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Good evening from a wintery Blackpool as they prepare to
welcome top of the table, Cardiff City to the seaside. More on that,
plus plenty of big names on tonight's Sport Wales: We analyse
the unique talents of Welsh wonders, Gareth Bale and Ryan Giggs with the
help of David Ginola and Bryan Robson. He will be an outstanding
player over the next few years. Whether he gets to achieve what
Ryan has achieved, I'm not so sure that will happen. We meet the five
new faces in Wales' Six Nations squad. Sport Wales profiles ironman
World Championship, Leanda Cave. We will start with football and the
meeting of two of the greatest players Welsh football has ever
known as Gareth Bale and Spurs face Ryan Giggs and Manchester United on
Sunday. How do the talents of these two superstars actually compare?
Who is the best? Ian Hunt has the verdict of two top-flight legends.
COMMENTATOR: Gareth Bale! What a The left-footed Giggs. Oh,
brilliant! The living legend, the legend in the making. Analysed for
us by a man who saw, first-hand, Giggs emerge and enthrall at United.
This is Robson. A time to control it, picks his place. A man who knew
a thing or two himself about extravagant wing play. COMMENTATOR:
It's Ginola. 2-0. Gareth Bale, fantastic subject. Gareth is in the
process of becoming one of the greatest and sometimes you see the
Messi and Ronaldo. When you watch Gareth Bale you always ask yourself
- what happen next? That's the good things about the game. He's not
what you're going to expect. Knowing that you don't know what
he's going to do. If there was one person who somebody said, could you
sign tomorrow, I would say, well, I wouldn't mind, that the moment in
time, bringing Gareth Bale and Ronaldo into Manchester United
again. And put them into this team that we've got at the moment. He is
going to be an outstanding player over the next few years. Whether he
actually gets to achieve what Ryan's achieved, I'm not so sure
that will happen. Just count the trophies, Giggs more than 30
winners' medals. Bale, nothing to show for all the talent. Consider
their strengths, how similar are they? I think Gareth Bale is
probably stronger as a person, physically stronger. He's an
athlete. An athlete in all a different way. Strong legs,
stronger on the upper body. He's... I think he's quicker, probably
quicker. I think he's got also this ability to be a creator. He's not
only a winger, he's not only... I think Gareth Bale is... Has got
this talent to play in any position on the football pitch. I'm too sure
whether he has the same stamina that Ryan has got. His balance,
when he attacks people, he can go on the inside, he can go on the
outside. He has a great left foot. Delivers a great ball. He can score
a goal from distance. Those are all the attributes that Ryan has got.
The only one which I would put a question mark against is, does he
have the real strong mentality that Ryan had to progress to be a great
player for 15, 20 years? Bale the shy teenage played for Southampton
at 16 before Spurs. The youngest ever Wales international at the
same age. The street wise 23-year- old raging against those who claim
he doesn't always play fair. COMMENTATOR: Another yellow card
for a dive. People say I'm diving. If you get contact, it's not a dive.
Referees have to look closer and see the contact. Has Giggs changed
from the shy lad protected fiercely by Sir Alex? My family keep my feet
on their ground. I have a lot of family in Cardiff. Yeah, I come
home, you know, try to tell my mum I scored a goal tonight. She just
says "wash the dishes," or something like that. In the early
day fs we had a Christmas party, Giggs was dancing on the table. He
was always the one who liked to have a laugh, a joke around the
place. The one thing that Ryan learnt very early in his life was,
don't publicise exactly what you are like. When the cameras and the
public were about, then Ryan would calm everything down and not be,
sort of, that bubbly sort of person. He would be the quiet one. Still
playing, a little less these days, still scoring. He may be offered
another year at United, taking him beyond his 40th birthday. The
noises won't go away that Real Madrid and Barcelona want Gareth
Bale? Gareth Bale moving from the Premier League no, way! I wish not.
The English Premier League have, you know, worked so hard in the
last 20 years to be one of the best, if not the best league in the world.
