Pembrokeshire rugby fixtures for Saturday, February 2nd (2.30pm):

WRU Championship:

Maesteg Quins v Narberth

After going blow to blow with Pontypool only to lose late on, it took real mental fortitude for The Otters to grind out a win against Tata Steel last week.

Nick Gale's goal kicking is a big weapon for them, and that 54 metre penalty to settle matters reinforced that.

Given the weather this week they may need to grind out a win in similar conditions tomorrow against a Maesteg side that has been inconsistent so far - 12 games played, six wins, and just as many defeats (including a 25-3 loss in Ystrad Rhondda last weekend).

But no trip to those parts is ever easy. And given this is the first ever meeting between the two clubs, it's fair to say Sean Gale and co won't quite know what to expect.

Jack Price is rested so Jake Jenkins is back in the centre

Narberth: Ianto Griffiths, Nick Gale, Kieran Jones, Jake Jenkins, Will Lewis, Jonathan Rogers, Rhys Lane, Daniel Jacobs, Rhodri Owens, Tom Slater, Tom Kaijaks, Alex Jenkins (capt), Andrew Cooke, Tom Powell, Rich Rees. Replacements: Kyle Hamer, Bradley Davies, Harry Phillips, Lewys Gibby, Yannic Parker.

Division One West:

Crymych v Gowerton

A home win here could potentially see Crymych replace Gowerton in second place.

Before anyone gets excited, only one goes up and Felinfoel are comfortably clear, but a top two finish would underline the progress of the Preseli Men.

Alun Jenkins, Dafydd Phillips, Gethin Gibby, and Tomos Lewis all scored tries to secure another bonus point win in Kidwelly last week, and Harri Williams continued his composed start in senior rugby with 10 points from the boot.

As a unit the pack have really stood up recently and will need to do so again tomorrow to overturn a 26-20 loss to the same side in October. They will also take heart from seeing Whitland beat the Swansea side 38-3 a fortnight ago.

Tenby United v Aberystwyth

The Seasiders were beaten 49-25 in Mid Wales in October in a game where both sides attacked at will.

It may be a different kind of contest tomorrow, but what Tenby must produce now is an 80 minute display. They were competitive for 40 minutes in Llangennech, trailing 8-6 at the break, before going down 25-6.

Again though they picked a young side and there were positives, with Jack Gooding and Joe Owen two players to stand up.

But they return to the youth team tomorrow as that squad prepares for the Welsh Plate quarter final in two weeks, while Roy Osborn is also missing and Dom Booth has returned to Carmarthen Quins.

Aaron James though, is back for his first game since being injured in December and Billy Trueman is involved for the first time.

Tenby United: Aaron James, Ashley Murdoch, Ben Pugh, Moritz Neumann, Jack Tucker, Lloyd Thomas, Shane Rossiter, Ethan Morgan, Dan Allen, Rob Luly, Huw Evans, Tom Barrass, Luke Dedman (capt), Mike Davis, Jack Broadhurst. Replacements: Rob Clark, Jack Davies, Wyndham Williams, Charlie Patching, Billy Trueman.

Whitland v Llangennech

The win last week would have been more than satisfying for The Borderers. They came through a dogfight in inclement weather, and coaches Gareth Bennett and Dan Mason admitted afterwards it's the type of game they were losing earlier in the season.

The boot of Nico Setaro saw them through with four penalties, but the man of the match performance of young No 8 Scott Buirds, not a regular starter all season, was another major plus point.

Tomorrow they take on a Llangennech side who lie third, and who beat them 36-15 earlier in the season.

The only change in the starting XV sees Aaron Mayne come back into the front row.

Whitland: James Stephenson, Dan Evans, Liam Price, Josh Thomas, Sean Coles, Nico Setaro, Adam Davies, Aaron Mayne, Marc Jones (capt), Jimmy Buirds, Raff Williams, Courtney Bowman, Ryan Morgan, Danny Evans, Scott Buirds. Replacements: Ben Kirk, Jack Mason, Gino Setaro, Jamie Thomas, Gethin Lewis.

Division Two West:

Pembroke v Tycroes

It's huge weekend for the top four in Division Two West.

These two go in third and fourth, while leaders Penclawdd host second placed Pontyberem.

The Scarlets now have six wins in a row and a host of players are excelling. They won easily in Tumble despite a number of backs missing and full back Luke Hartland gave a standout display, while the return of flanker Billy Wood is another bonus.

They won 44-28 in Tycroes earlier in the season and with the bit between their teeth right now, you wouldn't bet against the home side doing the double here.

St Clears v Fishguard

When these two met in October Fishguard prevailed 27-24. I expect it to be similarly tight tomorrow.

