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-International rugby hero
-..could be about to face
-his greatest-ever challenge.
-He may have won 99 caps
-and scored ten tries for Wales.
-He may have won three grand slams
-and been on two Lions' tours.
-But nothing compares
-to this challenge.
-Mike is mentoring
-a team of unique rugby players.
-The Senghenydd Sirens.
-After a resounding win
-against rivals Abergele...
-..the Sirens now top
-the WRU Women's Division Two.
-But getting to the top is one thing,
-staying there is another.
-The SWALEC Cup games
-are coming up.
-Can Mike lead this passionate team
-to the title?
-It's the Senghenydd Sirens'
-time to shine.
-After a fine win over Abergele,
-Mike has organized a team treat.
-A luxury spa afternoon.
-They've never been
-in such a pool before.
-It's full of icy water
-to revive tired muscles.
-It's clearly extremely cold.
-Here's something to warm them up.
-Cold water hastens recovery,
-so it's really important.
-When I played for Wales...!
-After every game, we had an ice bath
-and it wasn't nice at all.
-But your body goes through a lot,
-so places like this are important...
-..before the next game,
-the next training.
-Enough Sam Warburton,
-more Mike Phillips - sauna!
-We should do more on recovery.
-At the moment, it's a shower
-and a pint, to be honest.
-I'm glad we did this today,
-ending with some fun in the pool.
-Going through a couple of moves.
-But the next game is coming up,
-and we have to prepare.
-After the recovery today,
-we can now go into the next game...
-..and hopefully win,
-and do this all again next week!
-Maybe so, Ann-Marie,
-but there's work to do first.
-Last week's training sessions..
-..with Lloyd Williams and Cerys Hale
-were a great success.
-This week's guest coach is Wales
-women's coach Rowland Phillips.
-The team is doing well
-and beat Abergele last week.
-It was great that the moves
-we worked on were successful.
-every line-out, every scrum.
-Team spirit is really good.
-Top of the table.
-Top of the table.
-It's important to stay there now.
-I'm sure they'll lose every game!
-No, I hope to help them.
-They've told me
-where they need to improve.
-I'm excited to have Rowland here.
-He coaches Wales.
-we'll look at spacings.
-How many go into tackles,
-what they do afterwards.
-A few things to tidy up.
-If I can help, great.
-Chwith is left, so if I say chwith,
-left shoulder to the ground.
-Your other chwith!
-Rowland will give them a kick
-to make them a bit tougher.
-Press-ups to warm the shoulders.
-Pull the arms away
-and you do it to me.
-Pull my arms, come on.
-I'm the angry Phillips.
-Mike likes his fun, but I'm more
-serious, and defence is serious.
-Proper defence at the ruck is vital.
-Around the ruck, bounce then this.
-They get to close to the ruck.
-No-one should go through the ruck.
-If you're in here,
-the problems aren't all out there.
-It's a bit confusing
-because we haven't done this yet.
-How many threats
-are there on a rugby pitch?
-One - just this.
-This is the only thing.
-This is the most important thing,
-so we defend the ball.
-But you don't need eight
-or ten players around the ruck.
-We need to keep the width
-in the defensive line.
-Keep in a line.
-Let's go back and we'll attack.
-They picked it up quickly
-then they were OK.
-He shows us not to have too many
-committed to the tackle.
-One tackling the bottom,
-one tackling the top.
-Get people to talk more.
-We don't communicate
-as well as we should.
-That worked well.
-Women's rugby at this level
-One or two will come through
-to the regions, and maybe Wales.
-Really good. Well done, everyone.
-I've learnt a lot
-and I think the girls have too.
-It's vital to prepare
-for the game with Lampeter.
-Keep the standard high
-and believe in yourselves.
-I can see why they're top
-because they listen and have fun.
-They feel like a team.
-All the effort in training
-is for today.
-A trip to Lampeter
-for the next league game.
-After the win against Abergele...
-must maintain the momentum...
-..to stay top of Division Two.
-Mike isn't here because he has
-a game with the Sale Sharks...
-..but the Sirens
-are in good spirits.
-The spirit in the camp
-is really good.
-The bus journey up
-was longer than we thought.
-It took ages,
-and it was boiling on the bus.
-We've never played Lampeter,
-so we don't know what they're like.
-Girls that have played them say
-they're a forwards team...
-.so, more work for me.
-They're on home turf,
-with a full squad, and we have 18.
-We'll see how we step up as a team,
-and we don't have a scrum half.
-Jess isn't here today, so Lloyd
-has picked me at scrum half.
-My heart's in my mouth,
-I've never played there before.
-They beat Abergele 79-0 last week...
-..so, the pressure is on,
-the pressure is on, big time.
-We all know that we have to play,
-and play well.
-is to keep this run going.
-Keighlee Williams is powerful,
-and it's a physical game.
-Good play in the centre.
-That'll please the coaches,
-unlike the pass.
