Rugby Union: Name of the game is Davies

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WALES staged Davies Day with six scorers of that name in the Heineken League First Division, including four at Stradey Park where Llanelli beat Aberavon

46-12, writes Huw Richards. Phil, Lloyd and Nigel all crossed for the Scarlets while Dylan replied for the losers. Pacy wing Simon scored for champions Swansea at Neath, but Adrian's goal-kicking contributed to keeping Cardiff out in front as he landed three conversions in the 36-7 beating of South Wales Police - Nigel Walker added two more tries to his impressive first-season total.

Welsh outside-halves had a happy afternoon. Dunvant's highly-rated Mark Thomas kept the Swansea club at the top of the Second Division with 11 points in the 16-15 defeat of Narberth - completing a double in which Dunvant have twice won by a single point while scoring fewer tries. Former Wales No 10 Paul Turner dominated Sale's 19-17 victory in the friendly against Gloucester while current incumbent Neil Jenkins found that 24 was his lucky number, scoring that number of points in Pontypridd's 62-0 Swalec Cup demolition of Pencoed.

It was not so lucky for England reserve Tim Rodber who needed 24 stitches in his left leg after a training accident and misses today's squad session. But Wade Dooley pronounced himself fit, happy and ready for his 56th cap next week after Preston Grasshoppers' 10-0 win over Liverpool St Helens.

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