Ospreys Took On World Darts Champ Phil Taylor

A dozen Welsh rugby stars were brought down to earth with a bump as they came face to face with 13 times world darts champ Phil Taylor Tuesday night.

It was a case of The Powerhouses v The Power as four players from each of Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and Newport-Gwent Dragons took on the legendary sharpshooter at a specially arranged shoot-out organised by Worthington's, also proud sponsors of all three regions.

More than 350 fans, the majority its fair to say Ospreys supporters, crammed into the Hi-Tide Inn at Porthcawl.

Rugby fan Taylor is sponsored by ale brand Worthington's and is travelling the UK to help put darts back at the heart of the pub.

The roll-call of players was as follows:

Ospreys - Adam "Bomb" Jones, Huw "Benny" Bennett, Andrew "The Bish" Bishop and Alun "Gwyn Boots" Wyn Jones.

Dragons - Rhys "Stinky" Thomas, Kevin "The Rat" Morgan, Gareth "The Mauler" Maule and Shaun "Des" O'Connor.
Cardiff Blues - Paul "Tito" Fish, John "Yappy" Yapp, Ceri "Truck Head" Sweeney and Ritchie "The Real Deal" Rees.

Each player went head to head with The Power in a game of 501 before an inter-club shoot-out with one player selected from each club by Taylor himself.

Dragons star Rhys "Stinky" Thomas lived up to his nickname when Taylor described him as "the worst player I've ever seen".

Thomas said: "I'm pretty devastated - I've not really been practising and I folded under the pressure."

However, Blues front row forward John "Yappy" Yapp covered himself in glory and scooped the inter-club trophy for his team, beating off Thomas and Ospreys man Huw "Benny" Bennett and in a three way shoot-out.

Yapp said: "What a feeling - I've been playing a bit at home and it's come good tonight. It's been a great night with some great banter and it's another win for the Blues."

Dragons powerhouse Shaun "Des" O'Connor even had the distinction of beating the great man, albeit with a little help from the scorer.

A beaming O'Connor said: "I beat Phil 'The Power' Taylor, there's no hiding from the fact and it feels great. I've been practising for this for week and I've reaped the rewards. When that double two went in it was a great moment."

Ospreys joined in the fun too, Bishop saying: "It's been nerve-wracking but a great night. Apparently I'm one of the best players but it all went wrong tonight when faced with The Power."

Taylor lapped up his battle with Wales' finest saying: "I work with sportsmen a lot and I was humbled to meet them tonight. They're a really great set of lads.

"These guys are pretty tough but I played doubles with Jocky Wilson for seven years - now he's tough!"

To round off a really great night some £1,140 was raised for the Mencap charity.

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