Rugby preview

After an encouraging start to their WRU Championship campaign there could be a degree of confidence in the Newcastle Emlyn camp before journeying to the capital on Saturday to take on the students of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

In the season opener the Red and Whites were a shade unfortunate to go down at Skewen where a late breakaway try was their undoing, but the Teifisiders bounced back with a 24-19 win over Tata Steel at Ddol Wyber and will be intent on achieving back-to-back successes on Saturday.

The students have also encountered mixed fortunes in their first two games, losing away against Tata Steel 27-22 and on Saturday springing a 32-15 win over visitors Narberth.

Crymych will be out to prevent a hat-trick of defeats in League 1 West when Gorseinon provide the opposition at Parc Lloyd Thomas.

The Preselimen opened with defeat at the hands of an impressive Dunvant outfit in Swansea and in their second game went down 15-3 at home against Aberystwyth.

Gorseinon started the season with a 22-10 win at Llangennech but despite a valiant effort in their second outing had to give best to visitors Dunvant who emerged 27-18 winners.

Cardigan have started encouragingly in League 3 West A with wins over Pembroke Dock Quins at King George V Playing Field and against Tregaron in north Ceredigion.

Emyr Harries and colleagues take a break from league action on Saturday when hitting the cup trail in round one of the WRU National Bowl when visiting Ferryside of League 3 West Central C.

The Cardis, who enjoyed a great cup run last season when reaching the semi-final before bowing out against eventual winners Amman United, will be hoping for more glory this time around.

But they could face stiff opposition against the Carmarthenshire villagers at Glan Y Fferi, the homesters having won their opening two league games.

The Tywi Estuary side sprang a 36-14 win at Cwmgwrach on the first day, emerged 17-14 home winners in a local derby against Pontyates second time out and will no doubt hope to complete a win hat-trick at the expense of Cardigan.