Second-placed Warriors target return to top spot
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.