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Coleg y Cymoedd target more cup success

8th January 2019

Reigning champions Coleg y Cymoedd will be hoping to make it four wins in a row over arch-rivals Coleg Sir Gâr when the two giants of Under 18 rugby in Wales meet in the Welsh Schools & Colleges Cup final at Sardis Road (Tuesday, 7.30pm kick-off).

The Cardiff Blues affiliated college will be in their sixth successive final appearance and a seventh if you count their previous incarnation, Coleg Morgannwg.

The score between East and West stands at 4-3 in favour of the Llanelli-based Sir Gâr at the final stage, although Cymoedd have triumphed in three of the last four finals. They also won the two meetings last season and were 17-14 victors when the two teams met at Sardis Road on 27 November.

Sir Gâr ended up on top of the regular league season thanks in the main to playing one more match than Cymoedd, who had their final match against Gower College cancelled. The champions lost only once during the campaign, 33-26 to Cardiff & Vale College, while Sir Gar were beaten by Cymoedd and Ysgol Glantaf.

Both sides are captained from the back row and both Ieuan Pring (Cymoedd) and Sam Williams (Sir Gâr) faced each other in last season's final. Cymoedd will be missing influential centre Ioan Evans and front row men Garyn Phillips and Ieuan Morris, but director of rugby Lee Davies still feels they could have enough to hold onto their crown.

"There is a special rivalry between Cymoedd and Sir Gâr - it is the first fixture we look for when the tournament starts," said Davies.

"There will be two very talented, well coached teams going head to head yet again and we are desperate to hold onto the trophy. Our game earlier this season could have gone either way and it probably is too close to call.
"But we have prepared well, the boys are ready to give their all and it promises to be a great game."

Coleg y Cymoedd: Bailey Roberts; Cavan Davies, Macauley Rowley, Iwan Sheppard, Iwan Price-Thomas; Tyler Morris, Ethan Lloyd; Harrison Chapman, Mitch Savage, Rhys Lewis, Cai James, Mitchel Barnard, Lloyd Gregory, Ethan Fackrell, Ieuan Pring (captain)
Reps: Arwel Hughes, Travis Green, Iestyn Haskins, Rhys Anstey, Alex Mann, Rhys Howells, Lloyd Wilkins, Will Clapham

Coleg Sir Gâr: Dean James; Callum Williams, Ilan Phillips, Bradley Roderick, Harrison Button; Jack Tregoning, Dai Jones; Keelan Jewell, Rhodri King, Zak Giannini, Joe Scott, Ryan Evans, Leon Samuel, Caine Rees-Jones, Sam Williams (captain)
Reps: Morgan Thomas, Nikki Frampton, Sean Janes, Elliot Briskham, Sam Richards, Lewis Clayton, Jac Howells, Liam Cox

Previous Finals
2010/11: Coleg Sir Gar 20, Coleg Gwent 19
2011/12: Coleg Sir Gar 16, Coleg Gwent 17
2012/13: Coleg Sir Gar 18, Coleg Morgannwg 16
2013/14: Coleg Sir Gar 25, Coleg Y Cymoedd (formerly Morgannwg) 22,
2014/15: Coleg Y Cymoedd 13, Coleg Sir Gar 3
2015/16: Coleg Y Cymoedd 44, Coleg Sir Gar 24
2016/17: Coleg Sir Gar 27, Coleg Y Cymoedd 23
2017/18: Coleg Y Cymoedd 29, Coleg Sir Gar 10