BURRY Port moved into fourth place in League 2 West on Saturday (Apr 6), as they beat St Clears 32-17.
However, the Saints were well in the game until, in the final ten minutes, they conceded two tries in quick succession as the Blacks took advantage.
If you saw the first twenty minutes you would have wondered who was at the bottom and who was mid table in the league; St Clears were absolutely dominant, but the failure to score was crucial and the first foray into the home side’s territory produced a try for the visitors, albeit a very good one with excellent handling skills from the dangerous visitors back division producing a touchdown in the corner for right wing Owen Thomas.
End to end play was the subsequent pattern of play with both sides pushing for the next score with Saints number 8, Owain Stacey breaking the deadlock ten minutes later with his debut try for Saints, converted by captain Adam Phillips, to put the home side in front.
It was short lived however, with a penalty conceded by Saints ten minutes later, providing the impetus for the very effective visitor‘s back division to cross in the other corner allowing left wing Thomas Bowen to restore the lead for Port at the half time break with the score at 10 points to 7.
In the second half a high tackle provided an easy penalty in front of the posts for Port’s number 10 Ben Williams and a very good kick from distance against a strong wind from Captain Phillips, thanks to the crossbar, maintained the score differential, only for an interception by Thomas Bowen to extend the lead once again with an unchallenged simple run in under the posts for his second try, which with the conversion, extended the lead to ten points.
Five minutes later in this very evenly contested challenge, left wing Jonathan Gostling finished off good work to reward the territorial advantage enjoyed by the home side for a try which, with another good conversion from Phillips, produced the finely balanced score of 17-20.
However, with ten minutes remaining, the Saints saw that narrow gap increased with two tries conceded far too easily taking the score to 17-32.
It left the Saints gutted with what they saw as another unjust result.
On Saturday (Apr 13), the Saints will look to bounce back as they travel to Mumbles while Burry Port will look to keep hold of fourth place as they travel to bottom side Tumble.
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
Static Bike Challenge
Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.
Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.
On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.
Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:
“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”
Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.
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