-Senghenydd are caught napping
-and Lampeter break the defence.
-They must reorganize the defence,
-and they're on the back foot.
-Here comes the home side.
-More pressure, players over,
-and a try for Lampeter.
-More defensive work for the Sirens.
-They're within inches,
-but they're not over yet.
-This is exhausting work.
-Another try for Lampeter.
-As half-time approaches,
-the Sirens are finding it tough.
-It's half-time and we're playing
-We've got to score next,
-but we're still in this.
-I've got faith in you.
-It all depends on how much
-you actually want to win.
-I don't want to come here
-and let them walk all over us.
-Surely the Sirens
-won't counterattack from here?
-Great from Stacey Crocker.
-She splits the defence.
-Does she have support? Yes.
-Skym unloads to Hollie Dempsey.
-She breaks two tackles.
-A try of the highest quality.
-Protheroe misses the conversion.
-More pressure from Senghenydd,
-transformed in the second half.
-They're patient as well.
-The forwards do the hard work,
-and the ball comes wide.
-Protheroe waits for the ball...
-..but the pass isn't needed
-as Steph Rees gets the try.
-Another missed conversion.
-That's a high tackle and a penalty.
-Lampeter convert once again.
-The big difference between the teams
-was the home side's kicking prowess.
-It's a defeat for Senghenydd.
-They wanted it
-a bit more than us.
-Remember this feeling.
-We can't turn up like that
-and expect to win a game.
-They deserved that,
-so shake their hands.
-Fair play, they played well,
-but we should have done better.
-I'm bitterly disappointed
-with the performance.
-Compared to last week,
-it was a different team out there.
-It was a good physical game,
-probably one of our hardest.
-We have to look ahead
-to the next game now.
-We'll work on it this week.
-We have to forget today,
-and we can't play like that again.
-Defeat is clearly a blow
-to the Sirens' confidence.
-Their grip on top spot
-They had no shape, no talking
-about discipline and cool heads.
-Now, they must roll their sleeves up
-and focus on the SWALEC Cup games.
-We learnt a lesson against Lampeter.
-Our heads need to be screwed on.
-The Senghenydd Sirens and mentor,
-ex-Wales scrum half Mike Phillips...
-..are aiming for promotion
-to the league's top division.
-But this week,
-the focus shifts to the SWALEC Cup.
-The format is the same
-as for the men.
-A knockout competition
-featuring teams from all divisions.
-In the first round, they were away
-to Division One side Haverfordwest.
-But after a three-hour trip
-and a great effort, the Sirens lost.
-Mike is on duty
-with Sale Sharks...
-..but is keen to keep up
-with the Sirens' development.
-Sadly, they're out of the Cup.
-It was a tough game for them
-against a Division One side.
-They played well in parts...
-..but they lack experience
-at that level.
-They had no shape in attack.
-They just gave one pass
-and ran into the defenders.
-I'd like to see them
-throw the ball out to the wings.
-playing with their heads up.
-When I see them next, I'll talk
-about discipline and cool heads.
-Relaxing when the pressure's on,
-and a bit more concentration.
-They're out of the Cup,
-but they're still in for the Plate.
-It's time to work hard and focus
-their efforts on winning the Plate.
-In the weekend's quarter-finals,
-they play Barry from Division One.
-It's a big game for Senghenydd,
-especially some team members.
-We're all working hard
-and training's going well.
-There are some personal links
-between us and Barry.
-One of them
-is our captain Keighlee's cousin.
-A girl who works with me at school
-also plays for Barry.
-We're good friends
-and we spend a lot of time together.
-But on the field, she's an opponent.
-A few remarks are made.
-We're going to beat you.
-Watch out now.
-Our skills are better,
-we've played longer than Senghenydd.
-It shouldn't be a problem.
-With so much at stake,
-the Sirens must be at their best.
-But one aspect of their game
-is consistently weak.
-As a team,
-we're OK at scoring tries.
-But we do miss a lot of kicks,
-so we need to work on them.
-We'll need every point
-The kicking problem
-worries the mentor too.
-The girls need to work on that.
-I've asked Elinor Snowshill
-to help improve their kicking game.
-is the Welsh women's outside half.
-She has 44 international caps,
-and has kicked hundreds of points.
-I've seen Elinor play for Wales
-and she has fine kicking skills.
-A masterclass from her
-will be brilliant for the girls.
-Since their main kicker
-That can often be the difference
-between winning and losing.
-Mike's asked me to work with scrum
-half Jess and full back Kaitlin.
-We'll see what we can do.
-The first thing
-is keeping your chest high.
-Nice and proud,
-so you're standing tall.
-You're not sitting back
-or leaning back on your power.
-The second one then
-is keeping your eyes on the ball.
-Don't keep your head down
-because then your chest goes down.
-Keep your chest up
-but your eyes on the ball.
-you get the right connection.
-Kaitlin is a natural kicker.
