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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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Joyce set for second Olympic Games

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JASMINE Joyce has been selected to go to her second Olympic Games, representing Team GB at rugby sevens.

She is one of three female players who finished fourth in Rio – Natasha Hunt and Abbie Brown were also part of the squad five years ago. Brown will co-captain the side along with former Glantaf pupil, England international Megan Jones.

WRU CEO Steve Phillips said, “Huge congratulations to Jasmine Joyce who will fly the flag for Welsh Rugby in Tokyo next month. It’s a huge achievement to be an Olympian once, let alone twice and Jasmine will no doubt do her family, friends and Welsh rugby proud on the world stage once again. She has our full support and we will be watching the Tokyo Stadium action very closely.”

For Jasmine, from St David’s in Pembrokeshire, it’s the culmination of five years of hard work.

“After the amazing experience of competing in Rio, returning to another games has been front and centre of everything I’ve done for the past five years and being named in the squad makes it all worthwhile. The Olympic Games is the ultimate achievement for any sportsperson and that dream became so much more achievable for me when rugby sevens became a Olympic sport.”

At 20, Jasmine was one of the youngest players in the Team GB squad in 2016 and hadn’t been capped for Wales at 15-a-side. Five years on and with 19 senior Wales caps, she is looking to draw on her experience to help the side to come back with some silverware.

“I was the new girl in Rio with little pressure on my shoulders. I’ve definitely got a different mindset this time around. People know my game more and there is more pressure on me to perform but I’m happy with that. We were disappointed not to medal last time around and are definitely going for gold next month.”

Jasmine paid tribute to fellow Wales international and GB Sevens training squad member Hannah Jones who missed out on selection.

“Hannah is my best friend so it was great to train together in GB camp. She has put so much hard work into everything she has done in recent years too, as have all the players in the training squad and the fact she’s missed out shows the level of competition throughout the squad is insane.

“I’ve had so much support from my family, friends and coaches throughout my career. The fact that they won’t be able to travel to Japan is disappointing but I know that we will feel everyone’s support via social media over the next few weeks and that makes a huge difference.”

The women’s rugby sevens tournament takes place from July 29-31.

Team GB women’s squad:

Holly Aitchison

Abbie Brown

Abi Burton

Deborah Fleming

Natasha Hunt

Megan Jones

Jazmine Joyce

Alex Matthews

Helena Rowland

Hannah Smith

Celia Quansah

Emma Uren

Women’s reserve: Lisa Thomson

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Junior Cricket leagues round up

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Junior Leagues continued recently with some more excellent displays.

There were wins for Saundersfoot, Stackpole and Hundleton and St Ishmaels in the Under 11s leagues.

In the Under 13s league there were wins for Kilgetty, Llechryd and Hook.

Take a look below at all the best performances from the games.

Under 11’s

Saundersfoot 322 beat Lamphey 215

Saundersfoot:

Oli Cook 26 + 2-8

Olly Badham 20 + 2-1

Dan Broomhall 4-5, all 4 wkts in 1 over

Taylor Lewis 3-9

Saundersfoot

Lamphey:

Elliot 10 + 1-9

Iorri 11

Zed 11

Morgan 9

Pembroke 239-5 lost to Stackpole/Hundleton 280-4

Stackpole/Hundleton

2 wickets each for Summer Russant and Louis Dodson and 1 for Ossian Ridgeway

Summer Russant – 12

Ollie Frearson – 10

Louis Dodson – 9

Sam Adams – 7

Cresselly 219-10 lost to St Ishmaels 264-6

 St Ishmaels:

Dillion Lewis 15

Morgan Brittain 15 & 3-4

Rossi Ninnis 10

Caydyn Mcguire  2-7

Cresselly:

Griff Jenkins 16

Dylan Taylor 14

Ieuan Prout 8

Corrin Thornton 2-17

Under 13’s

Laugharne 55 all out lost to Kilgetty 61-2

Laugharne:

Issac Joliffe 7

Liam Morley-Trivett 6

Alfie Blewitt 5

Sam Lynch 1-5

Ellis Harvey 1-8

Kilgetty:

Lewis Rossiter 21

Logan Hall 21

Olly Badham 3-15

Kiaran Sine 2-6

James Keating 2-10

George Morgan 2-10

Llechryd 124-3 beat Neyland 122-7

Llechryd:

Evan Wyn Jones 29

M Williams 26

Y Harries 21

Evan Lewis 15

Ellis Gill 2 wickets

Neyland:

Korey Arran 25

Leo Power 25

Corey Riley 13 & 2 -6

Mason Kerrison 10

Hook 111-3 beat Haverfordwest 80-4

Hook:

Rhys Phelps 26* (retired)

William Harries 20 not out

Callum Nutty 16

Jamie Gray 1-3

Haverfordwest:

Sidak 25* (retired)

Finley 16 not out and 2-16

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Carew too strong for Kilgetty in Harrison Allen quarter final

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CAREW booked their place in the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Tuesday night (Jun 22) as they beat Kilgetty.

For Carew it will mean a first appearance in the semi-finals since 2012 (when they went on to reach the final).

Carew batted first against Kilgetty and they made an impressive total of 236-3 from their 22 overs.

Nick Davies scored 55 and Lewis Hicks made 65 as the visitors began well.

There were two wickets for Matthew Lewis (2-63) but he was expensive, while the only other wicket to fall went to Levi Hughes (1-42).

Tim Hicks finished unbeaten on 38 for Carew and Rhys Davies was not out on 40 as Kilgetty were set a target of 237 to win the game.

Richard Cope scored 39 for Kilgetty in their reply but he was his side’s top scorer.

Jordan Gorman added 24 and Tom Lewis scored 20 while there were scores of 10 from Max James and Sam Rossiter.

Shaun Whitfield did the damage for Carew with figures of 4-38.

Sam Harts (3-28) also claimed three wickets while Iori Hicks took two for 38.

There was also a wicket for Rhys Davies as Carew bowled Kilgetty out for 137 to seal victory by 99 runs.

It will mean a first semi-final for nine years and they will be keen to make sure that run won’t be repeated.

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