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Phillips commits future to Scarlets

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Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 09.29.21SCARLETS have confirmed that hooker Emyr Phillips is the latest player to commit his future to his home region.

Phillips, 29, from Llandovery grew up playing for the town’s junior rugby teams. He joined the Scarlets in 2008 and made his debut in a league match against Ulster in May 2009.

In his Scarlets career to date, he has made 126 appearances, scoring three tries, and scored an excellent solo try on the occasion of his 100th cap against Italian rugby side, Benetton Treviso in September 2014.

Phillips has captained the Scarlets on a few occasions, taking the reins for the first time in an LV+ Cup clash against Leicester Tigers in February 2013 and has won three international caps. He made his Welsh debut in the summer of 2013, starting both Tests on the tour of Japan.

A knee injury suffered in the region’s New Year’s Day derby away to Cardiff Blues will keep Phillips sidelined for the remainder of the current season.

Commenting on the news Emyr Phillips said; “It has been a frustrating couple of season with injuries but I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract to remain here at Parc y Scarlets.

“The recovery is going well on the knee injury and I’m very much looking forward to getting a full pre-season under my belt and hit the ground running for the 2016-17 campaign.

“It’s difficult to watch from the sidelines, particularly when the boys have been doing so well and put us in a good position to fight for a play-off spot at the end of the season.”

Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: “We’re pleased to see Emyr joining a strong pool of current Scarlets who have already committed their futures to the region. He has been unlucky with injuries of late but we look forward to welcoming him back for the 2016-17 campaign.”

Phillips is the latest name in a long line of Scarlets who have committed their futures to the region. Captain Ken Owens leads an impressive group of players who have put pen to paper at Parc y Scarlets including Jake Ball, Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, James Davies, Rob Evans, Samson Lee, Emyr Phillips, Aaron Shingler, Liam Williams and Scott Williams.

The region will also welcome Jonathan Davies, Jonathan Evans, Rhys Patchell and Werner Kruger to the Parc for the 2016-17 campaign.

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals

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Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland

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AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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Howell’s strike takes the points for Cwm

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CWMAMMAN United earned their first three points of the season with an impressive all round performance as they overcame Cardiff Darconians through a sublime Gwion Howell finish at Grenig park on Saturday (Sept 17).

Cwm started on the front foot and their passing and movement was excellent and they twice came close early with Gwion Howell clipping the outside of the post while Sion Dafydd Williams pounced on a back pass but could just not quite get enough leverage on his attempt.

They then saw a 25th min goal by Williams ruled out for a tight offside. With Charlie Davies and Scott Jewell having strong games in the middle of the park Cwm looked the likeliest to score but there was a real scare when a defensive slip required a superb save from Kai Rees in the Cwm goal to keep it goalless.

Kyle Ashford and Keiran Richards continued to run hard at the Dracs defence causing problems but the first half remained goalless.

The strong second half push back that Cwm expected from the Cardiff side didn’t materialise and Cwm continued to have the better of the play. Grant Rees and Callum Dougal were strong at the heart of the defence while Leon Coucher and the ever threatening Cory Saunders were launching attacks from out wide.

Eventually the goal came when some neat interplay saw Howell with his back to goal and the ball at his feet. A superb turn moved the ball to one side and he then fired it across the keeper to the opposite corner..

Great celebrations before Cwm immediately settled determined to see this one through. With Davies continuing to push his team forward and subs Alex Giardelli and Harrison Thomas stretching the Dracs side Cwm saw it through without too much worry.

An excellent performance of which manager Paul Lewis said: “Great to get that first win with the boys who applied our team plan superbly today and they really deserved that result.”

Cwm now look forward to another challenge as they travel to play near neighbours Garden village on Friday evening (Sept 23).

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