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Wales looking for third win in a row against England

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WALES have won their first two games in the Six Nations Championship and on Saturday, February 27, they put that record on the line against great rivals England.

Having already beaten Ireland and Scotland, the Triple Crown will be on the line for Wales, a feat they last achieved in 2019 when they won the Grand Slam.

That will be incentive enough for Wayne Pivac’s men but to do it against England will make it that little bit sweeter.

With France’s game against Scotland on Sunday in doubt, it will also give the home side a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Wales do not have any fresh injury concerns going into the England game and it will likely provide a selection headache for Pivac.

George North could be set to make his 100th appearance for Wales if he plays against England, and is currently second in the list of all-time try scorers for his home country.

England lost their opening game of the tournament against Scotland but got back to winning ways with a resounding 41-18 win over Italy.

The 2020 Six Nations and Autumn Cup Champions will be eager to rediscover their winning form which brought them that success but they will not find it easy against Wales.

What happened the last time England visited the Principality Stadium?
Wales last welcomed England to the Principality on February 23, 2019, and it was a game which saw Wales earn a 21-13 victory.

Cory Hill and Josh Adams scored Wales’ tries in that match while Dan Biggar and Gareth Anscombe added the rest of the points from the boot.

Tom Curry scored England’s only try in that match while Farrell had a 100% success rate with his kicks.

What happened when the sides met in 2020?

It was an absolute classic last year with England triumphing by 33 points to 30 at Twickenham.

Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi got the tries for England on that day while Owen Farrell had again had a 100% record with the boot.

Justin Tipuric bagged two tries for Wales while Dan Biggar scored their other as the men in red came up short on this occasion.

Of course, the last two meetings between the two sides were played in front of capacity crowds but that will not be a factor this time around, owing to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Could that be a factor in the game or will both sides treat us to an excellent display of rugby?

After the England game, Wales travel to Italy on Saturday, March 13, while England will host France on the same day.

A win for either side this weekend will be crucial; a win for Wales and it sets them up for the Grand Slam while a win for England will reignite their hopes of retaining the Six Nations Championship.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 16:45 and can be seen on S4C as well as the BBC.

ENGLAND
Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, George Martin, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Max Malins.

WALES
Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Kieran Hardy; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones, Leon Brown, Cory Hill, James Botham, Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy, Uilisi Halaholo.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the latest round of fixtures in the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League, there were some excellent wins while one game finished all square.

Chaos Thunder Under 12s drew 11-11 with Pembroke while in the other game Fishguard were 33-0 winners over Pembroke seconds.

Sapphires Black and Chaos Cyclones were winners in the under 14s league while Sapphires White were the winners of the only game played in the under 16s league.

Results for Saturday, November 20:

Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11 vs 11 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Freya Cook

Fishguard 33 vs 0 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Fishguard: Anna Walden-Jones

Pembroke: Willow Lewis

Under 14’s:

Sapphires Black 16 vs 4 Fishguard

Players player:

Sapphires: Anna Banf-Beynon

Fishguard: Maegan Peters

Sapphires White 1 vs 24 Chaos Cyclones

Players player:

Sapphires: Bella Evans

Chaos: Ella Joyce

Under 16’s:

Sapphires White 29 vs 13 Pembroke

Players player:

Sapphires: Alice Goltwaltz

Pembroke: Olivia Probert

Fishguard Under 12s
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Broad Haven win and Kilgetty maintain unbeaten start

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KILGETTY maintained their unbeaten start to the Division 2 season on Saturday (Nov 20) while there were also wins for Broad Haven and Milford United.

Table toppers Kilgetty were 7-0 winners away at Solva with two goals coming from Lloyd Hughes, and other from Richard Cope and Ross Hurst.

16-year-old Oscar Miles also scored a hat trick for Kilgetty.

Broad Haven earned their fourth win of the season as they won 2-0 away at Milford Athletic.

The Haven missed a number of chances to score in the first half while Milford Athletic saw Ben Fairbairn red carded with half an hour played.

The away side finally made the breakthrough in the 66th minute as sub Sam Pettit found the net.

Shaun Phillips made sure of the points late on as the Haven secured a comfortable win.

Milford United won 3-0 away at Johnston with Lewis Tee opening the scoring after 19 minutes.

Liam Parr doubled Milford’s lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half and he later added a second penalty to seal the points.

Craig Bendall was sent off for Johnston late on.

Saturday’s other game saw Pennar Robins seconds beat Hakin United second 3-0 at The Obs. Jack Phillips, Carl Rees and Josh Hicks got the goals for the Robins.

The fixtures for Saturday, November 27, are:

Broad Haven v Kilgetty

Herbrandston v Monkton Swifts II

Merlins Bridge II v Hakin United II

Pennar Robins II v Johnston

St Clears v Milford Athletic

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Pennar hold off Fishguard

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PENNAR Robins secured their third win in four games in all competitions on Saturday (Nov 20) as they beat Fishguard 5-3.

The home side got the scoring going on 14 minutes when Nick Willis found the back of the net.

Fishguard equalised though shortly before the half hour mark through Sean Seymour-Davies.

However, they were only level for three minutes as Luke Phillips scored after being set up by Craig Asparassa.

Pennar then made it 3-1 seven minutes later as Connor Roberts scored.

Fishguard’s hopes of getting something out of the game were all but ended three minutes into the second half as Asparassa got his name on the score sheet with Pennar’s fourth of the afternoon.

There was still plenty of time left though and on 64 minutes the visitors were awarded a penalty. Niall Kinsella scored from the spot to make it 4-2.

Willis then grabbed his second of the game eleven minutes from time to make sure of the points for the home side.

Jordan Raymond did pull a goal back four minutes from time for the visitors but it proved to be a consolation as Pennar saw the game out for the win.

On Saturday, November 27, Pennar are in action in the Senior Cup as they host Hakin United. Fishguard are in league action as they travel to bottom side Narberth.

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