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19/02/2017

Ross Harries is joined by Gareth Delve and Martyn Williams for a look back at the latest Pro12 action. Plus a visit to thriving North Wales club Nant Conwy.


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As we enter the final third of the season the focus sharpens for those

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in the Pro12. The summit was inside for two of the top sides. Could the

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ospreys maintain their winning run? The Six Nations returns next weekend

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and Scotland are wary of Wales's wrecking ball. You do not fancy

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being on the end of one of those Moriarty specials. Not particularly!

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And we take a trip north to see how Nant Conwy fared in the National

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played quarterfinals. First world champion. At darts, that was.

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The Six Nations has taken a break this weekend,

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but we've had plenty of rugby to keep us entertained.

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Martyn Williams and Gareth Delve are here with us to look back.

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But what better place to start than the Liberty Stadium,

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as the Ospreys put their 13-game unbeaten run on the line.

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, set some hard yards for the ospreys. Taking the Roman road over

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the ten. Sam Davies, great handoff, what a start by the ospreys. Davies

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onto Ashley Beck. Wriggling up to the 22. Twinkling tones from the

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Kiwi. What a try. Brilliant individual score. Haberfield

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dictating the base. Ospreys getting possession at will. Options either

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side. Quick again. Davies, Ashley Beck, he counters in. Is there a

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hint of a forward pass? Definitely forward. Off the top of Joe Callahan

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and on the wraparound, off the training paddock by Munster. Jack

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O'Donoghue. Duncan Williams. Marshall, lovely hands. Saili, great

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finish by the Centre. And eventually given by the referee. Ospreys piling

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on the pressure. Lovely take and give, tidied up, Giles and Ashley

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Beck, into the corner, there is a flag up for the touch, and another

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one for the TMO. He certainly hit the post but what about Saili not

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using his arms? 22, no try. They are asking for the tackle. Not

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impressed. They go for more, Munster in close. The forwards driving. A

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little flash and dash, over the line, can he get it down? The

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referee going to the TMO again. Looks a bit short.

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More caveman staff from Munster, this is what they love. Williams. A

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little bit stodgy again. The rumble on once more. Has he managed to get

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over? The try is awarded. A chance for Munster to get ahead for the

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first time. This is a last chance for the Ospreys. They have got to

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keep possession, they have got to get off the field. They cross

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halfway. Bit of a gap. Munster with hands in the air. Conway takes it

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out of the park that is the drama at the death? Was that tackle on

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Brendon Leonard and five? Double tackle. Kevin O'Byrne was the main

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culprit, I have seen those given. But not this time. Their unbeaten

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run finally at an end. I'm sure some travelling fans wondering how on

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earth they left Liberty Stadium with a victory. What a match. Brilliant

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game. You look at the name not involved yesterday on international

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duty for the good having a drop-off in quality but two of the best squad

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is probably in the league. The Ospreys well ahead out on stage,

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Steve Gandhi said he was a bit aggrieved at some of the refereeing

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decisions. I think rightly so. With Ashley Beck, the second disallowed

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try, maybe the last tackle from Saili but credit to stay, he also

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said the Ospreys have more than enough opportunities anyway. And the

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Ospreys have been one of the best attacking side in the league. If not

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the best attacking side. The first 20 minutes yesterday some of the

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rugby they played was the best I have seen. First try here, Ashley

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Beck standing ready flat, Underhill as well was superb. The support

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lines they were hitting, they were outstanding. Great support line by

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James King. Just veering away from the defender instead of running

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straight. That was a taster of what they did, then they have some really

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key poor decisions. Baldwin, hold onto the ball. Don't give somebody

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like Munster the opportunity. In control of the game. They win the

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turnover, they have stayed alert and this is what happens. The Ospreys

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have just gone 20-11, they put it out on the full. So they are 20-18

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and that gives Munster and left. Key decisions at key moments. Interns

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are some of the standout press, Ashley Beck, and of course his

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contribution was brilliant. He has been injured so much but he has the

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strength to get over the gain line. Some brilliant touches as well. Does

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not even have to break stride. He was superb yesterday. Somebody like

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Brian O'Driscoll on social media, we have looked at it a couple of times

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yesterday. Still an unbelievable effort. If he can stay fit he should

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definitely go on the summer tour. High praise indeed from Brian

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O'Driscoll, he has been so one fortunate over the years but he has

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had a run now in the side. The staking his claim with players away

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on international duty. Ashley paid so much Red Bee from a young age and

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in the last couple of years he has had injuries so it is just a case of

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him showing how classy years. He has the time, that is very special, the

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most important quality. He goes up the middle and makes his tackles.

