08/01/2017 Scrum V


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08/01/2017

Featuring highlights and analysis of the Pro12, a round-up of the Premiership and a look at the CIACs, as well as a profile of Brecon's Paralympic gold medallist Rob Davies.


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2016 was a year like no other a year in which we lost some of our

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brightest, most creative talents. And a year in which Wales came

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second in the Six Nations and a record-breaking win over South

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Africa left the fans wanting much more. A disconnect between the Welsh

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team and their public. It is a strange act to follow by 2017 has

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the potential to be even more confounding, even more historic. Can

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Wales recover their attacking Mojo? Can the Lions pull off Mission

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impossible down under? And will this trophy be engraved once more with

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the name of a Welsh team? Welcome to Scrum V. Welcome to 2017.

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We are just eight days into the New Year and it has already thrown

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plenty talking points, not least the new directives on the tackle laws.

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Jonathan Davies and Sean Holley have plenty of strong opinions on those.

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But we start tonight with the Ospreys and a bid to return to the

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top of the Pro12 table. They were hosting defending champions

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Connacht. Good strength from the Bridgend

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product. Sam Davies at scrum half. Alun Wyn Jones at scrum half this

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time. A lovely angle from Hanno Dirksen. Just about holds onto the

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ball. And that is a try, Dan Biggar over the line. Relentless pressure

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from the Ospreys. -- Dan Baker. That is good, clean ball from the

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Ospreys. A monstrous charge from Sam Parry. Just smashes the Connacht

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defender out of the way. The Ospreys have really up the intensity. That

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is another break and he is going to go all the way to the line. That is

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a fantastic try for the blindside flanker.

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It goes to Lloyd Ashley at the front. Tom Habberfield. Justin

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Tipuric in support. Six or seven yards out. Cracknell.

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And that is desperately close now. The Ospreys. That is over the line.

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It is another drive. Connacht looking threatening. Sam

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Davies takes him down but he could be in trouble here, the fly half.

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Under the new directives, that is high. Is it reckless? John Lacey

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thinks it is. That is ten minutes in the bin for Sam Davies. Desperation

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from Connacht. It is a speculative kick. Eventually dealt with by Dan

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Evans. Sean O'Brien picks up. It is messy

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ball. He is not going to get stopped and he is over the line.

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Four yards out now for the Ospreys. Desperate stuff this. Connacht

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defending. Dan Biggar up with the floated pass out to Ashley Beck.

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That is the bonus point for the Ospreys. They have secured the

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maximum five points against the defending champions.

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They got the bonus point despite going down to 14 men for the last

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ten minutes of the game. Real spirit to do that. I think they are doing

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exceptionally well. Very clinical. I like the way that the forwards are

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ball-handling, getting over the gain line. They are going really well at

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the moment and Cracknell is going well, but for me it is Alun Wyn

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Jones. He is playing at a different level to everyone else. If you talk

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about Lions and captains, he has definitely put his hand up. Jonathan

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mention Olly Cracknell, but if you look at the back row riches in

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general, yesterday Justin Tipuric and Dan Baker, but they have also

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got James King, Joe Bearman. So many back row options. Steve is rotating

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his squad really well. The style of play is outstanding. They are

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scoring a bucket full of tries, especially at the Liberty Stadium.

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You will see the forwards handling, lots of different try scorers. They

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are in a good place at the moment. And Sam Davies orchestrating things

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from ten at the moment. Over the Christmas period playing fullback,

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that is a no-go for me. Doesn't contribute anything. For me he is a

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ten and it is a straight choice between Dan and Sam. We saw him play

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at fullback, Dan Evans on the wing. For me, it is a no-go. Dan Evans is

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the best 15. It is a straight choice. They have got injuries in

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the wing position but they must have one in the region. He is either a

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ten order on the bench. He spent ten minutes in the sin-bin and we will

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talk about that later because it has been a bit of a theme this weekend.

