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Llanelli Warriors 20-45 Swansea Vikings

A STORMING start put the Vikings into an unassailable position despite a gritty performance for the Warriors on Sunday (Sept 9).

There was proof of rugby’s inclusiveness at Burry Port on the weekend when the Warriors who look to include players with learning difficulties and the Vikings who encourage gay and bisexual members took on each other.

It may have technically been a friendly match but it was as hard fought and contested as any other and proved to be a physical encounter.

The Swansea Vikings more or less put the seal on this one on the first fifteen minutes. They stormed through for 3 quick-fire tries and were unlucky not to have got a couple more as they burst out of the blocks.

Photo by Darren Harries

The Warriors already knew it was going to be a tough one with a number of players missing and a rearranged backline. They lost Captain Rich Evans in the warm up, and then inside centre Andrew Ladd early on. Lloyd Crawley on his debut was forced into emergency centre rather than his preferred 2nd row alongside flanker Nathan Lawson.

With Dan Grinter and Jarrod Davies also making debuts it was no wonder that the Warriors took some time to settle by which time the Vikings were striding away.

There were some stand out performances for the Warriors. Yanis Whitely had his best game to date. He added some jinking runs to his tenacious tackling and deserved his fine try. Dai Haines carried strongly and was added by Simon Jenkins who gave the Warriors much of their physical edge.

In the backs Anthony Yendall answered an S.O.S. to fill in at number 10 and add some shape to attack whilst the score would have been a lot higher if not for the efforts of Day and Ashour out wide.

They never threatened the result though. The Vikings strength was between back row and 10. They back row contained the Warriors best efforts giving the half backs the room they needed to pile on the pressure. Despite the best efforts of Jordan Jones, Gareth Ladd and Andrew Davies they held an edge here throughout.

The Warriors must be pleased with their efforts though. All the debutants did well and others will have learned a lot from this experience. They also finished strongly. Davies had an effort disallowed but eventually Randall had enough space to round his man and end the game on a high note.

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More signings as Cwm build squad

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FOLLOWING on from announcing their three new signings last week Cwmamman United have announced a further six this week.

Nathan Davies, who has captained the Carmarthenshire League Select side, joins from Bwlch Rangers while Rob Morgans joins having played with Haverfordwest County and Goodwick United previously.

They also announced the signing of four tremendously talented young players in Oliver Diamond, Korey Palmer, Stevie Evans and Joe Lewis.

“We are really pleased to have these boys on board as we are not only strengthening our first team squad with some really talented players ” said Ryan Stephens, First Team Manager, “but we are also building for the future.”

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Ammanford romp to friendly win

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AMMANFORD romped away in a goal fest in this pre season friendly beating their plucky opponents Pontarddulais by ten goals to nil on Friday (Jul 12).

Ammanford Manager Gruffydd Harrison will be pleased with his teams workout and even more excited with his forward line finishing prowess.

There were hat tricks for Gavin Jones who showed excellent pace and new signing Tristan Jenkins along with goals from Lee Trundle, Bruno Forkouh, Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater.

Ammanford have another friendly this Friday (Jul 19) when they take on Ynysygerwn.

After that they travel to Pontardawe Town on Tuesday (Jul 23) before a trip to Welsh Premier League neighbours Carmarthen Town on Saturday (Jul 27).

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Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc

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WITH THE TOUR DE FRANCE in full swing and the World’s best doing battle against each other, there is another big cycling event taking place within the French Alps.

The Tour du Mont Blanc claims to be the Worlds toughest road cycling event and Llangadog based cyclist, Matthew Page will be lining up and attempting to complete the arduous route.

The event is a non-stop, circumnavigation around the alpine peak of Mont Blanc, starting in France alpine resort of Les Saisies and heads through Switzerland and Italy before returning to finish back in Les Saisies.

Covering a total of 330km (205 miles) with 8300 vertical metres (27,300 feet) of climbing it is roughly the equivalent to tackling two of the toughest Tour de France stages, back to back without stopping and takes in well known alpine passes including the Grand Saint Bernard, Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Forclaz.

Matthew is a former professional Mountain Biker, who competed internationally and specialised in 24hr solo competitions and also Carmarthenshire Sports Personality winner. Now a cycle event organiser and cycling media journalist he organises major off-road events within the county including Battle on the Beach, Gritfest and in November 2019 will be organising a round of the British Cycling cyclocross national series within Pembrey Country Park.

With less than 50% of starters likely to finish, Matthew is understandably apprehensive about the challenge: “This will undoubtedly be one of the hardest days I will ever encounter on the bike and despite having done 24hr events previously, the extra challenges the Tour du Mont Blanc brings, including lack of a support crew, route navigation, logistics and uncertain weather especially at higher altitudes. The event has been a major focus for me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge”.

The event takes place on Saturday July 20, with the fastest riders expected to finish in under 12 hours.

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