So, if you got great talents, you have to keep them. I'm sure that
the boss will offer Ryan another contract. I mean, I go in and watch
training every now and again much I go to all the matches. Just
watching him, the way he trains and dedicates himself to football, I
don't think he will have any Spurs always had flare players and
players who can entertain people. Gar Seth one of them. I'm sure the
Spurs fans are pleased to have a player like Gareth. If you are
going to ask me who is the best, I have to go for Ryan. Just in what
he has done. If Gareth Bale can prove me wrong in 10 years' time.
Good luck to the lad. He will have to be some player! I have come in
from the cold. I'm joined by a Champions League winner with
Liverpool. He is a German international, he is also the last
man to score at the Old Wembley. He happens to have caused a stir on
Twitter this week. Dietmar Hamann, good to have you on the programme.
If we look to the game on Sunday, Giggs, Bale, you have played
against both of them, we start with Giggs, how good is he and what
makes him special? Well, it's unheard of that a player is 39 now,
I think, Ferguson came out this week saying he has another year in
him. For a player, for an out field player to play to that age is
unheard of. The new Welsh superstar, if we can call him that, is Gareth
Bale. You played against him, how good is he and can he be as good as
Giggs, can he be better maybe? Ability wise, no reason to believe
he can't get near to Ryan Giggs' qualities. He is an exceptional
talent. He is blessed with electric pace. He has a great left foot on
him. You know, his control, you know, when he takes on people he is
dynamic. He has got everything a left-sided player needs. At some
stage he probably has to move. You play football to win trophies. He
won't have that opportunity at Spurs, I feel. If he wants to win
the League he probably has to move at some stage. I will take you back
to the start of the week. You have been busy and causing headlines.
Twitter. It seems it's a dangerous tool. Yourself and Joey Barton have
had words. For those of us not, perhaps, familiar with what has
been going on, what happened? How did it all start? Now, it just all
started with Joey posting a tweet about transfer activity between QPR
and Newcastle, I just felt that, you know, being a QPR player still
that he maybe shouldn't get involved in these things because he
is still a QPR player. That's how it all started. It got a bit out of
hand. Got quite hurtful, didn't it? Yeah. From his side more than mine!
I tried to keep my composure. It's a powerful fool. -- tool. Once you
say it in there people got in more trouble lately the people went to
jail for what they said on social networking sites. You have to be
aware of that. You know, he took it a bit too far. Took it a step too
far. He phoned me the day after, or two-days after. I spoke to him. He
apologised and make a public apology yesterday. For me, matter
is closed. Thank you. We turn our attention to rugby now. Wales'
interim coach, Rob Howley named his 35 squad for the RBS Six Nations
tournament which starts in just over two weeks' time. Amongst the
names, five uncapped players. Sport Wales went to meet them.
# You can be the greatest # You can be the best
# You can be the King Kong banging on your chest
# You can throw your hands up # You can move a mountain
# You can break rocks # You could be the master
# Don't wait for luck... # With so many players injured there are five
new faces in the squad. All are keen to take their chance. I try
hard at anything I do, to be honest. It's all about the experience.
First callup. Don't really know what to expect. I'm not here for
the ride really, I want to get game time. Hopefully, I can put my name
out there and show what I can do. The hard work only starts now. For
me, personally, I need to make sure I push whoever is in front of me as
hard as I kfplt it's about Wales doing well. I will put the work in.
If the coach think I am fit and I put the work in, they will pick me.
Eli Walker could be pushing for a red shirt? Definitely. I will see
how it goes. When I get into training I have to work hard and do
everything to the best of my ability and hopefully that will
take me through. A Welshman with a keyy twist and the other born and
bred in South Africa. I have been in the UK for seven years. This is
my home now. I have a small family back in South Africa. It's not a
place I would like to go back to. was born in Bridgend and went to
New Zealand for two years, two seasons and came back and handed my
CV out and ended upped in the Blues Academy and I went from. There I'm
a proud Welshman. Hopefully, I can show it in the Six Nations. Andrew
Coombs can add versatility in the absence of many first-choice
players. He has shown for the Dragons. James King could go to the
I will try what I have been doing this season, keep my head down, try
and work as hard as I can, proof I am capable of playing at that level.