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Great handling skills. Potential option for Wales in the future. We

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could guarantee he is adding to his tally of Welsh caps sooner rather

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than later. So while the Ospreys had been hoping

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to return to the summit, their west Wales rivals the Scarlets

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were hoping to cement their place in the top four when Zebre

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came to town. COMMENTATOR:. Will Boyd up to the

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try line. James Davies tries to work his way over, Jonathan Evans, they

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are so close now. Kept it alive and flicked on, just about enough room

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for Evans to squeeze in the corner. Fine finish by Stefan Evans and

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Scarlets are on the board. Great pass to Billy needs and he gets in

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the corner. -- Bellini. Very effective rugby from Zebre.

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Jonathan Evans. It is as easy as that. Hacked through, anybody

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chasing after it. Tom Williams takes it on the half volley. Great

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breakaway try. He will jog along and hard about the hacked downfield but

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the pace and presence of Tom Williams gives Scarlets breakaway

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third try. The line-outs. Make sure they do not get driven over the

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touchline. Plenty of forwards to choose from. Aaron Shingler the

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first of them. Taken over by Tom drives. Bonus point try. There is a

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penalty try in this. Tremendous, no doubt at all, could not gets there

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under their own steam but referee under the posts for the penalty try.

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Elias slips it back. Not tackle. Will Boyd straight through and

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underneath the posts more or less. STUDIO: Handsome win in the end and

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the mission was to get a bonus point because they want to cement their

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place in the top four so it was job done. Mission accomplished, it is

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difficult sometimes against the Italian sides to be at the top of

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the game. Bonus point and move on. By their own admission it was

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sloppy, they said at the end of the game they will need to tighten up.

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Dad says it is difficult sometimes to go out there and, but some of

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their execution and passing was really poor. They just had too much

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quality in the end. One man with quality in abundance, Stefan Evans

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has not played for about four weeks. He looked hungry. In the last 12

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months he has really stood up, such a balanced runner, give him space,

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he will beat people. I like this. He comes off his wing as well, looking

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for work. Just the balance, he has lost a bit of weight, bitter puppy

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fat. He is in the shape of his life and he can finish. Out and out

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winger. Did not get his opportunity last week but no doubt, maybe not in

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this Six Nations but going forward he is definitely international

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quality. He has worked hard. I have been really impressed, he runs

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really good supporting lines, that is what the All Blacks do well.

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Cutting a nice tight line and taking it on.

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He's put his hand up for selection for Wales next week,

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We spoke to the WRU today and they said he is back in training but I'm

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sure Evans is on the sidelines waiting for his chance.

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And with that Scotland game less than a week away,

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we caught up with John Barclay, who's relishing the prospect

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of lining up against his Scarlets team-mates.

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The game in Paris you perhaps could have won but ultimately a pretty

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brutal French pack. In my mind that stands out as there with the most

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physical Test match I have played in. We had five guys with head

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knocks, Greg got injured, not offering you Synod. The post match

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lunch nine guys did not go. Pretty brutal. What did you make of the

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Wales- England game. It was brutal, that was my first impression. I

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thought Wales handed with 77 minutes on the clock. But on the state. That

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shows you the nature of international rugby.

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Your record against Wales is not the prettiest. Scotland have not beaten

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them since Warren Gatland took over in 2008. Wales record has been

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pretty damn good. I said at the start if we play well, if we feel

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like we can play well, we can beat teams. In terms of the opposition

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you bite face in the back row, what did you make of Ross's performance?

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He was pretty physical. He is a young, physical specimen. The way he

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was throwing himself about, he was on fire when he played. You don't

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fancy being on the end of one of those specials? Not particularly.

