Biggest game in club’s history

Aaron Evans: With the ball in hand against Pembroke earlier in the season

ON SATURDAY (Mar 25), Cardigan take on Amman United in Lampeter for a place in the WRU National Bowl final.

It is arguably the biggest game of their lives for both teams and both will be eager to book their spot in the final which takes place at the Principality Stadium on Sunday, April 16.

Cardigan and Amman United have both done tremendously well to get this far in the competition and it is a shame that one team’s run will come to an end on Saturday.

Cardigan will be in a confident frame of mind as they go into the semi-final as they have already shown many qualities in their run to this stage of the competition.

They beat Laugharne 45-29 in the second round and they also needed extra time to beat Usk in the following round as they won 10-7.

Another narrow victory followed against Betws before they beat Denbigh 23-7 in round 5.

They came up against Pembrokeshire side Milford Haven in the quarter finals and in a tough game they eventually came out on top with a 16-6 win.

Amman United will also be in a confident frame of mind going into the game having beaten holders Burry Port 13-3 in the quarter finals.

They also beat Monmouth 18-7 in the previous round and beat St Albans 39-5 in round 4.

In round 3 they beat Hartridge 22-5 after being given a walk over against Llandeilo in the second round.

Cardigan posted on their Facebook page: “Great energy and buzz in training tonight (Mar 21)! Boys are bouncing for Saturday’s big game.”

Amman United’s Tony Williams described the game as the ‘biggest in the club’s history’ and said they are really looking forward to the game.

He added: “We’ve trained well this week and we’re looking pretty strong. At this stage of the season we have a few missing but we are really looking forward to it.

“We’ll just be concentrating on ourselves, we know Cardigan have been doing well but we are confident in our game.

“It will come down to the best team on the day and it is also good for us to have someone like Shane Williams in the squad.”

Cardigan spokesperson Hefin Harries told the Herald: “We have had good training sessions this week with a full squad and we are confident of winning against Amman United. We realise that it will be a tough encounter against them and we will have the utmost respect for Amman United on the day.

“We will be missing two players because of a wedding and travels but the players coming are more than capable of filling in for them. The coaches are happy, we have never gone this far before and it is a big game for both teams.”

Cardigan will be without centre Emyr Harries as he is getting married but two players who would have been going to the wedding have said they will be playing.

One of their wingers is also on his travels to Australia but Cardigan are confident they have ample cover in place and will be giving their all to reach the final and make west Wales proud.

The winners of the game will play the winners of the other semi-final between Caerphilly and Cilfynydd with the final being broadcast live on S4C and kicks off at 1pm.

Both teams are just eighty minutes away from a place in the final and Saturday’s game is sure to be an exciting encounter.

Good luck to both teams and may the best team win!

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