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Quins too good for Otters

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Narberth 19

Carmarthen Quins 52

WRU National Cup

Pass: Kieran Jones offloads to Morgan Griffiths who runs on to score

CARMARTHEN QUINS made it through to the third round of the WRU National Cup as they eased to a 52-19 victory over Narberth on Saturday, February 18.

It was Narberth who started the game well however, as they forced the Quins back and a loose pass from Morgan Allen put Chris Banfield under pressure and he knocked the ball on giving Narberth an early chance to take the lead.

The penalty was right in front of the posts and Ianto Griffiths made no mistake to make it 3-0 to the Otters.

The Quins were then penalised for going off their feet giving Narberth another penalty and Griffiths again sent the ball through the posts from just inside the Quins half to make it 6-0 with nine minutes gone.

The visitors began to get into their stride and with fourteen minutes on the clock the Quins worked the ball out left to captian Rhys Williams who touched down in the corner for the first try of the game. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 6-5 to the Otters.

With twenty minutes on the clock Narberth were given another penalty which Griffiths sent through the posts to make it 9-5.

Three minutes later the Quins were given a penalty try which also saw Narberth’s Tom Slater given a yellow card for his part. Connor Lloyd was then given the easiest of tasks to convert under the posts to give them a 9-12 lead.

With the Otters still down to 14 men the Quins pushed forward and with half an hour on the clock they scored their third try of the game with Nathan Williams credited with the pushover try. Craig Evans sent the conversion through the posts for a 9-19 lead.

Griffiths then scored Narberth’s fourth penalty of the game to reduce the score to 12-19.

It remained 12-19 at half time and Narberth were still in with a chance of winning the game.

Ten minutes into the second half the Quins were given a second penalty try after Narberth’s scrum was penalised. Craig Evans then sent the easy conversion through the posts for a 12-26 lead.

Dylan Cooper was then given a yellow card for Narberth again putting the Quins in a strong position with the man advantage.

They soon made their advantage count as Kieran Jones broke through to score a try just under the posts and Craig Evans added the extras for a score of 12-33.

On the hour mark the Quins increased their lead further as Jones did well to hold the ball before offloading to Morgan Griffiths who ran on to score in the corner. Evans was unlucky to see the conversion bounce back off the post.

Narberth battled back but were guilty of giving the ball away at crucial moments.

With just over five minutes remaining Chris Banfield sped through to score the Quins’ seventh try of the game and Evans sent the conversion through for a 12-45 score.

Banfield was involved again moments later as he burst through before passing to Morgan Griffiths who offloaded to Lawrence Reynolds and Evans again added the extra two points.

In the closing minutes the Quins were penalised for being offside and Narberth kicked to touch. Callum Tree emerged with the ball and did well to reach over and touch the ball down for a consolation try. Replacement Lewis Wood sent the ball through the posts to give the score line a more respectable look of 19-52.

That was the last action of the game and the Quins now progress to the last eight of the competition.

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Llanelli Bodybuilder matches Arnie’s record

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WELSHMAN James ‘Flex’ Lewis is one of Britain’s most successful sportsmen as well as one of the world’s greatest bodybuilders.

He has made history this weekend (Sept 14-17) at the Mr. Olympia event in Las Vegas (the top international event in bodybuilding).

He went into the event the reigning five times Olympia Champion in his weight category and his incredible sixth consecutive win was just announced, which matches the record of another body building legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Indeed, Flex’s career as a bodybuilder has been continually likened to Arnie’s and the win this weekend further secures his place as the world’s greatest bodybuilder.

The Mr. Olympia title is the most coveted in the world of bodybuilding and the title awarded to the winner of the professional men’s contest at the annual international bodybuilding competition (the bodybuilding ‘world cup’), held by the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness.

The event started on Thursday (September 14) in Las Vegas and the results were declared this morning. With Flex’s track record, you wouldn’t bet against another win for the Welshman next year either!

Flex Lewis originates from Llanelli in Wales and has had huge success, particularly in the States, where he is a well-known face. He is a tremendous ambassador for the sport of bodybuilding and one of Britain’s greatest athletes.

He is passionate about changing the clichéd perception of bodybuilding and for people to see it as the credible sport that it is and the athleticism it involves to participate. He’s also a real family man and not just a generic ‘muscle head’ and despite his successes, Flex remains humble, determined, focused; the same lad from the Valleys that he always was.

Flex has won over 30 national and international titles. But it is with Mr Olympia he is most synonymous. Having committed his life to what can be a very gruelling training regime and a carefully monitored diet, the victory this weekend at Olympia is extremely well deserved and cements his position as Wales’ very own Arnie!