While you most most things about the star players here are a couple
of things you will not know about the new faces. I breed cats, they
are quite pushy, bushy-tailed, quite big. Bigger than most Docks.
I saw some blood dripping down, the physio told me I needed to go off
and they said I needed to go for surgery. He was still attached to
the bottom. 90% was taken off. The doctor said it would be all right
because the blood vessels were still attached. I can make fire out
of wood with note that cheese. cousins are doing their thing in
football, amazing talent. Back to football. Cardiff City are
away here at Blackpool tomorrow with Malky Mackay's side eight
points clear at the top of the championship. We sent police to
Rogers for a catch up with Mark Hudson to gauge the mood -- Lisa
A things are looking rather good. Since I last spoke to you things
have gone well. A bit of a dip in the season when we last spoke, but
we answer to that well. A great Christmas period, that has put us
in the position we are in at the moment. We have been in good
positions before, we know it is not done yet, 19 games, the next three
Orrell way, they are all tough grounds. Another block of games we
need to put some results together. They stayed top of the table.
the last seven seasons the team have been top now, they go on to be
promoted. I hope we are the 8th in eight seasons. It is difficult to
get excited because you know you have got so many tough games to go.
We have seen teams go on runs before and come from a position
where you think they are not going to make it and then have a great
run. We don't want to slip up. There are a lot of experienced
players who have seen things like that happened so we will continue
with their homework and trying to drive each other on. Do you get the
things with strikers and defenders? I will not tell you. Sometimes,
depends who you play. What is the worst thing that has been said?
don't think you can repeat that on a camera. Going into the crash at
Blackpool they are eight points clear of hole at the top of the
championship. Blackpool are in 15th. We are properly expected to be them.
The pitch isn't great, if it goes ahead it will be pretty tough.
Every time we have been there it has always been a tough game,
whoever is in charge. Sometimes if they have not got a manager may be
their number two is in charge, things can go for them so we have
got to go there, be at full tilt to win the Games and that is the same
as any other. Cardiff City, eight points clear at the top of the
championship, what have you made of their season? They have done ever
so well. They have got a golden opportunity to get out the
championship which they did not manage in recent years. I did think
they will get a better chance than this year. Is there a danger, with
that success, other clubs will come knocking? If you were Malky Mackay
it would you stay with Cardiff if a big club came knocking? He is in a
big club now, if they were to get out of the championship there will
be funds available to strengthen the team and turn Cardiff into a
good Premier League club. And not sure whether he would be tempted to
go, because he has found the right club, done very well. If he takes
them back into the Premier League I did think he will be leaving, you
never know what happens in a few years' time. How important is away
form going to be because they have oppressed -- impressed at home? How
will they do away against Blackpool? Blackpool have problems
of their own, dropping a manager, not been on the best of runs. If
they keep that home form I think they look very likely to get into
the Premier League. We will be back very stroke -- surely. With a Grand
Slam, the Olympics, and there Paralympics in 20121 Welsh athlete
may have slipped under the radar -- 2012, one Welsh athlete. Leanda
Cave was nominated for the Sports personality of the year after her
double success in the iron and triathlons circuit. -- Ironman
triathlon the circuit. Distance is no obstacle for Leanda
Cave. The English-born Australian bred, as -- Arizona resident
compete for Wales backs to a Welsh- born mother. She has won at four
world triathlon titles over four different distances. Last year she
won the World half Ironman and full Ironman titles, the latter
involving a 2.4 miles when, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run.
Something I have been striving to win for several years. I said back
in 2007 when I raced by first Ironman in Hawaii I would win this
one day. I felt the words just bit me, I was never able -- I was never
able to get there. Is being on top of the page and worth all that?
is. I never really, until you win, you could recognise it and for me I
always wanted to win Hawaii, not because of all the glory or the
bonuses, the extra stuff, I just wanted to win. Winning the World
Championships, I didn't get this recognition. Neither with the
Commonwealth Games. I have gone through all these other great
achievement, now I have finally been recognised. You first came to
people's attention 11 years ago at the Commonwealth Games. I cannot
believe it was that long ago. I don't feel like it is 10 or 11
years ago I achieve this result but that is where I started. I had big
dreams come the big goals to go to the Olympics. I fell short.
world champion at Leanda Cave is the triathlon champion of the world.
