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Quins earn full points in thriller

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Looking to release a quick ball: Carmarthen Quins.

Looking to release a quick ball: Carmarthen Quins.

Aberavon 32 Carmarthen Quins 35

CARMARTHEN secured their first win in four games in all competitions and kept their extremely slim hopes of making the end of season play-offs alive owing largely to ex-Aberavon number eight Rory Gallacher’s whose two tries helped secure a bonus point win.

To say the Quin’s hopes of making the play-offs are slim is an understatement of massive proportions on my part, what they in fact need is a minor miracle to make the end of season spectacle.

With just one game left to play, Quins already find themselves two points adrift of third-placed Cross Keys, but Cross Keys have a game in hand. The Quins need a win (ideally need a bonus point win) on Saturday if it is not to be their final game of the season, but seeing as they line up against runaway leaders Pontypridd this in itself seems an unlikely proposition.

Coupled with this they would also need Cross Keys to lose both of their games and not pick up bonus points in the process, as they play bottom two placed Bridgend twice, this again seems an unlikely proposition. Throw into this an Ebbw Vale victory versus Cardiff and the Quins fans may well enjoy an end of season play-off game. Although with the sides current form they may be of the viewpoint that it would be better to cut the losses on the 2014/15 campaign and start planning for next year.

Despite the weather providing near perfect rugby conditions it took until the eighteen minute mark for the deadline to be broken. Scrum-half Kieran Hardy spotted an opportunity to break and snuck under the posts for a fine score which was converted easily by Dan Jones.

Hardy was involved again for the Quins’ second score as he spotted another gap and put Gavin Thomas in under the sticks, leaving Jones with a simple conversion.

A penalty on the stroke of half-time by Ceiron Thomas got Aberavon on the board and left the hosts trailing 14-3 at the interval.

The Aberavon fans will have been forgiven for thinking the game was over, when five minutes after half-time their former backrower Gallagher powered his way over the line for Carmarthen’s third, which was again converted.

 

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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Wanderers seal win over Gorseinon

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CARMARTHEN Wanderers secured a much-needed win on Saturday (Jun 11) as they beat Gorseinon by 98 runs.

Gorseinon won the toss and elected to field and they watched on as the Wanderers reached 211-8 from their 50 overs.

Owain Davies and Ifan Knott got the Wanderers going with an opening partnership of 78 runs in which Knott raced to his half century.

Davies reached a score of 16 but he was stumped by Greg Fisher off the bowling of Matthew Roberts.

Binding then fell to John Mann as the Wanderers lost a couple of quick wickets.

Knott had hit nine fours in his score of 57 but he was then caught by Fisher off the bowling of Roberts.

Gareth Thomas was then bowled by Rhys Barlow as the Wanderers slipped to 94-4.

Robbie Crawford and Tom Davies got their side going again as they shared 45 runs for the fifth wicket.

Crawford hit a four and a six in his score of 28 but he was bowled by Gafyn Donald. Moments later Davies fell on a score of 13 to Kieran Howells.

Mann then bowled Owen Bailey before Daniel Jones and Liam Rogers shared 43 runs for the eighth wicket.

Rogers smashed two fours and two sixes in his score of 30 from 16 balls but he was out to the bowling of Howells.

Jones finished unbeaten on 26, having hit two sixes, while Carmarthen’s score was also helped along by 28 extras.

Gorseinon slipped to 34-3 early in their reply as Chris Turrell claimed two wickets.

Christopher Morgan and Gafyn Donald shared 39 runs for the fourth wicket but when Morgan was trapped leg before by Iestyn Scourfield on a score of 16, Gorseinon’s innings began to fall apart.

Donald then fell in similar fashion on a score of 36 and Scourfield then had Chris Mee caught by Ifan Knott and Jamie Mann caught and bowled.

That left the home side on 97-7 and Owain Binding then got in on the act as he had Greg Fisher caught by Liam Rogers.

Alex Lang fell for a score of 12 to Gareth Thomas before Binding bowled Rhys Barlow to bring the game to a close.

It meant that Gorseinon were bowled out for just 113, giving the Wanderers a big victory.

On Saturday, June 18, the Wanderers travel to Chepstow.

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Council pays tribute to Welsh rugby legend Phil Bennett

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council Leader Cllr Darren Price has paid tribute to Welsh rugby hero Phil Bennett who has sadly passed away after a long illness.

Regarded as one of world’s greatest rugby players, the sporting legend from Felinfoel in Llanelli, died on Sunday, aged 73.

Benny, as he was affectionately known, won 29 caps for Wales from 1969 to 1978, played for his beloved Scarlets 413 times and starred for the Lions on two tours, to South Africa in 1974 and as Captain in New Zealand three years later.

He was awarded the OBE in 1979 for his services to sport and inaugurated into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

Cllr Price, speaking on behalf of the council, said: “Phil Bennett was a true rugby icon, and an inspiration to us all. He was a global superstar of the golden era of Welsh rugby, and will be remembered not just for his immense skill on the rugby pitch, but for his enthusiasm and passion for local sport, and his valued contribution to the local community.

“Phil worked as part of the council’s community sports development team for a number of years, and made a huge impact on both our young and older people across Carmarthenshire.

“He will be greatly missed by all, and our thoughts and condolences are with Phil’s family and friends at this sad time.”

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