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Otters beat Llanelli in friendly

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NARBERTH warmed up for the new Championship season with a 17-12 victory over Principality Premiership side Llanelli on Saturday (Aug 18).

Despite the wet weather a good crowd gathered to watch the game and it wasn’t long before the visitors took the lead.

They won a line out and from that Elgan Lewis bundled his way over for the opening try of the game. The conversion was missed and the score stayed at 5-0 to the visitors.

Narberth looked to respond but Gethin Gibby dropped a pass when it looked like they could have scored.

With sixteen minutes gone the Otters managed to get themselves on the scoreboard as they came close to scoring near the posts before working the ball out right for Steff Phillips who slid over. The conversion was missed.

Moments later a good move that started on the right saw the ball played out to Nick Gale who kicked ahead for Gibby to run onto and touch the ball down. Gale then kicked the conversion in tough conditions to make it 12-5.

Llanelli looked to hit back and after Narberth were penalised for a high tackle, they kicked to touch looking to set up another try.

However, Narberth defended their line well and were able to keep Llanelli out, eventually winning the ball back following a Llanelli infringement.

It remained 12-5 at half time but Llanelli continued to look for further scores as the second half got underway.

They had a number of chances but they were unable to take their chances and they were soon made to pay.

With ten minutes to go Narberth turned the ball over and Lewys Gibby ran away with the ball to touch down to make it 17-5. The conversion was missed but it mattered little as the home side had all but secured victory.

Llanelli did pull a try back in the closing minutes as Liam Smith touched down but it was just a consolation for the visitors. Leon Randell added the conversion.

The game finished 17-12 to the Otters with both teams using their full complement of players as they get ready for the new season.

Narberth begin their season on Saturday, September 1, away to Beddau in the first game of the Championship season.

Llanelli also begin their Premiership season on the same date with a home game against Ebbw Vale.

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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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