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Wales kick off World Cup with a win



WALES got their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign off to an excellent start as they secured a bonus point in their 43-14 win over Georgia.

It was the second ever meeting between the two nations and Wales named a strong side for their World Cup opener which boasted some good experience.

Wales were ahead after just three minutes as Georgia were guilty of a couple of errors.

From the second scrum the ball was thrown to Jonathan Davies who burst through to touch down under the posts. From a seemingly easy position, Dan Biggar snatched at the conversion and kicked it against the posts.

Biggar made amends for that miss five minutes later though as he sent a penalty through the posts for an 8-0 lead.

On 12 minutes, Wales had a lineout which was passed to Biggar who made an excellent pass to Josh Adams who in turn found Gareth Davies but when he was tackled, Justin Tipuric was in the right place to pick the ball up and run through to score under the posts. Biggar made sure of the conversion this time around.

Seven minutes later another lineout resulted in Adams being sent clean through and he dived down wide on the left. Biggar added the conversion for 22-0 lead.

Georgia then looked to get themselves on the board but were thwarted on two occasions by Gareth Davies. The second of those was a knock on which gave the Georgians a scrum.

Wales were penalised for collapsing it and after kicking to touch, Georgia worked the ball to the centre but a knock on halted their momentum.

On the stroke of half time, Ken Owens reversed a pass to Gareth Davies who released namesake Jonathan and his pass was picked up by Liam Williams who dived over for Wales’ fourth try and a bonus point.

Biggar landed the conversion for a 29-0 lead at half time.

At the start of the second half, Wales were guilty of collapsing the maul and Georgia kicked to touch. From the lineout they pushed forwards and it was Shalva Mamukashvili who was eventually credited with the try after a TMO check. Fly-half Tedo Abzhandadzeadded the extras.

Seven minutes in Georgia were penalised for bringing down a driving maul and Jaba Bregvadze was shown a yellow card having only come on to the pitch a few minutes earlier. Wales pushed for another score but the Georgians defended well and were able to clear the ball away.

Georgia survived with fourteen men and looked to get themselves another score but Wales were able to keep them at bay.

Just after the hour mark, George North kicked ahead from the right wing and replacement Tomos Williams ran on to touch the ball down. Biggar again added the extras for a 36-7 lead.

With just over ten minutes to go Wales were penalised at the scrum and Georgia powered themselves through with Chilachava getting the try. The conversion was successful.

Tomos Williams then turned provider as he off-loaded for George North who dived over and replacement Leigh Halfpenny added the extras.

Georgia attacked as the clock ticked past 80 minutes but Wales saw the game out to seal the win.

Wales’ next World Cup game sees them take on Australia on Sunday, kick off 8:45am.


Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions



NEXT week, Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman Robb Edwards and COO Beccy Nuttall will travel to Spain to visit Club Atlético Osasuna. During their visit, they will engage in high-level discussions with Osasuna’s upper management, focusing on community and fan engagement strategies.

In April, both Haverfordwest County A.F.C. and Club Atlético Osasuna were appointed to the Executive Board of the Union of European Clubs (UEC), an international organisation established in April 2023. The UEC was founded to provide a voice to the 92% of professional football clubs that often go unheard. The Union aims to democratise decision-making processes in European football, ensuring that each club has a vote and that the destiny of the sport is not determined solely by the wealthiest clubs on the continent.

“We look forward to this meeting with Osasuna and hope our collaboration with other clubs continues to grow,” said Edwards. The upcoming visit underscores the commitment of both clubs to fostering stronger ties and working collaboratively to shape the future of European football.

The discussions will likely cover a range of topics, from enhancing fan experiences to developing community outreach programmes, reflecting the shared values and objectives of both clubs within the UEC framework.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest



SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event



CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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