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We will talk about that later in the programme. The West William rivals

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the Scarlets were hoping to stay in the top four and the Ulster work

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visitors to Parc y Scarlets. Got it away to Jacob Stockdale and

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that is far too soft for the Scarlets.

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Ken Owens seeing how close that try line is. In go the backs as well to

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join in. A dozen Scarlets players in there. Aled Davies gets it loose,

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comes to the blindside. He hasn't got the ball to ground. Sean Reidy

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with the all-important tackle saves the day for Ulster. I thought he was

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in here but he glows for glory. That has got to be looked at. Is that a

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high tackle? Is it a penalty try? Is it a yellow card? All sorts of

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questions are going to be asked her. It is a penalty try, a yellow card,

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and that is a big break for the Scarlets.

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That is such a harsh call. The Scarlets will take it though. It has

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put them back ahead. The player was going low as well so what are you

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supposed to do? He was diving for the try line. I think he is looking

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at Jake Ball for a high tackle now. Here we go! We will be here all day

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now! Was that any worse? It is a yellow card. He has gone again.

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Where row we going? Where are we going?

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As a rugby man, do you have any sympathy for the boys who got yellow

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card? On the try line, if he hadn't gone hi, I think you would have

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definitely scored the try. Jake Ball, the new rule, we talked about

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it before the game, zero tolerance. Congratulations to the Scarlets on

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what could be a significant win but the talking point worth the yellow

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cards. The new laws on the high tackles. I am going to come to you

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in a minute. Let's clarify what those new directives are. Will Grigg

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Bizet, -- world rugby say... Accidental tackle is the second one

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and this is the interesting one. We saw three incidents on Friday

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night, we were all there, the first, arguably, the most contentious

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because this is arguably decided the outcome of the game. Aled Davies

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lunging for the line, he is tackled. Possibly a swinging arm by Andrew

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Trimble. It was a yellow card and a penalty try. That followed moments

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later. And this one we saw in the opening match will stop Sam Davies

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spent ten minutes in the bin for that one. Jonathan is having a

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chuckle. I think I know what he thinks. Let's take them in order.

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The first one decided the outcome of that game. The first thing, nothing

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has really changed. Now that the referee is being scrutinised, the

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inexperienced refs have gone berserk. They have gone to the

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letter of the law, no empathy, and it has gone crazy. We are all going,

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the letter of the law and everything, but common sense to

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prevail. I have got a cousin who has been in a coma for four years. He

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has got brain damage. He made a legitimate tackle under the hip and

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he has got injured. Now we are worried about the ball-carrier, not

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the tackler. If you are going down and leading with the elbow or the

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knee or the hip, the tackler is in danger as well. It is just common

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sense. But all of that is about player safety. Do we not have too

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broad a move that is at least trying to avoid the number of concussions?

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Yes, and if you watch the Saracens game yesterday, there is a dangerous

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effort there. But for coaches and players, he has tried to prevent the

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score, which is ultimately his job. It is a good tackle. It is not even

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a penalty. Andrew Trimble's is the dangerous one. As for Jake Ball and

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Sam Davies, we are going to switch people after the game if we are

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going to be sending people that. You know a high shot, you know a cheap

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shot, you know a fair shot, and the referees have got to understand the

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difference as well. The first one, I don't think it is a penalty. Andrew

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Trimble, that is a yellow card. Maybe a penalty against Andrew

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Trimble. I agreed the Jake Ball one is nonsense. And then the Sam Davies

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one, he goes into the tackle, the player is falling because he is

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being dragged down, and it is a yellow card? It will be interesting

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to see if something like that crops up England against Wales, say

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England scored a try and Wales have a player sent off for ten minutes

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and lose the game, there is going to be absolute ructions. And the point

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is, these are coming in midway through the season. At the start of

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the season, teams have a chance to get used to them. Is it too much to

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ask to tell players overnight, this is the new law? No, but they are

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ingrained in multidimensional facets of play. Things happen really fast.