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When I came down here, I thought it would be awesome to play against the

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boys and be a different experience to play against my team. He did not

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happen for three and a half years. There has always been a bit of

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winding up going on. A bit of fun, a bit of banter with the boys. Which

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Scarlet International would you like to silence? Rob Evans? The guys know

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how much goes into it. I hope they do.

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That will be a bumper weekend. It starts on Friday.

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We will analyse everything. John Barclay keeping his cards close to

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his chest. The news of his injury, a 50-50 call but they have had a fair

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few injury worries. They are pretty significant injury worries. They

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haven't got the strength and depth that the likes of England have

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shown. They are still a well drilled unit. I think they will take a lot

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of heart even though they lost in France. Murrayfield has become a

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real fortress for them. A real tough challenge next week. How much will

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they miss Leader? He is their main harvester of points. He has done

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really well at Gloucester. He has been the blue that has pushed them

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on and it's amazing with Scotland, they have all these nines. History

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of captaincy at nine. In terms of Wales, Rob Harry will wrestle with a

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few selection dilemmas. As discussed, Ross Moriarty had a

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storm. Plenty of debate whether he should be taken off when he was. He

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has made himself an drop ball but you have a situation with file et al

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back in the mix. It's a nice headache to have. All four, top

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players. Moriarty were sensational. It was the same in New Zealand, he

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was outstanding. I would keep the same back row, it is working. The

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luxury of Faletau. You can't drop somebody like Moriarty. Just keep

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them going. So far, so good in this tournament so I would keep it the

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same and then you have Faletau off the bench. It wasn't so long ago

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that we were saying who is the next Faletau? It is a fantastic headache

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to have. You feel sorry for the coaches when we would never thought

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we'd see the day where they would get stick for getting to be of the

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bench. Out of the three on the part, they were all playing well against

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England but he should have been there until his legs dropped off. He

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was going great. We do stick with the same three and then Faletau on

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the bench? Ross is one of the three. It's a straight shoot out between

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the sevens. In terms of that psychological record, the fact that

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Wales haven't lost to Scotland since Warren Gatland came on board, as

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players does that play on your mind? It does in a way. Subconsciously the

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Scottish boys don't know what it is like to beat the Welsh side. Looking

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at the back row, D1 I think who is in danger is to correct. What this

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Welsh team have done is out muscle Scotland. Sam and Ross, they really

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outmuscled them because that is where Scotland have struggled, on

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physicality. It will play a major part on Saturday. They did struggle

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against France in Paris. Do you think Wells macro Wilson is a

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vulnerability there? They go into it confidently because of the back of

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the performance against England, there is a fair bit of Walsh

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knowledge in that Scottish camp. John Humphrys coaching the forwards.

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I think on its merits, we will have to be at the top of our game to get

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the result. We asked you to pick your lines and I must stress this is

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as if the first test was this weekend. Who have you gone for? Who

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would I pick? A lot of players were injured. I suppose the one who

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stands out is Fraser Brown. He has been really eye-catching around the

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park. Ken Owens has been superb. At the moment, Hartley and best third

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and fourth for me. How can you leave Moriarty out? I tried to mix the

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squad really. It's a decent back row and whoever they pick, the back five

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of the scrum, such a difficult selection but that is my side. Any

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differences? I am going to treat him now. I think it is good. With that

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back row, there is balance. You need the carriers, the Thatcher and your

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defensive dog and all the best back rows in history has had that

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balance. It will not necessarily be the three best players, it will be

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the best balance. Indeed. We have had some sad news today as well.

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Many of you will have heard that Dan Vickerman was found dead in his home

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in Sydney this morning at the age of 37. He survived by his wife Sarah

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and his two sons. Our deepest condolences to his family from

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everyone here. So from the Six Nations,

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to the WRU National Plate. Nant Conwy have been enjoying

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a fine season so far at the top of National League One

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North. How would they get on against

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St Peter's in the plate? We sent Garin Jenkins

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on a road trip to find out. There is a certain bias above North

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Wales rugby today. And what about a good old-fashioned cup tie to see

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what it is about. We are a young club but what there is here is a

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hunger and passion for the game. Junior is, youths, women's,.

