Ashton Hewitt has revealed how the light touch of head coach Dai Flanagan has revitalized the Dragons. The Rodney Parade wing was part of a squad that went from the depths of a 44-6 hammering away to Edinburgh on the opening weekend of the United Rugby Championship, to the joys of a first home win in 17 months against Munster. Now, comes the acid test of backing up last week’s win, when Hewitt and his teammates host South Africa’s Sharks on Saturday night in a match that is live on S4C.
The build-up to the battle of Cardiff’s two university rugby teams at the Arms Park on Wednesday 5 October intensified as both Joe Cowell’s Cardiff Met team and Luke Pollock’s Cardiff University side got off to winning starts in the BUCS Super Rugby competition. The Met stars had to come from behind at St Helen’s before they avenged their home defeat to Swansea University in last season’s competition, eventually triumphing 42-30 in front of a huge crowd, while Pollock’s men snatched victory at the death with a late try at Bath, winning 22-21. It means their derby night out at the Arms Park looks set to be a thriller.
Evan Williams and his family enjoy the summer, but not as much as the winter and the jump season when, as he puts it, “the mud is flying, and the days are short, and the flowers have died.” That’s poetry. And there’s more. “That’s when we really come alive,” says the trainer. “And it will be good to get back amongst it.”
Matthew Maynard has admitted Glamorgan’s promotion hopes evaporated the moment they heard news from Worcester late on Wednesday afternoon. The Glamorgan coach revealed his players learned that rivals Middlesex had taken maximum points against Worcestershire at New Road and the steam went out of their own efforts against Sussex. The Welsh county needed to better Middlesex’s result in their final match of their County Championship Division Two season in order to go up, but Middlesex’s points tally meant a draw would be enough for them to cement the second promotion place.
Seventy two of the best young golfers in Wales took part in the PING Welsh Junior Tour Finals at Tredegar Park, with winners coming from all round Wales. Bleddyn Holgate, from Cilgwyn in West Wales, won the Under 14 category Order of Merit, with Geraint Barnes, Llantrisant and Pontyclun, taking the honours on the day with an impressive 44 points, along with third place overall.
BUCS Super Rugby is set to return with a bang this week with the opening two rounds featuring two classic Welsh derbies. Wednesday night will see Swansea University host last season’s semi-finalists Cardiff Met at St Helen’s. A week later it will be the battle of the Welsh capital institutions, when Cardiff Met host Cardiff University at the Arms Park.
Nathaniel MG Cup
By Matthew Burgess New Saints manager Anthony Limbrick admitted his side fell short of quality, following last night’s Europa Conference League stalemate against Vikingur Reykjavik. The Cymru Premier champions endured a frustrating night at Park Hall, registering a single shot on target as they found themselves unable to find a response to... Read More
Christian Edwards described yesterday's Nathaniel MG Cup victory as a 'fairy tale win' after delivering Cardiff Met their first major piece of silverware. Since being promoted into the Welsh Premier League under Edwards, the Archers have lost out in three finals including last season's Nathaniel MG Cup final. Adam Roscrow struck late... Read More
Two goals from Adam Roscrow helped Cardiff Met win their first maiden Nathaniel MG Cup, 2-0, over Cambrian and Clydach in front of a record crowd at Jenner Park. The striker had opened the scoring minutes before half time with a fine solo goal after good work from Chris Baker before... Read More
Cardiff Met are expected to have Adam Roscrow back available as they attempt to end their cup final hoodoo against Cambrian & Clydach. The striker missed last weekend's win at Llandudno but is expected to spearhead Cardiff Met's frontline against the Welsh League side in the Nathaniel MG Cup final at... Read More
Cambrian & Clydach will be heavy underdogs in Saturday night’s Nathaniel MG Cup final with Cardiff Met - but the Rhondda side will have every reason to believe they can spring another upset. Barry Town, Aberystwyth Town and Newtown had all fallen victim to Cambrian & Clydach’s giant killing exploits this... Read More
The FAW/WPL have confirmed this morning that the winners of the Nathaniel MG Cup (League Cup) will be awarded a place in the IRN-BRU Cup competition from the 2019/20 season. In what is described as a 'radical shake-up of the competition', there will also be an increased number of teams participating... Read More