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All Blacks see off Quins with three late tries

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Neyland 45-17 Pembroke Dock Harlequins

NEYLAND earned their second win of the season on Saturday (Sept 11) as they beat Pembroke Dock Quins45-17.

Having beat St Davids last week, the Quins came unstuck against the Pembrokeshire All Blacks, although the score line does not reflect how close the game was.

In the last 10 minutes they conceded three tries, which were particularly cruel to the Quins, with Patrick Bellerby back from the round ball game in outstanding form, and with his able lieutenant George Williams, the Quins had no answer as they contributed 5 of the 7 tries between them.

The Quins, playing down the slope, were on top early with the home side conceding a number of penalties, as the Quins put the pressure on.

The Quins were then a dealt a major blow when they lost their Captain Liam Scourfied.

But on 15 Minutes Neyland were on the scoresheet when a break from Full Back Patrick Bellerby enabled the supporting Centre George Williams to touch down near the posts. Outside Half George Evans converted to put his side 7-0 in front.

Ten minutes later the Quins hit back, after sustained pressure, as Quins Flanker Harold Owen smashed his way over the line. Outside Half Euan McDonald converted to bring the score level.

It looked like the two sides would turn round all square, but with the last move of the half George Williams grabbed his and Neyland’s second try. George Evans missed the conversion.

The Quins, trailing 12-7 at the break, needed a good start to the half, but unfortunately they did not get it.

Within two minutes Patrick Bellerby was at it again outstripping the Quins defence to score his sides’ third try, George Evans missed the conversion.

Conversion: George Evans lands a late conversion

The Quins however soon responded with Euan McDonald slotting over a penalty to pull the score back to 17-10.

Within minutes Lock Forward Paul Busby crossed from close range for Neyland’s fourth try and George Evans added the extras to put his side 24-10 in front.

The Quins now were looking down the barrel, but to their credit they hit back straight from the Kick off. A thundering tackle from the restart set them up, and after a horrendous mix up in the Neyland defence Right Wing Jamie Topp took his chance brilliantly as the Neyland defence did all they could stop him but the youngster managed to get over the line.

Euan McDonald converted from the touch line with the best kick of the afternoon, to pull the score back to 24-17.

The Quins were now back in it with just under half an hour to go. They were soon back in the All Blacks 25 putting the pressure on but to no avail.

Neyland ended in devastating fashion, with three tries from Patrick Bellerby, George Williams and Prop Luke Davies, all were converted by George Evans.

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Free disability sports event heads to Pembroke Leisure Centre

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PEMBROKE Leisure Centre will play host to a free disability sports and physical event later this month with lots of sports and activities to try.

The insport series, in partnership with Disability Sport Wales, Sport Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire Leisure is an inclusive sport and physical activity event.

It offers opportunities for disabled young people (ages 5 years+) and adults across Pembrokeshire and friends and family are welcome.

On offer to try are: boxing, boccia, swimming (on a separate first come first serve booking basis), football, wheelchair rugby, target shooting, adaptive bikes, cricket, golf, multisport, and more.

The event takes place Pembroke Leisure Centre, on Wednesday May 29th between 10am-2pm.  

Booking for the event and swim places is required.

For more information please contact: Jess West from Sport Pembrokeshire byemail [email protected] or by calling 07795305871.

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Two changes to Scarlets side for Zebre match-up

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HEAD coach Dwayne Peel has made two changes to his Scarlets starting XV for Friday’s BKT United Rugby Championship round 17 clash with Zebre Parma at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (19:35 BBC Wales).

Alex Craig has recovered from a hamstring issue to take his place in the second row, while behind the scrum Ioan Lloyd replaces fellow Wales international Sam Costelow at fly-half.

Ioan Nicholas, Tomi Lewis and Ryan Conbeer continue in the back three; Johnny Williams again partners Eddie James, while Lloyd links up with the experienced Gareth Davies at half-back.

In the pack, the front row of Kemsley Mathias, skipper Ryan Elias and Harri O’Connor get the nod to start again. Craig partners Morgan Jones at lock, while Taine Plumtree, Dan Davis and No. 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu are selected in the back row.

On the bench, Wales U20s centre Macs Page – part of Llandovery’s Indigo Premiership title-winning side last weekend – is set to make his URC debut.

Scarlets scrum and contact skills coach Emyr Phillips said: “We are looking to build some momentum in these last two games to fire us into pre-season. We are encouraging the boys to play high-tempo rugby and get the ball moving because that’s when we are at our best. We know Zebre will bring emotion to the game and we need to match that.”

Scarlets team to play Zebre Parma at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Friday, May 17 (19:35; BBC Wales)

15 Ioan Nicholas; 14 Tomi Lewis, 13 Johnny Williams, 12 Eddie James, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Ioan Lloyd, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Kemsley Mathias, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Harri O’Connor, 4 Alex Craig, 5 Morgan Jones, 6 Taine Plumtree, 7 Dan Davis, 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu.

Reps: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Sam Wainwright, 19 Jarrod Taylor, 20 Ben Williams, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Sam Costelow, 23 Macs Page

Players unavailable because of injury

Tom Rogers, Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Steff Evans, Joe Roberts, Josh Macleod, Teddy Leatherbarrow, Jac Davies.

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Charity football match scores big for mental health awareness

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IN an inspiring display of community spirit and sportsmanship on Friday (May 10), the Ogi Bridge Meadow stadium hosted a charity football match that saw local mental health charity, Give The Boys A Lift (GTBAL), triumph over 2Wish, with a final score of 5-1. The event drew a large crowd, who gathered to support both organizations dedicated to mental health and well-being.

GTBAL, a renowned Pembrokeshire charity known for its efforts in mental health advocacy, put on a strong performance, leading to a decisive victory that was met with enthusiastic applause and cheers from the spectators. The match not only provided an evening of thrilling sports action but also raised significant awareness and funds for the causes represented by the two teams.

Maria Elena Smith, a spectator and supporter, praised the event, commenting, “Amazing effort from everyone involved. As always, the charities that support so many families and individuals have come out in force. Well done all and thank you for all the support.”

Adrian Smith, another attendee, highlighted the importance of the charities’ work, stating, “Don’t underestimate what both these charities do. It was a fantastic evening raising awareness.”

The event served as a reminder of the vital role these organizations play in the community, offering support and resources to those facing mental health challenges. Congratulations to all involved for a successful event that went beyond just a game, fostering community unity and support for pivotal causes.

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