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Grassroots rugby is on its way out. We're working hard and growing the

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game from schools all the way through to the senior team. All the

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players today in the squad have come through the youth ranks. They are

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all local lads. Della Wyn Jones and outside-half to watch? I think so.

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He has a good boot on him as well. A good guy. Mr Jones looks big. What

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are you feeding him on? Lots of chicken. The first half has been

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really good but probably Nant Conwy looks fitter.

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Leighton Rees, first world champion. A lot of 50-50 decisions going to

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Nant Conwy. Really exciting. I used to

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passionate about it? We seem to be able to get it for the big games so

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hopefully we can hang in there. It is a volatile atmosphere. My

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daughter plays for the under 15s and we have had a success with our under

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18s girls team. A club like Nant Conwy are ambitious and they are

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working hard. If you start to think of it, they have a bus stop outside

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the club where the kids can get off the bus and come straight to the

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club. They have a different way of engaging people to their clubhouse.

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They are embracing the whole side of the community. Hopefully we will see

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you in Cardiff in May. The trip north has been worth it. Didn't

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disappoint. What a great day, spills, thrills, passion, excitement

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and some great finishing from both sides. The cup is still alive. Many

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congratulations to Nant Conwy. Let's round up the rest of the results.

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Quinn is too strong in the end. 19 winners there. Nant Conwy victory

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over Saint Peters. Let's move back to the protocols and

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the Dragons were hoping to banish their awayday Blues.

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when they travelled into the lair of the defending champions.

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Max Healy has room to move. Skate in for the try after a relentless four

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minutes of action. Blade with a pick-up and blade goes all the way

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for try number two, just 13 minutes played. Laid a late call-up and the

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Dragons suffering. This is better from the Dragons, putting a feud

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phases together. It's hard work into this wind. Can they get the overlap

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here? Morgan out to Howard. Great attack. Shot the winner in half and

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the Dragons get a penalty. Look for the flags, up they go and 14-9. Dig

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it out. O'Brien looks to send it long and looks for the outside.

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Tyler Morgan tries to crash his weight over but well held up by the

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Connacht defence. Just a floating pass gave them time to reorganise.

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The shelf that we expected. That is just a killer moment for the

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Dragons. I am proud of the team in the way they limited the game plan.

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The breakdown work is something we focused on. The set piece defence in

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particular was excellent. But there was a failure to be more patient

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around the try line, that is probably the difference on the

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scoreboard. STUDIO: Philosophical, but remarkably Connacht were 14-0 up

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after 12 minutes but did not score another point. Watching of last

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night I thought it could have got messy for the Dragons. We say it

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every week about the Dragons, you cannot fault their commitment and

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effort. It is just you asked me earlier whether Scotland can get

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over the line against Wales, it is like the Dragons, they do not know

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how to win. They lack that bit of maturity. And as we mentioned it is

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the awayday Blues, they can put on a show at Rodney Parade, but on the

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road they have this woeful record. 19 oh in all competitions.

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Psychologically that becomes an issue. And it does. -- 19 in a row.

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They need to break that down, that includes Italian teams. It is not

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enough just to get wins at home. I think the Dragons as a young team,

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let's hope they can reach the tipping point. Compared to the way

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you is lead by storm last season they are disappointing this season.

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You do not want to take anything away from last year, in a World Cup

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year that was a huge advantage, they did not lose players like the rest

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of the teams. But they lost Robbie Henschel, a lot of quality, so they

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probably where you would expect Connacht to be in the normal run of

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things, similar to Leicester City. Still a dangerous side. Goodwin last

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week against the Blues. Long shot to be in the top six.

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They were desperate to get back to winning ways after defeat

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They welcomed Treviso to the Arms Park yesterday afternoon.

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COMMENTATOR: Nick Williams picks up, all the way to the line, though one

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going to stop the big man from a distance. Williams assesses his

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options, with another powerful surge towards the line. The ball comes

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back quickly. Gdansk, lovely off-load. Dacey, Anscombe, nice

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floated pass. Real goose-step, puts Matthew Morgan into space. With a

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field in front of them. Lovely give and take. Steve Schindler has a

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clean run to the line. Try number three for the Blues. They are

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beginning to pull away. Anscombe, Matthew Morgan. Straightened up

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nicely. Two men outside, Sean Bennett there and nobody will lay a

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finger on the openside flanker. The Blues beginning to run rampant. Back

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to Matthew Morgan, first instinct is always to attack. Past the first

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three tackles. The Treviso defence is so porous, can Matthew Morgan go

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away? Lovely unselfish pass. They see on hand and the Blues well in

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front now. Sloppy ball. He has done well there. Matthew Morgan out, so

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much space. What a try this would be. Desperate tackle of the off-load

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was good. The Blues edge past the 40 point mark. Anscombe floats past.