There is still a part of me that wants to go back to the Olympic
distance, to take that box. That is still a child could dream. If I
never make it I think I have fulfilled a different level of
success. At can be proud of that when I retire. The Commonwealth
Games coming up, yourself, Helen Jenkins, that would be a good team
to have in Glasgow. I would be definitely be up for that. That
might be my entry, seeing if I want to go back to ITU or not. I have
had the experience. Young athletes look up to you as a guide or a role
model. Gage had to do it right. Even if I am not the fastest
athlete out there I will have value for the team. There is a lot of
criticism about me and where I live, I represent Great Britain, Wales,
yet I don't live here, but at the same time when I win a race
everybody wants to claim that me. I want to say I am British. It is the
fact I'd trained in the States has enabled me to achieve that result.
2013 will see her trying to replicate last year sticking to the
longer distances. I will focus later in the season on my big goals.
That is what happened the last year. The first half of the year was a
bit of a mess, then I picked it up towards the end and tunnel vision,
got the job done in the training. Back to football and Swansea City
might be out of the FA Cup, but they are still looking to make the
League Cup final for the first time ever. In a moment we will hear from
their new signing Roland Lamah but here is a reminder of what has
already been a dramatic start to the new year.
This was the night Swansea fans Swansea City ahead in the semi-
final. A bad mistake now, a great chance for two-0. What a sensation
here at Stamford Bridge. He has doubled Swansea's lead. A scoreless
draw at Everton must have seemed a little dry up by comparison. Back
to London on Wednesday, no heroics He scores far Arsenal, he has
Back to Premier League business, they could be a day before Roland
Lamah, the Belgian international signed this week on line.
TRANSLATION: I am happy to come to Swansea because it is a good club.
They are a club that played really good football. From me the fans can
expect to see an energetic and explosive player. On the front foot,
all of the time. I hope they will get to know me very quickly. The
Premier League is a good competition, followed everywhere
across the world. It is an energetic competition, which
matches my football style. I am very eager to get going. Michael
Laudrup is a legend, so it is with great pleasure I am coming here to
play for him. I remember him when he was a player. He was a great
footballer. I am looking forward to Tomorrow at Swansea could face a
man that they are reportedly keen to sign, with talk of an initial
bid being rejected for Stoke. His possible arrival could hinge on
whether Danny Graham is a lout took leave. -- is allowed. They sit one.
At one place better off than Stoke. There's take a look at Swansea City.
They lost midweek against Arsenal in the FA Cup, but going well in
the league. They are still keen to make the final of the League Cup.
Have they surprised you? With Michael Laudrup coming in, I'm
not surprised how well they're doing, but I didn't really expect
it, he brought a few players from Spain in, they hit the ground
running. Ashley Williams, a big player for them to stop to achieve
the first final in a long time and go to Wembley in the League Cup
final, possibly against a League Two side, there would be a fairy-
tale story to win a trophy in his first season in charge.
Michael Laudrup, without success comes a lot of interest, I guess.
What danger, they could lose him again at their lost Brendan Rogers.
Even if he were to decide they don't think he will because I don't
think he is the type of guy who would jump ship after one season.
If he does decide I think they will be a number of managers wanting to
come to Swansea because they see the manager has been left alone,
the chairman let's him get on with it, and there is not too much
distraction from the football. Stoke this weekend. How do you see
it going? They have got the tools to really hurt Stoke, especially at
home because they like to pass the ball. They can keep other teams off
the ball and Stoke live off their set pieces. If you control the game
for a large part of it I think they stand a very good chance to win.
Thank you. That is it from this week. We are back at the earlier
time of 7pm next Friday. This week the Olympic gold medallist and
arguably the greatest sportswoman Wales has ever produced called time
on her career as a professional cyclist. We leave you with some of
She takes it, she is the Olympic road race champion. She has done it.