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Gatland makes 14 changes for Georgia clash

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DAN Lydiate will captain Wales for a third time as he leads his country in their first outing against Georgia at Principality Stadium on Saturday November 18, KO 2.30pm.

Lydiate is one of 14 personnel changes from the clash against Australia last weekend with Liam Williams the sole representative from the opening Under Armour Series encounter. Williams switches to full-back in a new-look back three alongside Alex Cuthbert and Hallam Amos.

In the midfield Owen Watkin who made his debut last Saturday, partners Scott Williams with Rhys Webb alongside Rhys Priestland at half-back.

In the pack Leon Brown who made his international bow against Australia lines up alongside Nicky Smith and Kristian Dacey in the front-row.  Cory Hill and Adam Beard make-up the second row with Lydiate packing down in a backrow alongside Sam Cross at openside and Seb Davies at No.8.

“We felt this week was really important to give a number of the squad as much exposure as possible to test match rugby,” said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.

“It is an exciting opportunity for some of the younger guys to take the field and show us what they are capable of.  We have got a fair amount of experience to throw into the mix too, both with players who have got  a decent number of cap numbers but also players who have been around this environment for a good while too.”

“Georgia are coming to Cardiff on the back of a good victory last weekend and they will be looking to show what they can do on this stage and we have to be ready for that.”

On the bench uncapped Dragons hooker Elliot Dee features in Wales’ match-day squad for the first time with Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis the other front-row replacements.  Josh Navidi and Taulupe Faleatu complete the forward contingent.  Aled Davies, Dan Biggar and Owen Williams provide the back-line cover.

Wales will also be wearing their new away kit for the Georgia clash, being sported by Taulupe Faletau.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY GEORGIA (Saturday November 18, KO 2.30pm)

  1. Liam Williams (Saracens) (44 Caps)
  2. Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) (46 Caps)
  3. Scott Williams (Scarlets) (48 Caps)
  4. Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (1 Cap)
  5. Hallam Amos (Dragons) (12 Caps)
  6. Rhys Priestland (Bath) (48 Caps)
  7. Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (28 Caps)
  8. Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (15 Caps)
  9. Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues) (5 Caps)
  10. Leon Brown (Dragons) (1 Cap)
  11. Adam Beard (Ospreys) (1 Cap)
  12. Cory Hill (Dragons) (7 Caps)
  13. Dan Lydiate (CAPT) (Ospreys) (60 Caps)
  14. Sam Cross (Ospreys) (1 Cap)
  15. Seb Davies (Blues) (2 Caps)

REPLACEMENTS:

  1. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (*UNCAPPED)
  2. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (2 Caps)
  3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (24 Caps)
  4. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (4 Caps)
  5. Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (67 Caps)
  6. Aled Davies (Scarlets) (3 Caps)
  7. Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (57 Caps)
  8. Owen Williams (Gloucester) (2 Caps)

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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Town earn comfortable win against Narberth

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HAVERFORDWEST got their season off to a good start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Narberth by by 104 runs.

Narberth won the toss but elected to field first which would ultimately be a decision that would come back to haunt them.

The Town almost reached 200 runs, finishing their innings on 187-8.

Dai Davies top scored for the home side with a knock of 70 which included six fours and one six. He shared a third wicket stand of 49 with Mickey Jones.

Jones hit five fours in his knock of 46 before being caught off the bowling of Louis Hough.

Ben Hughes then had Ben Field caught by Hough to leave Town on 86-4.

Davies was joined in the middle by Jake Merry and the pair shared another good stand, worth 74 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, Merry fell for 32 and soon after Davies was out on 70 as Narberth hit back.

Ben Quartermaine picked up two late wickets as they were able to restrict their hosts to under 200.

Narberth’s opening pair shared 36 runs as they made a good start to their innings but wickets began to fall in quick succession and the 2019 Division 2 Champions were soon 36-4.

Jordan Howell scored 18 but he was his side’s top scorer as Will Phillips took four wickets for the loss of 15 runs for Town.

Ben Quartermaine scored 17 but he fell to Clive Tucker who went on to finish with figures of 3-15.

There was also two wickets for Dai Davies as Town bowled Narberth out for just 83.

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Carew prove too strong for Tish

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CAREW’s Iori Hicks picked up a five-wicket haul on Saturday (May 1) to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels.

Tish won the toss but elected to field first and that gave the visitors the chance to build a good total.

They made a steady start, reaching 40-1 after the first 11 overs. They made a series of 32-run partnerships as opening bat Brian Hall made his way to a half century.

Lewis Hicks made a score of 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Pawlett but when Shaun Whitfield was caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett, the visitors had slipped to 92-4.

Hall and James Hinchcliffe then shared a stand worth 45 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to accelerate the score.

Hinchcliffe was caught off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett on a score of 19. Hall was joined by Luke Hicks and the pair shared another good stand.

Hall reached his half century but was then caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 52, leaving Carew on 176-6.

Hicks then took over as he thumped three sixes in a score of 35 but he was then run out.

Iori Hicks and Ceri Brace both finished unbeaten with a six to their name as Tish were set 202 to win the game.

However, their reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost three wickets in quick succession, all to the bowling of Rhys Davies, leaving them on 15-3.

They faced an uphill task from then on but Harry Nicholas and Brennan Devonald did their best to get their side back in the contest.

They shared 46 for the fourth wicket but then saw Devonald caught off the bowling of Whitfield on a score of 41.

Tish were not out of the game though as Nicholas was joined by Jonathan Pawlett and the pair shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

Nicholas reached his half century but was then out on a score of 51 and Pawlett was out to Iori Hicks on a score of 37.

Hicks then took over matters as he picked up four further wickets, including two ducks, to finish with figures of 5-15.

It meant that Tish were bowled out for 154.

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