SUNDAY'S SOUTH CONFERENCE ROUND-UP
CHAMPIONS Bonymaen Broncos made it two out of two in the defence on their South Wales Conference after beating Valley Cougars at home on Sunday by 20-6.
And Torfaen Tigers remain unbeaten after two weekends as they beat Newport Titans in the big Gwent derby, while Cardiff Demons got off to a flying start at Borderer Boars in Chepstow.
It was the Cougars first match of the season and, after a first-half where Bonymaen went 16-0 up, the Valley side took the second period honours as they scored a converted try from Steve Wilkins against one more from the Broncos.
Bonymaen went over five times with wings Andrew Price, who got two, and Steve Finn crossing as did full-back Christopher Hoppe. But the try of the match was a skillful effort down the length of the field that saw a chip-through from Finn for loose forward Dai Cullen to finish off.
Broncos team manager Stuart Williams said the match was a bit flat but added: “There were some big collisions and you could tell it was the first game for the Cougars. We scored some nice tries early on but everyone was waiting for the spark to happen to kick-off the match.”
There was a good crowd in Maesglas, Newport, as well as the Titans shrugged off their first weekend defeat at the Broncos to run Torfaen Tigers, who beat the Boars at home in their opening fixture, close before losing 26-18.
In fact, the Titans played really well in the opening period and lead 18-12 thanks to tries from big prop John Lavender plus one each by Rhys Meredith and Rhys Hendley while full-back Dwayne Bailey converted all three.
Torfaen looked good up front, particularly with prop Sam Cook causing problems at the ruck. Hooker Ryan Bates was also a handful and he scored both of his side's tries in the first period, which Luke Brown converted.
The Titans were worn down and committed too many penalties after the break. It did not help that they had two men in the sin-bin during the second-half although the Tigers also had one man sent for a ten-minute rest.
Shaun Watkins, with a converted try, drew the Tigers level and, with 15 minutes of the game left on a hot afternoon, it was all to play for. But, as the Titans lost shape, Torfaen pounced through Gavin Teague and a corner touchdown from Kyle Scrivens to finish the stronger.
Tigers player-coach Rob Davies said: “We made hard work of it in the first-half We had a fairly powerful pack and spaces came from it. It is always nice to pick up a 'W' in a derby game and we will look forward to the Cougars in a fortnight's time.”
Titans coach Rob Dodgson said: “We played the game at a good tempo and did the basics. We had more players available at our place than last week but we are disappointed to lose.”
In Chepstow, the Demons ran in eight tries to get their season off and running against Borderer Boars with a 48-18 win. The Cardiff outfit did not have a match last week but showed they were ready to challenge for the title this season with a good performance.
James Greenfield got two of the Demons' touchdowns with Arturs Kozels also going over on his debut for the club. Izaak Duffy, Jake Duffy Phil Carleton, Idris Evans and Nicky Kelly got the other tries while another debutant Lewis Pearce landed two conversions and Dan Henderson added another six out of six.
The Boars ran in three tries, from Josh Hannan, Tom Jones and Lewis Gitting but team manager Lee Kelley was pleased that their second ever match – and their first at home – generated a good crowd and a number of new players.
Kelley said: “We are disappointed with the loss but, comparing this week to last week (when they lost at Torfaen), we had a good squad and improved massively. We hope we can continue to improve.”
Next week is the East v West Origin Game at St Peters RFC, home of the Demons, with a number of players already putting up their hands for inclusion on this game which can lead onto a Wales A squad place for the internationals later in the summer.
Edited by DugSWRLgan, 20 May 2013 - 12:12 PM.