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Wales kick off World Cup with a win

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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.

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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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