MUNSTER will play Champions Cup rugby next season after Rory Scannell’s two tries helped them beat Scarlets 31-15 – bringing an end to the Welsh club’s top-four hopes in the process.
Scarlets needed to win and hope Ospreys were able to beat Ulster to extend their season into the playoffs but neither of those scenarios materialised as Munster signed off their season on a win in front of their home fans.
Francis Saili and Scannell both crossed in the first half but three penalties from Steve Shingler kept the visitors in touch.
.But the hosts strengthened their hold on the game after the break with Ronan O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Scannell crossing.
Chasing a play-off spot, all the pressure in the early stages came from Scarlets and they duly got their reward on nine minutes when Shingler sent over a penalty.
But when another attacking move broke down minutes afterwards, the visitors were stung on the break in devastating fashion.
Saili picked the ball up after the ball had been turned over in front of Munster’s own posts before feeding in a grubber kick for Keith Earls. Earls still had plenty to do but side stepped the onrushing Scarlets defence before returning the ball to Saili to canter over, with Johnny Holland converting for 7-3.
The game was certainly being played at a high speed and Scarlets though they had got a try back almost immediately when Steffan Evans went over the corner but Nigel Owens eventually ruled it out for an earlier forward pass.
Play was instead pulled back for a scrum and when Scarlets then won a penalty, they at least got three points on the board when Shingler sent over his kick.
The next attack went the way of Munster and they again proved clinical when they entered their opponents half, walking away with their second try of the match when Scannell darted over after strong work from the forwards.
Holland again added the conversion to take the scoreboard to 14-6 after 26 minutes.
Scarlets knew they needed tries to keep their play-off hopes alive but they had to make do a series of penalties instead before half-time – both through Shingler – as the visitors entered the break trailing 14-12.
The hosts started the second half strongly and when Scarlets were caught going off their feet, Holland had a chance to extend his side’s lead but he pulled his effort off target.
James Davies then made a break for Scarlets but with no teammates in support he was held up, but the visitors kept up the pressure and Shingler looked to chip forward to towards the posts but he was unable to gather and Earls cleared.
Munster were soon starting to see more of the ball but despite getting themselves a line out close to Scarlets line, they were unable to make it count.
But their third try of the match did eventually arrive just short of the hour mark when a defensive mistake in midfield between Scarlets duo John Barclay and Hadleigh Parkes saw Scannell gobble up the ball before playing in O’Mahony to run over. Holland was off target with the conversion with the scoreline at 19- 12.
Shingler slotted over another penalty to make it 19-15 but Munster were not done and a powerful driving maul on 68 minutes resulted in another try – this time for Stander after consultation with the TMO.
Holland was off target with his conversion but with Scarlets tiring, the hosts were able to add a fifth try late on as Scannell went over after being played in by Stander.
Holland had the final say with his conversion as Munster ran out comfortable winners although Scarlets themselves can also at least look forward to Champions Cup rugby next season.
Have your say on how Ceredigion becomes a more physically active county
A CONSULTATION is currently underway on how Ceredigion is becoming a more physically active County.
There is a plan to follow the “Sport & Recreational Activity Strategy 2014-2020” which is being developed, with an opportunity for Ceredigion residents to have their say.
Your feedback will be essential in supporting Ceredigion County Council’s production of a new development plan and in helping determine its priorities from 2022 to 2027. This will ensure that Ceredigion residents have access to quality opportunities to become more active, benefiting their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The new plan will identify how becoming a more active county can contribute to the Council’s Corporate Strategies and the Local Wellbeing Plan.
To ensure that the plan meets the needs of all its residents, the Council would like as many people and organisations as possible to complete the survey. Residents have until 17 October to complete the survey: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/physical-activity-development-plan/
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Porth Gofal, Early Intervention, Wellbeing Hubs and Culture said: “The physical and mental health and well-being of Ceredigion’s residents is very important. This is a chance for residents to have their say on how they want to receive sport and physical activities for the years to come. We recognise the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on sport and physical activity in the county and this is an opportunity to let us know how we can build back stronger.”
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Dweud eich dweud ar sut y daw Ceredigion yn sir fwy egnïol yn gorfforol
MAE YMGYNGHORIAD yn cael ei gynnal ar hyn o bryd ar sut mae Ceredigion yn dod yn Sir sy’n fwy egnïol yn gorfforol.
