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Merthyr Town on the rise again after promotion

Merthyr Town FC will next season return to the same level the club were at before they went out of business five years ago.

The Martyrs won the Southern League South and West Division with games to spare, and after the final game of the season on Saturday, got a chance to lift their silverware.

They beat Stratford Town 3-1, to move past 100 points for the season, and are now looking forward to life in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

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Cardiff Blues centre Hewitt retires due to neck injury

Cardiff Blues centre Dafydd Hewitt has been forced to retire from rugby immediately due to a neck injury.

The 29-year-old has only been able to make two appearances this season due to injury, and says being forced to retire is "the worst feeling".

The former Blues vice-captain has played 122 times for the region, scoring 13 tries, since 2006. He previously played for Llantwit Major and Cardiff RFC.

Dafydd Hewitt is among a small group of players to have played over 100 times for Cardiff Blues. Credit: PA

Hewitt was part of the Wales Under 21 Grand Slam-winning team in 2005, and captained the Under 21s at the World Cup in 2006. He was part of the Wales squad that won the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009.

It is hard to put into words how I am feeling at the reality of never wearing my Blues jersey again.

No rugby player expects to be told that they can never again play the game they love - it's the worst feeling. It was my childhood dream to play rugby for the Cardiff Blues, the team I followed as a boy and dreamt of representing. I have loved every moment of being a 'Cardiff Blue' and knew early on that it was a club I never wanted to leave.

I'd like to thank everyone at the Blues; the coaching staff, the management, and the medical team for their invaluable support, especially during the past few months.

I feel privileged to have played with so many great players and have forged friendships for life. I will miss everything about playing rugby and will always be a Cardiff Blue.

– Dafydd Hewitt

Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Richard Holland described Hewitt as "an outstanding servant, a true role model for young aspiring players, a hugely popular and much-admired professional."


Judgement Day: Dragons 10-29 Scarlets

Scarlets beat a lacklustre Newport Gwent Dragons 29-10 to earn a bonus-point Guinness Pro12 victory at the Millennium Stadium and give themselves a golden opportunity of making next season's European Champions Cup.

Scarlets' Wales internationals Scott and Liam Williams were prominent in putting out the Dragons' fire, with both getting tries either side of the break.

Captain and hooker Ken Owens got the first Scarlets touchdown and wing Harry Robinson topped a good performance with one of his own.

Fly-half Rhys Priestland booted a penalty and three conversions while the Dragons relied on a well-taken try from centre Tyler Morgan and a solitary penalty and conversion from outside-half Dorian Jones for their points.

FT: Cardiff 3-2 Blackpool

Two penalties from Eoin Doyle helped Cardiff condemn relegated Blackpool to a full Sky Bet Championship season without an away victory thanks to a 3-2 victory at the City Stadium.

Joe Mason's early strike fired the hosts into the lead, with Doyle doubling their advantage after Henry Cameron had fouled Aron Gunnarsson.

Andrea Orlandi's goal gave the visitors hope of mounting a comeback, but Doyle killed off their chances following Miles Addison's foul on Mason before Peter Clarke's late consolation.

It was just Cardiff's second home win in 11 games, while for Lee Clark's men this was a 17th game without a victory as they prepare for the drop down into the third tier.


FT: Blues 23-31 Ospreys

Full time at the Millennium Stadium and the Ospreys beat the Blues in the first of today's double derby 31 points to 23.

Just minutes into the second half Dan Biggar put the Ospreys out in front giving them a five point lead.

Another penalty from Dan Evans and a try by Ben John saw the Ospreys pulling away.

Although the Blues had the last word with a break away try from Dan Fish, they were unable to close the gap.

HT: Blues 9-7 Ospreys

It's nine points to seven at half time in the first of this afternoon's judgement day matches.

The blues took an early lead with three successful penalty kicks from fly-half Gareth Anscombe.

Ospreys full back Dan Evans scored the first points for his team, narrowing the gap just five minutes before half-time.

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