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Loads of runners, stopping people on the gain line, they are very

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physical. You are going to have incidents in a contact sport all the

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time. What will be interesting is southern hemisphere Super Rugby,

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South Ireland players, they are used to doing that. They have just

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pointed it out and they are being scrutinised now. Nothing has

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changed. You know if there was a high shot before, great if we are

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going to scrutinise it and make it a point, but it has got to be managed

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properly. It is a brilliant directive but it is not being

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referee is properly. Experienced referees will make better judgment.

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It will sort itself out but not much will change. It is simple, if it's a

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reckless high tackle, it's a straight red. We all knew that

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playing. When Jake Ball does that tackle, you watch every player

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involved in the next ruck or the tackle, the tackler, the plane being

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tackled, not one player pauses or says anything. It wasn't a tackle

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worthy of a yellow card. One more to show you, this one from Hanno

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Dirksen didn't. Was that the right decision? For me, it looks worse

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than it actually is. He is trying to smother his arms from behind to

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prevent an off-road or a kitten. It is a legitimate tackle you would

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coach. It gets a bit high because the player is falling. If I am the

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guy getting the ball, I would rather Hanno Dirksen tackle me around the

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shoulders than drill me into my lower back. That is the safety of

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the player. That is not a yellow card, it is a penalty. I have a

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feeling we are going to revisit this over the coming weeks. I had a new

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beer sit down with the new chief executive of the W IQ, Martin

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Phillips. We talk about an awful lot. -- of the WRU.

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What about the regional game, it is no secret that since the regime has

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changed here, the relationships seem a lot more cordial between you and

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the regions. Is the current model sustainable? In terms of the

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relationship, that is good. We work very closely together. We are

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interdependent and neither one of us can be successful without the other.

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The regions are in very different places. They are very strong at

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certain things and they need support with the others. What we are working

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on is to see what we can do collectively to help each region to

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be as strong as it can be and then what are the things we can do

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together that make sense to do together. We want to be within the

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Pro12, we want to be getting to the latter stages of the European cup

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editions. Money is a factor but I think great coaches can get great

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things out of teams. Hence our focus on coaching. We are at the place

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where we are getting into gritty conversations.

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Money not to be all and end all, but when your competitors operate on

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budgets that are sometimes millions more, it's a significant factor.

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Yes. At the moment if you look at successful sides in most sports,

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it's down to money. A lot coming through the academy, but they need

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the money and I think the money will come. It won't come from the

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benefactors so it has to be from the WRU. The relationship is a lot

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better between the two sides. I think the money will come and it

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will hopefully benefit the regions as well. If there's to be further

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investment, they need a guarantee money will be spent wisely. Are the

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relationships good enough that the mutual trust has been as Mike is

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getting better. When I was coaching regional rugby 12 views ago there

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was no relationship. In have guys willing to engage in some sort of

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relationship. We need a coaching structure we haven't had the ten

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years or so in Wales and it's showing now. Ultimately what makes

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great coaches? Great players. You look at attendances. They are trying

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to get them up. In all my travels around the world, the attitude of

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those sporting bodies and teams outside Wales is get the media in,

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get PR, marketing, allow players to do interviews and promote the brand.

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We are slightly behind in Wales. Slightly negative, the relationship

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between the media and the regions has to be better. There is a

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knock-on effect because of the interest shown from that Fassett,

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more people can watch the game. That has to benefit the regions. One of

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the things we talked about was the appointment of the Wales coach is to

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go on the Lions tour. I asked him if that was wise given the way let --

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Wales are trying to change the way they play. We know some of the

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backroom staff will be joining them. He said the experience they get will

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benefit Wales in the longer term. Might Wales shuffle in the sort --

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shorter term? They might, but you can't blame someone like Rob Howley,

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it's the pinnacle of your coaching career. It will be a massive tour. I

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can't blame them for that. It's what they are doing with the summer and

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the Six Nations that I question. If we want to bring on young Welsh

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coaches, maybe we should be doing that, not Alex King, an English

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coach. I've worked with great young coaches. English men. What are we

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doing in the short term to help Wales and help Rob Howley? What's

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done is done. They are going. It's contractually done. I don't agree

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with it, but it will benefit those individuals, but will it benefit

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Wales? Wales is the priority if you're a Welsh coach or assistant

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coach. Interesting to see how the Six Nations goes. The proof of the

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pudding will come up soon. To the Premiership first because it was a

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critical weekend, the last week of fixtures before the league splits.