After recent improvement St Clears have slipped back again and were beaten 16-0 in Loughor last week. Looking at the table, you feel a win here is a must or survival hopes will fade fast.

Their pack must stand up tomorrow as the Seagulls can always mix it up front. A penalty try and a score from Chris Shousha sealed a narrow win over Mumbles last week, and for now any fears of going down have eased for Nathan Jenkins and co. Although they will still be wary of the fact it could be three teams that drop down.

The Seagulls have named their side, with Gavin Walsh making a return from injury - although he comes in at prop with young hooker Liam Wilkes continuing. Geraint Jones, on permit from Whitland, is again available at No 10.

I suspect this won't be a classic, but it will be hard fought.

Fishguard:  Robbie Jones, Ed Bendall, Sion Rowlands, Kial Keane, Luke Marshall, Geraint Jones, Andrew Williams, Gavin Walsh, Liam Wilkes, Ryan McVeigh, Ben John, Gwil Evans, Scott Riches, Lewis Davies, Chris Shousha (capt). Replacements: Richie Hunter, Jordan James,  Simon James, Luke Freebury, Mark George.

Division Three West A:

Haverfordwest v Tregaron

Haverfordwest kept going in Aberaeron last week but for a club of their size to have to start with 14 men (couldn't field a front row) is a concern. 

And although they have names a stronger squad tomorrow Tregaron are no pushovers when they themselves have everyone available. Milford were made to dig deep last week and in Huw Bonner the visitors have a competent kicker both at goal and out of hand.

The Blues won easily in the reverse fixture in October and at full tilt I would expect them to do the same here - but they must avoid getting into a dogfight.

Haverfordwest: Craig Barnett, Steve Thomas, Gareth John, Dan Richards, Rhys Baker, Mike Jones, Lee Summons, Ross Harrier, Matthew Clayton, Terry Lovell, Jack Clancy, Jack Busch, Ashley George, Gareth Phillips. Replacements: Ben Llewellyn, Paul Thomas, G Thomas, Josh Hamer, Jamie Barnett.

Llangwm v Llanybydder

The Wasps improved after a poor first half in Neyland and again it was Josh Hicks who impressed with a powerful finish for a try.

But to have a chance here they must be at it from the start. Llanybydder didn't play last week and have struggled for consistency, and this is a banana skin trip for them.

They were clinical a few weeks ago in winning 85-0 at Pembroke Dock but Llangwm will offer more resistance than that, and given they don't play again at Pill Parks until Match 23rd (as it stands), will want to make the most of this home game.

Milford Haven v Neyland

In some respects, this doesn't really need an introduction.

As in recent years, Neyland will be hell bent on ending their long wait for a league win over Milford. The Mariners meanwhile, will be equally hell bent on not going down as the team who blew that record against their rivals.

Of course there is added incentive for both. The home side top the table with 12 wins from 12 and in terms of the title, the result is more important than bragging rights. They definitely concentrated on the set piece when winning 21-15 at the Athletic Club and the scrum in particular, with props Adam Rees and Mike Cockburn getting them in the ascendancy. Both are injured for tomorrow, but Milford will surely try and turn the screw up front again.

It seemed the wheels were coming off a promising season when Neyland lost to Pembroke Dock in December, but they have responded with 15 points from 15 and are still second. 

Unless conditions dictate otherwise, the All Blacks will try and move it quickly from the contact area. In Patrick Bellerby then have one of the league's in-form players and they need to get him in space.

As ever this will be physical and playing with heads as well as hearts will be important. But don't be surprised if yellow cards come out......

Pembroke Dock Quins v Laugharne

It seemed a win over St Davids might have lifted the Quins - but by Wednesday last week they had declared they couldn't raise a side to play Cardigan. 

Even when times are hard that doesn't reflect well and Neil Machin's team should be, at the very least, keen to make amends with a committed display here.

It won't be easy against a Laugharne side who are capable of racking up points. Mikey Williams and Gareth Spiers both had try braces in their 57-0 win over St Davids and while catching Milford will now be very difficult, they will want to keep on track for a high finish.

St Davids v Aberaeron

Another team looking to keep in touch at the top now are Aberaeron, and they will target a bonus point win here while also hoping Milford don't manage the same.

No 8 Tudor Jenkins scored twice in that 33-3 win over Haverfordwest and they will go for it from that start against a St Davids side who strangely, would have been somewhat satisfied with their Laugharne display having travelled with a bare XV.

But they must now cope with the loss of key forward Gethin Bateman to injury and having lost 70-6 away in Mid Wales, know they face another long 80 minutes if they don't up their tackle count.