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Russell in spires Glasgow against stricken Scarlets



Scarlets 10

Glasgow Warriors 46

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 15.29.38THE SCARLETS managed to field a side for their last home game of the season against a title chasing Glasgow Warriors side, despite having over 20 players stricken in the week leading up to the game with a viral stomach bug.

A Russell try-double got the visitors off to a fine start after Scarlets kicked an early penalty.

The returning Liam Williams kept Scarlets in touch but further tries from Lee Jones, who also scored twice, as well as Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett and Henry Pyrgos meant Glasgow racked up seven in total.

The win means Glasgow, temporarily at least, rise to second in the Guinness PRO12 ahead of Connacht Rugby’s encounter with Munster.

Steve Shingler put the home side three points to the good after two minutes as Glasgow were penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.

But Warriors hit back straight away as Russell scored a beautifully crafted try.

A short line out set up the position for him to chip over the Scarlets defence then collect and touch down in one motion, before kicking the extras.

Things got worse for Scarlets’ on 11 minutes with an injury to DTH van der Merwe, who went off with his arm in a makeshift sling and was replaced by Steffan Hughes.

Russell then extended the visitors’ lead with a routine penalty won as Scarlets tried to run their way out of trouble.

After 20 minutes he turned down another kick at goal but his angled kick set up a perfect lineout position.

He continued the Russell show by finished strongly in the corner, under pressure from Steffan Evans, but could not add the extras from the touchline.

Scarlets were back in it on the half hour mark though, Williams running the decisive angle to breeze past Sila Puafisi and touch down under the posts on his return to action – Shingler then added the extras.

The fightback did not last long though as Jones re-established the tenpoint lead on 37 minutes, finishing in the corner after Henry Pyrgos broke when Glasgow forced a turnover on the halfway line.

A bonus point was secured for Glasgow less than a minute into the second period, Pyrgos finishing a sublime team move in the corner as Russell’s expertly timed pass set him free in the right corner, the fly-half then continuing his dominance with the boot.

Warriors put the game beyond Scarlets reach just before the hour mark as a Pyrgos pass ricocheted off the home side’s defence and fell kindly for Mark Bennett to pick up and run a curved line to touch down under the posts with Russell kicking the extras.

Phil John came on for his 264th and final appearance for Scarlets with a little under 20 minutes to go but it made no difference.

The Glasgow dominance continued and a Russell interception in his own half set up the platform for Seymour to cross under the posts with 15 minutes to go with the fly-half kicking the conversion.

Russell almost completed his hat-trick with seven minutes to go but his mazy run was stopped ten metres short, only for Jones to pick up the recycled ball and cross the whitewash, Russell for once unable to kick the extras.

The loss loosened Scarlets’ grip on fourth place and a semi-final spot with just two rounds of action to go.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event



CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets



A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire



JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.

The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.

More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.

The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.

Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.

The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions. 

Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.

“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”

Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website

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