Mae yna gynllun i ddilyn y “Strategaeth Chwaraeon a Gweithgareddau Hamdden 2014-2020” sy’n cael ei ddatblygu, gyda chyfle i drigolion Ceredigion ddweud eu dweud.
Bydd eich adborth yn hanfodol i gefnogi Cyngor Sir Ceredigion i greu cynllun datblygu newydd er mwyn pennu ei flaenoriaethau rhwng 2022 a 2027. Bydd hyn yn caniatáu i drigolion Ceredigion gael mynediad at gyfleoedd o safon i ddod yn fwy actif a fydd hefyd o fudd i’w hiechyd a’u lles corfforol a meddyliol.
Bydd y cynllun newydd yn nodi sut y gall fod yn sir fwy egnïol gyfrannu at Strategaethau Corfforaethol y Cyngor a’r Cynllun Lles Lleol.
I sicrhau bod y cynllun yn diwallu anghenion ei holl breswylwyr, hoffai’r Cyngor i gynifer o bobl a sefydliadau â phosibl gwblhau’r arolwg. Mae gan drigolion hyd at 17 Hydref i gwblhau’r arolwg: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/eich-cyngor/ymgynghoriadau/cynllun-datblygu-gweithgaredd-corfforol/.
Y Cynghorydd Catherine Hughes yw’r Aelod Cabinet Cyngor Sir Ceredigion ar gyfer Porth Gofal, Ymyrraeth Gynnar, Canolfannau Lles a Diwylliant. Dywedodd: “Mae iechyd a lles corfforol a meddyliol trigolion Ceredigion yn bwysig iawn. Dyma gyfle i’r trigolion ddweud eu dweud ar sut maen nhw eisiau derbyn chwaraeon a gweithgareddau corfforol am y blynyddoedd i ddod. Rydym yn cydnabod yr effaith y mae pandemig y coronafeirws wedi’i chael ar chwaraeon a gweithgarwch corfforol yn y sir ac mae hwn yn gyfle i roi gwybod i ni sut y gallwn ailadeiladu’n gryfach.”
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Three summer tests announced for Wales
WALES will play three summer tests in Cardiff this July as revised international fixtures have been announced.
Wayne Pivac’s side will face Canada (July 3) and back-to-back games against Argentina (July 10 & 17) at Principality Stadium.
These tests replace the scheduled summer tour to Argentina which has had to be cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around travel restrictions.
The Pumas will now travel to Cardiff for two tests against the Six Nations Champions.
Wales will kick off their summer campaign on July 3 at home to Canada. The Canucks who are coached by former Wales captains Kingsley Jones and Rob Howley will visit Cardiff for the first time since 2008.
“We are looking forward to this summer, the opportunity it presents, and we are delighted to have three tests confirmed,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.
“It is disappointing not to have the opportunity to tour Argentina, especially on the back of our 2020 tour to New Zealand being cancelled, but in the current climate it is completely understandable.
“What is important is we have games and as we have said all along, this summer is a huge opportunity for us. We are delighted and proud to have 10 players selected for the British & Irish Lions, it is reward for all their hard work and we wish them all the best this summer.
“With those players away we always earmarked this summer as an important development opportunity for us.
“It is an opportunity to bring players into this environment, look at them closely and expose them to test match rugby. It is also an opportunity for current internationals to step-up into further leadership roles, so on both counts it is an important camp for us looking ahead to RWC2023.”
WRU CEO Steve Phillips added: “It is a huge credit to World Rugby that a full schedule of summer international rugby has been achieved against the backdrop of the global pandemic.
“Whilst it is obviously disappointing not to tour, we are delighted in Wales to be hosting Canada and to be able to honour the 2017 San Francisco agreement by hosting the Pumas for back-to-back matches, which will be hugely important to our international player development.
“Wayne has been adamant that his squad needs matches this summer and World Rugby have certainly delivered on that front.
“We are, of course, acutely aware of current restrictions and the ongoing and complex global COVID-19 picture. We will continue to monitor the situation in terms of any potential spectator access, but will remain entirely compliant and vigilant of all restrictions.
“In the current circumstances we are simply delighted to be able to play international rugby and any advance on that will be a bonus.”
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