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The last opportunity to get your place in the top eight. 17 's had

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done so and it was a shoot out between Cardiff and Deborah Vale.

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-- seven teams. Our reporter went to avail to see if they could sneak in.

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Plenty of big games in the Premiership, but none bigger than

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the east Wales derby. It's the must win game for Ebbw Vale. Lose and

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Cardiff might take their place. I'm looking forward to this one.

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The crowd is up for this one. A lot of fans getting behind their boys.

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Attacking scrum. Penalty given by the referee, Craig Evans. Points

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mean prizes. Josh Lewis chips it over and Ebbw Vale are on the board.

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Top eight, bottom eight, what's all that about? We looked at the

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Premiership at the start of the year and had a discussion in terms of

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adding excitement and jeopardy at certain times of the year. Over

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Christmas and New Year we definitely added excitement in terms of media

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attention and players and countries. The teams are trying to play, but

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there's a lot on it. To be in the top eight and win the principality

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Premiership. Good to see you back, you have a big reem it. I love the

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job and I'm happy to be back. My glasses or was half full. We have

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the Six Nations, a tour in the summer, the under 20s, the seven is

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doing well, youngsters playing, women's World Cup coming up. Next

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year we have the Commonwealth Games. We do need to make the product

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better, but that's why I came back. The glass is always half full. Good

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to see you back. I thought the glass was always half full because you

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were waiting for somebody to get the next round! Lewis will need to give

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this somewhere Lee. The halfway line. He's given it a fair old farm.

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Has it got the legs? Yes! I say! Over the 22, out to Josh Lewis.

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Flash and dance from Lewis, can he make the line? That's it, Ebbw have

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secured the last place in the top eight of the Welsh Premiership. Left

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it late, it was hard work, but they did it. You must be very proud but

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also relieved. Very relieved. We've left ourselves a lot of work to do

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with our performances earlier in the season but we've come through. A lot

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of jeopardy in this new league and we were at the forefront of that. A

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tough Christmas. Our last four games we knew we had to win at least two

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and we've eventually done it. In the rest of the Premiership action,

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Cardiff's American import can do and scored a hat-trick but it wasn't

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enough to stop Adam Williams from securing the win. First against

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third here. A half-break by James Garland and an neat inside ball to

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Joe Thomson Reeves helping the wizards to the win. A thumping

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victory for our GC against Pontypridd. Sam Jones coming off the

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wing to weave his way through the defence and supply Aaron Evans with

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one of the tries. Carmarthen Quins consolidated their top eight finish

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against Bridge end. Josh Barrett cup with a pass and Gavin Tomlin is with

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a chip. Lee Williams with the finish. A regional derby in the West

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as clear Nestl squeeze as clear Nestle squeeze through.

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Jones with a chip ahead and a defensive error allowed Jones to

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pounce. Llanelli one of the big names missing out on the cut.

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Our GC have had an impressive debut season in the top-flight. -- our GC.

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Baba Rahman -- Aberavon probably wish they could fast forward a few.

