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Exeter Chiefs honour Gareth Steenson

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Reining Premiership winning club Exeter Chiefs, are honouring one of their loyal players who not only guided the side to promotion to the English top flight in 2010, but played a similar part during their inaugural title winning season of 2017. We’re of course talking about Gareth Steenson, who celebrates 10 years as a Chief. 

Friday 11th August saw festivities kick off with an evening with heroes and legends with the following day a Gareth Steenson Chiefs VX took on a Classic Lions VX at Sandy Park. 

The prolific marksman was the star attraction in a fixture which brought together many of the club’s Championship winning squad of 2010 against a star-studded Classic Lions outfit, featuring World Cup winner Mike Tindall, David Flatman and Danny Grewcock and was officiated by former international referee Tony Spreadbury.

The two sides shared 21 tries in an entertaining encounter, watched by a crowd in excess of 7,000 people, which the Chiefs won 69-65.

Post-match, Exeter’s leading points-scorer said: “I’ve been blown away by the whole day. It started last night with an evening with all the old boys and the Lions lads and it’s continued into today with the game, which was absolutely fantastic.

“To have so many of the 2010 boys back together again and pulling on the jersey is something we’ve never thought we’d do again. I have to thank the guys from the Classic Lions as well, without them today wouldn’t have happened, so it’s been brilliant to have them come down to Devon and play in what was a brilliant occasion for all of us.”

The testimonial events will continue with event throughout the 2017-18 season. 


2017 National Bowl Final

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Congratulations to Amman United for winning the WRU National Bowl Final

Captain Sean Mangan was “immensely proud” after Amman United beat Caerphilly in a thrilling WRU National Bowl Final at the Principality Stadium

Much of the pre-match build-up centred around the inclusion in the Amman side of Wales’ all-time record try-scorer Shane Williams.

And the 40-year-old certainly didn’t disappoint as he scored a try and directly assisted another two to help his village side win the trophy.

“It’s something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life,” said proud skipper and No.8 Mangan.

“It was the toughest game we’ve had this year – just the physically of it – but we stood up and I’m immensely proud of the boys.

“We just kept going and dug it out and finished it off in the end.”

It took Williams nine minutes to make his mark on the occasion.

Foster kicked a penalty on 26 minutes to pull the score back to 14-10 before Williams turned provider for brother-in-law Lewis on 33 minutes as Amman went back in front 15-14 although this time the conversion was missed.

A topsy-turvy half took another twist three minutes before the break when wing Gareth Dare ran from halfway to score, with Hurley converting, before moments later Williams laid on another try for lock Shaun Cadell. Foster missed the conversion as Caerphilly led 21-20 at the break.

Foster and Hurley traded penalties after the break, with another two kicks from Foster edging Amman 29-24 in front.

But, back came Caerphilly, with Matthew Nuthall going over on 63 minutes after good work from Hurley and Thomas, with Hurley converting before Foster booted his fifth penalty moments later to make it 32-31.

Another Foster penalty made it 35-31 before lock Chris Rees all but sealed the win four minutes from time, unconverted, to make it 40-31 and Lewis had the final say with a penalty in front of the posts with the last kick that sparked wild Amman celebrations.

Source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-match-reports/shane-williams-scores-amman-united-12901570


2017 National Plate Final

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Replacement Max George went over in the last minute to snatch a dramatic WRU National Plate Final victory for Penallta on try count against 14-man Ystalyfera at the Principality Stadium. It was Penallta’s second win in the competition following up on their 2012 success while also helped erase the memory of their crushing defeat to Bedlinog in last year’s final, which they lost with the last kick of the match.

It was a mammoth effort from Ystalyfera, who were forced to play much of the contest a man short after flanker Jesse Patton was shown a red card for a headbutt on 22 minutes. But, when full-back Steffan Castle landed his second penalty with seven minutes to play to put Ystalyfera 16-11 up, they were in dreamland – before being cruelly denied.

“We know what it’s like to lose in the last minute so we feel for Ystalyfera,” said Penallta head coach Matthew Tucker.

Meanwhile Ystalyfera player-coach Gareth James said: “I’m proud of the boys, but gutted because we’ve lost in the last minute.

“But we’ve got to hold our heads up high. We were massive underdogs and I feel we came out of that well today, especially going down to 14 men so early in the game, with a real good performance and we take that with us and we’ll grow from that.”

 “But I’m proud of the boys because they gave their all. When you go down to 14 men it’s always going to be tough but if anything it pulled us together and we gave them a good game right to the bitter end.”


Invictus Games Trials 2017

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On a trip to the U.S. in 2013, Prince Harry who served as a helicopter pilot in the British army in Afghanistan, was inspired to set up a Paralympic-style event for ex-soldiers.

The word 'Invictus' was chosen to describe the games as it means 'unconquered' and said he hoped the power of sport could help these injured military personnel recover.

Both men and women take part in a range of sport, including athletics, archery, sitting volleyball, swimming and wheelchair rugby, representing their countries.

VX3 will be the official kit supplier for the Invictus Games of 2017.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4390004/Prince-Harry-meets-Invictus-Games-hopefuls.html#ixzz4dZJR1tRL 

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