ABER produced a full of determination and character to overcome a rugged Crymych side who neither gave nor asked for any quarter in a full-throated game.
The late withdrawal of scrum-half Llyr Thomas could easily have disrupted Aber’s game. However, his replacement by elder brother Ifan proved no handicap as the latter gave a complete performance in the number 9 shirt.
The game was fiercely competitive, with strong tackling from both sides, and play remained between the 22’s for the first 25 minutes.
The early loss of their hooker, Carwyn Rees, seemed to disrupt the Crymych lineout but they continued to scrummage strongly.
Crymych also lost their outside half, Ifan Phillips, to a bad elbow injury after half an hour. His replacement, Gareth Davies, only lasted 5 minutes before damaging his shoulder.
After 33 minutes, Adam Phillips kicked a penalty for Crymych after an Aber ruck infringement.
Having conceded the lead to their relegation-threatened hosts, Aber wasted little time in striking back.
In the 37th minute, Dorian Jones stole a Crymych line out. After a great kick by Ian Ellis and some neat handling, Adam Carvell crossed in the corner.
Steff Rees kicked the tricky conversion to give Aber the lead.
In the lengthy injury time at the end of the first period, Steff Rees sustained a nasty cut to his mouth and Harry Hewson came on as a blood replacement, while the Aber kicker had strapping fixed to his face.
The second half started with Aber absorbing a lot of pressure in their 22. The visitors’ scrum held firm, however, and Aber weathered the storm, despite having a forward yellow carded.
When Aber worked their way up the field, Paul Stubbs was able to win a penalty by standing strong in the ruck, which Steff Rees kicked.
The setback prompted Crymych to redouble their efforts and they forced play upfield, applying pressure before centre Carwyn Phillips scored in the corner.
The conversion went wide and Aber tried to relieve the storm by introducing fresh legs to stem the Preselimen’s tide.
With 32 minutes gone in the second half, Crymych’s Adam Phillips kicked a penalty after Aber were penalised for not pushing straight to take them into the lead for the first time.
Aber needed to show their character to regain the lead. After battling hard at the breakdown, a smart break for replacement flanker Steffan Rattray got the team into a good position. Further determined running led to Ian Ellis going over in the corner for a score which was well converted by Steff Rees.
Those were the final points of the game. A bruising encounter and tough match. Injuries to key players cost the Preselimen dear, while Aber will go away relieved to have shown real grit to secure a determined away wi
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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