Llanelli will need a strong game plan at Stradey Park on Saturday if they are to end Leicester Tigers' record 11-match Heineken Cup winning run - and be in with a shout of going through to the quarter-finals as one of the best two runners-up.Phil Murphy, Perpignan's Canadian back row forward who left the Scarlets with a mountain to climb after their 42-10 triumph in France last Friday night, believes the Tigers are firm favourites for the Pool 1 clash in front of the BBC Grandstand cameras. 'It was good to win at home against Llanelli,' said Murphy. 'We knew what to expect from a very heavy, physical pack and we tried to move them about a lot more than we would normally have done to tire them out.'Then we let our backs do the business. It worked out right - they got tired and we put 40 points on the board.'And for Llanelli to beat Leicester, they will have to kill the ball a lot more.'If they let the English forwards play the ball next week they will never stop them. They are renowned for increasing in momentum during a match. They start at 200 mph and finish at 250.'I'm not saying Leicester are unstoppable because I believe we could have beaten them on a better day, it all depends on the team mentality. There are no guaranteed wins or losses in rugby anymore, but I certainly think Llanelli will have to try and slow the game down, then use their big centres to crash through.'I would put Leicester to win by eight points, simply because I have played them twice and lost twice. I only played in the home match against Llanelli and we won that game.'Llanelli now have it all to do - team manager Anthony Buchanan pinning a large slice of their hopes on pride in the Scarlet jersey.'We are a proud club and know we have to get things back on track immediately,' said the former Wales prop. 'We have a big game on Saturday to prepare for.'We have to get back together for Leicester with a positive determination and a positive attitude - we have a few players to come back and we can turn this around.'A win in Perpignan would have left Llanelli nicely placed to challenge for the group leadership and at worst be right up there amongst the best runners-up with their current 22 tries.'It was hugely disappointing,' added Buchanan. 'But there are no excuses. We went there with ambition and that was destroyed. Perpignan are a good side and we saw French rugby at its best.'
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.