Sec­ond-placed War­riors tar­get re­turn to top spot

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LLANELLI War­riors have fin­ished sec­ond in the 2018-19 Abil­ity Rugby In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

The cham­pi­onship is com­peted for by mixed abil­ity and in­clu­sive rugby teams world­wide. Twenty points are awarded for a win, but the em­pha­sis is on play­ing a full fix­ture, when a side is awarded 50 points.

Fur­ther points are awarded for ex­hi­bi­tion games and tour­na­ments as long as they are full con­tact.

The ti­tle has moved out­side Wales for the first time with the Scot­tish Na­tional Clan tak­ing the ti­tle. The Scots pipped the War­riors by just 20 points.

The War­riors won the first two ti­tles but in 2017 their great ri­vals Swansea Glad­i­a­tors edged them out with 25 matches in their 25th sea­son.

War­riors cap­tain Richard Evans said: “We had a busy year and it’s frus­trat­ing to come so close. We lost by a point to a WRU Com­mu­ni­ties team, drew in Betws and drew in Fer­ry­side where we had a pretty good­look­ing try dis­al­lowed.

“How­ever, we have fin­ished sec­ond in the world, ahead of all the other Welsh and English sides.”

The War­riors are work­ing hard to re­gain the ti­tle. They have played 20 matches and on Satur­day face the Dragons All-Stars, who are based in Cwm­bran, on the train­ing ground at Parc y Scar­lets (12.30) be­fore watch­ing the Scar­lets match against Ze­bre.

Evans added: “It’s sure to be a tough match but, as the Cham­pi­onship re­flects, it’s the tak­ing part that’s most im­por­tant.

“We just love get­ting stuck in and play­ing rugby, ev­ery­thing else is just a bonus.”

Scot­tish Clan and Llanelli War­riors are pic­tured to­gether.

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