Rugby fixtures involving Pembrokeshire sides for Saturday, December 16th:

WRU Championship:

Narberth v Beddau

The Otters refused to panic when 19-10 down against Cardiff Met last week, winning 34-19 to cement second place.

And they look a good bet to make it nine wins from 13 starts tomorrow against a Beddau side seventh in the table - and who Sean Gale's men have already beaten 16-13 away from home.

Skipper Alex Jenkins returns after missing last week, and Nick Gale comes in at full back, meaning Ianto Griffiths moves to No 10 in place of Jonathan Rogers.

Winger Jack Parkinson and flanker Dewi Williams also come into the starting XV, as Narberth once again display the depth of their squad.

Narberth: Nick Gale, Liam Hutchings, Kieran Jones, Jack Price, Jack Parkinson, Ianto Griffiths, Rhys Lane, Rhys Davies, Dan Smith, Tom Slater, Jake Simm, Alex Jenkins (capt), Dewi Williams, Tom Powell, Rich Rees.

Replacements: Ollie Evans, Rhodri Owens, Steffan Phillips, Lewys Gibby, Jonathan Rogers.

Division One West:

Crymych v Dunvant

It would have done Crymych's confidence no harm to have beaten Tondu to reach the last 16 of the National Plate last week ahead of a huge test here.

It is top against bottom with Dunvant leading the way with seven league wins from nine, although they were hammered 53-32 by Felinfoel last time out.

The Preseli Men have games in hand on those above them, but know they can ill-afford to drop too far behind.

Winger Luke Rogers, No 8 Osian Davies and centre Ifan Phillips all scored tries against Tondu has again proof of what Randall Williams' team can do with ball in hand - with Phillips also meticulous with his goal kicking.

The home side will need more of the same tomorrow to shock the leaders.

Llanelli Wanderers v Tenby United - match postponed.

Last night, Tenby made the following statement via their Twitter page.

'Unfortunately our game against Llanelli Wanderers has been postponed, we have had to call it off on medical grounds as we have had a large number of players come down with illness after our away fixture at Tycroes last week."

Tycroes also, have had to call their game off after a number of their players and committee men were taken ill.

Division Two West:

Fishguard v St Clears

They have not been in the same league since the 2014/15 season, but Fishguard and St Clears meet in a huge game for both.

Big wins for Amman United and Tumble on Saturday mean both sides are seven points clear of the drop zone, and are also level on 16 points each.

The Seagulls have not played for four weeks and were well beaten at Pontyberem last time out, whilst it was St Clears who were hammered 50-24 in Amman on the weekend.

But Mike Jones' side did show great spirit to battle to a four try bonus point, although none of their three wins this season have come outside of St Clears.

It will be wet at The Moors, and through forwards like skipper Gavin Walsh and Luke Freebury, I expect Fishguard to look to their ball carriers and really test the visitors up front.

The away side will also threaten through the likes of Shane Morgan at outside half - and we could be in for an intense battle with both teams knowing a win would be a big step towards safety.

Fishguard: Edward Bendall, Thomas George, Mike Jenkins, Gareth Adamson, Scott Candler, Andrew Williams, Sam Kurtz, Andrew Morrilo, Gavin Walsh (captain), Ryan McVeigh, Jac Evans, Gwilim Evans, Luke Freebury, Chris Shousha, Simon James.

Replacements: Liam Wilkes, Jason Davies, Jordan James, Richard Hunter, Huw Evans.

Whitland v Pontyberem

It was a harsh National Plate loss for Whitland against Nant Conwy on Saturday, but they have to put that behind them now with their title challenge very much still alive.

They now lie third, 11 points off leaders Yr Hendy, and must see off a Pontyberem side that have been inconsistent, seventh in the table with five wins and five losses.

The Borderers won away at The Bont 45-10 in September, and after using their Plate match to blood some promising youth players last week, coaches Gareth Bennett and Dan Mason have named a full strength line up tomorrow.

Influential flanker Ryan Michael returns, as does winger and top try scorer Sean Cole, with Ryan Davies playing on permit in the centre.

Play like they can, and the home side shoul get back to winning ways here.

