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Rugby clubs back in league action

Created on 14/02/2020 @ 11:27
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The Six Nations break means a return to league action for the area’s rugby sides, with the need for points becoming ever more pressing, writes Gary Williams from Oval Zone Rugby.

It’s a tough North Wales Division Two action return for Welshpool as they host Teirw Nant just three days after a midweek cup defeat against Abergele.

With Nant Conwy's first team playing on Friday night, it's likely that the Teirw Nant squad will be bolstered by a few first team fringe players, so it won't be an easy task for Dai Roberts’s young squad to get the all-important win.

“When the fixtures were released in September, this game would have been one that we would have targeted for a home win and, as far as myself and the team are concerned, nothing's changed despite them being slightly higher than us in the table,” he said.

“These are the games we need to measure our progress as we look for higher table finishes year on year.”

Elsewhere in the division, Newtown travel to a much-improved Abergele, who beat Welshpool 26-10 in midweek. With Welshpool at home in their next game, Newtown really need to start getting some points on the board and start edging themselves away from the danger zone.

Not an easy fixture, but with a full squad and playing at their best, there could be a valuable away win on the cards.

Bottom team, Llanidloes, having a disastrous run of results, have a free weekend and resume on the 29th with an away trip to league leaders Rhyl. It's going to take a herculean effort by the Hafren boys to escape the drop but, as recent very close results show, if they can get the rub of the green in some of next few games, all is not completely lost.

In Division One North, COBRA, currently joint bottom with Bro Ffestiniog but with an ever-increasing number of games in hand on all their basement rivals, host Bala who, despite their inconsistent results, are still capable of sneaking a runners-up spot in this division if they put a good run of form together.

COBRA won't want to have rely on winning all their games in hand to avoid the drop and will see this ‘derby’ as the ideal time to start to turn their fortunes around.

WRU Division Two North

Welshpool v Teirw Nant

Abergele v Newtown

WRU Division One North

COBRA v Bala

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