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Congratulations to Ebbw and all the teams who made the cut in the top

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eight. Some sad news this week. David Thomas, the former Abrar Osman

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chairman, who both these guys knew, Dave -- died this week at the age of

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75. There he was scoring against Fiji for Wales. He was a bit of a

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character. Yes, I played with his son Gareth. When you grow up in the

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town, you talk about the legends like Alan Martin Ama Maxwell Sheard,

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John Bevan. And Thomas, who used to like the soft centres in a box of

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chocolates. We used to have great derbies and I came across a couple

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of times. Lovely guy. Commiserations to his family. Great to see that try

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against Fiji. The fixtures for the next round of Premiership action are

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coming up over the next few days. Let's go somewhere else. For many

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clubs at the grassroots of Welsh rugby its weekly struggle to even

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get 15 players on the pitch. Phil Steele visited an iconic Cardiff

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club that after a few troubling years it's beginning to find its

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feet. When I was growing up and playing

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rugby in Cardiff the kayaks were always a team to be reckoned with.

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Founded 70 years ago in the docks area, Cardiff internationals this

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letter club have always been a proud multiracial team. Their most famous

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son, Billy Boston, was given the BBC Wales lifetime achievement award

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recently in terms of his legendary rugby league career. There were

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others such as Carl Smith who played 239 games for Cardiff and was one of

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the best back row forwards of his generation. Now the club are bottom

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of the league with no points and struggling to find players. A lot of

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it is to do with the massive change that's happened on the docks. And

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the influx of different culture that are just not interested in rugby.

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Football has completely taken over in this area now. It is a struggle.

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It's constant messages, e-mails, texts, to other clubs and the boys.

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We tried to rope in a few others. But it is really, really hard work.

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What help her view had from the WRU? None. None at all. They've been more

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on ask for not fulfilling fixtures, for not getting in touch with

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players and the other team to let them know we don't have a team. We

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don't know whether we have a team by the Thursday. We are still trying to

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get a side. We've been penalised for trying the hardest we can't and not

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succeeding. People on Facebook, Twitter, advertising boards as well.

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You've had influence with the WRU to try to get college boys down here

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who want to play, but can't get a game with their own clubs. They take

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them to other clubs but don't send any down here.

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We've done as much as we can in terms of advertisements, going to

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local schools. That's the way to do it. A couple of seasons ago we had a

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junior side, but it fell away. We are trying to do it again.

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You can't fault the effort, but sometimes when we are turning up to

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games with 13 players, there's not a lot you can do. It's been hard. But

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we enjoy the game and that's why we're trying to keep the club going.

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There was no problem with player numbers yesterday, although not

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quite the same multiracial balance as teams of the past. We were called

:27:33.:27:40.

names that blatantly wouldn't happen now because they all got respect for

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one another. We lost by two points, but for me it was a win. The closest

:27:47.:27:53.

score we've had is 60-0. Definitely one of the best performances we've

:27:54.:28:02.

had. Still capable of breathing and standing, I'll be here supporting,

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working for the CIACs. I can't see us going backwards, only forwards.

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That's the way to keep going, keep climbing up the hill until we get to

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the top. Great story and congratulations to the CIACs for

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getting their first league points, albeit in a losing cause. They are

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also looking for a coach so if you fancy it, get a coach.

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Look no further for inspiration than this story. 12 years ago Rob Davies

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was backing down for Hezbollah bid Brecon RFC but collapsed scrum led

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to a devastating neck injury and he was told he would never walk again.

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As of last week, he was a member of the British Empire and Paralympic

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in. Pretty amazing year between

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everything. Getting married next year as well so a lot to look

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forward to as well as this year being pretty amazing. Going to see

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the Queen hopefully next year. I'm assuming your fiance will watch so

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that will probably eclipse the other events, your wedding? Yes. I think

:29:18.:29:23.

that's the right answer. Well done! Can you even begin to put into words

:29:24.:29:27.

how you felt when he won the medal? Didn't think it was real and when it

:29:28.:29:33.

actually happened, it was an amazing feeling. A fair change from a few

:29:34.:29:38.

years ago, playing rugby, able-bodied and then being in that

:29:39.:29:42.

final, playing in a wheelchair. I got over a lot to be in that

:29:43.:29:47.

position. Lots of ups and downs, but made it worth it in the end. It was

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while playing in the front row over Brecon that he suffered his life

:29:53.:29:57.