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Matthew Morgan over the line, the easiest try of the afternoon. The

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clock ticking down. Will he need the support? His pace takes him all the

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way to the line. Alex Cuthbert scoring a try at the end and setting

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up another, how difficult has this week been for him? He is a good pro,

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here's thick-skinned, he knows what he has got to do. We saw the

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response and the character of Alex Cuthbert. I do not know many players

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who could come out and play like he did. His job today was to come and

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play outstandingly for Cardiff Blues and he was one of the best players

:35:45.:35:50.

on the pitch today. Handsome win in the end for the Blues. They are

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still in seventh place. The top looking ever more congested. Munster

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back on top. Just one point celebrating Munster and the Ospreys.

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But Ulster have a game in hand. Level on points now with Edinburgh.

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Danny Wilson they're talking about Alex Cuthbert, who has had his fair

:36:17.:36:23.

share of abuse of social media in the last week, how pleasing was it

:36:24.:36:29.

in that kind of irresistible form. It was out of order some of the

:36:30.:36:33.

criticism but yesterday, I was down there, he was hungry. He has had a

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tough week. That shows his mental strength. Could easily have had a

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week off. Which is the old Alex Cuthbert. Great for him yesterday.

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Brilliant to see the Cardiff players there. They made a beeline for him.

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They know how tough it is. And as Martin said he could have been

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forgiven for going into his shell but as far as I'm aware he went to

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Danny Wilson earlier in the week and said he wanted to play. That says

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something for him. That is what you need to do, get out and play and get

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some enjoyment back. When he's running in tries like that there is

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not many people in the Welsh game like that. He needs a smile on his

:37:28.:37:31.

face, enjoy the good times. That he is a quality player. It is getting

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back to that level. You yesterday and it looks like a romp when you

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read the newspapers that up until half-time it was tight. Classic

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Italian game, first half they were in it and the Blues weren't great,

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they were struggling, bad loss against Connacht but they were

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brilliant in the second half. Again the Italian teams in it until

:37:56.:38:00.

half-time and then they just fold like a deck chair. It was a bizarre

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game. Matthew Morgan was dangerous with ball in hand. Just what you

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expect when the Welsh team plays in the Italian team at home. It was

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pleasant watching back the montage, take nothing away from the Blues.

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You can only beat what is in front of you but it was turnstile defence

:38:20.:38:25.

in the second half. It is something I suppose they need to knock-on the

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head in terms of the need to be competitive. We were talking about

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back in a day at least you had Bergamasco running around, the

:38:35.:38:39.

rampant Italian attitude. Some of the games this season they have not

:38:40.:38:44.

had that. Couple of big hits and a bit of a scrap, they lack some

:38:45.:38:50.

spark. Hopefully things will improve before the end of the season. Most

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of us in Wales dream on pulling it on -- dream of pulling on the

:38:59.:39:00.

feathers. Just over a decade ago,

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James Bird was a Cardiff schoolboy dreaming of playing

:39:01.:39:04.

fly-half for Wales. Unlike his schoolmate

:39:05.:39:05.

Sam Warburton, it didn't But a job opportunity in the US

:39:06.:39:07.

led him across the Atlantic. And three years later, James Bird

:39:08.:39:11.

became a fully-fledged US Eagle. New York and America, it feels like

:39:12.:39:32.

home now. Elliot Daly, Cuthbert chases him down. Elliot Daly... I

:39:33.:39:41.

guess I was never McAnuff to pull on the Welsh jersey. -- never lucky

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enough. Life does not always go like you expect, but to be here in

:39:49.:39:50.

