In his latest column, Fraser Watson looks at local lads stuck in Ireland, a massive game at The Moors, weather warnings and who'll lead Valero in March.....

And Ben Hathaway has a go at tipping the Saturday winners.

All at sea:

One plus point of being Pembrokeshire based is you have two ferry routes to Ireland. 

Except when there's a storm.

Many from the county were left stranded in the Emerald Isle for days after the Wales game on Saturday. For some it was a nightmare, for others an extended holiday in heaven.

Club members from Neyland, Llangwm, St Davids, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock were among those hemorrhaging extra money on guinness and relaying a perfect excuse for missing Tuesday training.

It's the ones who were stuck with Scott Gregory who I felt sorry for. Those livers won't dry out till Christmas.

Massive at The Moors:

Fishguard and Goodwick RFC would have been happier than most to have their players back safely. This Saturday they need them.

It seems like The Seagulls have had umpteen games this season where potential wins became narrow defeats, but that counts for little in the table. Three straight losses has left them 10th and although they do have games in hand, they must now use them.

Saturday they host Tenby United who are unbeaten in 2020. And yet, such is the nature of Two West they too are not safe.

It was The Seasiders who won 15-14 in the reverse fixture and when the national leagues were regionalised, these are the kind of matches that organisers had in mind. Pembrokeshire derbies with plenty of riding them.


Weekend warning:

Such is the nature of rugby (and rain) down here that for the second time in this column alone, I'm flagging up the weather.

But while we all want (and need) a full programme for our teams this Saturday, the Met Office seems to be confining many players to the gym, pub, or sofa.

It brings us back to this notion of every amateur season being disrupted by breaks for Autumn and Six Nations internationals. Add to those periods a few weekend wash outs, and you get a frenzied end of season backlog.

Perhaps some will argue it's unavoidable and part and parcel of any campaign. But the thought of titles and relegations being decided amidst midweek kick offs, suspect club socks, and player permits never sits easy with me.

Powering up Valero:

Interest continues to ramp up in the Valero v Pembrokeshire game at Bierspool on March 7th.

But a friendly affair for charity? Forget that, the refinery team have been training. Yes, training.

And organiser Gareth Scourfield has now confirmed the captains. Narberth's Jonathan Rogers will be the Valero skipper and with Tenby's Geoff Martin his vice and pack leader.

Whitland's Jack Mason will lead the county team.

Best organise some training plans Jack......

Guest predictions:

Speaking of Bierspool, it's Ben Hathaway in the firing line this week.

The goal kicking full back (until the Quins signed Tyler Castle anyway) has followed others before him in tipping his own team to win of course, and has shown little mercy on neighbours Pembroke for their trip to Newcastle Emlyn.

Although given the weather forecast, I'm surprised he hasn't chucked a 0-0 draw in there.....

WRU Championship:

Narberth v Bedwas - Narberth by 10.

Division One West:

Crymych v Penclawdd - Penclawdd by 12.

Gorseinon v Whitland - Whitland by 10.

Newcastle Emlyn v Pembroke - Emlyn by 30.

Division Two West:

Fishguard v Tenby United - Fishguard by 7.

Division Three West A:

Haverfordwest v Cardigan - Haverfordwest by 17.

Lampeter v Laugharne - Laugharne by 7.

Llanybydder v Llangwm - Llanybydder by 30.

Neyland v St Davids - Neyland by 25.

Quins v St Clears - Quins by 7.

Tregaron v Aberaeron - Aberaeron by 20.