changing injury. Remarkably, at the exact moment he broke his neck, his

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twin brother was involved in the serious car crash en route to the

:30:02.:30:05.

game. The air ambulance was called for both of them. While Rob refuses

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to dwell on the past, his memories remain vivid. I still have a really

:30:11.:30:21.

good memory of what happened. I tend not to think about it much now. When

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I first had my accident, I was constantly thinking of it, but you

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have to keep moving forward and make things better. Be positive. You

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would be forgiven if your passion for rugby had disappeared given

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what's happened. I just missed it, I just wish I could do it. I played

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since I was four. It's been my life. It's made me who I am, team sport,

:30:42.:30:45.

camaraderie, lifelong friends because of it.

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Take us back to where this table tennis journey began. A member of

:30:51.:30:58.

the Paralympics GB invited me into having not. First of all, I told her

:30:59.:31:04.

to go away in no uncertain terms because it was a bit of a girly

:31:05.:31:08.

sport, or so I thought. I thought I was going to get back on my feet and

:31:09.:31:13.

play rugby again. But it wasn't to be. A few months later I got in

:31:14.:31:18.

there and gave it a go and use that as my rehab, almost, and I haven't

:31:19.:31:23.

stopped since. What next? Retire at the top? I am number one as well at

:31:24.:31:28.

the moment so I want to stay there as long as I can. I am looking to

:31:29.:31:32.

try and win the European Championship for the third time in a

:31:33.:31:36.

row in September so that is my next goal. We wish you all success in

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defending your European title and holding onto that number one spot as

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long as possible. Thank you very much.

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A top bloke, Rob, and thank you very much for Brecon for their kind

:31:52.:31:55.

hospitality. An inspirational story and very best luck with the wedding,

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not least the stag do as well. Back to the Pro12 now and the Blues had a

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very tough away assignment in Glasgow last night.

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The Blues holding out again. Can they keep on doing so? Just one

:32:15.:32:21.

missed tackle could cost them dearly in this sort of situation. It is

:32:22.:32:29.

loose for Swinson. Swinson for the line. Could not quite stretch his

:32:30.:32:35.

six foot four. Glasgow hurdling bodies at the line and eventually

:32:36.:32:39.

the home side have got there. The pressure had to tell in the end. And

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the Glasgow pack producing the first try of the game. The cross kick. It

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falls for Blaine Scully. And when Cardiff Blues couldn't create, they

:32:55.:32:58.

have been handed a gift try a minute before the interval.

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Russell into midfield. Tommy Seymour into the line. Alex Dunbar. Just

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tackled short. Have Glasgow got the momentum? Forcing their way over and

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they have scored. And Seymour finding another lovely

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angle. In from the wing. Not held. Able to keep going. Two metres out.

:33:33.:33:39.

They should be a try here. It is another one for Peter Murchie, seven

:33:40.:33:42.

minutes after his first try. The Blues trying to drive it

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sideways. Here come the Warriors. The Blues in

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a little bit of disarray. And Glasgow have the bonus point try

:34:03.:34:05.

with 16 minutes to spare. The line-out throw is a poor one

:34:06.:34:17.

from Malcolm. Shingler with unexpected ball. Nicky Robinson

:34:18.:34:23.

flick set out to Rhun Williams and their teenage winger slides in four

:34:24.:34:27.

Cardiff Blues' second try. Glasgow are a very tough side and we

:34:28.:34:38.

saw what they are all about tonight. Far too many errors from is that

:34:39.:34:41.

gave them a lot of opportunities to build pressure and they are very

:34:42.:34:45.

clinical. A pretty sobering night for the

:34:46.:34:49.

Cardiff Blues and Glasgow as inventive as always in attack. But

:34:50.:34:52.

at times the Blues made it easy for them. They were totally outplayed in

:34:53.:35:00.

every part of the game. They are on a bad run at the moment and they are

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making far too many errors. Their defence is very passive so they are

:35:06.:35:09.

always on the back foot. They are not making the aggressive hits and

:35:10.:35:14.

getting turnover ball. And when they get it they just squander it. They

:35:15.:35:18.

have got to try and get that elusive win and get back on the horse. At

:35:19.:35:23.

times, the possession stats were overwhelmingly in Glasgow's favour.

