Huge WRU Shield quarter-final battle in store for Clwb Rygbi Caergybi in South Wales

Holyhead celebrate after their win over South Gower in the last round of the WRU Shield. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

WRU Shield quarter-final – Saturday, February 19

Crumlin v Clwb Rygbi Caergybi/Holyhead Rugby Club (2 pm)

Holyhead will target a second successive appearance in the semi-finals of the national WRU Shield when they travel south to take on Crumlin this Saturday.

Back in 2019-20, the Holy Islanders made it to the last four only to be denied the chance to lock horns with South Gower for a place in the final due to Covid curtailing the season early.

After the 2020-21 campaign was wiped out by coronavirus, Holyhead entered the Shield again this season and in an ironic twist landed a tie with South Gower at the opening round stage.

On a memorable afternoon at Bryn-y Mor last month, the Division Three North leaders celebrated a magnificent 34-23 victory over their visitors from Division Three West Central.

This set up a quarter-final with Caerphilly-area side Crumlin, who are top of Admiral National League 3 East C with a 100 percent record of five straight wins. They also headed the WRU Shield – District A1 table, which qualified them for the last eight.

As well as sitting at the peak of Division Three North – just one loss in six games – Holyhead also won their WRU Shield – District J1 group competing against Menai Bridge and Llangefni 2nd XV.

So a difficult test for the islanders at Kendon Road on Saturday, but one they are capable of winning.

Holyhead (red) on the charge against South Gower. Max Peters carries with Eifion Rowlands and Ben Lewis in support and Robyn Cox waiting to the right. Photo: WYNNE EVANS

Holyhead head coach Mei Parry said: “The team are raring to go for this clash.

“We as a club feel we have unfinished business surrounding this competition so have left no stone unturned in our preparations.

“Training has been good and the team looks sharp. Squad selection was a headache for the coaches with multiple players putting their hand up for selection.

“Now it’s simply down to match day 23 to deliver the necessary performance on the day.”

Holyhead squad

Forwards

Tudur Owen
Raymond Lear
Ben Lewis
Greg Palmer
Tommy Evans
Meirion Evans
Liam Price
Jason Kieran
Tino Williams
Eifion Rowlands
Max Peters
Steve Owen

Backs

Rhodri Parry
Aron Parry
Mei Parry
Owain Thomas
Robyn Cox
Tim Plevey
Iwan Roberts
Aron Evans
Ben Pritchard
Endaf Jones
Dafydd Jones

QUARTER-FINAL LINE UP

February 19
Crumlin v Holyhead
Pontardawe v Beaufort
Tonna v Hollybush
March 5
Ferndale v Ruthin 2nd XV

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