Whitland: Scott Newton, Aaron Ebsworth, Ryan Davies, Josh Thomas, Sean Coles, Nico Setaro, Adam Davies, Aaron Mayne, Marc Jones, Michael Ryan, Raff Williams, Hayden Baldwin, Ryan Morgan, Ryan Michael, Jack Mason.

Replacements: Kevin Allen, Geraint Lewis, James Lewis, Jonathan Thomas, Tom Parry.

Division Three West A:

Laugharne v Milford Haven

After last week's disappointing defeat in Haverfordwest, this is now an acid test for Milford.

They have to pick themselves up mentally for a difficult away game, knowing that another defeat could leave their title challenge in serious trouble.

They lacked accuracy and made too many errors against the Blues, and cannot afford to be sloppy against a Laugharne side with whom they shared a 31-31 draw on the first day of the season.

The day, The Mariners dominated up front despite going down to 14 men, and they will need the experience of the likes of Jamie Parr and Mark Wonnacott up front here to deny The Cocklemen good ball.

Because if given time and space, Laugharne are a dangerous side, and No 10 Owain Thomas needs no invitation to attack with the likes of Aled Rees and Tom Waters also in good form outside him.

The weather and state of the pitch may well dictate how this game pans out.

Neyland v Pembroke

Neyland's recent inactivity would have frustrated them - given how well they played to draw with Haverfordwest on November 18th, a game they could have won.

Despite torrential weather that day, Steve Martin's men showed their capability with ball in hand, with centre George Williams again standing out and young full back Tom Hughes making a promising debut.

And if they can get enough ball, The All Blacks can severely test Pembroke here.

But that won't be easy against a Scarlets side on a roll at the moment, second in the table with games in hand and a place in the last 16 of the National Bowl secured with a big win at Laugharne last weekend.

Much has been made of their pack power, but behind the scrum Tom Lewis, Toby Smith, Sean Dalling, Luke Hartland and Dan Colley all stood out on the weekend.

Pembroke will start favourites but Neyland have been organised and cohesive under Martin, and Geraint Lewis will know if his side are off the boil - they will pay for it.

Pembroke Dock Quins v Cardigan

The Quins returned to action in style last Saturday, brushing off Llangwm 67-7.

Winger Aaron James starred with four tries, and Ossie Boswell's side have already proved they can play attacking rugby this season - with the recent signing of James Skeels adding further pace to their back division.

Cardigan and have had an up and down season, and actually go into this one having not placed since suffering a third straight league defeat against Aberaeron five weeks ago.

On paper, this appears a great chance for The Quins to cement a top half place.

Cardigan: Llyr Jones, John Lumb, Emyr Harries (capt), Marcus Castle, Sion Hughes, Tom Dunn, Volumes Jones, Gethin Jones, Luke Palmer-Davies, Ben Hughes, Dean Harries, Sion Phillips, Osian Rees, Tom Taylor, Llyr Griffiths.

Replacements: Daniel Evans, William Brice, Gruffydd Lewis, Owain Rees, Casey Walters.

St Davids v Aberaeron

It was 76-5 to Aberaeron when these two met on the opening day - but whilst The Saints have shown a lot of improvement since then, it will be another tough 80 minutes if they don't defend better tomorrow.

What may work in their favour is the visitors have not played since winning at Cardigan on November 11th - but the Saints have played three times since then against Milford Haven, and friendlies in Cardiff and against Haverfordwest 2nds.

Aberaeron are fourth in the table with five wins in seven starts, with St Davids second from bottom with just one win in ten.

The hosts will have to be at full strength, and catch their opponent’s cold (literally), to have a chance here.

Tregaron v Llangwm

It was a tough day for The Wasps at Pembroke Dock last Saturday, but they can take solace from the fact they got 80 minutes under their belts, whilst Tregaron are another club to have not played since November 11th.

Furthermore, on the opening day Llangwm did trouble the Mid-Wales side at Pill Parks, before going down 43-22.

Of course, a lot will depend on how many of the first choice XV are available, but this is the sort of game that Robbie Neill and Colin Picton's team must look to compete in.

Tregaron meanwhile, have just two wins to their name this season, away to The Wasps and at home to St Davids.

They may be ring-rusty, but pushed Milford Haven hard last time out they will no doubt see this as a great chance of a third league victory in nine starts.