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Scarlets see off rivals Ospreys



SCARLETS picked up an excellent win on Saturday afternoon (Oct 6) as they beat rivals Ospreys 20-17 at the Parc.

Ospreys got the upper hand in the opening quarter spending the best part of ten minutes in the home side’s 22 but they were unable to turn pressure in to points. Sam Davies put in an initial drop goal attempt, which was charged down, before Blade Thomson ripped a turnover ball in the shadow of the try line to get the Scarlets out of danger in what was a huge defensive effort.

Rhys Patchell kicked the Scarlets into Ospreys territory and within the blink of an eye former Osprey Kieron Fonotia makes a break through their defensive line. He showed great pace and determination and found Johnny McNicholl who made a dash into the opposition 22, crossing the whitewash unopposed. Halfpenny added the conversion.

Ospreys made their way back in to Scarlets territory. They run towards the try line through winger Luke Morgan and he was just inches away from the whitewash before being penalised for holding on.

On the half hour mark, whilst Patchell was being seen to by the medical staff, the Ospreys brought themselves back into the game when Cory Allen made a run for the line to touch down and Sam Davies added the extras, bringing the score level pegging at 7-7.

Photo by Darren Harries

The Ospreys were now on top and two minutes later former Scarlet George North made a break for the line but was tackled by winger Tom Prydie. North was convinced he had scored and the TMO was called for. It was phenomenal effort from Prydie to rip the ball from North’s grasp but the try was awarded.

Ospreys were unable to add the extra two points and the score stayed at 7-12.

Scarlets looked to finish the first half strongly and made their way into Ospreys territory. The ball is played through the hands and advantage is played but with nothing coming from it play was called back and Halfpenny steps up for a penalty to make it 10-12.

Patchell returned for the second half and the Scarlets came out strongly looking to get themselves back into the lead.

They thought they had scored a try when Hadleigh Parkes crossed under the sticks but it was ruled out for an infringement earlier in the move by the TMO.

The home side did not let that stop them and they soon went back on the attack and they were eventually rewarded with a penalty which Halfpenny sent through the posts to make it 13-12.

The Scarlets were looking dangerous with the ball but were stopped by an Ospreys knock on. The TMO checked for a deliberate knock on but it was deemed to be a knock on.

From the resulting scrum, the Scarlets edged themselves forward and it was the returning Patchell who went over for the try which was then converted by Halfpenny.

With the score at 20-12 the Ospreys knew they would need more than one score to get back in to it and they got a try when Luke Morgan crossed. The conversion was missed and Scarlets held a three-point lead.

Scarlets looked to keep the ball in the Ospreys half as the clock ticked over into the last ten minutes but the visitors were able to win the ball back.

There was still time for them to get what would have been a winning score but Scarlets held on to secure an excellent victory.

The 12,000 strong crowd were sent home happy and Scarlets now turn their attentions to Saturday’s (Oct 13) opening game in the Heineken Cup.

Racing Metro 92 are the visitors to Parc Y Scarlets with kick off at 5:30pm.

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Points deduction for Old Gold



CARMARTHEN Town have been deducted three points and fined £250 for fielding an ineligible player in their 2-0 win over Llanelli Town on New Years Day.

An FAW Disciplinary Panel met last week to hear the charge against Carmarthen Town AFC after Dave Vincent, who should have been suspended for the game on January 1, played in that match.

Vincent should have served a one match suspension from December 28, 2018 for accumulating five cautions.

A spokesperson for the FAW said: “Carmarthen were charged with a Disciplinary Offence as set out under FAW Rule 38.1.2, for the alleged breach of Rule 18 of the JD Welsh Premier League Rules 2018/19 for playing an ineligible player.

“The Panel found the charge against Carmarthen to be proven, and as a result the club will be deducted three points from their League playing record, and fined £250.

“Carmarthen have until the close of business on February 18, 2019 to lodge an appeal against this decision.”

The three-point deduction means that Carmarthen would be eight points off the bottom two and it would also harm their chances of finishing at the top of the Welsh Premiership Conference.

Carmarthen Town have been asked for a comment on the matter.

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Young Borderers progress in Mike Fry Cup



WHITLAND Youth held off a spirited fightback from Milford Haven on Saturday (Feb 9) as they won 14-15 on the 3G surface at The Obs to progress to the semi-finals of the Mike Fry Under 17 Cup.

Owen Palmer, Iolo Rees and Brandon Williams all scored unconverted tries for Whitland as they moved into a 7-15 lead.

Harry Charnley had scored Milford’s earlier try and as the second half wore on they looked to get themselves back into the game.

A surging run set up Joel Yeomans to dive over near the posts and the conversion brought them to within one point of the junior Borderers.

Whitland looked to seal their progress and went looking for a fourth try but lost the ball in contact near the line.

Milford came forward but a wayward lineout prevented any further progress.

The home side won the ball back but Whitland turned the ball over as time ran out and they kicked the ball out of play to seal their passage to the next round.

The young Borderers will now look forward to their semi-final tie which takes place on Saturday, February 23.

Elsewhere, Tenby went through with a 12-3 win over Pembroke and Crymych beat Aberystwyth 25-10.

The game between Fishguard and Neyland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and is due to be played on Sunday (Feb 17).

The final will be played on March 16 at Tenby.

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Youthful Blacks stun Bont



BURRY Port travelled to Bont with an impressive eight youth players in their ranks, 5 of whom started the match and two making their senior debuts.

The selection had raised a few eyebrows in the week but the coaching staff fully believed the Youth players had earned their place and were excited to see how they went against a good Division 2 team.

The first half was a scrappy affair with both teams trying to play rugby but failing to hold on to possession at crucial times, the referee was happy for both teams to play and controlled the game very well.

The stalemate was not broken until the 30th minute when a break up field by the home backs got them into the Burry Port 22 and after a couple of quick phases they managed to power over out wide to lead 5-0.

As the half time approached Burry Port were camped on the home team’s try line, twice being held up over the line and after refusing a couple of easy shots at goal searching for a try would have been disappointed to come up short and go into half time 5 nil down.

In the second half, now playing into the wind, Burry Port upped the tempo and got their ball carriers into the game more. They simplified the attack and they got the rewards, Captain Andy Francis got the first try, running hard and straight through his opposite number to finish under the posts to take a 7-5 lead.

Photo by Darren Harries

Burry Port now had their tails up and Bont were struggling to cope with the direct running of the Blacks ball carrying. A second try came after good approach play and a wonderful finish through live wire hooker Taran Galbraith to extend the lead to 12-5.

Bont knew they needed the next score but with the Burry Port defence dominating the contact area they failed to get any decent attacks going and from a turnover in mid field and some good hands saw flying wing Tom Davies cross in the corner to make it 17-5.

Burry Port brought on youngster Keelan Jewell at loose head to make it an all 18 year old front row and, with the addition of another two youth replacements Kingsley Powell and debutant Theo Barnes-Watson as well as scrum half Ben Williams, who all brought plenty of energy onto the field against a tiring home defence, meant the next try wasn’t long coming.

Centre Duane Evans found a gap and a lovely inside ball to supporting full back Adam Davies who dived over the line for the bonus point try.

Another try quickly followed as a 5m lineout attack from Burry Port was initially defended well but with Burry Port keeping the ball, replacement Powell barged over the line.

The game was won but Burry Port had one more score in them, with Adam Davies dancing around a few tired defenders to again cross under the posts to put the icing on a well-deserved victory for Burry Port.

Burry Port are next in action on Saturday (Feb 16) when they welcome St Clears to the Memorial Park, 2:30pm kick off.

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