America and appeal to play internationally for them is a huge

:39:51.:39:55.

honour. If at myself at 15 I would have an American cup I would have

:39:56.:39:58.

laughed in my own face. I have just loved it, it was the best experience

:39:59.:40:02.

I have ever had in rugby. Playing in a stadium with 20,000 people against

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Argentina. It was awesome. The Welsh identity people there, you are

:40:10.:40:12.

wearing the American shirt and that is the way it is. I grab in

:40:13.:40:17.

Thornhill, Cardiff, the first time I picked up a rugby ball was probably

:40:18.:40:20.

in the garden playing with my brother. Then from six or seven

:40:21.:40:32.

playing at Rhiwbina. The first memory I have of Sam is in a

:40:33.:40:35.

Tottenham Hotspur shed, Frank was the rugby coach and headmaster, and

:40:36.:40:41.

he tried to get me to get Sam and then in the rugby because they

:40:42.:40:44.

weren't interested. Then they came to training and the rest is history.

:40:45.:40:49.

I saw him in the Millennium Stadium five years ago -- Tottenham Hotspur

:40:50.:40:53.

assured. It was good to catch up with him. This is pre-Tuesday night

:40:54.:40:59.

training, snow on the ground has just been cleared. We are in the

:41:00.:41:05.

Robert Kraft Stadium, pretty novel playing on an American football

:41:06.:41:10.

field. You add in snow and it is a bit different. I miss Tuesday and

:41:11.:41:18.

Thursday down there. In November I was in Chicago at the New Zealand-

:41:19.:41:27.

Ireland match and I didn't feel great, woke up with a stabbing pain

:41:28.:41:32.

and realise my appendix burst. Coming back from injury it is about

:41:33.:41:35.

getting back to where I was before the injury and working towards the

:41:36.:41:40.

June Test matches. Trying to get in the best shape I can. That is my

:41:41.:41:44.

goal, trying as best I can to put myself in contention for the World

:41:45.:41:49.

Cup in 2019. We have to qualify first, we have a couple coming up

:41:50.:41:55.

against Canada. I have thought about playing Wales, it would be

:41:56.:42:00.

incredible. We were lucky enough to play together. It might happen, if

:42:01.:42:09.

it does it would be amazing. STUDIO: Incredible story if he was to face

:42:10.:42:13.

Wales, and we should say congratulations to the US, James did

:42:14.:42:16.

not play after his injury but they beat Canada yesterday, 51-34. There

:42:17.:42:22.

is a longer version of the story online. We have about a minute left

:42:23.:42:28.

so focus back to Scotland and Wales, we talked about the match, but I

:42:29.:42:35.

didn't ask your predictions. I am confident, as in Scotland have

:42:36.:42:40.

improved and they have that X factor of that with the injuries, we have a

:42:41.:42:45.

clean bill of health and I expect us to win. Not comfortably but by two

:42:46.:42:54.

scores, put it that way. It'll be an entertaining game that Wales win. It

:42:55.:42:57.

is always an entertaining game when Wales play against Scotland, and we

:42:58.:43:01.

have had some humdinger is over the years and some special tries as well

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but none perhaps as special as this one you are about to see, caught by

:43:07.:43:09.

the Master Phil Bennett 40 years ago. Difficult to believe. Hopefully

:43:10.:43:17.

we will be celebrating a famous Welsh victory next week.

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COMMENTATOR: J PR, Carmichael. What is he doing there? You can see Phil

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Bennett, out to back inside to Fenway and Bennett, this is going to

:43:36.:43:41.

be the try of the championship. That was absolute magic.

:43:42.:43:59.

Every night, about 40 people find themselves sleeping rough

:44:00.:44:02.

You start losing faith in people and faith in the system.

:44:03.:44:07.

How do they cope? You find little ways to make yourself stand out

:44:08.:44:10.

so people smile when they actually notice you.

:44:11.:44:13.

I've been on the street so long now, I've give up.

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I'm going to be on the street for the rest of my life, I think.

:44:22.:44:24.

Ross Harries is joined by Gareth Delve and Martyn Williams for a look back at the latest Pro12 action. There is a visit to thriving North Wales club Nant Conwy, who host St Peter's in the quarter-final of the plate. Plus a look ahead to next week's Six Nations match against Scotland.