Scarlets Must Deal With Injuries Before Facing Ravens
28 March 2002 16:25
Llanelli have been struck by injuries as they prepare to face Bridgend in the Principality Cup quarter-finals at Stradey Park on Saturday (Kick-off 2.30pm) - forcing coach Gareth Jenkins to delay his team announcement until
Captain Scott Quinnell is likely to be ruled out, his troublesome knee will need rest after facing England at Twickenham last week.
Wing Wayne Proctor turned an ankle in training and he will miss the visit of
the Ravens, as will back row Simon Easterby who has strained his neck.
Centre Leigh Davies is also doubtful after a knee operation.
However, the Scarlets will be boosted by the return to full fitness of Wales
wing Mark Jones, set to start his first match since Christmas, and will use the opportunity to show the strength and depth of their squad.
Full-back Matt Cardey has recovered from a broken leg to return to light
training alongside fly-half Stephen Jones, who suffered back spasms which
ruled him out of Wales' visit to England last week.
Llanelli will enter into the Easter spirit as they attempt to top their own
domestic Cup record and take the trophy for a twelve time. An Easter bunny will dish out free eggs to children, and a bouncy castle, bucking bronco, fireworks and Disco Dancers will all be on show.
A high turn-out is expected with 3,000 tickets already sold and the Easter
sunshine set to bring in a significant walk up crowd for the 2.30pm kick-off.
"We are still uncertain about the back row and outside half positions," said
director of rugby Jenkins.
"We have to wait until Friday to finalise the side. We don't know about
Scott, and Simon is very doubtful at the moment.
"Leigh Davies also has a problem with the tendons in his knee and we are concerned there will be a reaction to the training he is doing before the
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
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WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.
The unique jeopardy of Judgement Day V has been described by stars from Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons who will face each other in the annual double-header at Principality Stadium on 15th April.
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