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Rugby: Cup competitions return this weekend

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THE WRU Cup competitions return this weekend as most teams play their second group games.

In the DIVISION 1 CUP, Crymych face a visit to Bonymaen in Group J and they will be looking for their second win in the competition.

Crymych earned a narrow 30-27 win over Glynneath in their first match while Bonymaen were also victorious against Felinfoel.

Group K sees Pembroke travelling to Birchgrove. Pembroke suffered an agonising one-point defeat against Brynamman in their first game and will look to avenge that loss on Saturday.

Birchgrove won their first game against Gorseinon and they will also be looking for victory which will see them through to the next stage of the competition.

In Group L, Whitland travel to Tondu while Newcastle Emlyn visit Ammanford.

Ammanford and Emlyn were victorious in their first games and Saturday’s game will give both a chance to claim top spot in the table.

For Whitland and Tondu, it will be a chance to get a win on the board ahead of their final game of the group stages.

In Group H of the DIVISION 2 CUP, Milford Haven visit Pyle.

Milford were beaten 11-17 by Bridgend Sports in their first game and they will look to get their first win on the board against a Pyle side who were beaten narrowly by Pontyberem in their first game.

In Group I, Tenby, whose first game of the competition was postponed after Heol Y Cyw were unable to travel to Tenby last month, visit Resolven.

Tenby go into the game on the back of a one-point defeat to Kidwelly last weekend and they will look to get back to winning ways.

Resolven earned a one-point win in their first group game against Pontarddulais and they will provide a tough test for Tenby.

Fishguard visit Morriston in Group J, looking to add to their win in their first group game. They beat Porthcawl 26-10 but they come up against a Morriston side who also put 26 points on Burry Port (23) in their first group game.

In the DIVISION 3 CUP, St Davids host Tumble in Group G and will look to get their first win of the competition.

The Saints were beaten 59-11 by Bryncoch in their first game but they go into this game on the back of an excellent league win over Llangwm and will be full of confidence.

Tumble were also beaten in their first game and they too will want to pick up the victory.

In Group J, Pembroke Dock Quins host Bynea in a game in which both sides will be looking for victories after shipping over 50 points in their opening game defeats.

The Quins were beaten by Vardre and Bynea were beaten by Tonmawr.

Group K sees Neyland hosting Laugharne while Cefneithin host Cwmafan. Neyland were beaten by Cwmafan in their first game but did pick up a losing bonus point.

They face a Laugharne side whose scheduled opening day game with Cefneithin was postponed. The Carmarthenshire side are unbeaten in league action with three wins from their opening three games so far this season.

Haverfordwest beat Amman United 29-0 in their opening Group L game and they will look for another win when they travel to Cwmllynfell on Saturday.

The League 3 West Central have only played two league games so far this season and they also suffered defeat against Llangadog in their opening game.

In Group N, St Clears face Tregaron, just a week after thumping them 69-0 in League 3 West A.

The Saints are at home this time and having won their opening game against Cwmgors they will be targeting another win.

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Saints revolution the real deal

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St Davids rugby club have always had a good junior set up, a good club house and a brilliant team spirit and culture off the pitch. However for the past decade the teams performances on the field were lacking, languishing at the bottom of division three west, hoping for a win or two a season. How times have changed!

This season they are in excellent form and sit fifth place in the league, above clubs who’ve sat above them in this league and leagues above very recently. Last Saturday saw the Saints host Pembroke, who last season were playing the likes of Llanelli Wanderers and Llangennech. However Saints are no longer a team clubs look forward to playing and they proved this once again Saturday coming out 31-24 winners.

Players such as Jack Jones, George Raymond, Ben Joyce and Morgan Griffiths are just a selection of the quality players at the Saints disposal this year. Under the guidance of club legend Jack Dudley the Saints are absolutely flying in comparison to what they’ve become accustomed to over the past decade.

Off the field the clubhouse is always welcoming and there’s always a good atmosphere in there post game win or lose. The junior section is strong and all in all the future for our county’s only city rugby club looks very bright. It’s a credit to all involved with the club as we well know it takes so much work to keep a small club alive. I’m sure there have been numerous challenges over the years including covid and struggling for players. It’s times like that when the club’s characters really come to the fore and I’m sure everyone involved with the club is prouder than ever of their teams on field performance.

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Goodwick win again as Mice hammer Cosh

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Most games fell foul to the weather last weekend with pitches saturated after all the rain we’ve had. Five games however did go ahead, including two senior cup ties. As Goodwick booked their place in the next round after another impressive win.

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Goodwick United 5-0 Herbrandston

Will Haworths excellent hat-rick put the tie to bed for the hosts before half time. Despite having a good season in division two Herbie were unable to pose any real threat to Goodwick senior cup run. Jones and Delaney added two more for O’Sullivans men in the second half. The excellent form continues and we await to see who they’ll face in the next round.

Camrose 2-3 Johnston

A five thriller goal thriller between two mid table division two teams, ended with the Tigers progressing to the next round. The visitors came back after finding themselves 2-0 down after a Chalmers brace for the hosts. Joey George started the late comeback with a goal after 79 minutes, Richards soon added the equaliser, before Kieran Blundell got the vital goal to send his team into the next round.

Elsewhere in league action St Ishmaels hammered Cosheston who’s recent form has been good. Brennan Devonald was the man of the match with a hat-rick for the Mice. Tish’ league form in 2024 is now three wins out of three and they climb to sixth with a fair amount of games in hand over the teams above them.

In the third division Morgan Elliott’s hat-rick kept Solva’s promotion charge on track. The hosts beat St Florence 3-1, and Solva now sit second just two points off table toppers Lawrenny. In the fourth division Angle came out on top of an eight goal thriller when they hosted St Ishmaels reverses. A brace a piece for Niall Brunton and James Potter ensured the points for the hosts, which leaves them in fourth place and with an outside shot of promotion as it stands.

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The Magic of the Cup

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Cup competitions are always exciting, no matter what round or fixture, there’s something special about the cup. We are now getting into the latter stages of the senior cup and teams will be dreaming of a final at Bridge Meadow. Will there be upsets? Who will want to rewrite the script?
Here’s our preview of this weekends cup ties –

Senior Cup Fixtures 17/02/24 –

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The cup will be a welcome release for Fishguard who are deep in a relegation battle in the league. However they have picked up some decent results in cup competitions this season and will be without pressure or expectation in this fixture. Matthew Fox’ Clarby will be firm favourites not only for this tie but to get to the semi final stages at least. An impressive season so far for Clarby and cup success would really be the icing on the cake.

Milford United vs Neyland

There won’t be many teams in the county with more confidence than Steve Parks’ Milford United right now. A brilliant win last week at the Obs and definitely a dark horse for this competition. They’ll see the cup as an opportunity to potentially get some silverware this year. Neyland have struggled in the league and are in real relegation trouble but are still a dangerous team on their day.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two teams who are safely in mid table in the league and really have no relegation fears. Cup success would be a huge achievement for either of these sides and both have the quality to be a danger in this competition. A evenly matched tie here which will likely be a close game.

Camrose vs Johnston

Two second division teams who have absolutely nothing to lose in this competition. Camrose have really impressed on their return to division two and would love to progress to the next stages of the cup. The Tigers are a strong outfit and physical team, not an easy opponent for anyone. With experience in their ranks they’ll be chomping at the bit for cup success.

Goodwick United vs Herbrandston

Firm favourites to win this competition Goodwick United host Herbrandston. Herbie started the season on fire but have late have been inconsistent. They are second in the second division and have real quality in midfield mixed with youngsters with bags of potential. A real test here for the village, who’ll be relishing the challenge.

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