:35:24.:35:27.

And the Blues just too porous at times. It is the first time I have

:35:28.:35:35.

had alarm bells with the Blues. Very easy to gain yards for Glasgow. And

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although this phase defence was good at times, some crucial line errors

:35:41.:35:44.

and we have picked out a couple. Glasgow will take advantage of

:35:45.:35:50.

those. Look at Seymour. Lloyd Williams is the inside defender so

:35:51.:35:53.

you have got an extra defender on this set piece. If somebody comes

:35:54.:35:59.

back into that channel, Shingler can slip off and allowed Lloyd Williams

:36:00.:36:05.

to take that guy. The extra man is Seymour. Halaholo is left high and

:36:06.:36:10.

dry. Either they all defend one way or they all drift inside. Look at

:36:11.:36:16.

Seymour. He gets the second marker and is a double pump and holds him.

:36:17.:36:21.

The outside guy, you have got to step in. Once one steps in, you all

:36:22.:36:27.

step in. Unfortunately, it is the same problem. One goes in, one steps

:36:28.:36:32.

out. Seymour has put his hand for a tour. I know Graham Steadman will be

:36:33.:36:43.

saying, you have got to step in. If they get on the outside of you then,

:36:44.:36:48.

they deserve to score the try. But they have got to communicate,

:36:49.:36:52.

otherwise, if one goes in and one goes out, there are going to be

:36:53.:36:56.

natural gaps and they are going to concede a lot of tries. So it is

:36:57.:37:02.

communication rather than attitude? I can't talk about attitude, you

:37:03.:37:06.

have got to go into the environment about that. But Seymour is ruthless

:37:07.:37:13.

at the moment. But some of their home losses were against some of the

:37:14.:37:18.

bigger sides and that was a little bit of alarm bells. I think Danny

:37:19.:37:21.

would have expected a little bit more. The Dragons were hoping to

:37:22.:37:26.

recover from two derby debates over the Christmas period. The visitors

:37:27.:37:29.

to Rodney Parade were Treviso. Elliot Dee to feed the line-up for

:37:30.:37:38.

the Dragons. Angus O'Brien goes vertical. It is a

:37:39.:37:52.

bit too vertical. And it is picked up by Tito Tebaldi who goes into the

:37:53.:37:59.

22. Get around his man. He scores! Out of the blue for Treviso.

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Adam Warren. Does well to step inside and get over the gain line.

:38:09.:38:19.

We are going to see a lot of this this evening. Phil Price this time.

:38:20.:38:25.

Sarel Pretorius picks up and he is over. Superb opportunism by Sarel

:38:26.:38:29.

Pretorius. That is the line of Treviso in the

:38:30.:38:43.

background. Elliot Lee now. And back in the pocket is Angus O'Brien. To

:38:44.:38:48.

try and take the Dragons two scores clear. And he does. Angus O'Brien

:38:49.:38:52.

neatly done. And here comes the caveman stuff for

:38:53.:39:08.

the Dragons. It is Nic Cudd. Lewis Evans gets the touchdown. And the

:39:09.:39:10.

Dragons are well clear. So a welcome victory for the Dragons

:39:11.:39:20.

and the Ospreys will end this jungle fixtures at the top of the pile in

:39:21.:39:25.

the Pro12. Hot on their heels are Munster and Leinster. Munster do

:39:26.:39:30.

have a game in hand. They had a bonus point victory over Racing in

:39:31.:39:34.

Europe yesterday in their rearranged fixture. The Blues remain seventh.

:39:35.:39:41.

