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Sport Welsh rugby's winners and losers as 20-year-old justifies the hype and Wales star stands on brink of glory

14:35  28 september  2020
14:35  28 september  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Wales instead stands alone with its much more detailed, unusual flag of a red dragon on a green and white background. Even before that, in the fifth century, the Welsh Kings of Aberffraw are said to have used the dragon to symbolize their might after the Romans withdrew from Britain.

It was another busy weekend in rugby as the European competitions reached the semi-final stage.

As well as the penultimate rounds of the Champions and Challenge Cups, there was also a friendly between the Scarlets and Ospreys ahead of the start of the PRO14 season next week.

With all that in mind, here's the winners and losers from the weekend.

WINNERS

TOMAS FRANCIS

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And he's had a similar journey himself.

Before he made his Exeter debut in 2014, he had been playing in the Championship with London Scottish.

Welsh caps, a Grand Slam and a Premiership title have all followed, but now he has the chance for one more piece of silverware to add to the collection as Exeter reached their first Champions Cup final after beating Toulouse on Saturday.

JONATHAN DAVIES

The Wales and Lions centre couldn’t have really expected much more from himself in his first run out in almost 11 months.

Davies started in the behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly against the Ospreys on Friday and put in a fine performance across the 40 minutes he played.

There were no real errors to speak of and the old flashes of brilliance came to the fore with a lovely one-handed offload out of the tackle and a well-judged grubber kick in behind off the left foot.

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Consider the latest box on his comeback trail well and truly ticked and it will have been a joy to watch for Glenn Delaney and Wayne Pivac, who was also in the stands.

JOSH THOMAS

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Most of the interest ahead of Friday’s game was directed towards Wales under-20s fly-half Sam Costelow, making his first appearance for the Scarlets since joining from Leicester Tigers.

He had a solid outing but was outshone by his opposite number, Thomas.

The 20-year-old Pontardulais RFC product kicked brilliantly throughout, his distribution was solid and he was a handy running threat.

He showed a good eye for a gap and turn of pace to skip beyond Tevita Ratuva in the build-up to Mat Protheroe’s try and gathered a mis-hit Scarlets kick at full speed and dinked the ball back in behind the hosts without breaking stride.

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A confident, eye-catching performance.

JAC MORGAN

The youngster captained the starting Scarlets side that contained the likes of Jonathan Davies, Uzair Cassiem and Werner Kruger – all of whom are vastly more experienced.

It speaks volumes, then, of the 20-year-old from Swansea that he was handed the armband, even if it was for a pre-season clash.

But his actions on the field spoke louder than the little ‘c’ next to his name on the teamsheet.

He won an early turnover and continued to be a total nuisance at the breakdown, regularly causing problems for the Ospreys and generally slowing the game down.

Morgan was physical both in defence and attack in what was a really polished performance.

There’s a fair bit of hype around the Wales under-20s skipper and, based on Friday’s outing, it’s justified.

TOMMY REFFELL

Leicester Tigers were no great shakes on Saturday night as they fell to Toulon in the Challenge Cup quarter-final.

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From celebrated crooners and iconic movie stars to cutting-edge comedians and fine poets, Wales has produced abundant talent in course of its history. With such an awe-inspiring lot of talent to its credit, it is surprising how Wales has managed to understate its greatness on the face of the world all along.

In fact, few Leicester players put forward their finest performances.

For uncapped Wales flanker Reffell though, he wasn't going to lose this semi-final wondering if he could have done anymore.

It was a solid effort from the 21-year-old in a losing cause.

LOSERS

ALED DAVIES

The Wales scrum-half couldn't do much to stop Saracens' European charge falling at the penultimate hurdle on Saturday.

Davies was introduced just after a piece of Finn Russell magic had helped put Racing ahead with only a few minutes left on the clock.

The issue now is what happens next for Saracens and Davies. Out of Europe, relegated from the Premiership - they don't know when the Championship season will even start.

Heading into the unknown will be strange for Davies and the club.

"God knows what we are going to be facing,” said Saracens team-mate Jamie George. “The element of the unknown is horrendous, really.

“The way we saw it that was our last chance to compete for a little while. We wanted to finish it off right."

THE SCARLETS

Calling the Scarlets losers may seem harsh, and maybe it is.

But the general consensus is that last week's agonising defeat to Toulon in the Challenge Cup quarter-final was a missed opportunity.

And any fan in west Wales watching Toulon take on Leicester Tigers in the semi-final on Saturday night would have been kicking themselves.

The Scarlets would have seriously fancied their chances of reaching a first European final had they got through to face the Tigers.

What could have been.

To add injury to insult, they also saw Johnny McNicholl ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury on Friday.

WELSH GRASSROOTS RUGBY

It's not been a great year for anyone in sport, with coronavirus grinding things to an abrupt halt.

And at the moment, it's grassroots rugby that appears to be feeling it more than most.

On Sunday, it was revealed that one of Wales' most iconic club sides, Maesteg, are on the brink of extinction, while another 30 clubs are reportedly close to going to the wall.

It's certainly worrying times.

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