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to the Aviva Premier­ship at the first time of ask­ing.

Thomas was ap­pointed for­wards boss at Ash­ton Gate in Fe­bru­ary this year, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Mark Bakewell to Le­ices­ter Tigers.

The 35-year-old back-rower earned 67 caps for Wales dur­ing a dis­tin­guished ca­reer that in­cluded 10 years with the Os­preys and that mem­o­rable 2005 Six Na­tions Grand Slam.

His ca­reer was cur­tailed by re­peated con­cus­sions and though his for­wards job at Bris­tol, is on an in­terim ba­sis un­til the end of the sea­son, it cer­tainly would smarten up his coach­ing CV.


WE may well be head­ing into cricket sea­son weather when the sound of leather on wil­low will fill the sky blue skies.

But those at­tend­ing the Divi­sion One North clash be­tween Pwll­heli and Colwyn Bay on Satur­day could have been for­given for mis­tak­ing their rugby score­board for a cricket ver­sion.

In cricket par­lance Pwll­heli were 141 all out, but in real terms they thrashed Colwyn Bay 141-10 scor­ing 23 tries in the process, giv­ing the


WITH 181 games for Llanelli, one for Wales be­fore a dis­tin­guished ca­reer in rugby league with St He­lens and Sal­ford, the 64-year-old has plenty of oval-ball miles on the clock.

He’s also coached the North Wales Cru­saders, Worces­ter War­riors and was part of Mike Rud­dock’s Welsh back-room team dur­ing the 2005 Six Na­tions Grand Slam-win­ning cam­paign.

Since 2012 the for­mer full-back is in a sec­ond spell coach­ing Don­caster Knights but you wonder if any pregame quote would come back to bite him as hard as the one on the week­end.

He said ahead of their clash with Greene King IPA Cham­pi­onship win­ners Bris­tol: “It’s go­ing to be a night of cel­e­bra­tion for Bris­tol, who will be look­ing to cel­e­brate in style, but we are hop­ing to rain on their pa­rade. We did that a cou­ple of years ago when we beat them down there in the sec­ond-leg of the pro­mo­tion play-off fi­nal, though they went up due to a bet­ter points ag­gre­gate.

“We’ve got a good record at Ash­ton Gate – we’ve won on our last three vis­its in the league and cup - so we feel that we’ve got a good chance of an­other good re­sult down there.”

Fi­nal score: Bris­tol 68 Don­caster 10.


THESE are try­ing times at Bath and par­tic­u­larly for their di­rec­tor of rugby Todd Black­ad­der.

Hopes of fin­ish­ing in the top six of the Aviva Premier­ship are all but over fol­low­ing their 41-6 hum­bling at Sara­cens when lit­er­ally all six of the home tries came from Bath mis­takes.

Wales and Lions No.8 Taulupe Fale­tau can be ex­cused any crit­i­cism as he was Bath’s stand­out player show­ing a real zest and pace for the fray, but the same can’t be said of his team-mates.

No.10 Priestland’s pass to Fran­cois Louw was mi­nus the sat-nav and Liam Williams raced away for a try and then a woe­ful kick from the out­side-half saw Richard Wig­glesworth score in the right cor­ner.

Priestland’s af­ter­noon went from bad to worse when he failed to look be­fore throw­ing a pass in­tended for Tom Dunn straight to Far­rell, who scored from 70 me­tres out.

Brew also mixed some strong run­ning with mis­guided passes to make it a thor­oughly mis­er­able last few months for the west coun­try side.


CALL Roberts’ cur­rent Aviva Premier­ship em­ploy­ers ‘The mighty Quins’ might get a sum­mons under the trades de­scrip­tion act.

They headed to Gloucester on Satur­day in the midst of an aw­ful run of re­sults with them los­ing six of their seven games this year, cul­mi­nat­ing in the dire de­feat to base­ment dwellers Lon­don Ir­ish, when Quins were booed from the field.

Their di­rec­tor of rugby John Kingston will at the end of the sea­son while for­mer Eng­land flanker Chris Rob­shaw ad­mit­ted ev­ery­one at the club should look at them­selves for the per­for­mances that led to his de­par­ture.

And with Roberts back for the trip to King­sholm, things didn’t see a rapid im­prove­ment with the Cherry & Whites win­ning 37-9.

At least Roberts will have the chance to start afresh at Bath next sea­son, though the way The Rec out­fit are end­ing the sea­son fry­ing pan and fire spring to mind. It was some­thing of a low key week­end for Welsh rugby all around with Euro­pean semi-fi­nals in­volv­ing two re­gions just around the cor­ner.

But it didn’t stop a plethora of Welsh win­ners and losers be­ing thrown up.

We give you the pick of the bunch.

home sided one more boast than be­ing a for­mer club of Lions and Wales wing Ge­orge North.

> Paul Turner is pre­sid­ing over a ter­rific sea­son at Ampthill

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