Flex on his victory said: “I was honoured to go into the event holding the current Olympia title as the best 212 physique in the world and I am buzzing to have defended it for another year. My accomplishments are a true testament to what dedication and hard work can get you.

“If you want something bad enough and set your mind to it, it can be achieved. To equal Arnie’s record of consecutive wins at Olympia this weekend is a dream come true for me as I have always been inspired by him and he is such an icon and ambassador for bodybulding.

“I am so thrilled to have made Wales and the people of Great Britain proud.”

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Wales beaten by young Lions

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Wales: Karlin Claridge (Cardiff Blue Dragons), James Smith (West Wales Raiders), Fraser Stroud (Torfaen Tigers), Eauan Morris (Torfaen Tigers), Sean Collins (West Wales Raiders), Cobi Green (Valley Cougars), Elliot Jenkins (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Jacob Hitchcox (North Wales Crusaders), Macauley Harris (Valley Cougars), Ellis Simon (West Wales Raiders), Morgan Cross (Rhondda Outlaws), Dewi Billingham (Torfaen Tigers). Subs: Jack Morris (Cardiff Blue Dragons), Taine Hendy (Rhondda Outlaws), Nye Walker (Rhondda Outlaws), Brett Thomas (Torfaen Tigers)

Wales • 24
England Lions • 42

ENGLAND Lions under 18s ran out 42-24 winners against a Wales side who battled all the way last Saturday (Sept 16).

However the English side just had a bit too much rugby league knowledge for the Welsh and the scoreline isn’t quite reflective of how hard the Welsh team fought.

Wales took an early lead. Euan Morris scored out wide and Elliot Jenkins, who has also been named in the full Wales train-on side ahead of the World Cup, converted.

However England soon addressed the balance with a try from Will Tully converted by Cole Connolly before Eddie Wilcock went over from dummy half to give them a lead they wouldn’t give up. Connolly’s second goal made it 12-6.

Sean Collins went over in the corner for Wales’ second try which went unconverted before England score again through a Curtis Teare break finished off by Charlie Taylor with Connolly converting to make it 18-10.

England extended their lead to 24-10 when Wilcock crossed for his second try which Connolly improved but Wales hadn’t given up as Morris scored his second of the day, which went unconverted.

However, England went into half-time with a strong 30-14 lead after Liam Kenyon set up Charlie Taylor to score under the sticks. Connolly kept up his 100% first half kicking record.

Wales started their comeback 15 minutes into the second half. Brett Thomas scored out wide but again, agonisingly for Wales, it went unconverted.

They closed the gap further through a Nye Walker try that Jenkins converted and despite it being five tries each, Wales were still six points down with just ten minutes to go.

England then pulled away with two tries in the closing stages to seal the win. Will Ashworth ran 70 metres to score under the sticks and from kick-off, Wilcock grabbed his hat-trick. Connolly converted both.

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Wanderers seal T20 final win

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Carmarthen Wanderers: SWCA T20 winners 2017

WELSH PREMIER DIVISION 2 side Carmarthen Wanderers capped a superb season by winning their South Wales Cricket Association T20 cup final against Ynysygerwn by 3 wickets.

Left arm spinner Ian Hughes four overs saw him take 1-15 but it was Steve Mills who turned the game towards the Wanderers as he took three wickets in nine balls, much to the delight of the Wanderers ‘barmy army’.

The season’s star player, spinner Gareth Thomas bagged three wickets during the final overs to dismiss Ynys for 98, with wicket keeper Owain Evans claiming three dismissals.

The Wanderers attacked from the off with Steve Inward blasting 39 runs in 6 overs in conjunction with Owain Evans [24] adding 55 for the first wicket.

Going into the final over the Wanderers were 93-7 before youngster Liam Rogers clubbed a boundary to relieve the pressure before Owain Davies hit the penultimate ball to the fence, the Wanderers enjoyed one of the finest moments in their club’s history.

Having lifted the SWCA T20 trophy, Walters triumphantly stated: “Winning this trophy is an outstanding achievement as Ynys are a quality side. We bowled and fielded well and got across the line as the pressure mounted during the final overs.

“This is a fitting reward as we have remained unbeaten since May and lifting the cup means so much to everybody at the club, especially those who work so hard behind the scenes. Our large band of travelling supporters provided a great atmosphere which made the occasion such a special day.”

The man of the match awarded went to Steve Mills, who is in his first season with the Club having arrived from his home club, Pembrokeshire first division side Johnston.

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