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Wales go with experience for World Cup opener

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WALES have named an experienced side to take on Georgia in their Rugby World Cup opener in Toyota on Monday (KO 19.15 local, 11.15am UK).

Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal the record of most test appearances for his country when he draws level with Gethin Jenkins on 129 Welsh caps.

Jones will pack down in the second row alongside Jake Ball with Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi named in the back-row.

Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis comprise the front-row.

Ten of Wales’ starting XV have RWC experience and that includes at half-back where Gareth Davies will line-up alongside Dan Biggar.

Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies are named in the midfield with Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams named in the back-three for Wales’ opening test.

On the bench Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis are named as the front row replacements with Aaron Shingler and Ross Moriarty completing the forward cover. Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell and Leigh Halfpenny complete the matchday 23.

WALES TEAM TO FACE GEORGIA, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23 KO 19.15 (11.15am UK)
1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (13 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets) (67 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (43 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (36 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (128 Caps) (CAPT)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (12 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (66 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (19 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (44 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (73 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (14 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (18 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (76 Caps)
14. George North (Ospreys) (86 Caps)
15. Liam Williams (Saracens) (58 Caps)

Replacements:
16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (22 Caps)
17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (31 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (15 Caps)
19. Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (20 Caps)
20. Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (34 Caps)
21. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (9 Caps)
22. Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (13 Caps)
23. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (82 Caps)

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Whitland move out of bottom two after beating Saundersfoot

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WHITLAND moved out of the bottom two on Saturday (Jul 24) as they beat Saundersfoot by eight runs.

Saundersfoot won the toss but asked Whitland to bat first and they were able to reach 196 before being bowled out.

Geraint Jones was unlucky to miss out on a century as he fell on a score of 99.

He and Jonathan Thomas had rescued Whitland from a score of 18-3 with Sam Franklin claiming the first of his five wickets.

Thomas was out on a score of 26 to the bowling of John Mansbridge before Jones left the score on 159-5.

Scott Newton made a late score of 31 with three fours and two sixes but Saundersfoot hit back well to bowl Whitland out.

Saundersfoot struggled early on in their reply and soon found themselves on 48-5.

Geraint Jones (2), Wayne Howells (2) and Scott Newton (1) did the damage early on to give Whitland a great chance of victory.

Saundersfoot hit back again though as Sam Franklin and Simon Stanford shared 63 runs for the sixth wicket.

That partnership was broken by Jonathan Thomas who had Stanford caught by Jamie Thomas on a score of 32.

More wickets fell and when Franklin fell to Newton on a score of 53 Saundersfoot’s hopes of victory began to fade.

There were late scores of 17 from Jack Franklin and an unbeaten 17 from Tudor Hurle but it wasn’t enough to send their side to victory.

Jones, Newton, Thomas and Howells all picked up two wickets for Whitland while Conor Bowen and Kevin Pearce claimed the other two as all of their bowlers picked up wickets.

It was just a third win of the season for Whitland who will look to push on as they try to avoid the drop to Division 2.

On Saturday, July 31, Whitland are away to bottom side Llechryd while Saundersfoot travel to Neyland.

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Town bowl Tish out to earn victory

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HAVERFORDWEST bowled out St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 24) to earn victory by 27 runs.

Tish had earlier won the toss and chose to field and they were also able to bowl Town out for 198.

However, they could not reach their target as they were bowled out for 171.

The defeat sees Tish slip back into the relegation places while Haverfordwest pulled themselves away from the bottom two after picking up 19 points.

Town had been in trouble on 57-4 and then 88-5 but Ben Field’s score of 78 helped Town towards 200 runs.

Field’s score included seven fours and three sixes but he was eventually removed by Lewis Rhead who had him caught by Jonathan Pawlett.

Dai Davies’ score of 20 and Jack Scriven’s late score of 36 helped Town to their total.

Rhead finished with figures of 3-24 for Tish while Andrew Palmer also bowled well for figures of 2-21.

Andrew Williams also took two wickets for Tish.

In reply, Tish lost two early wickets to slip to 21-2 as Ashley James picked up the two wickets.

Ieuan Hawkins scored 31 before he fell to Johnnie White and he then also removed Phil Cockburn on a score of 26.

Daniel Richards and Peter Bradshaw then shared 50 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

However, Richards was then caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Archie Thomas on a score of 57 that had included ten fours.

Further wickets fell and when Bradshaw fell for a score of 14, Tish had slipped to 150-8.

Andrew Pawlett gave Tish late hope with a four and a six in a quick fire score of 16 from 11 balls but he fell to Johnnie White.

Archie Thomas claimed his fourth and the last wicket of the day to seal the win for Town.

Thomas finished with figures of 4-30 while White had 3-36 and James finished with 3-31 in what was a good display from Town’s bowlers.

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Neyland seal seven-wicket win over Carew

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NEYLAND’S Nathan Banner finished unbeaten to help his side to victory over Carew on Saturday (July 24).

Neyland won the toss and chose to field and they were able to keep Carew to 171-9 from their 45 overs.

Hayden Shapcott top scored for the home side with 45 while Brian Hall added 31.

James Hinchcliffe added 32 but that was as good as it got for Carew as Andrew Miller picked up three wickets for Neyland.

His three wickets came at the expense of 34 runs while Ross Hardy also claimed two wickets for figures of 2-34.

Jack Jones also bowled well as he finished with two wickets for the loss of 20 runs.

In reply, Neyland lost Gregg Miller early on when he was caught and bowled by Shaun Whitfield.

Ashley Sutton made a score of 20 before being bowled by Sam Harts (1-28) as Carew did their best to derail Neyland’s chase.

Koomen and Nathan Banner then shared 84 runs for the third wicket with Koomen reaching his half century.

Koomen hit six fours in a score of 54 but he was then trapped leg before by Ceri Brace.

Banner and Ross Hardy were unfazed though as they took Neyland to their target.

Hardy hit six fours in a score of 37 unbeaten from 28 balls. Banner hit five fours in a score of 56 not out to see Neyland to victory.

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