And as you can see, six points adrift of the top six and that gap

:39:42.:39:43.

beginning to widen. On the Dragons, Martin Phillips

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hinting that the WRU may have no option but to take them over if the

:39:55.:39:59.

investment they are seeking does not come to fruition. Stuart Davies

:40:00.:40:02.

saying this week that they are people invested and we had Michael

:40:03.:40:07.

Owen, the former captain, saying in the week, take them over, turn them

:40:08.:40:12.

into a franchise and stick them in Pontypridd or North Wales. The first

:40:13.:40:17.

thing is, that is what the problem is. It is great to get a result. But

:40:18.:40:24.

I do think it is the investment and off the field is the priority for

:40:25.:40:28.

the Dragons at the moment. If they can sort that out. But is it Newport

:40:29.:40:33.

running the Dragons or Dragons running Newport? Sometimes I think

:40:34.:40:38.

it is a little bit mixed up and I am not sure who is running the ship and

:40:39.:40:44.

for what reason. Sometimes the board of directors and directors have got

:40:45.:40:47.

to sit back and decide what is good for the region. I saw something with

:40:48.:40:53.

Ben Jeffries in pottable, maybe you need a broad running the

:40:54.:40:55.

professional game, a board running the semiprofessional and a board

:40:56.:41:00.

running the amides. That is what happens in rugby league. Clear the

:41:01.:41:06.

muddy waters of what is going on in the Dragons and Newport. But they

:41:07.:41:09.

need to get that right. They need to get the investment right and if it

:41:10.:41:12.

is not the people there now, maybe it is time to step away and look

:41:13.:41:17.

elsewhere. And is the option of positioning the region elsewhere,

:41:18.:41:22.

Gwent is the biggest district, the strongest representations of teams,

:41:23.:41:26.

73 historic lives in Gwent, would it be a scandal? Yes, I was at Ebbw

:41:27.:41:33.

Vale there and it was a good crowd. They are good people, they have got

:41:34.:41:37.

a lot of young players. There has to be more positivity around the

:41:38.:41:41.

Dragons region. There is always negativity, whether it is the pitch,

:41:42.:41:46.

the team isn't good enough, they are not winning. The coaches are working

:41:47.:41:50.

really hard. It was great to see them get a win. They need some

:41:51.:41:55.

positivity, better facilities, and as you say, it is a big area. It is

:41:56.:42:02.

a big area with great history. A region has got to be there. Once

:42:03.:42:06.

they get people buying into that region, it could be one of the

:42:07.:42:10.

strongest because having played at Ebbw Vale and Cross Keys and all

:42:11.:42:13.

those clubs, it is a difficult place to go wherever you go. If they can

:42:14.:42:18.

combine and everyone go in the same direction, it could be a very

:42:19.:42:22.

successful area. I think it is all down to what is happening off the

:42:23.:42:25.

field and not what is happening on the field. It is not all about money

:42:26.:42:31.

but unfortunately most of it is. Wise words from Jonathan. At the

:42:32.:42:36.

other end of the table, the Ospreys looking in fantastic form. Champions

:42:37.:42:42.

elect? I think they could make the top two, which is really important.

:42:43.:42:47.

They need to get a home semifinal. The Scarlets knocking on the door of

:42:48.:42:52.

the top four. The Blues losing touch because Ulster have a game in hand

:42:53.:42:55.

and they will be Treviso with five points. The shakedown is going to be

:42:56.:43:06.

intriguing. Thanks for your company. Scrum five takes a little bit of a

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break now. European action. When we return, we will be previewing the

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greatest tournament of them all. I can't wait, neither can these two.

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I'm sure you can't either. See you soon.

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To put the cream on the Grand Slam Kate!

:43:26.:43:31.

A second Grand Slam for Wales! And George North all the way

:43:32.:43:46.

himself. This is the most dangerous,

:43:47.:44:01.

the most despicable human being

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Featuring highlights and analysis of the Pro12, a round-up of the Premiership and a look at the CIACs, as well as a profile of Brecon's Paralympic gold medallist Rob Davies.

Ross Harries is joined by Jonathan Davies and Sean Holley.