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Quins shut out by Aberaeron



IN SPITE of a bright opening against Aberaeron, Quins came unstuck away to the Ceredigion side who turned in a powerful performance.

The first of five tries for the homesters came after 12 minutes.

A series of rolling mauls gained the initial territory and a quick release by Number eight Tudur Jenkins from a five-yard scrum gave scrum-half Gareth James the room to bulldoze over the line.

Aberaeron out-half Rhodri Jenkins missed the conversion but, after their opening score, Aberaeron never looked in trouble

The Quins were up against it, but manfully stuck to the task.

Outstanding young 2nd Row Ben Gibby stole a home line-out on the Quins 25, but the Quins failed to clear their lines.
The Aberaeron pack capitalised on the error and produced a strong display of phase play to work an opening. Full-back Morgan Llewellyn ran on to a perfectly timed pass to score close to the posts.

This time Rhodri Jenkins made no mistake and put Aberaeron into a 12 point lead.

That was the end of the scoring for the first half.

While the Quins tried to assert themselves and make up the deficit, some loose play cost them scoring opportunities. That is not to understate the influence of Aberaeron’s defence, which showed grit and skill in shutting down the visitors’ efforts to squeeze back into the game.

As the second half started, the Quins desperately needed some kind of score.

They started well again but could not penetrate a resolute defence. Rhodri Jenkins’ shrewd kicking game relieved the pressure on Aberaeron and the gains made in territory from the out-half’s boot began to tell.

Aberaeron piled the pressure on through their pack and with thrusting back play from the fringes to gain territory. The Quins repelled any number of efforts before home centre Dafydd Llewelyn managed to squeeze over the line. A shovelled conversion, reminiscent of Scotland number eight Peter Brown, extended the home side’s lead to nineteen points.

Faced with a mountain to climb, the Quins put the pedal to the metal and blazed forward with a series of powerful runs from Dai Moseley, Jack Price, and Hywel Baker. They gave Aberaeron plenty to think about as the Quins’ power and physicality took its toll on the home side.

Against the run of play, the Quins conceded a nightmare try.

Home number ten Rhodri Jenkins spotted a gap in the defence at the halfway line and set off at speed. The Quins missed a series to tackles, an unusual turn of events this season, and Jenkins scythed through to touch down.

The bonus point secure, Aberaeron continued to press against a rugged Quins defence.

With the last move of the match, home number eight Tudor Jenkins scored in the Corner. Rhodri Jenkins missed the Conversion.

The Quins were unlucky to lose by such a wide margin but Aberaeron will now look forward to continuing their scintillating cup run in the WRU Specsavers Cup. First, though, it’s a double-header against local rivals Tregaron.

For the Quins, back-to-back defeats will be hard to take, especially as in both games they had to claw their way back in from poor starts. Their next game isn’t until February 25 at Bierspool, where they will host second-placed St Clears.
Quins Team. Kieron Machin, Jordan Asparassa, Jack Price (Capt), Josh Thomas, Josh Brown, Tyler Castle, Elliot Lewis, Jack Davies, Nick Drewett, Dai Moseley, Ben Gibby, Mark Van Rhyn, Marcus Phillips, Hywel Baker, and Paul Busby.
Replacements: Rhys Marchant, Ben Hathaway, and Martin Culley.

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Wales v Scotland postponed



WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended



THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Walking rugby is a game for all ages and abilities



WALKING RUGBY has taken off throughout Wales in the last 12 months and is benefitting participants in more ways than one.

The participants – male and female of all ages and abilities including one man who lost his sight 13 years ago – talk of clear benefits to their physical health and crucially, their mental health through being involved in the groups.

The number of Walking Rugby groups in Wales grew organically from two in December 2018 to 16 just twelve months later and new groups are starting up all the time.

A range of organisations from rugby clubs to charities, Health Boards and third sector bodies are seeing the benefit of the inclusive rugby format and engaging more than 300 participants on a weekly basis.
The Aneurin Bevan Mental Health unit has worked with the Dragons Community team to set up a team of their own, training weekly at Rodney Parade.

Kevin Hale, Community Support Worker for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board Forensic Psychiatry Service, who set up the Dragons NHS Walking Rugby team said, “From a mental health point of view it’s been priceless, the social benefits, in particular, are tremendous. Many of the players were very shy at the start and quite withdrawn but confidence levels and communication skills have grown massively and they have told us Walking Rugby has helped them in other areas of their lives.

“It started off as a means to get some of our service users active and also to have some social time afterwards to discuss any issues they’re having. It’s gone from strength to strength and we’ve opened up the opportunity so that anyone can join us at Rodney Parade on a Tuesday afternoon.

Christian Hyde now plays for the Dragons NHS team despite having lost his sight through diabetes.
“I played rugby from the age of 8 to 26. After losing my sight, I had to stop playing – and refereeing. You really miss being part of a rugby environment so being back involved in the game is huge for me and something I never thought I’d do.

“I’m already involved with the visually impaired rugby at Cardiff Blues but being a Dragons supporter, I’m thrilled to be able to train at Rodney Parade and to be involved in matches again like the recent festival. To have ten teams turn up shows the enjoyment we’re all having.”

Anne Jackson plays for Pontyclun Walking Rugby. She said “I’m the only woman at the club at the moment and we could do with more. It really is for everyone. It’s wonderful. It keeps you active – I’ve got fitter since playing Walking Rugby. We train twice a week on a Monday evening and Wednesday morning. We laugh most of the time, we all get on very well.”

Former Wales full-back and Cross Keys coach Morgan Stoddart coaches the Cambrian Walking Rugby group in the Rhondda. He said, “We regularly get 15 or 16 players at our twice-weekly training sessions, we had 12 teams at recent Walking Rugby festivals in Treorchy and Cambrian so it’s gaining popularity all the time.

“Quite a few of the players played rugby in their youth and others haven’t played much sport at all throughout their lives. One lady, Frances Jones, is a regular player and still going strong at 84!

“They enjoy the exercise and also the friendship and camaraderie they gain from it. I enjoy it too, it’s a real change from competitive league rugby as it’s so open to male and female players of all ages and abilities.”
While the format is fully inclusive to all ages, genders and abilities, its main appeal is to Wales’ older and socially isolated population. With more than 877 000 people over 60 in Wales (just under 30% of the population), and that figure set to rise to over one million by 2030*, social isolation and mental health issues are a real issue.

The Welsh Government Strategy for Older People in Wales (2013-2023): Living Longer, Ageing Well, states that loneliness is a real health risk – ‘the same as smoking and twice that of obesity.. that staying physically active protects mental and physical health and that older people say that if they are able to participate in social and leisure activities, they are more likely to say they feel well.’

Based on this evidence, it is no surprise that some GPs are now referring patients to Walking Rugby for the physical and social benefits it brings.

Greg Woods, WRU Enterprise Manager said: “Anyone can play Walking Rugby, whether you’re a lapsed rugby player or new to the game. It’s a social, enjoyable activity with obvious physical and mental health benefits. There is clearly a growing demand for more Walking Rugby opportunities around Wales and we are working with the current groups and a wide range of other partners to not only cater for that demand but provide support to the volunteers running the clubs and work with others to set up new outlets.”

WRU Community Director Geraint John added: “It’s exciting to see the growth of Walking Rugby and to think of its future benefits to the health and well-being of the people of Wales – both the current or recent rugby-playing population and those who could join the rugby family through the Walking Rugby format”.

If you want to start a walking rugby club, get in touch for advice and support

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