-I thought she'd played football.
-She leant back a lot,
-and so lost power.
-On this one,
-don't look where the ball goes.
-You'll know if it's a good kick,
-so keep your eyes down.
-Exactly the same, but eyes down.
-Look at the length
-you got on that.
-I learnt to follow the ball through.
-I feel really confident now
-to take it into Sunday's game.
-You've got a lot of natural power.
-Jess has a powerful kick,
-but they all pull to the left.
-Adjust your run-up slightly.
-Coming from a bit more of an angle
-should straighten your tee up.
-You've got a hell of a power on it,
-but your head came up straight away.
-You wanted to see
-where it was going.
-She gave me a lot of confidence
-because I knew what I was doing.
-When I kick, I look up instead
-of keeping my eyes on the ball.
-When I kept my eyes on the ball,
-it went where I wanted it to go.
-A lot of this is new to them.
-You could see a difference,
-even in such a short session.
-This session was really useful
-before our big game on Sunday.
-It can often be the difference
-between winning and losing.
-I hope it makes a difference
-to them on Sunday.
-We're playing Barry on Sunday.
-We've got some personal battles.
-Our captain's cousin plays for them.
-I used to play
-with one girl years ago.
-We went through
-the Welsh set-up together.
-It'll be nice
-to put some big hits in.
-The day of the big game,
-the SWALEC Cup plate quarter-final.
-Barry are here early
-and are ready for battle.
-They're a Division One side,
-which is a big thing, a grudge!
-My cousin Keighlee Williams is
-playing for the opposite team today.
-Not only is it teams,
-it's family war as well!
-She thinks she's going to smash me,
-but I will try my best!
-have promised to come to watch...
-either me or Miss Perry!
-I'm supporting Barry because my
-teacher Miss Perry plays for them.
-Since Christmas, Barry have come on
-well, winning almost every game.
-They're quite a big team, so we need
-to get it out to the backs...
-..and run the tries in
-like we did with Abergele.
-We came here early, we've trained,
-and we want to go out and win.
-We learnt a lesson against Lampeter.
-Heads on, and smash it.
-Are they up for it today?
-comes from the first kick.
-want to put their stamp on the game.
-Barry come storming through.
-and a fine tackle on the far side.
-It's competitive and physical,
-and Senghenydd are holding on.
-A good tackle by Kourtney Lewis.
-Barry come again,
-wave after wave after wave.
-The try eventually comes.
-A simple conversion
-takes them to seven.
-The Sirens are in possession,
-Dempsey picking up her own kick.
-Good work by the fly half,
-and Dempsey is inches away.
-The penalty is taken quickly.
-Good play by Kidley.
-More quick-thinking, this time
-by captain Keighlee Williams.
-The Sirens get a deserved try.
-Protheroe has been working hard
-on her kicking...
-..and it pays off.
-Barry's forwards are so powerful.
-They drive on,
-keeping the ball alive.
-The try was on the cards.
-It's untidy, but they are throwing
-the ball out wide.
-Yates in the middle
-to Kourtney Lewis.
-She's some talent.
-At full pace,
-she's thrilling to watch.
-Kourtney Lewis, only 18 years old.
-The conversion goes over.
-Kidley, to Kourtney Lewis,
-who finds Protheroe for the try...
-..but she can't kick them all.
-The Sirens use the backs,
-a lovely angle from Protheroe.
-Remember the name Kourtney Lewis.
-an exceptional player.
-An incredible talent.
-Kourtney Lewis and the Senghenydd
-Sirens are on top of the world.
-Jess Kidley is fine,
-and the hair is still pink.
-Kidley is effective,...
-..and the Sirens' backs
-are playing lovely rugby.
-Once the ball
-is in Kourtney Lewis' hands...
-..the Barry defence is tired,
-and she's off again.
-Another exceptional try.
-and she's having fun.
-Is there a late consolation try
-It's been a hard and tiring day
-for them, to put it mildly.
-That is some consolation.
-Barry get the try,
-but Senghenydd secure the win.
-You fronted up in every aspect
-of the game. I'm proud as ****.
-I'm so happy. It was a tough game
-but really, really good.
-I kicked three out of five.
-It wouldn't have happened
-without Friday's training session.
-They were the better team
-on the day.
-Your 13 is an amazing player.
-Our heads went down
-and we couldn't come back.
-All the girls
-gave 100% from the whistle.
-They were all amazing,
-an outstanding performance.
-We're still friends,
-but until we next meet...
-..I've got bragging rights.
-A superb win for the Sirens...
-..and a step closer to the final.
-But who will they face next?
-We are a Division Two team,
-so it won't be easy in the semis.
-But on the verge of the semis,
-the team disappears.
-Only four backs have turned up.
-It's not good enough.
-Mike arranges an emergency session
-before the biggest challenge yet.
-Their heads weren't right,
-the skills were poor.
-They didn't work as a team.
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