilgetty held on for the win.

On Saturday, October 1, Kilgetty face Angle in the first round of the Senior Cup. Clarbeston Road are also in action in the Senior Cup as they host Carew, both matches kicking off at 1:45pm.

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